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Cannot believe its over ! & finaly its My turn to write down Step-1 experience Like some one said : USmle is colonoscopy of brain without anesthesia !hell its true but i am Glad its Over i wana thank you nassero JEans & aman.J for help n prayers

i am writing down this experience for NAsseero ''& imran & my sister so i thought i should share it with you guys
BACKGROUND : average student- or below average.
PREP time : 11 months
AVERAGE time 7--11 hr per day (oh yeah ' )my suggestion would be always minus 2 hours from time you spend on study tabel so i did 9 hours i count it as 7
ALWYAS Go LIBRARY! u do twice the amount of Work as compared to home
you see people around you studying it gives you boost' - i studies in (HEATH scienes library)
evnvironment matters alott!
Material i used :
KAPLAN videos + notes all subject
physio i used BRS + kaplan
neurology :HY & KAPLAN +( dr najeeb neurology videos once ) after that i wos strongest in neuro
PATHOLOGY: pathoma videos + Goljan RR aka GolJ'Oma ! its a killer combo if u Add goljans' audio aswell - - i did it twice best decision ever
FA 3 times ( use FA to reviseconcepts --donot memorise it ---) example in FA it says cirhosis have smal testes.ask ur self why?? make connections--donot memorise it Ok?
or why D.I.C patient have pleuritic chest pain??--uremia guys '''make concepts ok??
FA takes you to 235-- not more then that (in my opinion)
i didnot do D I T - i couldnot lol they were reading FA in my face !lol
UW offline ( that wos mistake i made)
QBANKS ? USMLE Rx 73%
UW : 1st offline 2nd after 7 months 79% online
GOLJAn questions i did 200 qs from Goljan RR online

no one replied to My threads on this fourm so i wil point them out so that i can help you guys
should i use -
FLASH CARDS? YES! do them daily - i had 3 question from kaplan pharma cards no kidding
MICRO ? i used Kaplan Notes as flash cards i did one Bug a day in last 4 months man its amazing Book you wont miss a single question
anatomy KLN is enough with Qbanks
Immunology? kaplan notes are best!
neurlogy : KLN best if u can Do HY man they are amazing notes for neuro (if you have strong basis in neuro alreadY)
Pharma: FA is enough+ KAPLAN Flash cards-(they help on step-2 aswell)
here is oerder of my nbmes

NBME 5- after 1st read 185 .. yeah its a fail! it shattered me but here is the thing i studies day & nights after that so why do we fall mr wayne?:D
NBME-11 ONLINE 226 after two months
NBME 3-231 after a week
NBME 12-228 after 40 days
NBME 15-233 after 40 days
UWSA-1 262 (oh yeah i felt it wos easy i ddin guess guestions so it wos my score not mere luck) after 3 dasy
Exam 18decmber
real score 238 ... AlhamdulilAh i am content- i had mixed feeling at that time becuase i always dreamt of 250 but nonetheless i wos happy that AllAh gave me marks more then my nbme

QBANKS-
usmle rx is my fav Qbanks it took me from 180--230
yes guys its easy but Fact it its All FA & you wana do FA for USmle donot you??

kaplan Qbank goes with KLN notes do it if u can in 1st read ( i wish i knew that) I didnot Do kaplan Qbank!!!
UW is stupid Qbank lol i hated it it doesn cover all topics But IT is THE best Qbank despit emy hate for it
see what makes UW best?? its written in exam style do 1st time UW slow n make concepts
2nd time ? do 3-4 blocks per day esp in last two weeks --(very important) it trains ur mind how to think for USmle & at this point you need TEST taking skill Not knowledge ( you had had enough knowledge just trust yourself n imrove skills now)
Biostats : it wos my achiles heel ' guys if i wos not sccoring well on nbmes? wos it pathology? no i can show u my NBme images i had ...graphs All stars toward right side (i.e best performence in pathology) n below border line in biostats n behaviour ****! those doc patient rel qs ...
KAPLAn is STUPID book For biostats .. last month of my prep i picked up
HY biostats this Book is like as if some friend talking To you & teaching you biostats & my score improved after using HY & i wished i had done it earlier--

