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    C student passes step3. A win for the rest of us.

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    MY STEP3 SCORE: 197/80
    I think my multiple choice performance was just-passing.
    But I did well on the ccs which boosted me those extra points.
    (I did good on 6 cases, so-so on 2 and completely bombed 1)

    HOW I PREPARED:
    kaplan center prep videos for two months
    premier review audio tapes: listened to them twice, took about a month.
    miscelaneous books: another month
    uworld avg: 48%. Ran through them twice, took 5 weeks.
    kqb avg: 55%. Ran through them twice, took 4 weeks.
    uworld ccs: repeated the 42 online cases until I memorized them. Read the other pdfs twice. Took 3 weeks.
    nbme practice test: 410

    Why did I spend 7+ months to study for the step3 ?
    Because of the following:

    PMH:
    step2cs: passed first attempt
    step2ck: barely passed on second attempt
    step1: barely passed on second attempt
    School: somewhere in the caribbean. C student.

    Failed to match in 2009 even though I applied to over 200 IM and FM programs. I'll try again for 2010 and this time I'll apply to almost 1000.
    Looks like I'll have to take out another loan.

    DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS EXAM:
    There are US grads who claimed they studied the night before and took the step3 post call after they dropped their kids off at day care, and they still aced the exam. I am not like those people. I needed every bit of those 7months and was worried I should have studied more.

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    right on

    good job buddy.
    def. a win for the rest of us

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    Any updates from the Match? I have a friend in a similar situation and need an example to encourage her.

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    Way to never give up. Best of luck in the match.

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