USMLE Step 1 Survey Completed by Class of 2011 (completed after taking the exam but before receiving score

What was the most valuable source of information for you in selecting an exam date and planning your review for the Step 1 exam? Advice from UNCOM administrators (e.g. Drs. Hill or Moore) Informal conversations with upperclass students who had taken the exam Reading previous student surveys on the UNCOM website Commercial products (review books or web sites) Other sources (preceptors, ICE advisers, etc.) The USMLE website I never found any good sources of advice. 5% 59% 6% 12% 2% 0% 16%

When did you start reviewing specifically for Step 1? I started after the end of the last core of the year (Hem/Onc). I started during or after Spring Break, but before the end of the last core. I started during the Semester Break or in the second semester before Spring Break. I started reviewing during the first semester. 81% 7% 8% 3%

Did you utilize a boards review book or series while preparing for Step 1? Yes No 100% 0%

If you responded "yes" to Item 4, which of the following books/series did you find to be the most helpful? (Please mark only those resources you used extensively. Mark up to three responses.) Appleton & Lange Review for the USMLE Step 1 Board Review Series (LW&W publisher) First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 High Yield series (LW&W publisher) Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 1 NMS Review for USMLE Step 1 series Pharmacology Flash Cards Step-Up: A High-Yield Systems-Based Review for USMLE Step 1 series Underground Clinical Vignettes series USMLE Road Map series (Lange) USMLE Step 1 Recall: Buzzwords for the Boards 0% 27% 95% 10% 43% 0% 9% 1% 0% 0% 2%

Were there any books or series that you tried to utilize but did not find to be useful? (You may leave this blank or mark as many as three responses. Williams. Williams.) Appleton & Lange Review for the USMLE Step 1 Board Review Series (Lippincott. & Wilkins publisher) Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 1 NMS Review for USMLE Step 1 series Pharmacology Flash Cards Step-Up: A High-Yield Systems-Based Review for USMLE Step 1 series Underground Clinical Vignettes series USMLE Road Map series (Lange) USMLE Step 1 Recall: Buzzwords for the Boards 0% 4% 4% 4% 61% 0% 9% 0% 4% 4% 4% Did you participate in an off campus boards review course? Yes No 3% 97% If you answered "yes" to Item 8. which question bank did you find to be the most useful? (please mark only one response) Exam Master On-line (on McGoogan web site) Kaplan Q Bank NBME Comprehensive Basic Exam USMLE websites USMLeasy (McGraw Hill publisher) 3% 68% 4% 26% 0% . would you recommend the course to other UNCOM students? Yes No 67% 33% Did you use a "question bank" in your preparation for Step 1? Yes No 98% 2% If you responded "yes" to Item 11. & Wilkins publisher) First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 High Yield series (Lippincott.

Having 6 weeks allows you to take breaks along the way which definitely helps avoid burnout. 4. so schedule according to your own feelings. Try to make it through First Aid twice and use many resources as possible. . 4-5 weeks of study was recommended by other students and was too long in my opinion. not on the advice of others. d li 4 weeks of intense studying (8-10 hours per day) with only 1-2 days off. Any more will burn you out and waste the precious break time you have before starting third year.. maybe spend the last 5 days on first aid. It is best to schedule boards as early as possible if you have a specific location where you want to take the exam. Pathology should be the majority of time devotion. You will never be able to study enough that you feel ready! Schedule the test as soon as possible. Others delayed their test a few more days to get more studying. Don't give yourself too much time to study! 5-6 weeks is plenty. schedule it 4 or 5 weeks after the last core. I reviewed for about 6 weeks and thought the time was appropriate.because the dates fill up fast. Don't schedule your test more than 5 weeks from the day you started studying. taking Q bank tests and got burned out toward the end. so I decided to take mine a little over a month after class got done. I just decided that I wanted to have a little bit of a summer. I was able to review the material in the amount of time as well as have additional time at the end to refresh myself on detailed info such as micro and pharm. I took the test after 6 weeks and I wish I had done it a week earlier.Please make additional comments about scheduling the test and planning a review schedule for Step 1 that would be helpful to other students. My first step in preparing for boards was developing a schedule with a classmate based on those passed down from upperclassmen and f dd f l d found online. was the perfect amount of time. It felt like the right amount of time for me. I got tired or studying. 6 weeks was plenty of time. 3-4 weeks seems about right for me. anymore and I would have been burned out. 6 weeks is too long to study.5 weeks would be ideal. but I also needed a few days off after Heme/Onc ended. After that everyone starts to get burned out.. you do feel that you forget some of the earlier material that you reviewed. However. Deep Study -->--> Focused Practice Questions -->--> Review Study -->--> Global Practice Questions Do not take more than 5 weeks to study for Step 1. Do whatever makes you comfortable but realize everyone is studying a lot regaurdless of what they may portray. You don't need to study specifically for step 1 during m2 . You don't learn much more after you have been studying for 3-4 weeks. Most people I knew took 4-5 and thought it was plenty. I took it as late as possible and I think that was a good idea if you are ok with not much time off before June term.just study well for the cores and this will be more than sufficent After about a month I felt lots of burn out--6 weeks of studying seemed too long. Do the High Yeild series and thats it.