REASON i could not GET 250 -- LACK of Guidance -else i had put 100% input and thats mwhy i am proud of 238 cuz i went from bottom to top!cuz i did it on my own with help of GOD''prayers of freinds n faimly

for those guys struggling with scores..
NEVER GIVE UP!- you are like a fighter'''this USmle is Boxxing match-- just donot give up
even if u have no strength to stand up...
there were moments when i cried ( i am not ashamed to admit --you cry when dreams break )) cuz my dream of 250 wos breaking but i never broke...up i wud scream inside THAt I AM NOT GIVING UUPPP!!!
& trust me i ran out of time if ihad time i would not have stopped studying tiill i scored 255..i have to take CK n CS .so i fought till last round :D
if i can Do it you can do it just donot give up! fighters Donot give up You all are fighters Nver let anyone tell you You cant Do it
you lose it the moment you give up''

..FOR Those Who are Going to take exam:
end doesnt matter .. you pass or fail it doesnot matter..
you Donot know you wil be alive after 6 months or not so why do you worry about future?? Concentrate on present--
END doesnot matter now what matter is How you fought ..i told my self if i am going down i wil make sure it wos one hell a good fight -- & trust me i wos very focused on my exam i had no worries on exam days no nervous ness ''

MISTAKEs I MADE : Donot touch UW without basics or 1st read ( it took me double amount of time & wasted my time)--- Not doing HY biostats early in prep'
donot panic in last week you remmber alot donot read books do questions
--simulate exam--ateast twice before exam--- fe days before i got tired in exam & i lost concentration on 4th 5th block i think i cud ve got 240+ becuase after exam i felt i wos better then what i did on exam''i could have done better'

BEST OF LUCK GUYS ! :)
QUESTIOns QUestion Question is the Key i DID 7000 questions
people who score 250 are may be better test takes.. do donot underestimate yourself
i know people who were 231 on NBme n Got 252'' i personlay know her so donot Compare your self with anyone JUST make sure YOU did HARD work n gave Your best
rest its ur LUCK.' many factors affect your score'' test taking skill is one of them
:) TC guys
 

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Congrats MashAllah. Do you remember how many mistakes, at least, you got wrong in your real exam? 15? 30? 50?
i am afraid not.-- i remmbered 5 questions i Got wrong-
one wos whats name of test for Medial cruciate ligament injury- varus or valgus
i knew evrything about knee except this lol

alot of gynae 10 to 15 questions on pregnant women'' -- STD & pelvis abdomen qs Ct scans'

one thing my friend. BE ready for long questions i.e 5 lines then lab value then 5 lines below i had these qs in5th block ! imagine when u are tired and......

so improve test taking skills
 

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Congrats ..your motivation is amazing ..thank you ..
Have one question for you ..
Regarding Goljan Qbank ?? Is it very important ?
Do i have to do it ?
Since not a lot of ppl did it so i wanted to ask u since u did nearly half of it ..thank you
 

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Congrats ..your motivation is amazing ..thank you ..
Have one question for you ..
Regarding Goljan Qbank ?? Is it very important ?
Do i have to do it ?
Since not a lot of ppl did it so i wanted to ask u since u did nearly half of it ..thank you
i wuld say do as much qs as u can''
while doing exam if i hadnot done 7000 qs i would have been ...screwed badly even if i knew Goljan well'

if you have time Do them i had printed qs Goljan i did some online qs too( friends account) in my opinion they were Great question''i wud get many qs wrong''
it helped me to grip that volume compartment ICF ECf excellently (use goljan audio along while doing these qs 1 Hr per day )
 

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Vita86 thanks for putting this up for me, ur sister and amanj.
We appreciate that. I know u would clear ck with ease.
I will take note of ur mistakes and build on your strength.
I was just touched when I read ur mail saying I would score 240+. That is the spirit of a good friend. yea genuine friends wish u better marks than what they got. You would go places with this spirit. All the best in your next move.
 

