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Hello people...i am an img graduated in december 2012..below I'm going to briefly mention my step 1 journey..hope it helps.

I started in feb 2013...first 2 months I went over Kaplan lecture notes and videos except for patho for which I did pathoma...I made sure I understood each and everything in the video lectures...although I kept forgetting stuff I was quick to realize that the exam was mostly about concepts so I moved on...next 2 months I read Kaplan notes and pathoma without the videos..to further enhance my concepts I did usmle Rx subject wise after each subject I read...

I then gave first aid a read in 14 days. Next 10 days till the end of June I did Kaplan q bank. I basically ran through it and managed to get around 40-50% of it done...

in July I started uworld and managed to get it done in 22 days (78% aggregate) and made annotations off it on my fa... After uworld I gave nbme 11 and scored 252...gave another read of fa in 12 days and read genetics from Kaplan and saw neuro videos again after which I gave nbme 12 and scored 252...I went through some of my uworld again in next 8 days after which I gave nbme 7 and got 257 and uwsa 1 and got 263 both on the same day...gave a 3rd read of fa in 6 days and gave nbme 13 ( 257) and uwsa2 ( more than 265) after that on the same day. Next day I gave nbme 15 and scored 257 again ( lol I know I was super consistent in my nbmes)...last 3 days I just went over fa high yield topics or concepts that i thought needed reinforcement...the day before my exam I just relaxed mostly, watched some football, went out with a friend to get some snacks...I tried to sleep early but i couldnt sleep properly due to the expected anxiety . Had a 6 7 hour sleep in pieces.

Exam was trickier than most nbmes but doable. I marked any question I had a doubt on so I ended up marking 20 to 25 a block....I thought genetics and behavioral sciences had more wtf type questions but genetics was solvable if one had done their kaplans right...the rest all subjects were fair game...

Timeline:

Nbme 11 ( 5 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 12 ( 3 weeks out) : 252
Nbme 7 ( 2 weeks out): 257 and uwsa1: 263
Nbme 13 ( 1 week out): 257 and uwsa2: >265
Nbme 15: (6 days out): 257
Usmle step 1: 267

I know I leveled up from my nbmes but I owe it mostly to the fact that in the exam I was much more focused and perhaps the pressure got the best out of me....
my advice to anyone looking ahead to tame this beast would be to simply make concepts from whatever tools you decide to use for your prep. I think kaplan video lectures do that job in the best possible manner and then you have fa which gives you all you need to know for the exam but without the concepts , so I would recommend doing lectures. I know some would argue that uworld does a fine job in making you understand conceptual stuff but the problem is that while the kaplans give u everything in sequence the qbanks albeit awesome study tools don't give u things in a proper sequence which leaves u a bit confused at the end of the day since the exam content is so vast...just my opinion. However doing as many questions as possible is also key since they help reinforce stuff over and over again and in different scenarios. VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

I tried not to write a whole notebook,lol, so if anyone has any specific questions regarding the prep material or anything I would be glad to help out to my best ability...many people will tell you many different ways to go by your prep but as doctors its a part of our training to use our own judgment as to what's best at the end of the day.

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Great Score

Congrats!! i see something here that ive been noticing is that uwsa are actually getting more accurate whit the real score, they have probably read are post about the overestimation.

But again great score, keep it up!!
 

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congrats for that awsumm score :) my exam is in 15 days..so most of the concept building time is over for me..uwrld cumulative is around 80% n uwsa 260..get a lot of behavioural science questions wrong..culd u suggest me sumthing for these last days :confused: will be really thankful..
 

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congrats for that awsumm score :) my exam is in 15 days..so most of the concept building time is over for me..uwrld cumulative is around 80% n uwsa 260..get a lot of behavioural science questions wrong..culd u suggest me sumthing for these last days :confused: will be really thankful..
Hey... If you are getting 80s in your uworld then probably your prep is very sound... I would say if ur using fa just keep doing that as much as you can in the last days plus as many nbmes as you can give, 13 and 15 are highly recommended... And most importantly keep your confidence high cos not everyone is as well prepared... Good luck!!
 

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Dear barcaboy,

thanks for sharing ur experience :)
i have some Qs:

1. did u use goljan as well? or anything else for pathology?

2.did u annotate kaplans and uworld in FA?

3.is kaplan anatomy enough for the exam?

4.which subject was hardest for u on the exam?

i have studied my first read of kaplans(except pathology) and pathoma, im trying to annotate kaplans in FA which takes me so long...:eek: i dont know whether it is wise or not...
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congratsss
great achivement
plz can you tell us how you manage ur time with Qs how many blocks/day

do you read both right and wrong answer or what ?

ur averge in Uworld form the beginig within 78% or it get better with time?
currently i did 30% of uworld with averge 66% how can i improve it

thank you in advance
 

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Congratulation!

That's a great score BarcaBoy!

Looking at the experiences of recent takers there seems to be a trend shift towards Gross Anatomy and Molecular Biology. How do you recommend we approach those areas?

How do you suggest we consolidate the information, because almost through with second read but seems like running in circles. You do one subject, do it's question with reasonably good scores but it's gone by the time you do the new one. What's you take on this?

Could you please summarize your prep in last couple of months?

Thank you and all the best for CK.
 

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Dear barcaboy,

thanks for sharing ur experience :)
i have some Qs:

1. did u use goljan as well? or anything else for pathology?

2.did u annotate kaplans and uworld in FA?

3.is kaplan anatomy enough for the exam?

