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Hello there :)
I'm a medical student from Taiwan. I just got my Step 1 score! 258! :happy:

[Target score]
Well...the higher the merrier XD Was definitely hoping to break 250.

[Total study time]
3 months full-time
-> THEN POSTPONED!!!!!!
-> 2.5 months part-time (I know! Oh dear!)

[Advice (for those hoping to get 250+)]
1. Do all the NBMEs! (at least one online NBME to know where you're standing)

I did NBMEs online before my postponement, and offline after. I used score estimations for the offlines. I have to say, they are all pretty accurate!
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2. Do more than one question bank if you want 250+. (I did Kaplan qbank and UWorld. Kaplan was a life-saver when I couldn't get my score up after 3 months of studying):

250 (not 250+) is doable with FA+UWorld from what I heard. BUT people who already took the exam usually act all casual and relaxed when you ask them what they used, and they say "Oh! It's nothing! just do this and this and you will do great!" Some even tell you to do only FA+UWorld and then you actually believed them! That's what I did! I let my guard down! I slept 8+ per day and watched three episodes of TV series daily for the first 3 months! That's why I postponed when I realized things weren't right!
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3. FA is gold!!!!!!!!

For Biochem and Pharma you'll need Kaplan!
BRS Physio is like....hmm....not a must.
Behavioral science? Do the questions and let it go!
For Anatomy I tried Kaplan. It's good, but not sure if it helped. Could try.
Microbio: Actually you don't need any! Learn by doing the questions! I flipped through a few pages of Ridiculously simple and felt dizzy. I didn't like sketchymicro. Pick the one you like most.
Pathology: Pathoma plus Goljan! Pathoma if you don't have time. Pathoma's what really got me going at the start. Goljan's what set me apart from 240-ers.
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4. Get lots and lots of sleep!!!

For the 2.5 month part-time, I slept 6-8 hours per day (8-9 for weekends). Lack of sleep can kill your score! Sometimes when I didn't know the answer, I used my still-alive-and-working brain to reason it out! It worked!
======================

Overall, I ranked the 3rd for the first 4 years of med school (equivalent to the first two years of U.S. medical school). I've seen people who struggled at school in the past gathered themselves up and gave Step 1 their best shot. They did great on the exam! Some with 250+. It doesn't matter where you stand right now. Preparing for Step 1 is like starting all over. Turning over a new leaf (cliche but true). You can always decide to do better. It's never too late.
More importantly, DO NOT EVER, EVER give up!
Cheers!

Many thanks to those who shared their experiences and encouraged us to work harder! :)
 

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Kaplan

Congratulations and many thanks for having the need to share not just your success with us but your story...you sure inspired! A quick one, what did you use for Anatomy?!
I used Kaplan and I like it quite a bit.
It's clear and test-oriented.
But I'm not sure if it really helped with my score since I didn't get many anatomy questions on the real exam.

When you're running out of time, you can use High Yield Anatomy. I heard it's a quick review.
 

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nbmes

Can u tell us your nbme scores?
and how important is it reading goljan ?
Before I postponed, I got high 240+ on nbmes and 260+ on UWSA.
That's why I decided to postpone. I just couldn't take any chances. The UWSA can be very deceiving sometimes.

People say if you do a lot of UWorld (like more than one time or go into every detail on your first try), UWSA tend to over-predict your score. Some say 10 points or even more.

Before the exam, my nbmes were like near 260 or a bit over 260, with UWSA still over 260.

And that's a "go" for me.
 

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Goljan

Can u tell us your nbme scores?
and how important is it reading goljan ?
I forgot to mention Goljan.
hmm
It depends.
But it's really for the people who have time. Goljan explained to you how they asked the question on the boards and taught you how to analyze it. But once you get it the rest is very time-consuming.
I have a friend with near 260 and he only did very little Goljan.
 

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Hello there :)
I'm a medical student from Taiwan. I just got my Step 1 score! 258! :happy:

[Target score]
Well...the higher the merrier XD Was definitely hoping to break 250.

[Total study time]
3 months full-time
-> THEN POSTPONED!!!!!!
-> 2.5 months part-time (I know! Oh dear!)