no scheduling advice.Don't wait until the end of the last core. so remember that your date is not set in stone. My goal for review was to become familiar with the First Aid review book. but it will never help you do well on core exams. I found that studying review books on the weekends was ok. I didn't. I was really well prepared coming out of second year. and pretty used first aid and kaplan q bank. too much information. I took the test really late. Also. . I made myself a schedule of each thing to review. I found that boards were really only a distraction during the M2 year! Hard really to say. I originally set an earlier date but it turned out I needed to reschedule my exam for a week later. I started taking quizzes during the first and second semester just covering the information we were studying at the time.. just have to do what works for you. I just took the number of pages in FA and divided it by how many pages I thought I could do in a day (~12) giving me six weeks to get through everything and have a little more than a week of review. and to do t d as many practice questions as possible. So just studying really well the second year and really knowing the information will help more than just reading something over and then not applying the information. Review first aid as the year goes and be sure to do a few practice questions every day as the year goes by. It helped to keep me on track and make sure that I reviewed all the material. That helped to not only figure out what was important for the USMLE. and I didn't need to. Once you're scheduled and good to go. It was easy and not a big deal. ti ti ibl I scheduled my test at the very beginning of June and felt like it would have been nice to give myself one more week of studying time. but it was also useful for the cores. I studied about 8 hours every day. try not to worry too much about boards during the second semester--you need to focus on each core and prepare for those exams. The last week I just did practice tests.. I spent a lot of time during the year with it and it really paid off. If you don't do a very large number of sample questions your really really hurting yourself. and by familiar I mean memorize it. Otherwise. just because you can cram pharmacology doesn't mean you should. I scheduled the test at the beginning of the second semester. Get started with the NBME website over Christmas break so that you can have your forms to Sue Pope by the first day back in January. which helped to get me used to the style of questions.

Because all of the dates that I wanted to take it in omaha were already full I had to go to Lincoln. and even all the obviously wrong answer choices!!!. Work hard. don't go changing it around all the time. Studying for Step 1 burns you out. use that to focus your studies and supplement when needed. which was very helpful bc by that point i had tons of additional info in are just stressing that you should be studying for boards. I found that you cannot rely on First Aid as your only source of board review. don't give yourself too much time. Keep in mind that you can reschedule your exam if there are openings as long as it is more than 5 business days in advance. I thought 4 weeks was the perfect amount of time. Also. etc. then you just end up playing catch up trying to re-review everything. you're likely to forget the things from the beginning and also likely to get burnt out. I would make sure that you give yourself no more than 5-6 weeks to study. then one day for each organ system (cardio. respiratory. I am very happy that I left plenty of time before rotations to take a couple trips and attend my friend's wedding. . Don't take any time off after the last core because it's not really time off. You will learn tons of important stuff!!! Write anything relevant in your first aid. It would have been helpful it we had recieved the official talk about registering for boards much earlier. 3 days micro. Started with 3 days biochem. There's no room to procrastinate. I would find a review book that you like. I would recommend limiting your number of resources as it can be overwhelming to study from several sources for a subject. then did 50 kaplan q bank questions. Taking that into consideration. If you take longer. I read first aid on the day's subject. Talking to the class at the beginin of the second core would be a reasonable time.i think there are 10?). I thought four weeks was a more than adequate amount of time to review. then again after. More is definitely not always better. Read all the explanations on q bank. Took 2 days for pharm. You're left with about 6 days to review anything you need to. It would be helpful if I had known to schedule my exam before Creighton reserved the testing center. You must supplement it with outside information. I took an hour for lunch and a work out and listened to Goljan audio over dinner. then play hard. even the qs you get right. I took the exam on June 1st and felt that 4 full weeks of studying were before all the systems. I think students should know that there is only one center in Omaha to take the exam.1 day immuno. 1 day genetics. I peeked at about 4-5 weeks of studying and I felt like I was just forgetting material after that point. because you begin to forget everything you reviewed the first week. Also. and if they want to take the exam in Omaha they need to sign up for boards well before January. And DO stick to a schedule. The last exam of the year was Friday and I started studying Monday.I studied for step one for 32 days. oh and be sure to relax the day before the test! I think your study schedule needs to be individualized to you. I studied every day from 8 am until 11 pm. You don't want to take too much time. but you're not. Psych and behavioral science (ICE) can go in the same day. Schedule your date according to what makes you comfortable and stick to that date. enough I took the test on June 4th. remember to build in study breaks and time to take practice exams to monitor your progress. After two years of medical school you should know how you study best. I took a week off after the final core and then began studying. It was very difficult to decide how long it would take me to get through the review material that I wanted to.I reread First Aid. so don't allow too much time to study for the test.

