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Hi everyone, it's my 1st time to post here, I've been reading lot of posts since Nov 2015 on this forum before i start my review for step 1, which really helped me a lot. So, i just want to share my step 1 journey to encourage my fellow IMGs, and hope to inspire them too. :)

I'm an IMG fr. PH, graduated 2014, finished my internship 2015.

Materials: FA 2015 + Uworld only

Study Time: Approximately 4 months (November 2015 - February 2016)

November: First fast read of FA (around 10 days),
then took my NBME 15: 213, and 2nd detailed reading of FA (until end of month)

December-February: Uworld along with FA. I did 1 block a day, and seriously annotate my FA (for e.g. 1 question about AS, I annotate my FA on the page of Valvular diseases and differentiate AS on other valve dse) this is very tedious, and i do that for every question that is why i can only finish 1 block a day. You can just imagine how i tortured my FA flipping all the pages over and over again.

Mid January: took my NBME 16: 241, i was halfway with my Uworld, was lagging behind due to holidays.

February: I finished Uworld + Annotations on Feb 15
Uworld Ave: 77% first pass, i only revise my wrong and marked questions
then took UWSA 1: 247

Remaining Days: I Reread my FA + all annotations I made, unfortunately i wasn't able to read all the topic it was too long! maybe 3-4 chapters left.

3 days before: NBME 17: 256 (felt somehow confident but still a bit doubtful)

The night before i tried to do free 150, but halfway through, i was super tired & fell asleep (please don't do this, do your free 150 earlier! i swear!) get some good sleep before the test.

On the day of the test (March 2): First 2 blocks was so hard, I was panicking and palpitating, after that i had to take a 15 min break to compose my self. I thought ill fail the exam right at that point, but I prayed and continued, then maybe God answered my prayers, the remaining 5 blocks were okay, some questions were easy and straight forward. I guess, what they say is true. There will be tough blocks and there will be easy ones. I was marking 10-12 questions per block.

Final Result last Wednesday: 256, so thrilled & a bit emotional because i was only aiming for 240s. All the hardwork paid off.


If you have any question, feel free to message me, i'm willing to help! Good luck guys!
 

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Congrats

So you are saying FA and Uworld is more than enough ?, you had good basic science knowledge before hand ?. How long did you study ?
 

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So you are saying FA and Uworld is more than enough ?, you had good basic science knowledge before hand ?. How long did you study ?
Hey,thanks!:)

i would say yes, FA and Uworld is more than enough. The two compliment well with each other. I think its better to learn, understand, simplify, and master a few but substantial material than reading a lot of sources and not having a good grasp to the material at all. I have nothing against other sources, i'm just sharing what worked for me.

I studied FA and Uworld for 4 months, spending 12 hours/day, 6-7 days/week on my last 2 months.
 

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Hi everyone, it's my 1st time to post here, I've been reading lot of posts since Nov 2015 on this forum before i start my review for step 1, which really helped me a lot. So, i just want to share my step 1 journey to encourage my fellow IMGs, and hope to inspire them too. :)

I'm an IMG fr. PH, graduated 2014, finished my internship 2015.

Materials: FA 2015 + Uworld only

Study Time: Approximately 4 months (November 2015 - February 2016)

November: First fast read of FA (around 10 days),
then took my NBME 15: 213, and 2nd detailed reading of FA (until end of month)

December-February: Uworld along with FA. I did 1 block a day, and seriously annotate my FA (for e.g. 1 question about AS, I annotate my FA on the page of Valvular diseases and differentiate AS on other valve dse) this is very tedious, and i do that for every question that is why i can only finish 1 block a day. You can just imagine how i tortured my FA flipping all the pages over and over again.

Mid January: took my NBME 16: 241, i was halfway with my Uworld, was lagging behind due to holidays.