4.which subject was hardest for u on the exam?

i have studied my first read of kaplans(except pathology) and pathoma, im trying to annotate kaplans in FA which takes me so long...:eek: i dont know whether it is wise or not...
:scared:
1. I just used pathoma notes and videos for patho and i think its the most concise and conceptual material for patho.
2. I only annotated some uworld on my fa... U dont need to annotate anything from kaplan to fa because everything in the exam is either in fa or uworld one way or another, so id rather leave space on fa for my uworld notes. I think its a good strategy to study fs along with kaplans that way u can make concepts off kaplan and photographic memory off fa which i can read as many times as u feel.
3.i thought anatomy in kaplan was good enough but there might be a bias here since my anatomy during med school was pretty good.
4. Personally for me the ethics portion of behavioral sciences was the trickiest... Gtankly i didnt even see a way i cud improve on it give that i had done it from all available resources... I wud say keep ur biostatistics top notch cos thats where u can score in bs and for ethics just do ur best and count on ur luck on exam day...
 

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congratsss
great achivement
plz can you tell us how you manage ur time with Qs how many blocks/day

do you read both right and wrong answer or what ?

ur averge in Uworld form the beginig within 78% or it get better with time?
currentlysid 30% of uworld with averge 66% how can i improve it

thank you in advance
Thanks alot dr. Mac.... I did about 115 Qs a day of uworld and went thru all explainations... So the way i did was that i used to skim thru the explanation and if i thought i had not a good grasp of a certain topic then i would read it again... It worked out for me since i had alot of concepts straight even before starting uworld... I started in low 70s avg and moved upto 78... U will definitely move up sonce ul be learning things that r repeated over n over again but i wud say by no means take ur uworld score as a predictive to ur actual thing... What matters is how much u take out from your uworld experience... Good luck!!!
 

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That's a great score BarcaBoy!

Looking at the experiences of recent takers there seems to be a trend shift towards Gross Anatomy and Molecular Biology. How do you recommend we approach those areas?

How do you suggest we consoliduworld the information, because almost through with second read but seems like running in circles. You do one subject, do it's question with reasonably good scores but it's gone by the time you do the new one. What's you take on this?

Could you please summarize your prep in last couple of months?

Thank you and all the best for CK.
Thanks insomniac... Well u see every form is different but for genetics my experience was that kpln lecture notes just do the trick... For anatomy honestly i cant really say since my anatomy was good even before starting the prep but in mu opinion fa and uworld are enough if you understand it well.

I know its difficult to keep everything in mind since the content is awfully vast and the way ur feeling is totally normal.. But the beauty of this exam. Is that even if u don't remember something from the top of your head but u had understood it well when u read it, the probability is very high that ul get a question from that topic right, its hard to explain but the exam is structured in such a way that it makes it easier to even guess the right answer if you'r basic concepts r good...

In my last 2 months i just did uworld fa and nbmes, made a cocktail out of those n gulped it down the memory lane... Lol... And my insomniac friend dont forget that the more rem sleep you have the more you retain stuff so try to sleep good 8 9 hours ever night... You will do great, stay motivated, thats half the game..
 

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Awesome!!! :):)

Congratulations!!:)

Hi ,

i ve 6 weeks left for my exam!!
unlike d popular method..i am doing UWORLD SUBJECTWISE.... 65-75%..ll b done in 4 days!!
mainly using it as a studying tool!Read every explanation of correct and incorrect answers...annoted in FA!

Should i take Kaplan Qbank now?

or just continue revising UWORLD and FA n give NBMEs and UWSA?
 

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Congratulations!!:)

Hi ,

i ve 6 weeks left for my exam!!
unlike d popular method..i am doing UWORLD SUBJECTWISE.... 65-75%..ll b done in 4 days!!
mainly using it as a studying tool!Read every explanation of correct and incorrect answers...annoted in FA!

Should i take Kaplan Qbank now?

or just continue revising UWORLD and FA n give NBMEs and UWSA?
Thanks alot friend....i would say that although it is a personal choice, my recommendation would be to give n nbme after ur uworld and see where you stand... Ur uworld scores are very good n if ur reading everything carefully and uve done fa aswell i really dont think ul get much out of kaplan qbank if u get a decent nbme... However doing morr questions is also a wise strategy and if u want so i would say go for usmle rx, ive heard it helps incorporate fa in ur mind... Then again u will be doing the same concrpts in rx as in uworld... Good luck
 

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congrats!!!

u did a great job and now u are sharing us zis magnificent experience. am planning to take z step 1 in z coming march. i read z kaplan for each subject once except for path which i use goljan.i saw z kaplan videos too.
1,how would u advise me to use z remaining time so efficiently?
2,when shall i start uworld,nbme?

look forward to hearing from ya.
 

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u did a great job and now u are sharing us zis magnificent experience. am planning to take z step 1 in z coming march. i read z kaplan for each subject once except for path which i use goljan.i saw z kaplan videos too.
1,how would u advise me to use z remaining time so efficiently?
2,when shall i start uworld,nbme?

look forward to hearing from ya.
Thanks alot friend... Since you have a lot of time with you i would say you should go for a qbank other uworld, either do usmle rx or kaplan qbank, this shall help consolidate ur concepts from what you read in kaplan... Also try to do first aid a couple of times before starting uworld... Regarding nbmes n uworld start with these within 2 months of ur exam... Do ur fa in between that too and trt to giving nbmes after ur world reads and fa readsvto know where you stand..but then again thats how i wudve done it and every body has thier own way... Some people even do uworld within 3 weeks of their exam and it works out for them... Good luck..
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Congratulations for your high score >>> U deserve it :)

1-I wanna ask you is there any material or information in the exam was outside the FA or Uworld ?

2-do you recommend watching kaplan videos for micro ,because i nearly ended micro by reading microbiology made ridiculously simple ?

Thanks in advance doctor :)
 
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