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Try using FA (the latest edition) as your primary source and use Kaplan, High yield books etc as Reference books only. Try doing Uworld Q bank as much as possible. This is what helped me ace my step 1. My score was 250+, just my 2 cents and I am an IMG
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There are two major approaches (or let me call them methods) when it comes to what books are needed to prepare for USMLE Step 1.

Method 1 (Kaplan Lecture Notes)

This method is the most common method seen among IMGs and it has been tested to produce high scores throughout the last 5 years or more.
Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 1 are 7 books each deals with one or two disciplines: namely (Physiology; Pathology; Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Anatomy, Embryology, & Neuranatomy; Behavioral sciences & Biostatistics; Pharmacology).
So this method entails cramming on these 7 books (+their DVD lectures) and also First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to backup the preparation.

Advantages:
  • You'll get a compact 7 books to cram and no need to get lost finding the high yield information from other resources.
  • Gives confidence as you are not missing any high yield info.
  • Less time consuming than method 2.
  • Proved successful by many many students in the past.
Disadvantages:
  • Kaplan lecture notes better to be accompanied by the DVD lectures. These lectures are not sold commercially and it's provided only for the students who take the Kaplan course and this is expensive. Of course you can find illegal downloads of these DVDs or from your friends. As for the lecture notes you can buy them from Amazon.
  • Some students (and First Aid authors) believe that relying on a single series to cram step 1 is not a good way, though I disagree with this.

Method 2 (Various Resources)

This method is more popular among American grads (but also increasingly seen among IMGs). It has also proven to be a very effective method of preparation.
It entails looking for the best book in each subject (like for example by following our polls and see what is the best physiology book or the best pathology book and so on).
The current top ranked books that students rely on using this method are:
Of course in each of the subjects ranking changes from time to time but these are the current winners. Note that I did not mention the gross anatomy book because simply I don't know what's the current highest rank reference.

Advantages:
  • You get the best in each.
  • You will cover every little detail that may come in USMLE.
  • Some experts believe that question makers look up these books before they put the MCQs for the USMLE.
Disadvantages:
  • More time consuming than method 1. (almost double the number of pages).
  • Topics might get repeated as for example you may read the sleep stages in BRS physiology and again in High Yield behavioral sciences while in method 1 you'll read topics in one place.

Needless to say, that these two methods are not mutually exclusive, like for example many students (specially Indians) think that Kaplan is great except for it's pathology and neuroanatomy sections. So they supplement method 1 with Goljan pathology (the book, the notes, and/or the audio) and High Yield Neuroanatomy.

Remember that after reading the books you have to do questions and see our Best USMLE step 1 Qbank poll to help you choose.

What is my choice? Method 1.

But for you, The final choice is yours!
And compared to DIT?
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Dear Steptaker,

I am really thankful for the fact that you take your time to give us such good advice .
I am an IMG and I m about to take the step 1 in 2019 , because now Im about to graduate in my country in 2018 . I do my internship actually and i only have 3 - 6 hours for studying per day. How long will it take for me to be ready according to you ?
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I would say stick with Uworld + Pathoma + First Aid. Thats it, nothing extra. Its the tried and proven method

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Originally Posted by StepTaker View Post
There are two major approaches (or let me call them methods) when it comes to what books are needed to prepare for USMLE Step 1.

Method 1 (Kaplan Lecture Notes)

This method is the most common method seen among IMGs and it has been tested to produce high scores throughout the last 5 years or more.
Kaplan Lecture Notes for USMLE Step 1 are 7 books each deals with one or two disciplines: namely (Physiology; Pathology; Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Genetics; Anatomy, Embryology, & Neuranatomy; Behavioral sciences & Biostatistics; Pharmacology).
So this method entails cramming on these 7 books (+their DVD lectures) and also First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 to backup the preparation.

Advantages:
  • You'll get a compact 7 books to cram and no need to get lost finding the high yield information from other resources.
  • Gives confidence as you are not missing any high yield info.
  • Less time consuming than method 2.
  • Proved successful by many many students in the past.
Disadvantages:
  • Kaplan lecture notes better to be accompanied by the DVD lectures. These lectures are not sold commercially and it's provided only for the students who take the Kaplan course and this is expensive. Of course you can find illegal downloads of these DVDs or from your friends. As for the lecture notes you can buy them from Amazon.
  • Some students (and First Aid authors) believe that relying on a single series to cram step 1 is not a good way, though I disagree with this.

Method 2 (Various Resources)

This method is more popular among American grads (but also increasingly seen among IMGs). It has also proven to be a very effective method of preparation.
It entails looking for the best book in each subject (like for example by following our polls and see what is the best physiology book or the best pathology book and so on).
The current top ranked books that students rely on using this method are:
Of course in each of the subjects ranking changes from time to time but these are the current winners. Note that I did not mention the gross anatomy book because simply I don't know what's the current highest rank reference.

Advantages:
  • You get the best in each.
  • You will cover every little detail that may come in USMLE.
  • Some experts believe that question makers look up these books before they put the MCQs for the USMLE.
Disadvantages:
  • More time consuming than method 1. (almost double the number of pages).
  • Topics might get repeated as for example you may read the sleep stages in BRS physiology and again in High Yield behavioral sciences while in method 1 you'll read topics in one place.

Needless to say, that these two methods are not mutually exclusive, like for example many students (specially Indians) think that Kaplan is great except for it's pathology and neuroanatomy sections. So they supplement method 1 with Goljan pathology (the book, the notes, and/or the audio) and High Yield Neuroanatomy.