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Cannot believe its over ! & finaly its My turn to write down Step-1 experience Like some one said : USmle is colonoscopy of brain without anesthesia !hell its true but i am Glad its Over i wana thank you nassero JEans & aman.J for help n prayers

i am writing down this experience for NAsseero ''& imran & my sister so i thought i should share it with you guys
BACKGROUND : average student- or below average.
PREP time : 11 months
AVERAGE time 7--11 hr per day (oh yeah ' )my suggestion would be always minus 2 hours from time you spend on study tabel so i did 9 hours i count it as 7
ALWYAS Go LIBRARY! u do twice the amount of Work as compared to home
you see people around you studying it gives you boost' - i studies in (HEATH scienes library)
evnvironment matters alott!
Material i used :
KAPLAN videos + notes all subject
physio i used BRS + kaplan
neurology :HY & KAPLAN +( dr najeeb neurology videos once ) after that i wos strongest in neuro
PATHOLOGY: pathoma videos + Goljan RR aka GolJ'Oma ! its a killer combo if u Add goljans' audio aswell - - i did it twice best decision ever
FA 3 times ( use FA to reviseconcepts --donot memorise it ---) example in FA it says cirhosis have smal testes.ask ur self why?? make connections--donot memorise it Ok?
or why D.I.C patient have pleuritic chest pain??--uremia guys '''make concepts ok??
FA takes you to 235-- not more then that (in my opinion)
i didnot do D I T - i couldnot lol they were reading FA in my face !lol
UW offline ( that wos mistake i made)
QBANKS ? USMLE Rx 73%
UW : 1st offline 2nd after 7 months 79% online
GOLJAn questions i did 200 qs from Goljan RR online

no one replied to My threads on this fourm so i wil point them out so that i can help you guys
should i use -
FLASH CARDS? YES! do them daily - i had 3 question from kaplan pharma cards no kidding
MICRO ? i used Kaplan Notes as flash cards i did one Bug a day in last 4 months man its amazing Book you wont miss a single question
anatomy KLN is enough with Qbanks
Immunology? kaplan notes are best!
neurlogy : KLN best if u can Do HY man they are amazing notes for neuro (if you have strong basis in neuro alreadY)
Pharma: FA is enough+ KAPLAN Flash cards-(they help on step-2 aswell)
here is oerder of my nbmes

NBME 5- after 1st read 185 .. yeah its a fail! it shattered me but here is the thing i studies day & nights after that so why do we fall mr wayne?:D
NBME-11 ONLINE 226 after two months
NBME 3-231 after a week
NBME 12-228 after 40 days
NBME 15-233 after 40 days
UWSA-1 262 (oh yeah i felt it wos easy i ddin guess guestions so it wos my score not mere luck) after 3 dasy
Exam 18decmber
real score 238 ... AlhamdulilAh i am content- i had mixed feeling at that time becuase i always dreamt of 250 but nonetheless i wos happy that AllAh gave me marks more then my nbme

QBANKS-
usmle rx is my fav Qbanks it took me from 180--230
yes guys its easy but Fact it its All FA & you wana do FA for USmle donot you??

kaplan Qbank goes with KLN notes do it if u can in 1st read ( i wish i knew that) I didnot Do kaplan Qbank!!!
UW is stupid Qbank lol i hated it it doesn cover all topics But IT is THE best Qbank despit emy hate for it
see what makes UW best?? its written in exam style do 1st time UW slow n make concepts
2nd time ? do 3-4 blocks per day esp in last two weeks --(very important) it trains ur mind how to think for USmle & at this point you need TEST taking skill Not knowledge ( you had had enough knowledge just trust yourself n imrove skills now)
Biostats : it wos my achiles heel ' guys if i wos not sccoring well on nbmes? wos it pathology? no i can show u my NBme images i had ...graphs All stars toward right side (i.e best performence in pathology) n below border line in biostats n behaviour ****! those doc patient rel qs ...
KAPLAn is STUPID book For biostats .. last month of my prep i picked up
HY biostats this Book is like as if some friend talking To you & teaching you biostats & my score improved after using HY & i wished i had done it earlier--

