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    PRE-EXAM AND EXAM ANALYSIS.....PART 1...

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    HI FRIENDS....
    I TOOK MY TEST ON THE 31ST OCTOBER....1 WORD WOULD SUFFICIENTLY SUMMARIZE MY POST EXAM EXPERIENCE: A BIG RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM ABOUT TO POST A FEW OF MY THOUGHTS AND ANALYSIS.....THESE ARE MAINLY GONNA HELP YOU GET A BRIEF IDEA ABOUT THE STATE OF MIND AND FEELINGS ON THE WHOLE STEP 1 THINGY!! I KNOW THAT MANY WOULD NOT AGREE WITH WHAT I HAVE TO SAY HERE...BUT MY REQUEST TO THEM IS JUST THIS: KINDLY LET EVERYONE READ IT AND DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT THEY FEEL ABOUT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY.

    MY BRIEF PROFILE:

    1. IMG, 2001 GRADUATE.
    2. CURRENTLY PURSUING MASTERS IN THE US.
    3. TOTAL LENGTH OF PREPARATION: 9 MONTHS (INCLUDES STEP 1 PREPARATION, COLLEGE WORK, PART TIME JOB, AND COOKING!)
    4. STUDY-MATERIAL: STRICTLY KAP LAN (AM GLAD I TOOK THIS DECISION) NOTES ALONG WITH THE MP3 AUDIO (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY ME).
    5. STUDY AIDS: FIRST AID, QBANK, 7 BLOCKS SIMULATED TEST, PAST EXAM QUESTIONS. No other Book/CD/Source.
    6. PERFORMANCE ON CD痴: LOW 60痴 in all the sources!!!

    P.S. I have been a very average student all throughout my undergraduate years.

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    PART 2....STUDY PATTERN

    STUDY PATTERN:
    1. Going through the notes along with the MP3 Audio at a slow pace with TOTAL understanding of the subject matter without worrying about retention.
    2. Repeating the above procedure 2 times.
    3. Enrolling for the Q-Bank. Doing around 100 questions (All subjects at once) a day along with my 3rd reading.
    4. MAJORLY DEPRESSED AT THIS POINT, since correlation of my scores to that of recommended ones was below average. I wasted a lot of time trying to lift up my morale telling myself that the performance on these questions is really not anywhere similar to the actual scores. Every time someone in the forum posted about the correlation between the q-bank and the real test, I would freak out! Honestly, these postings affected me a lot negatively.
    5. Finished 3rd reading and also put aside the Q-bank although I had not solved it entirely. I felt that it was doing more damage than helping me.
    6. Rapid revision of ALL the subjects in the last 2 weeks. FIRST AID ONLY in the last 2-3 days.

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    PART 3.....ANALYSIS OF Q-BANK

    QBANK according to me solves the following purposes:
    1. Giving you the much needed MCQ痴 mode of examination pattern, with a timed test practice, also building up your stamina in this process.
    2. Pointing out your weak areas/subjects.
    3. Helping you understand how a concept/fact can be put in a question format.

    Analyzing the above points, having solved 70-80% of the Qbank, I felt that I need not waste more time on this since I KNOW my weak areas (don稚 we all know them??), and I had become familiar with the style of testing a theory/idea. I utilized my time to go through the syllabus once more rather than devote my valuable time to the questions. Also, try not to correlate the scores obtained here with your anticipation of actual scores. Use this mode to HELP you and not DEMORALIZE YOU!!!!!!!

    I am sure not everyone will agree to my views here, but many of you will realize what I am saying AFTER you have taken the test. Please note that I am not, by any means, belittling the importance of solving the questions. All I am pointing out is that after a while, solving MORE questions will not broaden your knowledge or will increase the probability that you will get the SAME question in your real exam. Of course, some students might have ample time in hand to do EVERYTHING. That is a great thing to do, but not everyone has that kind of time and patience

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    PART 4....2 WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM...

