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USMLE Exam-Day Checklist

Posted by medliorator on May 18, 2009

1. Map out the route real well the day before. If you can, drive out to the site beforehand. Keep in mind that traffic patterns might be different in the morning.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
7. Wear layers. If it is cold, you’ll be fine. If it is warm, you can peel the layers off. On my day, the room was easily 85 degrees F because the A/C in the building had broken down.
10. If you wear contacts, you might want to consider wearing your eyeglasses instead. Remember, you’re going to be staring at a computer pretty intently for 7 hours.
13. If you really must bring something, try First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, Pharmcards, or some general review sheets.
19. The room itself is filled with only computers, chairs, and test-takers. There are proctors, but they typically sit outside the room, and monitor the examinees view closed-circuit camera.
21. Pack a light lunch, something that does not need any special heating or storage. I think I had a Coke, PB&J, and some fruit. Water would probably be a better choice, but I like Cokes no matter what colas do to my kidneys!
23. If you can, arrange for someone to pick you up after the test. You’ll probably be somewhat fatigued and it’s nice to not have to worry about driving, especially through rush hour traffic.

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