Don't wait till the last minute to take your exam. I was told those times were unavailable. I took 2 blocks and then a 10 minute break. respiratory. as well as the pages in my assorted review books that corresponded to those topics. Don't push back your exam . I made a schedule of which topics I would cover on each day. the time limit. I finished up the last 3 blocks in the afternoon. Plan for 4 weeks intense or 6 weeks with breaks or weekends off. so once I'd reviewed everything. but I had planned to allow myself a break if needed.</p>I think by far the best thing I did was to develop a plan for exactly how my test day would go. Then 2 more blocks and a 30 minute lunch break. Pick a date and stick to it. Would have been nice to have more help and advice from faculty and admin on this process and the test itself. For instance. Set a plan and stick to it. Middle of June was just about the right amount of time for preparation and vacation afterwards. and then review my weaker areas during my last week before the test. I didn't start studying until the Monday after the last core. so I ended up scheduling my exam in Lincoln. Make sure that you do as many questions as possible and do as many as you can close t exam d ti ibl dd l to day. and pharmacology. physiology. This allowed me to get through all of the material in 3 weeks. When I tried to schedule my exam.Make a schedule early and do your best to stick to it. pathology. before I started scheduling. You definitely need to give your brain a break once in a while during this test.5 weeks) and know that everything will take longer than you think it will. I had done a free diagnostic exam earlier in the spring. Knowing exactly what I was getting into and exactly what I was going to do helped me to feel a little more in control of a situation that is scary and confusing. which was split into 2 days of review for each and a day of qbank for each. but we weren't told that. My mind was a little more at ease and it allowed me to focus more on the test. which ensured I covered every topic. Don't be afraid to use the break time. On Sunday. Then for the last week I just reviewed weaker areas. Schedule your exam date early or as soon as you can because dates go fast! Get a review schedule from an upperclassman and modify it to fit your schedule! Scheduling the test was difficult because dates had been blocked off for us at the Omaha test center. Then I stuck to the schedule no matter what. Make sure that in your planning process you also make a plan for test day. I studied for one month and wish that I had started earlier. Read the information provided to you about what you can and can not bring to the test center. reread First Aid. I'm sure that every student differs as to how much time that requires. I did 3 days of biochem and 3 days of micro. I was able to do the diagnostic exam again to see if I'd made any progress. Give yourself around 4-5 weeks because anymore then that you have a good chance of burning out.</p> Make sure you plan out what you are going to do each day so that you at least cover everything once. My advice would be to make sure that you leave enough time to get through the material more than once before going into the exam. Then I did systems (cardio. renal. etc) for 2 days each. The second day I did all the qbank questions for that system. Having the extra time at the end already built into your schedule will give you some wiggle room if needed. The first day for each system was a review of the relevent anatomy. and break time allowed. how many blocks there are to the test. and did LOTS of qbank questions. Give yourself a decent amount of time to review at the end (1 or 1.