REASON i could not GET 250 -- LACK of Guidance -else i had put 100% input and thats mwhy i am proud of 238 cuz i went from bottom to top!cuz i did it on my own with help of GOD''prayers of freinds n faimly

for those guys struggling with scores..
NEVER GIVE UP!- you are like a fighter'''this USmle is Boxxing match-- just donot give up
even if u have no strength to stand up...
there were moments when i cried ( i am not ashamed to admit --you cry when dreams break )) cuz my dream of 250 wos breaking but i never broke...up i wud scream inside THAt I AM NOT GIVING UUPPP!!!
& trust me i ran out of time if ihad time i would not have stopped studying tiill i scored 255..i have to take CK n CS .so i fought till last round :D
if i can Do it you can do it just donot give up! fighters Donot give up You all are fighters Nver let anyone tell you You cant Do it
you lose it the moment you give up''

..FOR Those Who are Going to take exam:
end doesnt matter .. you pass or fail it doesnot matter..
you Donot know you wil be alive after 6 months or not so why do you worry about future?? Concentrate on present--
END doesnot matter now what matter is How you fought ..i told my self if i am going down i wil make sure it wos one hell a good fight -- & trust me i wos very focused on my exam i had no worries on exam days no nervous ness ''

MISTAKEs I MADE : Donot touch UW without basics or 1st read ( it took me double amount of time & wasted my time)--- Not doing HY biostats early in prep'
donot panic in last week you remmber alot donot read books do questions
--simulate exam--ateast twice before exam--- fe days before i got tired in exam & i lost concentration on 4th 5th block i think i cud ve got 240+ becuase after exam i felt i wos better then what i did on exam''i could have done better'

BEST OF LUCK GUYS ! :)
QUESTIOns QUestion Question is the Key i DID 7000 questions
people who score 250 are may be better test takes.. do donot underestimate yourself
i know people who were 231 on NBme n Got 252'' i personlay know her so donot Compare your self with anyone JUST make sure YOU did HARD work n gave Your best
rest its ur LUCK.' many factors affect your score'' test taking skill is one of them
:) TC guys
Congratulations:) that was really inspiring
 

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congrats mate so is rx a good qbank? and why dd you say that offline uworld is bad choice i am doing the same :scared: i am 3-4 months out from my exam so thought would do it offline first planning to do one month subscription online when i am a month out. and how many reads did you give to kaplan notes? and is micro and pharma really straightforward from fa as every test taker says i am an average guy myself would appreciate your help
 

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congrats mate so is rx a good qbank? and why dd you say that offline uworld is bad choice i am doing the same :scared: i am 3-4 months out from my exam so thought would do it offline first planning to do one month subscription online when i am a month out. and how many reads did you give to kaplan notes? and is micro and pharma really straightforward from fa as every test taker says i am an average guy myself would appreciate your help
Honestly : i couldnot write my experiencein detail'' & order of my prep it wud have become huge thread to read'' but i ll try to explain here now'

USmle Rx : man i loved it'' there wos this guy PHOLSTON he did 264 i read his experience n did exactly he said'' that is DO usmle rx after once Cover to cover read of FA'
it is best way to do rx & i loved usmle rx my scored jumpe from 185 to 228
after doing just 1000 qs i finished remaining qs but score ddin change
so i realised ( & i read it aswell insomeones experiece) that it takes you til 230 beyond that its UW n NBMES
Do it'' if you can its All first Aid written in question format'( even if you find it easy)

