May 2019 USMLE Step 1 Experience {Score #235}

This USMLE Step 1 experience By Santhu LS

The real deal: 235 (exam on May 29)

I know it’s not a 250 or 240…..but wanted to share my step1 experience …i am not really happy with the score…..but I have to accept the reality and move on …

My prep was a bit on and off prep…..i am in my med school so had to stop and start my prep based on my med school schedule.

just did Kaplan videos and notes pathoma very vaguely. I didn’t aim for perfectionism…I had no idea when I am going to complete…this went on for 4 to 5 months

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This is when I thought of a deadline when I am going to complete step 1….again I did Kaplan videos and q bank very precisely for 3 to 4 months and then gave an NBME and UWSA1

NBME 16: 215

UWSA1: 232

Now I started First aid and uworld .. did them for 3 months….. I started my fa and uworld very late into my prep that’s the main drawback. I had to stop now due to med school exams ..also I did USMLE RX videos and Qbank for my weak areas.

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This is when I did first aid and uworld very precisely pinning down important points to first aid
Nbme 13: 221 ( 3.5 months to exam)
Nbme 15: 230 (3 months to exam)
Nbme 18 : 232 (2.5 months to exam)

This is when I lost the momentum started to relax down as I was hitting 230

Nbme 20: 215 ( 42 days to exam)
UWSA2: 245 ( 41days to exam)
Nbme 22: 228 (40 days to exam)

This fluctuation in score shared the shit out of me….. by now I was burned out but I was holding myself and again revised fa with uworld pinned down

Nbme 21: 242 (30 days to exam)
Nbme 24: 244 (20 days to exam)
Nbme 23: 236 (17 days to exam)

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I was aiming for 245 plus and after NBME 23 i had no NBMEs left… I felt I will screw my exam……then i had to contact someone who had NBME 17 unused online version and bought it. I gave NBME 17 with free d 120 qs 8 days before exam
Nbme 17: 244
120 free d : 82%
I felt I was ready and went for the exam

I had 7 hrs sleep….had some coffee and normal food which I usually eat (no protein bars etc)

I felt I was doing great on the exam …just in block 3 /4 felt some difficulty….. I was on euphoria after the exam …and I thought I killed my exam

But the real deal is 235😊


This is a bit happy thing which will cheer me up


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