    2 WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM:

    1. ONE RAPID FIRE READING OF ALL THE SUBJECTS IN APPROXIMATELY 7 DAYS. TRY TO PLACE SUBJECTS LIKE PHYSIOLOGY, PHARMACOLOGY, AND PATHOLOGY TOWARDS THE END (IN THAT SEQUENCE).
    2. USMLE CD ON THE 8TH/9TH DAY.
    3. FIRST AID + WEBPATH (NEURO + KIDNEY ONLY) + ETHICS (BEHAVIORAL) + NERVE INJURIES + 2ND MESSENGER CHARTS + FORMULAE
    4. PAST EXAM QUESTIONS: GO THROUGH ONLY THOSE WITH SOLUTIONS GIVEN. GOING THROUGH QUESTIONS FOR WHICH YOU DO NOT HAVE ANSWERS MIGHT FREAK YOU OUT.
    5. FIRST AID: IMPORTANT TOPICS ONLY LIKE: BEHAVIORAL (SUBSTANCE ABUSE), PATHOLOGY (MALE + FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM), PHYSIOLOGY (ACID-BASE IMBALANCE) ETC.
    6. THE DAY BEFORE EXAM: MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALL SET FOR THE NEXT DAY, IF POSSIBLE VISIT THE EXAM CENTER, GO OUT AND GET SUM EATABLE STUFF FOR THE NEXT DAY.
    7. STAY CALM AND FOCUSSED!!!!! AND YES, HEALTHY TOO......NO DISTRACTIONS....TAKE LEAVE FROM YOUR WORK PLACE ...REQUEST FULL CO OPERATION FROM FRIENDS/SPOUSE/NEIGHBOURS ETC!!

    I tired myself out 2 days before the exam. This way, I was REALLY tired the night before the exam. That was enough for me get a sound 6 hour sleep. Few of you might wanna have half a be er to get a sound night's sleep! By hook or crook, you must try to get some gud rest before the exam!!!! Happy snoring...!!!!!

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    PART 5...THE EXAM DAY...STAY CALM..

    THE EXAM DAY:

    I CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING CALM THROUGHTOUT THE EXAM. TAKE THE TEST AS IF YOU ARE WRITING A PRACTISE TEST. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE TIMING AND YOUR PERFORMANCE. TAKE EACH QUESTION AS IT COMES. DON探 MARK TOO MANY QUESTIONS (I REMEMBER MARKING AROUND 1-2 QUESTIONS ONLY PER BLOCK). HONESTLY, WHEN YOU ARE THINKING CLEAR WITHOUT PANICKING, THEN WHILST YOU READ THE QUESTION, MOST OF THE TIMES, YOU CAN PICK UP MANY POINTS WHICH WILL GIVE YOU THE ANSWER BY THE TIME YOU FINISH READING THE QUESTION.

    HOW MUCH EVER YOU FEEL TIRED/WORRIED, KEEP BUDGING YOURSELF AND MOTIVATING YOURSELF. 7 HOURS TEST IS A BIG DEAL BUT NOT WHEN YOU PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY STRONG. KEEP TELLING YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE DOING FINE AND YOU WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY ANY QUESTION THAT THEY ASK. ANSWER EACH QUESTION AS BEST AS YOU CAN. READ ALL THE OPTIONS, ELIMINATE THOSE YOU FEEL ARE IRRELEVANT AND FINALLY YOU WILL BE LEFT WITH 1-2 CHOICES. THEN MAKE AN INTELLIGENT GUESS.

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    PART 6...TIPS...