Remember that after reading the books you have to do questions and see our Best USMLE step 1 Qbank poll to help you choose.

What is my choice? Method 1.

But for you, The final choice is yours!
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thank you all.

i have a question. should i use the question bank along with first time reading of kaplan books? which one should be good for practice? and should i use uworld after each finishing each subject?

thanks in advance.
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is usmleRX any good?
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I'm personally going Kaplan->FA+UW.
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Thanks for this post. Very valuable post. I am waiting for this.
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Hi I am an IMG student from Moscow me and my 2 friends have purchased Kaplan live online courses from may to august. Ive been needing some sound advice since im trying to cram and understand the basic subjects like physiology by watching on demand videos and making notes, but Im strggling with remembering and understanding all the information and dont have a good study plan, could you please give me some advice? Thank you in advance.
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Dear steptaker

I am an IMG who just recently graduated and started preparing for my step1 last month. I've estimated to be able to finish all kaplan books by early April.

Initially I applied for eligible period of may-june-july. But having said that, there might be a possibility of extension of eligibility period because I have to start work around late April which was a bad miscalculation of timing.

I am planning to try to revise FA and do Uworld qbank in 2 weeks if possible in April. Because I will be very busy once I start working and might only have 1-2 hours a day for revision. Do you think it is still possible to do it? I would like to hear some of your advice because I am really worried that I might have to cancel the exam.

For now I study 10 hours a day of cramming kaplan lecture notes but I feel like I cannot remember much and I am kind of worried.
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any recommendation how to start with biochemistry studying ? i d really appreciate any tips
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Post What should be the order?

What recommendation or order to study the material?
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what about pathoma for path and kaplan for everything else?
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I would say stick with Uworld + Pathoma + First Aid. Thats it, nothing extra. Its the tried and proven method
Thank you so much. This is really helpful.
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And compared to DIT?

Hi, This is really helpful but I have a question. If I watch all of the kaplan videos is it necessary to again read all of the kaplan books?
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Try using FA (the latest edition) as your primary source and use Kaplan, High yield books etc as Reference books only. Try doing Uworld Q bank as much as possible. This is what helped me ace my step 1. My score was 250+, just my 2 cents and I am an IMG
Hi,
Congratulations to you. I want to know that If I watch all of the kaplan videos and do the first aid and uworld do I need to read all of the kaplan books again?
Thanks
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Congratulations and thanks for the useful tips.
Congratulations
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any recommendation how to start with biochemistry studying ? i d really appreciate any tips
I have the same question.
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Try using FA (the latest edition) as your primary source and use Kaplan, High yield books etc as Reference books only. Try doing Uworld Q bank as much as possible. This is what helped me ace my step 1. My score was 250+, just my 2 cents and I am an IMG
congratulations and thank you for the tips.
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Here you can buy best USMLE Step 1 preparation books which contains all useful USMLE step 1 information, practice paper and more.
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Hello I am currently about to start this long journey of studying for Step 1 and I've been told by friends who have passed it that the Kaplan videos are a waste of time, to just read the Kaplan lecture notes and to do the U-World questions & read the First Aid twice if not more. What do you think about this?
That is exactly what I want to know. Thanks
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I did Kaplan lecture notes and then I did first aid as a revision and stuck with it cuz it's really fast in answering question to find the info and add info to the book and then revise it again
Hi, Did it work? Thanks
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Congratulations and thanks for the useful tips.
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Hello guys,

I am a newcomer here and i find very helpful your site.
I am an IMG and i study in English program for 6 years.
Next year im gonna attend 3rd year (patho, micro, pathophysio).
I am going to start USMLE preparation the next days.
I am planning to give USMLE 1 at the end of the 4th year.
Do you consider enough this time to succeed(given that i ll have to study and for the school,i know its the same subjects but if your school is not USMLE orientated abstracts you from USMLE prep.)

Thank you in advance,

p.s.there is any possibility to combine both of the study plans you mentioned (1&2)??

Hi,

I am facing the same issue you faced a few years ago when you originally posted this. Did you create a schedule that worked well for you to be able to study for your classes as well as prepare for the USMLE that you wouldn't mind sharing?
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Thumbs Up can we two start studying together for 5 days in a week. need serious study partner. thank you.

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While this plan may work great for IMGs I think a much shorter plan is needed for medical students who have few weeks to prepare for Step 1.

Here's my plan for students

Cramming these four books will guarantee 90+
i agree, but cant find a study partner to study with same idea .
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Thank you for the tips!
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I will go for Method 2.
This is really helpful. Thanks for sharing this useful post.
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I wanted to know how to combine the 2 methods. is it possible?
And how do you go about your preparation for step 1, if you are now about to start.
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Post Need help about book

Hi guys, I'm planning to start physiology in several days but can't decide whether with Costanzo textbook (500+ pages) or with BRS Costanzo (300+ pages). I am a 6th year med student,I've studied physiology back at university very well read some English materials as well. So what can you advice me?
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Hello Guys. I am an IMG. Have not given any steps yet. My question is this.
I have
-Kaplan lecture notes 2017
-Kaplan videos 2015 DVDs
1) Is it okay that my kaplan videos are older than my lecture notes?
2) Are the 2015 videos outdated?
(I intend to give step 1 around late 2018)


P.S. I've been having lots of problems with posting stuff. I have been trying for two weeks to post. Hope it works this time.
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