UW offline : my mistake wos i started it without 1st read of notes' i wos below average i had no concepts 'it took me 5 months to finish KAPLAN notes & UW by the time i finished UW offline i took NBME n failed

PROS : i had annotated it in my FA
Cons : i wasted my time i could have done two qbanks''

so if doing offline? finish it asap'like 40 days cuz you need online qbank to do it randomly mixed questions '' on offline you cant do random qs.. OK?

hope this helps

micro? no FA is not enough :
use KLN notes use them as Flash cards ( one bug per day)
pharma? FA is enough'' but it wont harm getting flash cards ;) i wos weak in pharm n i got all qs right in exam
 

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thanks mate and you couldn't have avised me to do rx at a better time i am just about to finish first read of fa :)) is rx doable in say a month keeping in mind that i wont be just doing this qbank i'll take it alongwith other things
 

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thanks mate and you couldn't have avised me to do rx at a better time i am just about to finish first read of fa :)) is rx doable in say a month keeping in mind that i wont be just doing this qbank i'll take it alongwith other things
Only person who can asnwer that question is yourself'

remmber my friend we mark our own limits '
i did 100rx q per day + other subject ( & i am a slow reader)
 

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Only person who can asnwer that question is yourself'

remmber my friend we mark our own limits '
i did 100rx q per day + other subject ( & i am a slow reader)
Really?
U are not a slow reader! Doing 100q/day plus other subjects make u fast reader no matter the hours u spend even if 18 hrs per day!:)):))
 

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Really?
U are not a slow reader! Doing 100q/day plus other subjects make u fast reader no matter the hours u spend even if 18 hrs per day!:)):))
:)):)):)) my friend it wos last two month when i got pace & stamina after 3000 qs that i wos able to do 100 qs else i wos moving with pace of snail

so if you are slow in Qbanks its is s sgin you need to do more qs

All the best man i wish you 250 from bottom of my heart
 

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:)):)):)) my friend it wos last two month when i got pace & stamina after 3000 qs that i wos able to do 100 qs else i wos moving with pace of snail

so if you are slow in Qbanks its is s sgin you need to do more qs

All the best man i wish you 250 from bottom of my heart
As for u, everything is black and white in your sight. Now am struggling to do 16 to 18hrs per day, becos time is not on my side. I have to clear this before I resume work next month. Hmmmmmm. My average now is 70% first round uworld never did offline. Hope to do well. I get worried that I may not finish uworld. Taking lots of notes with uworld takes time. Have to spend like 4 hrs reviewing a block. so I u 5 hrs on a block. 1 hour to solve and 4 hours to review. I don't know if am going so slow. But obviously the way am doing it i would not do it second round bcos i may do that from recognition. i revise all the notes before i do next days work so concept from uworld is so fresh in my mind that 2nd round would be upper 90s. i plan to do some of the other bank where am weak. biochem is killing me. what do u suggest i do to biochem?
are the concepts in uworld helpful in the real exams?
some say all concepts tested are in uworld is that true.?
What do u think?
 

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As for u, everything is black and white in your sight. Now am struggling to do 16 to 18hrs per day, becos time is not on my side. I have to clear this before I resume work next month. Hmmmmmm. My average now is 70% first round uworld never did offline. Hope to do well. I get worried that I may not finish uworld. Taking lots of notes with uworld takes time. Have to spend like 4 hrs reviewing a block. so u 5 hrs on a block. 1 hour to solve and 4 hours to review. I don't know if am going so slow. What do u think.
you are doing amazing '' keep it up! thats what i wos talking about'' this intense prep mode wil give you back alott ''
70 % 1st run is amazing n soon it wil be better'
just becarful with your notes '' its better to do UW twice in short period of time then noting down everything (it takes time)''
i think you doing great'
2nd run UW wil be amazing trust me keep it up

rest you are better judge of your prepration
 
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