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Old 12-30-2010
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I have some questions about step1 prep, hope that I can get an answer :

I have just started my step1 prep, and I decided NOT to prepare from Kaplan Notes, but to study the best series of each subject-as voted by forum's members

I was also wondering if "VIDEOS" are mandatory, I have never used videos as study aid, but many of the members here insist that some videos are a must!!

Another question is I have currently bought FIRST AID 2010, should I get the NEW 2011??

I also noticed that there are some mistakes in FIRST AID, so where can I find the corrections??

Lastly, I would like to thank all the members of this awesome forum, and of course, our Staff Team (Sabio, Lee-Usmle, Rasheed, Step-taker).

And I am sure that without their precious advice and continuous support, I'll never ace the test!!

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Thank you for the nice comments about us and we are glad to serve you and all of our nice members.

Answers to your questions:

--If you are not going to read Kaplan Notes then there's no need to watch Kaplan videos at all.

--I think FA2010 is absolutely OK and you don't need FA2011.

--You can find the FA errors here http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...09-2010-a.html
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I had that question too about whether to buy FA 2011 (I have FA 2009). Many people say that it's okay to use an earlier version of FA, but the fact is that the authors update it to reflect the most recently tested high yield info (I think someone said as much as 10% of it is updated each year, not sure of the exact percentage). I decided to get the new one because I would rather not leave it to chance that the earlier version is sufficient. The downside to getting the new one is that the list of errata hasn't been developed as yet (I started a thread for an unofficial list here so that we can post errors that we come across).

My suggestion to you would be this:
1) Use the FA 2010, but borrow a 2011 and go through it to figure out what the updated sections are so that you don't miss anything. OR...
2) If you haven't already annotated FA 2010 a lot, just go ahead and buy the 2011 version... it's only $35 on amazon and you've invested so much in this exam already it's totally worth it. Plus think of the time you'll waste trying to compare 2010 to 2011.
Good luck!
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Sometimes it is difficult to decide what resources to use when prepping for the exams. We wanted to offer a couple of tips. What resources you choose should depend on your personal situation. Many people do very well with a shorter, high-yield book, while others need more review and context.

Whatever you decide, be sure to practice questions! Along with content review, question review and simulated exam practice are critical for exam success. This is the most effective and efficient way to reach your goals.

Good luck everyone!
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