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    kanyara is offline Newbie 510 points
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    please help

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    hey guys,
    i really need help with my situation. i have finished 5th semester and tried taking step1 twice but have not been able to pass and its been one year since i tried past 2 times. now, i have to submit a plea to committee to take the exam again. anyone have any info. on this or has happened to them before. i am really nervous. please kindly help. i am really depressed as to what they will say.

    thank you.

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    anyone else?

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    Hey there! I don't know what the review committes i going to be looking for but I do know of a resource you cna use for your test next time. This website is specifically written and designed for people who've struggled with the Step 1 more than once and have trouble passing. Askdoc's USMLE Blog Good luck and try not to get too discouraged, just take a look at Abraham Lincoln's poltical rise...he lost almost every single election in his life...now he is known as one of the best Presidents to serve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanyara View Post
    hey guys,
    i really need help with my situation. i have finished 5th semester and tried taking step1 twice but have not been able to pass and its been one year since i tried past 2 times. now, i have to submit a plea to committee to take the exam again. anyone have any info. on this or has happened to them before. i am really nervous. please kindly help. i am really depressed as to what they will say.

    thank you.
    If I'm on the committee, I'm looking for 3 things from you:

    1) You recognize what went wrong the first few times you failed the exam. (This is different than blaming someone / something). More along the lines of 'I didn't study to the depth required'. And be ready to explain why you weren't able to pass it in subsequent attempts. They need to know that you have identified the problem. Otherwise, why bother letting you take the exam again if you're likely to just get the same results.

    2) You have a reasonable / quantifiable gameplan to address / mitigate the reasons you failed and that it's a plan that can work; and

    3) You accept responsibility up-front for your failure and not blame it on XYZ. Nothing will turn them off quicker than you going in and casting the blame on someone / something else (I'm sure sob stories are what they hear most of the time). Unless I miss my mark, they're more likely to by sympathetic to your case if you point-blank accept responsibility for your actions (not saying you're the type to shirk responsibility - just making my point).

    Just my two cents.

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    thanx a lot for replying back. I have already sent them letter regarding failures. Explained it as easy as i could and cleared the facts. Also, included what i have done to enhance my progress. My only fear is that, have they rejected anyone without giving them last chance. I hope i get a chance to prove it. This is a last chance i have, otherwise all my years in med school went down the drain. Hope that don't happen.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. How did everything go for you?

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