    TIPS FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTION AND SAVING TIME:
    1. AS SOON AS A QUESTION POPS UP, GLANCE THROUGH THE OPTIONS. MIND YOU, DO NOT READ THEM; JUST HAVE A LOOK AT THEM TO KNOW WHICH SUBJECT IS THE QUESTION BASED ON. IF U SEE THAT THE CHOICES ARE LIKE T-CELL, B-CELL, NK CELLS, ETC. YOU ARE NOW BETTER EQUIPPED TO READ THE QUESTION AND ARRIVE AT A BETTER ANSWER. TRUST ME, COMPARTMENTALIZING THE QUESTION THIS WAY INITIALLY NARROWS DOWN YOUR THINKING TIME! TRY THIS ON YOUR PRACTISE TESTS AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW IT WORKS! THE REASON THIS WORKS IS THAT MOST OF US GO TO THIS EXAM WITH ANXIETY AND FEAR ABOUT THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS THAT WE WOULD FACE. THIS KINDA PUTS A MENTAL BLOCK ON THE FLOW OF INFORMATION IN OUR THOUGHT PROCESS. THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE TOPICS THAT WE HAVE TO STUDY. WHEN WE KNOW THAT A QUESTION IS TESTING US ON MICROBIOLOGY, IMMEDIATELY OUR MIND RELAXES. I HOPE YOU GUYS UNDERSTOOD THIS POINT.
    2. MOST OF THE QUESTIONS WOULD HAVE CHOICES THAT ARE NOT VERY CLOSELY RELATED. THIS HELPS TO THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A GREAT MEMORY OR A PERFECT UNDERSTANDING. WHEN YOU READ THE QUESTION, SOME BRIGHT GUYS WOULD IMMEDIATELY KNOW THE ANSWER・IN CASE, YOU DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER, DO NOT SWEAT. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE Q-BANK OR OTHER QUESTION SOURCES. ONE LOOK AT THE ANSWERS, AND WITH CALM PRESENCE OF MIND, YOU CAN WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE OPTIONS. THIS EXAM IS NOT MEMORE BASED. 95% OF IT IS CONCEPTUALIZED. IF YOU KNOW THE BASICS (WELL COVERED IN ANY SOURCE!!! DO NOT BE TOO PICKY ON BOOKS TO BE READ・T担 ALL THE SAME AS LONG AS YOU UNDERSTAND IT!!!) THEN TRUST ME, MANY ANSWERS WOULD BE SOLVABLE. YES, IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 10-15 SECONDS MORE BUT HEY, AREN探 WE READY TO FACE THIS CHALLENGE??!!