February: I finished Uworld + Annotations on Feb 15
Uworld Ave: 77% first pass, i only revise my wrong and marked questions
then took UWSA 1: 247

Remaining Days: I Reread my FA + all annotations I made, unfortunately i wasn't able to read all the topic it was too long! maybe 3-4 chapters left.

3 days before: NBME 17: 256 (felt somehow confident but still a bit doubtful)

The night before i tried to do free 150, but halfway through, i was super tired & fell asleep (please don't do this, do your free 150 earlier! i swear!) get some good sleep before the test.

On the day of the test (March 2): First 2 blocks was so hard, I was panicking and palpitating, after that i had to take a 15 min break to compose my self. I thought ill fail the exam right at that point, but I prayed and continued, then maybe God answered my prayers, the remaining 5 blocks were okay, some questions were easy and straight forward. I guess, what they say is true. There will be tough blocks and there will be easy ones. I was marking 10-12 questions per block.

Final Result last Wednesday: 256, so thrilled & a bit emotional because i was only aiming for 240s. All the hardwork paid off.

If you have any question, feel free to message me, i'm willing to help! Good luck guys!
Hi FA and Uworld are sufficient for prepartion .?
 

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Hey,thanks!:)

i would say yes, FA and Uworld is more than enough. The two compliment well with each other. I think its better to learn, understand, simplify, and master a few but substantial material than reading a lot of sources and not having a good grasp to the material at all. I have nothing against other sources, i'm just sharing what worked for me.

I studied FA and Uworld for 4 months, spending 12 hours/day, 6-7 days/week on my last 2 months.
Hey are u from india ?
 

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congrats on your great score! may i ask how many mistakes were you able to count after the exam?
 

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congrats on your great score! may i ask how many mistakes were you able to count after the exam?
Thanks buddy!, I can only remember marking 10-12 questions on average per block. Im sorry I wasn't able to count all my mistakes on all 7 blocks. What i did after the exam is just checked my FA + annotations or even search the net whenever I remember a question that I wasn't sure. Sometimes my ans. is right, sometimes it is wrong. But the exact # i can't remmber.

Goodluck on your result! :)
 

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So you are saying FA and Uworld is more than enough ?, you had good basic science knowledge before hand ?. How long did you study ?
sorry buddy, i still can't send a reply to your msg since i'm still a newbie, you can send me your email if you want. :)
 

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You finished your 1st read of FA in 10 days ? Happy-2 :eek: :confused:

Are you serious ? My last read which was the 5th read took 10 days !

Congrats on your great score.
 

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Need help on step1

First of all congratulations for achieving your target! I am a new comer here. I just made an account today after I got shocked from NBME 18. I am an IMG, reading for step1 for more than a year though it was on and off. As I am currently living in USA with student visa so I have to maintain my school grade too. So couldn't give 100% on my studies. Still have finished First Aid 2014 twice (not consecutively), and U world twice. And I read Kaplan books (all except anatomy) but it was more than a year ago, i barely can remember anything from there. I am an old graduate. And my aim was was to get 230+ As I am living with my families n they r continously pressurized me to take the test. So I schedule it ( last day of my eligibility period) to take the test on 31st March, yesterday I took NBME 18, which left me devastated, frustrated, distraught , shattered and shocked as I I didn't even touch 200. I m feeling like I should die. I was too panic while I was taking nbme last night. And moreover, I couldn't review all the materials before i sat for nbme. I had to go to school even 2 days before my nbme and had to do home works and took test there. I guess I loose myself now. Its too scary even to think about how to start all over again. I don't have class in Summer (MAY7-AUG Last week) I can do maximize utilize this time to finish this Monster exam.
Now I just don't want to give up as I have already invested so many things for this exam so I want to make it happen. Today I will cancel my exam I know my family will get mad on me but I can just go for the exam for getting 200 or even lower than this.
Please help me what are the materials I should read or how to make a plan to achieve my goal/. I am totally lost and as I have seen or heard exam is getting harder n harder. On 18 NBME, i got everything below avg except Resp n Nervous system.

