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how many months after the first read should one appear in the exam? keep in mind the q-banks were not covered in the first read. Thx, I need to register, but I want to finish my first read up, so I need to have a rough idea of which triplet i should get
 

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You have everything in control. I see it because you want to know what are you faced before setting a goal. I also will do the schedule after I have once gone the subjects through. I decided to give this year time to me go through those subjects. I've planned to attend step 1 june-august and i have 2-3 months for phys,path, micr, pharm, behav etc..

I think that you should know what kind of learner are you. I know people who must read only lik 1month to major exam (not usmle but something else). Also there those who can spen 6 months for reading. But you should remember that everybody has some time which is most efficient and if you read too long or too short you will end up forgetting stuff.

So first thing one should do is remember major exams and think how much read for them and how well one done in those exams. Then you calculate how much bigger this exam is and make a academic guess of the best possible time.

I remember when I read for admission exam of medical school I spend 6 months reading stuff. This was little too long because I faded 2 last months. My knowledge was best 2 months before test. Luckily my kowledge was still enough to get med school. It is the same in athletes - they know their physics and know exactly how much they must practice in training period. If they practice too little they aren't in the best condition in the real games. If they over train they are over shaped and they cannot reach their very best.

Like Sun Tzu said: "If you know the enemy (Subjects tested in USMLE) and know yourself (How and in which time you learn best), you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."ou kow the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
 

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Yeah - I agree - depending on the kind of student you are going into the thing - 6 months give or take a month should be fine if you're an IMG. 2 months if you're an AMG.

What I would do, is, if say, I wanted to write the exam in 6 months, I'd start my eligibility period at the end of that - so for example in your case - 6 months from now is November so March 2011. I'd pick March April May as my block. It's a good block because its before the AMGs join in on the game and also because you'll have a new first aid to help you.
 

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Yeah - I agree - depending on the kind of student you are going into the thing - 6 months give or take a month should be fine if you're an IMG. 2 months if you're an AMG.

What I would do, is, if say, I wanted to write the exam in 6 months, I'd start my eligibility period at the end of that - so for example in your case - 6 months from now is November so March 2011. I'd pick March April May as my block. It's a good block because its before the AMGs join in on the game and also because you'll have a new first aid to help you.
Hey ashish as u told that as the amg comes into the scene is there any differnce in the scoring system for step1.
i am planning to give my exams in 10,11,12 month of 2011.
pls help
 
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