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so hi there


very thanks to you for this awesome forum

i was gathering all my information from here

from i will start my pathway to residency

starting from step 1,step 2ck and last step 2cs

i know with that says that it is too early for cs to me

by the way i am aiming at 2014 residency

as i am at 5th medical school in Cairo University

so at the end of this year i will enter step 1
and at the end of the 6th year i will enter step 2ck
and at the holiday after 6th year and before internship i will take step 2cs

so if we count it it is 2 and half year remaining to enter cs

my question is i want to fluent in English
well i know English very well
i can read as native, listen as native,hear as native
but i can't speak as native

pls share with me what to do ?
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my question is i want to fluent in English
well i know English very well
i can read as native, listen as native,hear as native
but i can't speak as native

pls share with me what to do ?
thanks
It's a good idea to start improving your English language skills from now and through the next few years.
Speaking is one of the most important components of your CS exam.
The best thing that you can do is to come to USA and have some sort of exposure to US-speaking people, you can do that by doing an elective or observership or externship or even just a tourist visit.
If that's not an option for you, then I suggest you watch US-accent movies, listen to audios, or sign up with CSEvideo.com
Most students with English as a second language take advantage of courses available here in US and practice cases with colleagues. It's too early for you for these as you just started Step 1 prep. You'll soon get to know everything about it, don't worry.
 

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thanks lee

sorry for being late was only focusing in step1 threads

so as u says the externship is not an option to me

ok now to my other questions

1-so i already know that exam center in those cities

Atlanta,Philadelphia,Chicago,Houston,Los Angeles

great
of course no one is more preferable than other in term of their easy cases or patients they are all equals

so when come to choose for me i will choose the least expensive in 2 things
the airline cost,the living cost

so abt the airline i can do some research and see which is less expensive and how many transit and so on but what about living

anyone can give me in order what is the least expensive cities and take one week for the example

Atlanta you will need 500$ per week
Philadelphia you will need 550$ per week
Chicago you will need 600$ per week
Houston you will need 800$ per week
Los Angeles you will need 1000$ per week

2-when i have to schedule my exam at ECFMG website?3 months before ?6months before or what?

3-It is good to go there one week before the exam from what i read so how much u stay after the exam or it is better to go right away after the exam?

4-from qtn3 how much days u have to stay and how much u have to bring with you regarding those days?

5-during my stay over there is the hotels my only option or there is another options?

5-i know that i will go with tourist visa so can I do externship after i do the exam for 1 month to get LOR?

that's for now

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thanks lee.....thanks
I think that Houston and Atlanta are the cheapest options.
You don't need to stay in a hotel. You can search Craig's List for "shared rooms" and they'd be much cheaper.
I'd say it's better you go there few days before the exam.
Most CS centers has Kaplan center nearby. It might be a good idea for you to go the Kaplan center and see if you can meet with people preparing for the CS just like.
Yes, you can stay after the exam and do some USCE.
 

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I think that Houston and Atlanta are the cheapest options.
great

You don't need to stay in a hotel. You can search Craig's List for "shared rooms" and they'd be much cheaper.
is it safe i mean living in the same house with people you dont know them
I'd say it's better you go there few days before the exam.
so is a week enough?

Most CS centers has Kaplan center nearby. It might be a good idea for you to go the Kaplan center and see if you can meet with people preparing for the CS just like.
what i do then when i found someone prepairing for CS too,or you mean by sharing rooms?

Yes, you can stay after the exam and do some USCE.
can you answer my questions here also

thank you very much
 

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