Thanks a lot. Will be waiting for your reply. I can't start study now as I need to know how to do it. Congratulations once again!

Tanzina
 

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First of all congratulations for achieving your target! I am a new comer here. I just made an account today after I got shocked from NBME 18. I am an IMG, reading for step1 for more than a year though it was on and off. As I am currently living in USA with student visa so I have to maintain my school grade too. So couldn't give 100% on my studies. Still have finished First Aid 2014 twice (not consecutively), and U world twice. And I read Kaplan books (all except anatomy) but it was more than a year ago, i barely can remember anything from there. I am an old graduate. And my aim was was to get 230+ As I am living with my families n they r continously pressurized me to take the test. So I schedule it ( last day of my eligibility period) to take the test on 31st March, yesterday I took NBME 18, which left me devastated, frustrated, distraught , shattered and shocked as I I didn't even touch 200. I m feeling like I should die. I was too panic while I was taking nbme last night. And moreover, I couldn't review all the materials before i sat for nbme. I had to go to school even 2 days before my nbme and had to do home works and took test there. I guess I loose myself now. Its too scary even to think about how to start all over again. I don't have class in Summer (MAY7-AUG Last week) I can do maximize utilize this time to finish this Monster exam.
Now I just don't want to give up as I have already invested so many things for this exam so I want to make it happen. Today I will cancel my exam I know my family will get mad on me but I can just go for the exam for getting 200 or even lower than this.
Please help me what are the materials I should read or how to make a plan to achieve my goal/. I am totally lost and as I have seen or heard exam is getting harder n harder. On 18 NBME, i got everything below avg except Resp n Nervous system.

Thanks a lot. Will be waiting for your reply. I can't start study now as I need to know how to do it. Congratulations once again!

Tanzina
Hi, thanks!, can you send me your email/post your email here? I'll msg you there and hope i can give some help.
 

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You finished your 1st read of FA in 10 days ? Happy-2 :eek: :confused:

Are you serious ? My last read which was the 5th read took 10 days !

Congrats on your great score.
hey thanks!, yes my first read was 10 days, but that was a "fast" read and be familiarised with it, didn't memorize much. I had to do 2nd reading on the rest of the month of November, probably 19 days (much longer bec. I had to memorize concepts now). So basically I've read FA 2015 twice in a month before i moved to Uworld. Then Im reading my FA along with Uworld fr. Dec. - Feb. so its like im holding my FA and flipping my FA almost throughout the 4 months of studying. I just focused on FA and Uworld.
 

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I sent you a mail , respond when you get a chance :)

hey thanks!, yes my first read was 10 days, but that was a "fast" read and be familiarised with it, didn't memorize much. I had to do 2nd reading on the rest of the month of November, probably 19 days (much longer bec. I had to memorize concepts now). So basically I've read FA 2015 twice in a month before i moved to Uworld. Then Im reading my FA along with Uworld fr. Dec. - Feb. so its like im holding my FA and flipping my FA almost throughout the 4 months of studying. I just focused on FA and Uworld.
 

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What he is saying

He's from the Philippines.
What he is rambling about is this:

Do UW. Then do FA . Then do UW again . And FA .
Having done it twice .You ready to do NBME .

Thats the score you will get in the real exam .

Not happy with NBME score do UW and FA again .

Now you'll get your 240/250.

Use KLN ( The set of 7 books ) as reference to help understand and for completeness on various topics. Its enough on all subjects esp Patho.

KLN - is 30 USD . No other expense is needed.

Keep it simple.

Now go complicate this. When you add something to this ask yourself - am I repeating stuff already included in this plan.
 

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Hey!! Many many congratulations to you! First person I saw who just did FA and uworld and got great scores!
I did the same, felt terrible after the exam and have been blaming myself everyday as to why I chose the road which people don't take. I feel positive now.. Thanks.. Hopefully I get calm and study for CK. Congrats once again!
 
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