    3. EVERYONE WILL HAVE THEIR SHARE OF EASY/MODERATE/TOUGH QUESTIONS. DO NOT PANIC. JUST TAKE WHATEVER QUESTIONS THAT YOU GET GRACEFULLY. READ THE QUESTION, TRY TO GET A CORRECT RESPONSE, AND MOVE ON! DO NOT EVER THINK BACK ABOUT THAT QUESTION/BLOCK. CAN YOU UNDO WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE??? NO!!! THEN WHY WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN ALREADY SUBMITTED? KEEPING THIS IS IN MIND AND PARTLY: 的 DON探 CARE ATTITUDE・MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION/BLOCK. YOU WILL ALWAYS FEEL THAT YOU HAVE GOT QUESTIONS FROM YOUR WEAK AREAS, BUT HEY, HOW MUCH WILL THAT AFFECT YOUR REAL PERFORMANCE?? NOT MUCH! FOR EXAMPLE, I ALWAYS FREAK OUT ON NEUROANATOMY QUESTIONS. THEN I TOLD MYSELF: 的 WILL GET AROUND 10 QUESTIONS FROM THAT・AND FROM THAT I MIGHT GET 3-4 CORRECT・.I CAN CORRECTLY GUESS AROUND 3-4・SO MAYBE I WILL LOSE OUT ON 2-3 QUESTIONS!・SO DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING.
    4. YOU HAVE 45 MINUTES OF BREAK TIME. PLUS INITIAL 15 MINTUES OF TUTOTRIAL WHICH TAKES ABOUT 3 MINUTES (AT THE MOST) TO GO THROUGH. THIS MEANS THAT YOU WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 57 MINUTES OF BREAK TIME MINIMUM. SINCE YOU HAVE 7 BLOCKS OF TEST, IT MEANS YOU HAVE 6 BREAKS THAT YOU CAN TAKE. I SUGGEST A BREAK OF 4-5 MINUTES AFTER EVERY BLOCK. PLEASE DO NOT WORRY TOO MUCH IN THE BREAK TIME. I HAVE SEEN STUDENTS RUSH AROUND TRYING TO SAVE A MINUTE OR SO OF THEIR BREAK TIME. THEY WILL LOOK AT THE WATCHESEVERY 15 SECONDS. WHY???? JUST CHILL! DO NOT WORRY TIME IS AMPLE. JUST USE THE REST ROOM, EAT A CANDY/CHOCLATE BAR. SMOKE IF U FEEL LIKE (BUT ONLY HALF A CIGGY!!!!!) SIP SOME WATER AND THEN ENTER THE EXAMINATION HALL! AND FOR GODS SAKE: DO NOT CARRY ANY BOOKS WITH YOU, AND IF YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG URGE TO DO SO, DO NOT OPEN THE BOOK!!! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT YOU WILL GET A QUESTION FROM THE TOPIC YOU ARE TRYING TO READ? PROBABLY ZERO! SO USE THE BREAK TIME TO RELAX AND NOT TO STRESS YOURSELF MORE!!!!
    5. PACE YOURSELF WELL THROUGHOUT THE EXAM. AROUND THE 30 MINUTE MARK, SEE IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED AROUND 27-28 QUESTIONS. I COMPLETED ALL MY BLOCKS ON/BEFORE TIME. THEORETICALLY IF THE SAME EXAM HAD BLCOKS OF 50-55 MINUTES INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL 60 MINUTES, I FEEL I WOULD HAVE COMFORTABLY COMPLETED THE EXAM. IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU PACE YOUR EXAM. SINCE I HAD MORE TIME FOR THE ENDING QUESTIONS, I DID THEM SLOWER, AND YET FINISHED ABOUT 3-4 MINUTES EARLY IN EACH BLOCK (MINIMUM).