[Advice (for those hoping to get 250+)]
1. Do all the NBMEs! (at least one online NBME to know where you're standing)

I did NBMEs online before my postponement, and offline after. I used score estimations for the offlines. I have to say, they are all pretty accurate!
======================

2. Do more than one question bank if you want 250+. (I did Kaplan qbank and UWorld. Kaplan was a life-saver when I couldn't get my score up after 3 months of studying):

250 (not 250+) is doable with FA+UWorld from what I heard. BUT people who already took the exam usually act all casual and relaxed when you ask them what they used, and they say "Oh! It's nothing! just do this and this and you will do great!" Some even tell you to do only FA+UWorld and then you actually believed them! That's what I did! I let my guard down! I slept 8+ per day and watched three episodes of TV series daily for the first 3 months! That's why I postponed when I realized things weren't right!
======================

3. FA is gold!!!!!!!!

For Biochem and Pharma you'll need Kaplan!
BRS Physio is like....hmm....not a must.
Behavioral science? Do the questions and let it go!
For Anatomy I tried Kaplan. It's good, but not sure if it helped. Could try.
Microbio: Actually you don't need any! Learn by doing the questions! I flipped through a few pages of Ridiculously simple and felt dizzy. I didn't like sketchymicro. Pick the one you like most.
Pathology: Pathoma plus Goljan! Pathoma if you don't have time. Pathoma's what really got me going at the start. Goljan's what set me apart from 240-ers.
======================

4. Get lots and lots of sleep!!!

For the 2.5 month part-time, I slept 6-8 hours per day (8-9 for weekends). Lack of sleep can kill your score! Sometimes when I didn't know the answer, I used my still-alive-and-working brain to reason it out! It worked!
======================

Overall, I ranked the 3rd for the first 4 years of med school (equivalent to the first two years of U.S. medical school). I've seen people who struggled at school in the past gathered themselves up and gave Step 1 their best shot. They did great on the exam! Some with 250+. It doesn't matter where you stand right now. Preparing for Step 1 is like starting all over. Turning over a new leaf (cliche but true). You can always decide to do better. It's never too late.
More importantly, DO NOT EVER, EVER give up!
Cheers!

Many thanks to those who shared their experiences and encouraged us to work harder! :)
Thats so inspiring man !!!! Thanks a lot and congrts for the great score :)
 

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Hello there :)
I'm a medical student from Taiwan. I just got my Step 1 score! 258! :happy:

[Target score]
Well...the higher the merrier XD Was definitely hoping to break 250.

[Total study time]
3 months full-time
-> THEN POSTPONED!!!!!!
-> 2.5 months part-time (I know! Oh dear!)

[Advice (for those hoping to get 250+)]
1. Do all the NBMEs! (at least one online NBME to know where you're standing)

I did NBMEs online before my postponement, and offline after. I used score estimations for the offlines. I have to say, they are all pretty accurate!
======================

2. Do more than one question bank if you want 250+. (I did Kaplan qbank and UWorld. Kaplan was a life-saver when I couldn't get my score up after 3 months of studying):

250 (not 250+) is doable with FA+UWorld from what I heard. BUT people who already took the exam usually act all casual and relaxed when you ask them what they used, and they say "Oh! It's nothing! just do this and this and you will do great!" Some even tell you to do only FA+UWorld and then you actually believed them! That's what I did! I let my guard down! I slept 8+ per day and watched three episodes of TV series daily for the first 3 months! That's why I postponed when I realized things weren't right!
======================

3. FA is gold!!!!!!!!

For Biochem and Pharma you'll need Kaplan!
BRS Physio is like....hmm....not a must.
Behavioral science? Do the questions and let it go!
For Anatomy I tried Kaplan. It's good, but not sure if it helped. Could try.
Microbio: Actually you don't need any! Learn by doing the questions! I flipped through a few pages of Ridiculously simple and felt dizzy. I didn't like sketchymicro. Pick the one you like most.
Pathology: Pathoma plus Goljan! Pathoma if you don't have time. Pathoma's what really got me going at the start. Goljan's what set me apart from 240-ers.
======================

4. Get lots and lots of sleep!!!

For the 2.5 month part-time, I slept 6-8 hours per day (8-9 for weekends). Lack of sleep can kill your score! Sometimes when I didn't know the answer, I used my still-alive-and-working brain to reason it out! It worked!
======================

Overall, I ranked the 3rd for the first 4 years of med school (equivalent to the first two years of U.S. medical school). I've seen people who struggled at school in the past gathered themselves up and gave Step 1 their best shot. They did great on the exam! Some with 250+. It doesn't matter where you stand right now. Preparing for Step 1 is like starting all over. Turning over a new leaf (cliche but true). You can always decide to do better. It's never too late.
More importantly, DO NOT EVER, EVER give up!
Cheers!

Many thanks to those who shared their experiences and encouraged us to work harder! :)
Congrats!! How many mistakes do you think you made on the test or how how many did you think you got wrong after the test?
 

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Hi there
They say you get 2 hard blocks . Did that happen to you?
how do you recognise you have entered the hard block ?
Those who know the work will find 5 blocks quite easy. Is that true .
Thanks for mentioning your experience.
Good luck to you in your new USA venture.
 

