View Full Version : My step 3 experience

05-06-2009, 08:58 PM
Just to give you guys an idea of what it takes to do well, I will share my experience. I studied for about 6 weeks (1-2 hours a day and 6-8 hours on the weekends). I did all the kaplan q bank (http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=c97WUMRO5hY&offerid=47491.490175842&type=10&subid=) questions and usmle world questions. I also read First aid for step 2 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071487956/valuetheplace-20) and first aid for step 3 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0071487964/valuetheplace-20). I felt the questions on usmle world were hard, but not as representative of the questions on the actual exam. I felt the kaplan q bank questions were better in terms of the material but the question length was longer than the actual exam. I also had the kaplan lecture notes that I bought about 3 weeks before the exam, but didn't use because there wasn't enough time. I think if you do usmle world, kaplan q bank and first aid, that is more than enough. Make sure you do the CCS cases on Usmle world because that was spot on. The software of the actual exam has changed, so make sure you practice on the new software. As far as time goes, I ran out of time on 2 or 3 question blocks. I had probably 5-7 questions remaining in those blocks and I just guessed. Make sure you take the NBME practice test a week before the actual exam because that is very representative of what you are likely to do on the actual exam. I scored about 55 percent on USMLE world, 570 on the NBME practice test and 227/97 on the actual exam. I think I had an advantage because I'm a 3rd year resident in family medicine so all of the material that I encountered on the exam is very relevant to my training.I would definitely take the exam only after doing 1 or 2 years of training. I took the exam april 1 and got the results 5 weeks later. Good luck.

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