Beyond my wildest imagination this time!
I have not been regular on the forum this time around. I had a personal roller coaster ride going on.
Now that I got a good score, I think I can write something meaningful.
Kaplan Lecture Notes:
Finished once and revised IM once.
MTB 2 & MTB 3:
Finished once. I have no idea what these books are so hyped about. I found them very very deficient. They don't even cover some of the most basic and frequently tested topics. It was frustrating!
Behavioral Science KLN Step 1:
Went with it this time again. It's totally worth it.
Did about 78%, scored 67%. Another thing that can frustrate you beyond limits just because the interface is sooooooo primitive!
: I 'll list the scores with the scores. It's the one part of prep you can't do without but frankly even UWorld is not enough.
This time around I didn't really have a schedule.
I started while doing an observership and then there was too much international and domestic travel going on and a pile of domestic issues that wouldn't get sorted out. As they say, I was in a proper pickle
Avg hours per day (while I was home) was 4-5 hours.
I was only able to finish what I was able to finish and take the exam in a hurry because of the delay in score reporting for CK takers after 27 Jul (I didn't know it when I booked my date but it meant I couldn't postpone.)
The Day Before:
Took the Free 150. Scored 93% and was feeling very happy about it.
Revised whatever flash cards I had made.
My husband was taking Step 1 and when I went to pick him up, his face spoiled the remaining three weeks for both of us. I got anxious because he had a really bad day and said the test was nothing like the Free 150 he had answered the day before.
Thanks to anxiety, could not sleep in time the night before.
I went in kind of numb and came out kind of blank. It's scary when an exam is like that.
I took a break at my seat between blocks 1-2, 3-4. Took about 10 min breaks after blocks 2, 5, 6. Took a 15min break after block 4 because I almost fell asleep during the block. Took another 15 min break after block 7 because I was feeling worn out after the long day.
I took bananas and RedBull.
I had 4 blocks of 45Qs, 2 of 44Qs, 1 of 43Qs and 1 of 36Qs.
There is enough time to answer all the blocks and take breaks.
I had 4 ads/ abstracts and 3 or 4 media Qs in all but all were doable.
The questions were not from out of the world but they were confusing. I kept narrowing down the options to last two but then I had to take a calculated guess. (The reason why I wasn't expecting my score to be good.)
UWorld Unused, random, timed mode:
77%. Started at 48%, stopped after doing about 10% of the Qbank because I was still below 50% and went back to the lecture notes.
5 weeks before; 610/260
4 weeks before; 75%, no score projection.
3 weeks before; 620/263
2 weeks before; 700/256
1 day before; 93%
My Two Bits:
A friend told me that CK is all over the place and now I know what she meant. It is a test of knowledge but nobody is sure which bit of information is correct. It is the most confusing set of questions I have ever come across.
I guess, the only thing in our hands is to get the basics right, keep calm, not fall asleep during any blocks
and then Pray like Hell!
I know my post is also all over the place because I'm still a bit dazed that I got that much. I'll try to clarify if you ask me.
Hope you guys have a better experience than I had.