USMLE Step 1 ‘United States Medical License Examination‘ is a series of 3 steps towards completing the exam. USMLE is Sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)
Learn how I scored 240 in my first time in USMLE Step 1, with only 9 months of preparation. It is true of most things in life that the people who excel the most are those who master the basics, rather than spending an enormous amount of time on minutiae with little pay off. The USMLE Step 1 exam is no different. Although the exam covers a great deal of material, it is actually a pretty predictable exam. This means that most of your exam preparation time should be spent studying things you know are going to be well represented, or “hi-yield,” on the exam.
Right about now, you’re probably asking how this could be possible. The answer is that the key to USMLE Step 1 success is not quantity of resources, but rather quality of resource use.
Month 1-2. Monday to Friday I would read a new section in First Aid USMLE and the corresponding section in Goljan’s book. I would read new material in the morning (around 6-8am), new material in the afternoon (1-3pm) and review the material from the day at night (7-9pm). Those hours might go a little longer on some days. The night review would sometimes include QBank questions on the related topics. On Saturday, I would review the things that I had studied in the previous days. This would include questions about the topics. Sunday was a day off!
Month 3. This is where I started doing more questions. I had finished most of First Aid and Goljan. Usually, I did two sets of questions per day with the same schedule as above.
Test day. I scheduled my test day for the middle of June, a couple of weeks before rotations started on July 1st. Looking back, I wish I would have done it a week earlier. That last week probably had little effect on my score but took a week away from vacation that I would have loved to have before starting my third year of medical school. So, my advice to you would be to take it at the beginning of June.
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