That took 3 1/2 weeks and then I had 2 weeks to reread it. So I think the key is to make sure that you go over every topic. neuro and gross anatomy. If you follow it to a T you WILL do well. try to take the test as close as possible to June 1st. "Oh dear sweet 8 pound 6 ounce baby Jesus I'm not even going to pass this test. For example. 6-7 days a week. BRS Phys and Path to supplement areas I was weaker in. studied for a couple weeks. There is a organized step by step review guide floating around. because here's what's gonna happen: you'll start reviewing biochem. and stick to it. Just give a good effort towards your gameplan and things will go fine. Then. The best way to prep for step 1 during the year is to do well in your cores. at least briefly. The information you are expected to know for the exam isn't as in depth as the exams we take for core. The first time through first aid." Then you'll keep studying and things will come together and by the time you've been studying for 3 or 4 weeks you'll come to the realization that you know what you know and you'll do however well you're gonna do and you'll just want to get the test over with. and you're helping yourself on step 1. . Use review questions with the different cores What I found the most helpful was going through first aid in the order it was written and doing it twice. then read embryo take some questions etc. Just make a gameplan and stick to your guns. and then studied up until my test in mid-June. until I had gone through the whole book. You'll take some practice questions and think. or ask an M3 or 4 for theirs. Don't change your test date. but the time will fly by and then you'll be done. I felt like one month was the perfect amount of studying. I took some time off for about a week. The advice given to me by previous students and the advice I would also pass on is. Read biochem for 2 days take 50 questions on Kaplan Qbank. Learn that. I picked a lot up the second time and then did more questions on Kaplan. Don't worry so much about knowing the tiny details. I used other books like High-Yield embryo. I know it sounds horrible. Don't feel bad about taking a day off if you need it. to ensure that you are fresh on the topic. I put in long days but I felt prepared and still was retaining what I was looking at.Studying for your classes throughout the year is as good a boards studying method as any. I recommend starting right away. This way you don't waste time d i nothing right after your l core and you give yourself almost a month off i doing hi i h f last d i lf l h ff before rotations (the best part). This worked for me because my brain needs occasional breaks and because it allowed me to spend time with my family and friends.</p> Try to do around 8 hours a day. Make a schedule. took another small break. the Monday after your last exam. Think about what works best for your and your own sanity. if you have time left before the exam date you can start reviewing more in depth. In the last 2 weeks of classes. Conversations with upperclassmen may be able to help you figure out what sources may be best. and two days into it you will freak out. 5 weeks from your final exam to step 1 is about ideal. plan what sources you will use for review for step 1 and have them ready to go when you finish classes. There are a million books out there and everyone does something a little different. I recommend giving yourself 4 or 5 weeks to study. Don't let other people and whatever sources they use stress you out. plus you may do well on your core exams as well.

If something is unclear you have to go elsewhere for clarification. First Aid was the best of all the books I used. and can definitely help explain the pathophys behind the subject very well. First Aid is amazing! It has almost everything you need. First Aid is the best fast review. Goljan lectures with correlating pathology slides I also found the Rapid Review of Pathology by Goljan to be very helpful. Any more than that is too much. Biochem. but that's what Q bank questions are for. kaplan books are good for helping with topics you are struggling with. All you need. I only used Kaplan products because I paid a ton of money for them and there was so much information to get through that I don't know how I could have used any more. I put my weakest subjects at the end of my schedule. It is a little lacking in some phys areas.. Kaplan Qbank and First aid were very sufficient. please identify which other resources you used or attempted to use in your review.. so BRS phys is a nice supplement.You only really need 4-5 weeks to study for boards. Goljan's Pathology Review Lectures Everyone raves about FirstAid but it is really only useful if you know the material and just need a quick review. I would recommend studying an organ system a day. Don't have too many resources. First Aid is an excellent review but I found an additonal source with more indepth information to be very helpful on certain subjects. In addition. The kaplan books are good for detailed explanations. I got through all of the material in 4 weeks and had the last week to review what I wanted. First Aid is a good review source. but not very thorough. I had access to Goljan's audio lectures. . Micro and Immunology so that they were in my short term memory during the exam. first aid is mainly listing of facts. Misses some minor details. so it's very dense. The material may be high yield but doesn't really provide explanations.this will help when you review it at the end of the year. First Aid and practice questions.. Pick one set of review books and stick with them. I think it is easy to get buried in a stack of review books and get less out of your effort by spreading it thin over a large number of books than limiting yourself to only one or two review books and learning them well. I used Rapid Review pathology by Goljan which I found to be excellent. such as. which first aid definitely doesn't give. Also. use the first aid book throughout the year and make notes in it while you are in each individual core. if you used a book or on-line resource that is not on the list provided for Items 5 and 6. Please make comments about review book here. Dr. The pharmacology flashcards I purchased were not very extensive. The Q bank that came with Kaplan was great too because it had one diagnostic exam and one full length 7 section exam. I didn't feel they were useful for all the medications on the test.