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    PART 7...A FEW THOUGHTS ABT THE IMPRESION OF THE TEST ITSELF

    MY EXAM:

    1. ALL AREAS TESTED. DIFFICULT TO CATEGORIZE THEM AS 1 SINGLE SUBJECT.
    2. COMPARISON TO OTHER QUESTION SOURCES: THIS EXAM IS THE EASIEST OF THEM ALL, BELIEVE ME! CLOSEST TO THE USMLE CD THAT IS SENT TO YOU ALONG WITH YOUR ORANGE CARD.
    3. VERY TYPICAL QUESTIONS BUT WORDED A BIT DIFFERENTLY WHICH MAKES IT LOOK LIKE A TOUGH NUT, BUT HONESTLY IT IS THE SAME DAMN QUESTION CLOTHED DIFFERENTLY. BY ALL YOUR MONTHS OF PREPARATION, YOU ARE BASICALLY TRAINING YOURSELF TO 鉄EE THROUGH THE MASK・!!!!!!!
    4. MOST OF THE QUESTIONS LOOK FAMILIAR・.I HAD GONE THROUGH MANY QUESTIONS THAT WERE POSTED HERE AND ELSEWHERE AND TRUST ME, 30% OF MY QUESTIONS WERE BASED ON SIMILAR PATTERNS!!!!!! SO START COLLECTING THOSE QUESTIONS・I AM NOT SAYING THAT THOSE WILL BE ON THE EXAM BUT TRUST ME, VERY SIMILAR ONES WOULD BE!!!!!!! AND BOY, IT DOES HELP A LOT!!!!
    5. SOME QUESTIONS・NOT THE REAL EXAM QUESTIONS・UST DUMMY・.WILL FOLLOW IN A DIFFERENT NAME・OPE YOU GUYS UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    PART 8...CONCLUSIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS...

