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Hi Raj,

Thank you for the nice comment about our website and we are glad to have you here with us.

Back to your question.

Definitely you can prepare to the exam without Kaplan Lecture Notes. You may read my post here in which I mentioned that you can rely on other books.

However, I still think that even if you rely on other books you still need a good financial resource to get the job done properly. The USMLE and ultimately seeking residency in USA is a very costly target. Check this for example;

As for the Taus Method, it's very popular and it has proven to be very effective. You can check it here but I also recommend you consider ZumZum method and here's the link

As for the usmle-forums staff scores, all of us (me, Rasheed, Lee, and Sabio) have scored above 235 in Step 1.
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