</p>First aid is an amazing resource. and Rapid Review of Biochem. I also used the Goljan lectures that I found online. rapid review of path. I think I was at an advantage over other students who did not have the lectures because he really explains what you need to know for the exam. It is amazing! Goljan lectures and his book. I used the Kaplan Lecture notes. I had six weeks. and he has a lot of hints. I used First Aid. I used First Aid. I used Deja Review USMLE Step 1 throughout second year. I took notes into the First Aid book and then it was easy to just go back and review what he had said. I felt that Kaplan Medical was too in depth. Hence. This was especially helpful because he explains what kind of questions they ask for each topic. I would recommend using it to review core material throughout the year. Kaplan has lots of information.First Aid is good but I wouldn't rely soley on it. they ended up being too lengthy and I found I did not have the time to read them and take from them what I needed. d l d h and the First Aid. The topics that I felt I should give more attention to could be easily reviewed with Kaplan. First Aid worked. First Aid is probably the closest thing to a must that there is available for step 1. not the home study books. I couldn't be stuck on one topic for 3 or them.. </p>I also used the Goljan audio for some of the subjects that I felt were a little bit tougher for me to grasp. I did not find Kaplan's review books helpful. There was a lot of information for quick reference but the content was not sufficient to get much out of it. Know everything in the book.. and the topics that were just simple review could be reviewed with First Aid. I reviewed with the kaplan books and then reviewed again with First Aid I thought kapaln Q bank questions were similar to the actual exam. The path book is absolutely a must. It was very easy and helpful to quiz over the material. I also extensively used Kaplan's QBank and USMLEWorld questions. I didn't have enough time to use it during boards study. I had questions on my exam that were exactly what he said was going to be on there. He also makes things easier to understand. First aids format is not near as helpful as i had heard. I also listened to the Goljan pathology lectures and read the handbook he uses with his lectures. I found it more helpful just to use FirstAid. which were nothing short of fantastic. I highly recommend listening to the Goljan Lectures. BRS physiology and biochemistry. However. I needed something that would take me through everything and quickly. and the format of the Kaplan Q bank is not like the exam. They went into great detail over everything (even simple concepts). </p> I also used the Goljen path review book but didn't find it to be very helpful. BRS Physiology. I also used Goljans lectures and path review book. way too much to get through if you wait until the end of the year to start studying. This set was quite useful when paired with First Aid. It's not only good for boards. and Rapid Review of Pathology by Goljan. I originally b i i ll bought the K l series i the f ll of 2 d year f h h Kaplan i in h fall f 2nd from an M3 and planned to use them M3. Get Ed Goljan's Rapid Review of Pathology and listen to his audio files! GET Goljan RAPID REVIEW OF PATHOLOGY. and if I wanted more details I utilized Robbins. was great Goljan Rapid Review Pathology is really good too. but also core material as well. High Yield Anatomy.</p> .

