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Hey,

I am wondering if I can hear some feedback from anyone that has already written step 1, in terms of what to expect on the day of the exam.

I know we need to go early, but if would be really helpful if someone can post what we need to bring with us, what we're allowed to bring vs. not bring.

Will they provide us with lockers or do we bring our stuff in with us??

What paperwork do we need to bring other than ID and the e-ticket we got from ECFMG?

Is there a password required to access the program to start the test?

Info like that would be really helpful, and appreciated.

Thanks:)
 

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Important Points to remeber in the exam day

  • You need to go early and better to go one day before the test day to check the parking because I had problem with the parking!
  • You can take whatever you like with you but you will be putting all your stuff in a locker and not allowed to take anything inside the testing area except your ID and locker keys.
  • If you need tissues you have to ask the supervisors to give you one during the exam.
  • You can take your coat with you as there are hangers for this purpose there.
  • Take your scheduling permit and Government ID that has your signature and your name exactly as it appears in your ECFMG records.
  • There is toilet and bathroom there that you can access during break times
  • Check the area for surrounding restaurants or coffee shops if you want to take lunch during the lunch break though I prefer to take your food with you and eat in the car and eat very small amount.
  • They will give you a confidentiality form to fill and sign when you reach there in the center.
  • They will allow students to go in one after the other so better you go as early as possible so you start your exam early so you finish early specially if the center is away from your home or hotel.
  • The supervisor will give you a yellow laminated paper and he will ask you to write your CIN number on it (CIN is found in your scheduling permit).
  • You have to enter your name and CIN number in the computer whenever you return from breaks.
  • They will aslo take your finger prints and picture of you. The finger print will be used whenever you return from breaks and the picture you will find it there in the computer when you start a new block.
 

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Thank you so much that was really helpful, my exam is in a week and I was starting to panic just thinking about all the things that could go wrong lol.

Got any suggestions on how often to take the breaks?
 

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Thank you so much that was really helpful, my exam is in a week and I was starting to panic just thinking about all the things that could go wrong lol.

Got any suggestions on how often to take the breaks?
Here's how I did it
Orientation section (15 minutes) -- skipped and the time added to the break time.
Block one
No break
Block two
5 min break
Block three
5 min break
Block four
20 min break (take lunch, go to toilet, relax, don't call anybody)
Block five
No break
Block six
10 min break
Block seven
then go home :D

I finished the exam with 10 minutes unused break time in my balance, but that's OK because you should always leave extra break time for the unexpected.
 

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Thank you so much that was really helpful, my exam is in a week and I was starting to panic just thinking about all the things that could go wrong lol.

Got any suggestions on how often to take the breaks?
Hi HouseWannabe,
We wish all luck and success in your upcoming exam. You've been a wonderful member of our forums.
Prayers for you.
You might also look at this thread for help with break time
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s...istribute-your-break-time-usmle-step-1-a.html
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Hey Sabio, and Superwild, thank you guys for your advice. Keep your fingers crossed hopefully i'll get to see a miracle that day ;).
 
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