    MY CONCLUSIONS:

    1. THE STEP 1 EXAM HAS BEEN HYPED AND BLOWN OUTTA PROPORTION. THIS HAS CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE OF FEAR, ANXIETY, AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM WHICH MAKES THE STUDENT TO UNDER PERFORM. I BELIEVE THAT THIS EXAM IS VERY VERY DOABLE.
    2. YOU ALL MUST HAVE NOTICED HOW AFTER EVERY EXAM. MANY OF THEM EXPRESS EXTREME FEAR AND WORRY ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE?? MANY OF THEM GO TO THE EXTENT OF SAYING THAT THEY ARE GONNA FLUCK FOR SURE. YEST, MANY OF THESE END UP SCORING ABOVE AVERAGE. I HAVE A FRIEND, WHO WAS ABOUT TO CANCEL THE EXAM 1 DAY BEFORE THE ACTUALT TEST. HE WAS REALLY SCARED TO DEATH. HE WENT ON TO SCORE A PERFECT 99!!!!! HOWZZAT???? BOTTOMLINE, WE ALL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS EXAM. IF YOU TRAIN YOURSELF AND TELL YOURSELF EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT YOU ARE GONNA PASS THIS EXAM・THAT YOU ARE NOT GONNA WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT IT・THAT YOU ARE NOT GONNA FEEL SCARED ON THE EXAM DAY・ND THAT YOU ARE GONNA FIGHT BRAVELY ・.THAT YOU ARE GONNA STAY POSITIVE NO MATTER WHAT, THEN SUCCESS IS YOURS.
    3. I BADLY WANNA SAY THAT WHAT ONE DOES IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS OF THE EXAM IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR ENTIRE 6 OR SO MONTHS OF PREPARATION. THE DAY YOU CAN GO THROUGH EACH SUBJECT IN ABOUT A DAY WITH A FAIR UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE FACTS, YOU ARE ALL SET TO TAKE THE TEST. IF I AM SAYING LAST 2 WEEKS ARE IMPORTANT, THEN I WISH TO LAY 100% EMPHASIS ON THE FACT THAT THOSE WHO STAY VERY FOCUSSED ON EACH QUESTION ON THE EXAM DAY AND IMAGINES THAT HE IS WAGING A BATTLE WITH EVERY SINGLE MLE QUESTION, STAYING VERY VERY ALERT AND PUSHING ONESELF EVERY SINGLE MOMENT ON THAT DAY, WILL CLEARLY EMERGE 10-15 % ABOVE WHAT HE CAN GET!!!!! PLEASE TRUST ME ON THIS. I HAVE CLASSMATES WHO HAVE BEEN VERY BRIGHT STUDENTS THROUGHOUT BUT HAPPENED TO LET THE STRESS GET BETTER OF THEM ON THE TEST DAY AND THEY ENDED UP WITH SCORES FAR BELOW WHAT THEIR CALIBERS ARE. WHEREAS YOU WILL SEE STUDENTS AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM, WHOM YOU REMEMBER AS 滴APPY-GO-LUCKY・CLASSMATES, ENDING UP WITH HIGH 80痴 AND 90痴 SCORES, WHICH HAS BAFFLED MANY OF US TILL DATE!!! WELL, NOW YOU KNOW THEIR SECRET!!!
    4. I KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL GONNA BE STRESSED OUT AND ON THE BRINK OF SOME FUNNY IDEATIONS, BUT THE DAY YOU GIVE THE TEST, AFTER THAT YOU ARE GONNA BE SO RELIEVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT I HAVE TALKED TO AFTER THE TEST SAYS THE SAME THING: 釘OY, WHY DID I WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT THIS TEST BEFORE?????????・YES, I KNOW THEY ARE ALL WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SCORES. MANY (ALL!) FEEL THAT THEY COULD HAVE PERFOMED A LOT BETTER・MANY ARE SCARED ABOUT RESULTS・.BUT 1 COMMON THING IS: THE EXAM WAS NOT AS TOUGH AS I HAD ANTICIPATED!!!!!!!
    5. WELL, THERE WILL BE SOME GUYS WHOSE ONLY AIM IS A 99 AND ANYTHING BELOW THAT IS UNDERPERFORMANCE FOR THEM. YES, FOR THOSE KIND OF STUDENTS, THEIR EXPERIENCES ARE GONNA BE REALLY DEPRESSING TO OTHERS SINCE THEY WILL FEEL VERY BAD ABOUT A FEW QUESTIONS THAT THEY COULD NOT ANSWER!!!! SO LSITENING AND BELIEVING THEIR OPINIONS ENTIRELY WOULD BE A BIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    6. SO MY DEAR FRIENDS, STAY POSITIVE, ONE DAY WE ARE ALL GONNA CLEAR THIS TEST. SO WHY NOT ADAPT TO WHAT THE EXAM NEEDS TO BE THE BEST OF OUR CAPABILITY AND TRY TO GET DONE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE??? THIS IS VICIOUS CYCLE, WHICH DRAINS US OF OUR EMOTIONS, IT MEANS MULTIPLE SACRIFICES FOR MANY, MANY THINGS IN LIFE COME TO A STANDSTILL! BUT HEY, LOOK AT WHAT LIES BEYOND THE DARK TUNNEL!!!! LIFE・UNLIGHT!!!!!!
    7. EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE WRITTEN HERE HAS BEEN TIME-TESTED AND I HAVE MULTIPLE PROOFS・.THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE WHO CLEAR THIS EXAM AND THOSE WHO DON探 IS: BELIEVING IN ONESELF!!!!!!!! TRUST ME ON THIS. THIS IS NOT A PEP TALK・.THIS IS A TESTIMONY OF MANY AVERAGE STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY MAKING WAVES IN THE HOSPITALS HERE JUST BY ATTITUDE. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT ANY ・NY・ANY・HOWEVER AVERAGE STUDENT HE IS・I CAN CHALLENGE・THAT HE CAN CLEAR THIS EXAM・.JUST BY FOLLOWING THE BASIC GUIDELINES: 3 READINGS OF KAPLAN OR WHATEVER YOUR SOURCE IS・1000 QUESTIONS・AND 3 READINGS OF FIRST-AID!!!!........GO FOR IT GUYS・.TAKE THE TEST・EAR NOT!

