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My Step 1 Exam Experience

Discussion in 'USMLE Step 1' started by pepino, May 20, 2015.

  1. pepino

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    I'm pretty lazy, so maybe I'll come back and edit this post later with more topic-specific details, but just a general overview of my test day experience. I know people are starting to take exams this month, so I hope this will be helpful.

    Test Center: It was fine, although I've heard of others complaining that the room was too hot or cold or whatever. You really become zoned in and these things become insignificant. I would recommend you take a pair of foam earplugs in case you're hypersensitive to people clicking or typing (damn GRE). Take a jacket to the center in case.

    Food: Take lots of snacks. You'll never know what you're going to actually feel like and crave on test day. I had my regular bowl of cereal for breakfast. Took my coffee with me on the drive and into the test center. I took with me leftover pizza, a pb&j sandwich, an apple, protein bar, a Monster energy drink, and two chocolate bars.

    Breaks: I skipped the tutorial, which gives you an extra 15 min of break time, to make it total of 60 minutes of break. I did two blocks, then used the restroom and had an apple and a sip of my Monster (~8-10min break). I then did another 2 blocks (the 4th block was a bit of a drag), and then took a full lunch, to have some pizza, relax, pee again, etc. (~25-30 min). I did then ONE block, and took another quick break (5-8min), then another ONE block, and took another quick break (5-8min, putting me at about 52 minutes of break time used). After completing my 6th block, I had about 8 minutes of breaktime left, but I didn't really feel like getting up at that point, so I just took 30 seconds in my seat, and started my last block.
    - One note about breaks. It takes 2-3 minutes to check in and check out, you have to place your fingerprint and someone will use a metal-detector wand and watch you empty your pockets. If the test center is busier, this can increase the time you are waiting to leave/enter the test room.

    Test: This will obviously vary between tests
    Overall: Similar to UWorld, but with tons of EASY EASY questions mixed in. Don't forget that people need to pass the test too, so there will be easy questions. I would say that it was more similar to the NBME practice tests than UW. On my Step 1, I scored identical to my latest UW self-assessment exam, though (which was higher than my NBME practice test).

    Test Topics
    - Anatomy: a lot on my test, which freaked me out because it was my weakest topic going in. However, I ended up getting a '*' on my score report, so go figure. Use first aid and UW to help guide knowledge, but this is the most unpredictable section of the test
    - Stats: easy points here, don't miss them
    - Biochem: easy questions. Several genetics questions, one was very difficult. I wouldn't worry so much about the difficult ones on UW. I would say I had less here than I expected
    - Micro: Tons of questions, some easy, some hard. Know your viruses.
    - Immuno: very high yeild
    - Organ-specific: mostly pathology, very minimal physiology. Tons of cards, pulm, and GI
    - Cardio sounds: I had 3 on my test. 2 were extremely easy, and one was quite tough.
    - Heme-Onc: A few smears, all easy. Don't worry about random lymphomas/leukemias. Just know the main stuff. If you don't know it well, though, I could see this section being a bit tough.
    - Pharm: some pharmacokinetics, some general pharm. Know the MAIN and UNIQUE side effects. No one cares that lisinopril can cause a headache. What matters more is the angioedema, the dry cough, and the hyperkalemia


    I can keep going on these topics if it's helpful
     
  2. mikesm

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    thanks
     
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    Do you mind me asking what you scored on the test?
    Thanks by the way that's really helpful!!
     
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    @orthopod I second the question above - do you mind sharing your score? Thanks!
     
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    Thank you so very much for sharing... please feel free to add any additional details.
     
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    Thank you so very much for sharing... please feel free to add any additional details.
     
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    Thank you so very much for sharing... please feel free to add any additional details.
     
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