and review high yield matierial The Kaplan Medical books are not good study tools. It formed a nice basis for answering questions from the Q-bank. I used First Aid. and the text books I had from class as a further review source if needed. Kaplan Q-bank. The consensus seems to be that USMLE World is the most challenging question bank. First Aid was essential for me. The Kaplan books that I used had a nice review of every subject that took me about 2.5 weeks to go through. and Gojlan Rapid Review Path to clarify points in First Aid. an M3. I also highly recommend First Aid Q&amp. because it may be slim but no matter how long you study you won't know it all. USMLE World is a great online question bank. RR: Path is great t get more i f on. and I only used BRS Phys. BRS path. Most of my time was spent in First Aid. and if you have to know as much as possible from one concise source. It's a big textbook. If you are the type of person that likes to read a good amount of text about the topics. I thought the actual USMLE was a bit easier than the USMLE World questions. They are far too detailed and really don't correlate to what is stressed on the actual exam. For the second pass through I used Rapid Review Pathology by Goljan which is ESSENTIAL for path. I would recommend using this book throughout the year. Also. Use alternate books to reinforce the points that are not clear. Deja Review was also nice for rapid review (Very similar to the Recall/Buzzwords series. Lilly Cardio. Don't try to read it cover to cover. I found Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple very helpful. Microbiology Made Rid Simple. There is enough info in First Aid to keep you busy.I would not recommend buying the Kaplan textbook series unless you plan to work with these during the course of the school year for M1 and M2 study. Rapid Review series Rapid Review was probably the best resource I utilized Rapid Review: Pathology by Goljan is a great reference to have. First Aid. I'd choose First Aid. Kaplan's MedEssentials was very useful as a supplement during M1 and M2's a question book that goes along with the sections on First Aid to help you hammer home concepts after you go through a section of First Aid. </p> To prepare (and I felt pretty well prepared). etc. You can probably get a copy of this from the internet. Kaplan Lecture Notes/Online Lectures = Deep Study First Aid = Review Study Kaplan Medical would have been useful if I was one that started earlier. as are BRS Physiology and Biochem. There is just not enough time to review all of the material provided. It's not necessary to listen to every lecture. Limit your resources. and BRS Physio In addition to First Aid and BRS Physiology &amp.very complete with lots of tables and graphs. it i good t h ith the b is d to have a copy of th G lj l t f the Goljan lecture audio. Finally. . First Aid and Rapid Review of Pathology are great. Wikipedia. but I breezed through the whole thing in four days.A . and make it a no-brainer after 1-2 hours. Al t to t info Along with th above. Lippincott's Biochem. but he can take a topic you don't understand (like renal). I suggest the kaplan home study guide. The First Aid book is extremely helpful and specific. and when I was done I really felt like Micro was my strong suit. Use FirstAid as an outline for your studies and then supplement when needed. Pathology. I didn't like just reading outlines for the first pass through of the info so reading text was best for me. but when you come across something in First Aid you don't quite understand. and in comparison.

. I used both USMLEWorld and Kaplan Qbanks. I think Exam Master was a good question bank to use. if you used a question bank that is not on the list for Item 12. Also. Kaplan questions suck. please identify where you did the off-campus boards review course. Buy First Aid. but USMLEWorld was the better Q bank in my opinion. Kaplan did not offer a course in KC this year. Kaplan gives you the option to create tests by topic as well as to take unused questions only. If you attended an off-campus course.. I completed about 1500 questions on the Kaplan QBank.Used Review books (like BRS pathology. If you have too many sources you will just be slowed down. Please make comments about question banks here. USMLEWorld is identical format and has questions set up closer to the actual Step 1 exam than Kaplan's questions and program. Rapid Review biochemistry) to fill in First Aid areas that I was weak in.. either USMLE World or Q bank. please note which other question banks you either used or attempted to use in your review.</p> I utilized Kaplan's web lectures. 2600 questions. or all questions. Tried to get through as many as I could in the mornings per what subject I was studying at the time. . There were many questions on the test I knew from Qbank. BRS physiology. I had planned on taking this course. I used the USMLEWorld question bank and practice exams. Kaplan was also good. Do as many questions as possible. Relax and don't stress out. and Goljan Rapid Review Pathology (or BRS Path). buy the kaplan q-bank online. Pretty hardcore but if you pay attention and stick to a schedule it pays off Kaplan online. missed questions. it would have been helpful to do the questions during the cores and then redo the questions during the final weeks leading up to the boards. then took the afternoons and nights to review using first aid and QBank. Just wasn't worth the time. Whatever you choose. They are ridiculously detailed and the vignettes are much longer than those that are found on the real exam. The ream exams questions are much more straightforward and if you have a head on your shoulders and passed the first two years in the upper 2/3rds of the class then you are already well prepared. As an FYI. taking a random set of practice questions also would help you to continually revisit all topics. I found this to work for me. Read all of the answers as you can learn a lot of material by doing questions. and write any comments you have about that course. but both will prepare you just fine. I chose to complete take questions based on the subject area I was studying to reinforce the material. I had every intention of purchasing the Qbank from Kaplan but didn't really think it necessary after using Exam Master. Honestly. However. You do NOT need to pay money for an extensive review book package.the tutorial mode was especially helpful because it simulated the test experience but also provided right/wrong feedback and helpful clues about the topics. Kaplan internet course.