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no idea

Congrats!! How many mistakes do you think you made on the test or how how many did you think you got wrong after the test?
When I walked out of the test center, I really couldn't tell how it went.
People couldn't believe me. They thought I must feel something.

To me, it's not like the NBMEs. You usually know that oh, you need to get less than xx questions right to get xx score. But the real deal is like, 280 Qs. And they say the score is relative to other people's performance...

My suggest would be to do the NBMEs. In most cases, they are accurate as hell.
 

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probably 1?

Hi there
They say you get 2 hard blocks . Did that happen to you?
how do you recognise you have entered the hard block ?
Those who know the work will find 5 blocks quite easy. Is that true .
Thanks for mentioning your experience.
Good luck to you in your new USA venture.
I could recognize one easy block.
The others I thought were pretty similar in terms of difficulty.
I didn't think I did very well in the first block. But it's mostly because it's the first one and not necessarily because it's harder than others.

It's different for everyone.
Two of my classmates got 7 easy blocks.
Wonder how that can happen.
But then again, it's all about relative performance (the way they give you the score). When all the people taking the exam around that time get easy blocks, you really have no advantage over that.
 

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Hello there :)
I'm a medical student from Taiwan. I just got my Step 1 score! 258! :happy:

[Target score]
Well...the higher the merrier XD Was definitely hoping to break 250.

[Total study time]
3 months full-time
-> THEN POSTPONED!!!!!!
-> 2.5 months part-time (I know! Oh dear!)

[Advice (for those hoping to get 250+)]
1. Do all the NBMEs! (at least one online NBME to know where you're standing)

I did NBMEs online before my postponement, and offline after. I used score estimations for the offlines. I have to say, they are all pretty accurate!
======================

2. Do more than one question bank if you want 250+. (I did Kaplan qbank and UWorld. Kaplan was a life-saver when I couldn't get my score up after 3 months of studying):

250 (not 250+) is doable with FA+UWorld from what I heard. BUT people who already took the exam usually act all casual and relaxed when you ask them what they used, and they say "Oh! It's nothing! just do this and this and you will do great!" Some even tell you to do only FA+UWorld and then you actually believed them! That's what I did! I let my guard down! I slept 8+ per day and watched three episodes of TV series daily for the first 3 months! That's why I postponed when I realized things weren't right!
======================

3. FA is gold!!!!!!!!

For Biochem and Pharma you'll need Kaplan!
BRS Physio is like....hmm....not a must.
Behavioral science? Do the questions and let it go!
For Anatomy I tried Kaplan. It's good, but not sure if it helped. Could try.
Microbio: Actually you don't need any! Learn by doing the questions! I flipped through a few pages of Ridiculously simple and felt dizzy. I didn't like sketchymicro. Pick the one you like most.
Pathology: Pathoma plus Goljan! Pathoma if you don't have time. Pathoma's what really got me going at the start. Goljan's what set me apart from 240-ers.
======================

4. Get lots and lots of sleep!!!

For the 2.5 month part-time, I slept 6-8 hours per day (8-9 for weekends). Lack of sleep can kill your score! Sometimes when I didn't know the answer, I used my still-alive-and-working brain to reason it out! It worked!
======================

Overall, I ranked the 3rd for the first 4 years of med school (equivalent to the first two years of U.S. medical school). I've seen people who struggled at school in the past gathered themselves up and gave Step 1 their best shot. They did great on the exam! Some with 250+. It doesn't matter where you stand right now. Preparing for Step 1 is like starting all over. Turning over a new leaf (cliche but true). You can always decide to do better. It's never too late.
More importantly, DO NOT EVER, EVER give up!
Cheers!

Many thanks to those who shared their experiences and encouraged us to work harder! :)
Well done. Congratulations! Happy-2
 

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Congrats on the amazing score!!

I am preparing and my medical school didn't do well in teaching us neuro and a lot of the basic foundation I am taking some time to fill in the gaps I do want to take my exam soon! I just wanted to know what do you recommend as "smart studying" and also how do I not burn out?
 

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Work hard! Play hard!

Congrats on the amazing score!!

I am preparing and my medical school didn't do well in teaching us neuro and a lot of the basic foundation I am taking some time to fill in the gaps I do want to take my exam soon! I just wanted to know what do you recommend as "smart studying" and also how do I not burn out?
As you can probably tell from my post, I slept a lot and rest a lot. I watched tons of TV...
Work hard, play hard!
This way you can keep yourself from burning out.
I would say try to stick to your schedule and do not postpone if you don't really have to.
 
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