New format of Step !

7/20/2015 12:50:31 AM
Have anyone given the new format of Step 1? How is the difficulty level and score comparison?


7/20/2015 3:27:21 AM
..nia.. wrote:
cbeimg wrote:
Have anyone given the new format of Step 1? How is the difficulty level and score comparison?


hi.
the difficulty is that the step 1 is more loaded with clinical questions.
the quantity of questions is less, than before (eg. 44 and not 46 or 48 as before), but the size of the questions are larger and more scrupulous details are there in the questions.

I haven't taken the step yet but all the info I have is from my friends who passed the step 1.

Kind Regards and Best wishes,
Nia


7/23/2015 12:14:34 AM
I took the exam in july. A lot more long clinical questions than what i had heard of on the forums. I had many next best step in management questions. EEG questions as well, which I had never seen before. 75% of the exam was from first aid I think. Which may be worrying for someone who solely does FA. I personally didn't read Goljan so maybe I'm wrong. I did Kaplan notes,FA,uworld.

Things to note.
1 Questions on UW aren't as long as they are on real exam. So if u are completing uw block right on time you will be late on real thing.
2 First aid isn't enough. I don't know what else can be added to it. Kaplan questions maybe ?
3. I got 213, and I was confident of getting at least 225. My uwsa2 was 236.
4. There will be questions that make no sense at all. Don't spend time on them. Guess in 30 secs and move on. No need to review em later. First guess is best.
5. I'd recommend give step 1 after the next FA issue comes out. Looks like the actual exam qbank has changed. Or maybe I'm just justifying my low marks.

Thats my two cents.

O well.


8/2/2015 3:39:49 AM
VBali wrote:
I took the exam in july. A lot more long clinical questions than what i had heard of on the forums. I had many next best step in management questions. EEG questions as well, which I had never seen before. 75% of the exam was from first aid I think. Which may be worrying for someone who solely does FA. I personally didn't read Goljan so maybe I'm wrong. I did Kaplan notes,FA,uworld.

Things to note.
1 Questions on UW aren't as long as they are on real exam. So if u are completing uw block right on time you will be late on real thing.
2 First aid isn't enough. I don't know what else can be added to it. Kaplan questions maybe ?
3. I got 213, and I was confident of getting at least 225. My uwsa2 was 236.
4. There will be questions that make no sense at all. Don't spend time on them. Guess in 30 secs and move on. No need to review em later. First guess is best.
5. I'd recommend give step 1 after the next FA issue comes out. Looks like the actual exam qbank has changed. Or maybe I'm just justifying my low marks.

Thats my two cents.

O well.


Hi VBali <

Thanks for the post! how was your last NBME before the exam?
good luck in the upcoming exams
edited by on 8/2/2015


9/27/2015 12:25:54 PM
VBali wrote:
I took the exam in july. A lot more long clinical questions than what i had heard of on the forums. I had many next best step in management questions. EEG questions as well, which I had never seen before. 75% of the exam was from first aid I think. Which may be worrying for someone who solely does FA. I personally didn't read Goljan so maybe I'm wrong. I did Kaplan notes,FA,uworld.

Things to note.
1 Questions on UW aren't as long as they are on real exam. So if u are completing uw block right on time you will be late on real thing.
2 First aid isn't enough. I don't know what else can be added to it. Kaplan questions maybe ?
3. I got 213, and I was confident of getting at least 225. My uwsa2 was 236.
4. There will be questions that make no sense at all. Don't spend time on them. Guess in 30 secs and move on. No need to review em later. First guess is best.
5. I'd recommend give step 1 after the next FA issue comes out. Looks like the actual exam qbank has changed. Or maybe I'm just justifying my low marks.

Thats my two cents.

O well.


Thank you vbali
You were very right. I second all your observations.
My exam was way tougher than nbme.
I scored only 229 but i was expecting atleast 235 or above.

My NBME 17 was 234 and UWSA 2 was 244

I revised only for 1 week after the nbme exams and then gave my step 1. But i got really tensed on the final day. maybe that was a factor for my low score.

My only advice: stick to basics, revise revise and revise and keep your cool on the D day. Anything else wont help much i guess


9/28/2015 2:36:15 AM
i gave exam on 19 th august
my exam was way difficult
i was expecting 220 but got 206 in actual exam
i got only one steric on lower side of behaviour science i dont know why because i put lot of effort on BS..
now worried what to do
did mean decreases according to new exam pattern


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