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    SOME RANDOM STATEMENTS....

    SUBJECT WISE THOUGHTS:
    1. BIOCHEMISTRY: LEAST IMPORTANT OF ALL THE SUBJECTS. YET EXPECT A FEW QUESTIONS FROM THIS. STORAGE DISEASES ARE SIMPLE AND EASY TO SCORE BUT THE QUESTIONS ON PATHWAYS IS REALLY TOUGH TO SCORE.
    2. ANATOMY: 2ND MOST LOW YIELD. VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD AND SIMPLE. MEMORY BASED.
    3. MICROBIOLOGY: THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST STRAIGHT FORWARD OF THEM ALL! NOT MANY QUESTIONS. MYCOLOGY IS THE SIMPLEST OF THEM ALL!!
    4. IMMUNOLOGY: FAR TOO MANY QUESTIONS IN PROPORTION TO THE NUMBER OF PAGES WE READ OR THE AMOUNT OF TIME WE DEVOTE! AND I FEEL THE QUESTIONS ON THESE ARE PRETTY TOUGH.
    5. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: PRETTY TOUGH AND THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ARE INCREASING BY THE DAY. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHETHER THEY ARE EXPERIMENTAL OR FOR REAL! PERSONALLY, I FOUND THIS SECTION TO BE THE TOUGHEST.
    6. PHYSIOLOGY: EVERY EXAM TAKER THAT I TALKED TO HAD MULTIPLE QUESTIONS ON PTH/VIT D/CALCIUM + PHOSPHATE・AND THAT VERY SAME GRAPH WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE TEST FOR EVERY EXAM TAKER: THE ACID BASE GRAPH WHERE MULTIPLE POINTS ARE PLOTTED FOR PCO2, HCO3 AND PH. QUESTION WOULD BE: WHERE WOULD THE NORMAL POINT MOVE IN A CERTAIN SITUATION!!!!! ENDOCRINOLOGY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC HERE!! HEART SOUNDS/CARDIAC CYCLE: 100% GUARANTEED TO BE THERE IN SOME OR THE OTHER FORM. YOU MIGHT SEE JUST A HAND DRAWING OF VENTRICULAR VOLUME AND BE ASKED TO CORRELATE TO THE 2ND HEART SOUND! UNDERSTANDING THIS SUBJECT IS THE KEY HERE・EMORIZING WONT HELP IN PHYSIOLOGY・! COMPULSORY 1-2 QUESTIONS ON SPIROMETRY/O2 CURVE!
    7. PHARMACOLOGY: BASIC THINGS TESTED BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT THERE ARE SO MANY TOPICS TO BE COVERED HERE AND THAT THERE ARE SO MNAY DRUGS THAT ONE FEELS DISHEARTENED BY THIS SUBJECT! MANY FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO REMEMBER MOST OF THE STUFF. BUT I FEEL THAT REPITITION IS THE KEY HERE・.READ THIS SUBJECT MANY TIMES・.100% QUESTIONS ON 2ND MESSENGER, MECHANISM OF ACTION OF DRUGS・ECHANISM OF EVATION OF DRUG ACTION BY THE BACTERIA・ALL OF THE EXAM TAKERS HAD THESE TYPICAL QUESTIONS・YES, SLE LIKE SYMPTOMS・TC・lt;br>8. GENETICS: AGAIN, MANY QUESTIONS COMAPRED TO THE TIME WE DEVOTE TO THIS SUBJECT! FEW VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD BUT SOME OF THEM REALLY GO TO THE DEPTH・.DONT WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE REALLY DIFFICULT ONES. YOU CAN NEVER EVER PREPARE ENOUGH FOR THEM. SO READ THE NORMAL STUFF AND HOPE FOR THE BEST!!!!
    9. BEHAVIORAL: LO AND BEHOLD! THIS SUBJECT WAS BY FAR THE SECOND HIGHEST ON MY EXAM!!!! TYPICAL QUESTIONS WHERE YOU HAVE TO REASON OUT YOUR BEST RESPONSE. DON探 WASTE A LOT TIME PREPARING FOR THESE TYPE OF QUESTIONS・JUST GO THERE AND CLICK ON WHAT U FEEL IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE! I FELT THAT QBANK EXPLANATIONS NICELY MOULDED MY THOUGHT PROCESS FOR THE PHYSICIAN REPONSE TYPE OF QUESTIONS! OTHER CALCULATIONS ETC VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD!
    10. PATHOLOGY: NOT MANY HERE・MOST OF THEM WERE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY.


    IN GENERAL:
    FOR IMG痴 IMMUNOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WOULD BE THE TOUGHEST SINCE MANY OF THESE QUESTIONS ARE IN THE FORMAT OF A RESEARCH ORIENTED QUESTION!!!!!!!! THE BASIC PATTERN OF THE QUESTION ITSELF MAKES ONE FEEL: 徹H GOD, I DO NOT KNOW THIS QUESTION!!!賠.THE LAB ANIMALS・THE WHOLE SETUP OF THE QUESTION IS MAINLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FEELING THAT THESE QUESTIONS ARE TOUGH. ALSO, MANY IMG痴 ARE VERY THOROUGH WITH, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BIOCHEM CYCLES, BUT THE QUESTION IS USUALLY INTRICATED WITH A LOT OF OTHER STUFF MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO ANSWER・lt;p>PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHO PHYSIOLOGY QUESTIONS ARE REALLY NICE AND ONE FEELS JUBILATED WHEN YOU CAN FIGURE OUT THE ANSWER! MOST OF THEM ARE SIMPLE AND DOABLE, BUT REQUIRES SOME LOGICAL THINKING!! WHEN I WAS READING THESE QUESTIONS, I WAS TELLING MYSELF ALL THE TIME: 展OW!!・MEANING, THE QUESTIONS SEEMED TOUGH AT FIRST, BUT CAREFUL INSIGHT TO IT SHOWED THAT THEY WERE VERY EASY!!!!!!! THE PATTERN OF QUESTION SCARES MANY! SO STAY CALM AND U WILL GET MANY OF THEM RIGHT JUST BY COMMON SENSE!