I felt the question banks were the most helpful in that they prepare you for what the actual test day is going to be like. f their boards I felt the Kaplan question bank really prepared me. after reviewing the comments.Q-bank is helpful.wikitestprep. do as many practice questions as you can. Goes along with First Aid well . I also took to NBME exams. It was</a></p>I also used kaplan Q bank and found NBME exams online. but I found that my focus on the day of the exam was what counted most. If you have done thousands of practice questions the actual exam feels just like taking another practice test. The review questions were very good to use. If you do Kaplan's Q-bank. If you will be pressed for time. I took quizzes on the "tutor mode" so that I could read the explanations for the correct answer. You have to use a Q bank. I only tried Kaplan and found it pretty useful. and the level of difficulty was comparable. but they seemed much easier than the actual test. I did think though that it covered the type of pharm questions that were likely to come up very nicely. These were beneficial as they allowed you to simulate the exam and gave you an idea of your progress. I did not get through as many Qbank questions as I wanted to. I had the Kaplan Q Bank and USMLE World and found World to be much more similar to the USMLE than Kaplan. it gets you into the mode of thinking one and two steps ahead of where the question is going. do it in tutor mode most of the time. USMLE world was both excellent for reviewing material and simulating the exam. There are also released items from USMLE that you can use for free. I liked the Kaplan Q bank though I felt like it would focus a lot on specific topics that ended up not coming up in the actual test. then reviewed the material for all the answers. because you can still submit your answers (unchanged) and find out your score. QBank is really good. I mainly used Kaplan QBank with some additional NBME and USMLE website questions. Most people use Kaplan or USMLE World <a href="http://www. also do the timed mode.</p> awesome Do either Qbank or USMLEworld and be sure to get through all of the questions as you go along. The questions were appropriately rigorous and everyone I talked to preferred USMLE to the Kaplan Q">http://www. This is absolutely essential. the regular QBank is just fine on its own. It was a useful exercise to build endurance. The actual Step 1 exam was much more challenging in my opinion. but I found that the questions gave me a false sense of security. I found that I only was able to use 25% of the Kaplan QBank. I actually bought QBank Plus which I would NOT recommend. I also took one NBME exam. I implore future students to make Qbank the crux of th i b d prep. I answered the questions without looking at any source. I wish I had done more. it's just something that is necessary if you want to be really prepared for test day. The Kaplan Q bank was pretty helpful because the questions were formatted in a similar fashion to the actual test. Try to do some every day. No matter what happens.

. I felt they were essential for learning information you don't necessarily pick up on in review books. Kaplan was plenty tough for me.the tutorial mode was especially helpful because it simulated the test experience but also provided right/wrong feedback and helpful clues about the topics. I used Kaplan. I used Kaplan Q bank and I thought it was helpful. I was really happy that I had used Kaplan in the end. This was helpful on the exam because Step 1 was not as hard as USMLEWorld but more difficult than Kaplan. I thought the actual Step 1 was more like the Kaplan Qbank. The answer explanations are thorough and very helpful. with results consistent to what I'd been doing before. Some questions on USMLE were near verbatim.. I thought it was quite helpful and represented what the actual exam was like. I felt that my test was really similar to the Kaplan questions that I had been doing. I used the USMLEWorld question bank and practice exams.. and it really was very good preparation for the exam. so it was reassuring to see I'd improved. I purchased Kaplan Q-bank and used USLME World a little. but I thought they were pretty comparable to Kaplan. but then had a lot of people tell me that USMLE world was more similar to the real thing. they were similar in content and difficulty.the questions were almost always tertiary or quaternary questions. I used Kaplan and USMLEworld. Overall I would recommend this resource to anyone. I used USMLEWorld Q-bank. But. I used USMLE World. The thing I did not like about Kaplan specifically was that oftentimes even if you didn't actually know the answer to the question. I felt like they were both pretty helpful. Pretty helpful. A few days before my exam. I used both Kaplan Q Bank and USMLE World and found World to be much more helpful in regards to how closely it resembled the actual test. thus giving you the right answer if you could see it. USMLERx > World >> Kaplan I used the Kaplan Qbank. and I found USMLE World to be more representative of the actual exam in format and questions. The score predicted by NBME was 32 points lower than the score predicted b K l S th I did th f ll l th i t l th th di t d by Kaplan.I ordered the Kaplan Qbank. The NBME assessment was harder than the actual Step 1. for both types of questions and level of difficulty. Most will say that the practice test projected their score within a few points. I used both Kaplan and USMLE World. Then I reviewed and did more questions for a couple days. I thought kapaln Q bank questions were similar to the actual exam. I took the diagnostic exam. I did one of the NBME exams. Once I'd covered everything. In my opinion. I'd done the diagnostic exam earlier in the spring when it was offered for free.. I used USMLEWorld as well as Kaplan. People will say that USMLE World has tougher questions.</p> I used USMLE world question bank. but really gives you a good idea of test format and projected scores. I also did a NBME practice test which costs $40. and there were actually some questions that were almost word for word. explanations are good. So then the full length Kaplan exam.. a little world and. I used USMLEWorld. I did all of the questions for a subject area as I was studying it. The questions are very difficult. . USMLERx. of the choices offered only one would make sense. Personally I found USMLEWorld to be more helpful as the questions were more difficult and required a better overall understanding of the material. but they really helped prepare my thought processing for the boards.