    ONE WORD OF ADVICE:

    WHEN EVERYTHING FAILS AND YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT ANSWER TO CHOOSE, THEN I WANNA SAY A FEW WORDS. AT TIMES YOU WILL SEE QUESTIONS FOR WHICH YOU CANT THE HEAD OR TAIL OF: WHAT DO YOU THEN????? WELL, HERES A SIMPLE ADVICE: INSTEAD OF RANDOMLY CHOOSING AN ALPHABET A,B,C,D,OR E・・.CLICK ON THE ANSWER/DISEASE/PROCESS/DRUG WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE MOST COMMON・I MEAN, EVEN THOUGH THE QUESTION IS A TOTAL BOUNCER, WHEN U LOOK AT THE CHOICES, U WILL SEE 4-5 OPTIONS・OUTTA WHICH 1-2 WILL BE THE MOST FREQUENTLY OCCURING DISEASE/PROCESS・R MORE FREQUENTLY USED DRUG IN REAL LIFE・.GO FOR IT GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 TRUST ME, CHANCES ARE THAT U WILL GET MANY OF THESE RIGHT!!!! THE USMLE TESTS THE MOST COMMON DISEASES RATHER THAN RARE ONES・.SO THE PROBABILITY THAT EVEN THE TOUGH QUESTIONS WILL HAVE THE SIMPLEST MOST COMMON ANSWER IS VERY VERY HIGH!!!!

    OTHER THING I REMEMBERED: EASIER QUESTIONS WILL HAVE MORE CHOICES IN THE ANSWER. THE TOUGH ONES WILL HAVE OPTIONS A, B,C, AND D AS THE CHOICES・FOR SOME EASY ONES FOR EXAMPLE IN MICROBIOLOGY・O IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF VIRUS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT・HE ANSWERS WOULD RUN FROM A..B・..D..E..F・..H..I..!!!!! THE REASON IS OBVIOUS・WHEN THEY TALK ABT rna VIRUS・U WILL SEE 2-3 DNA VIRUS IN THE OPTIONS・THEN U WILL DEDUCE THAT THEY R TALKIN ABT POSITIVE SENSE VIRUSES・U CAN SAFELY DELETE THE NEGATIVE SENSE VIRUSES FORM THE OPTION AND FINALLY U R LEFT WITH 2 OPTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!1 AINT THAT EASY???!!!!

    THROUGHOUT THE EXAM I GOT THIS FEELING THAT I HAVE COME ACROSS THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS・.I FEEL THAT MANY OF THEM VERY CLOSEST TO THE QUESTIONS FROM BEHIND THE KAPL NOTES・ESPECIALLY THE GRAPHS・.ENDO・.GOING UP AND DOWN・

    ALSO MANY POINTS THAT I REMEMBERED DURING THE EXAM WERE NOT BASED ON YM READING BUT FROM THE FACT THAT THE MP3 CD担 THAT I HAD・HE LECTURES (THE WEBPREP???)・HEY WERE SO GOOD・.I AM SOOO THANKFUL TO THOSE・DURING THE TEST U WILL GET THAT FEELING MANY TIMES・.I CUD DIRECTLY RECOLLECT THE PROF WORDS FROM THE TAPES!!! VERY HIGH YIELD THOSE TAPES・VERY USEFUL!!!! I LISTENED TO THEM ARND 3 TIMES EACH!!!! ESPCIALLY ENDOCRINOLOGY!!!!

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    some qs regarding the exam

    can u please tell me about the mp3 cd ..i have no idea about it
    please ..
    sona

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