kaplan q bank is great! it has very well-written explanations for every answer choice. the level of difficulty was perfect. The practice test from the NBME Comp Exam was helpful if taken early but the only drawback is that you cannot specifically review your answers and they d take up quite a bi of time. but not always representative of the questions that you will see on the actual exam. Kaplan's QBook The Kaplan questions were not as similar to the actual questions as I thought they would be. but they teach you as you go. i've heard.000 question and it was by far the best thing I did to prepare for the test. Kaplan Q Bank is essential. However. The question bank was extremely helpful The USMLE World QBank was a really great prep for Step 1. as well as some teaching tabs for the more difficult questions. Most of the questions are similar to the question you will take on the exam. h ifi ll i d h do k i bit f i The Q bank questions. I also bought two practice tests and took one after the first week of studying and one during the last week to see how I had progressed and I had improved my score by 20 points.I found it very comparable to the test. I recommend doing as many questions as you can (at least 50 a day). Kaplan Qbank was good. Each answer has an explanation of that answer and a reason for why it is incorrect. You can learn a lot by taking these practice tests and carefully going over your answers. if not harder than the actual test. were the most valuable study aids on the market. I did about 2. it was expensive (i paid $300 for 9 months) but it was well worth it! Kaplan Q Bank was very helpful. USMLE World is the only way to go. I used USMLEworld.I wish i would have done usmle world. I did not find this to be the case. USMLE world was a good qbank for me. They are not only to test your knowledge. These questions are challenging. It is the same as studying. USMLE World questions may be a bit harder. I don't beleve it was the information that I learned from it that was the key. I am glad that I went with this bank. I would recommend the Kaplan Q Bank. I spent $135 for two months and got 2000 questions. whether USMLEWorld or Kaplan. Q Bank did also teach some new material and associations that I had never learned in class. I felt 100% ready. The practice with the format over the course of thousands of questions made the actual USMLE exam seem routine. Use the tutor mode so you can read the explanations to the answers. and after taking boards. Their practice exams were also good but costed a few bucks extra. It can be a very good learning tool if you really read all the answers and reasons why certain things are correct or incorrect. The questions are harder and more like the test. Kaplan Q Bank .not as hard as usmle world q bank (which is which is way more advanced than real boards questions) and not as easy as first aid q bank. The Qbank was great. I heard that it was a little harder than Kaplans qbank . The questions really help to focus your knowledge. It kicked my butt for a month straight but when test day came. I thought that many of the questions that I had on the actual test were very representative of the questions on Kaplan Qbank. A lot of students thought that USMLE was harder and therefore better.

However.. The questions were very similar on the exam. and the question style was harder than the actual boards. USMLEWorld uses the same program that you take boards on. . I think both of these resources were extremely helpful in learning the testing format and learning to think critically about the concepts. Kaplan's QBank had a difficulty level very similar to Boards. I recommend it. USMLE World Was way harder than the actual test but it prepared me well.USMLE World was more difficult than Kaplan Q bank.. USMLE World was similar to the real exam and really helps re-enforce concepts learned from review books. unlike some of what I saw from Kaplan QBank. I used Kaplan when I first started studying and I incorporated an increasing amount of USMLE World questions as the test date approached.. The pharm on it was way harder than the actual test. USMLE World. USMLEWorld was fantastic. and the questions are worded similarly and are of similar difficulty (they're probably tougher than the real thing). I also used Kaplan from a friend and liked the format of USMLEworld better.the best hands down USMLEWorld USMLEWorld is by far the BEST and most test-like. so if you learn well from doing questions and seeing the explanations as to why you were completely wrong. It was the most valuable resource I had. Don't waste time with anything else! USMLEworld provided an excellent Qbank to review. World has the EXACT format of the actual exam.

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