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Predict USMLE Step 1 Score

Posted by medliorator on June 8, 2009

Clinical Review offers a USMLE Step 1 Calculator to estimate your score and percentile based on 1 to 5 practice exam scores including

  • NBME CBSSA – Raw Score
  • USMLE World – 3 Digit Score
  • USMLE World – QBank Percent
  • Kaplan – QBank Percent
  • Clinical Review -QBank Percent

Can we trust this predictor?

The data used to create the calculators is obtained from the public domain and from our own pool of students who have completed the entire USMLE Review course. The sample size is approximately 4,000 and consists of US Medical Graduates and Foreign Medical Graduates. The score estimate provided above is based on a complex multivariate weighted regression analysis and estimated continuous probability distribution.

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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.

25 Things You Should Know About Your USMLE Step 1 Exam Day [Scrub Notes]

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Maximize Electronic Qbank Learning for USMLE Step 1

Posted by medliorator on May 4, 2009

Regardless of your study style, the key here is to budget an extra 60 to 90 minutes for each block after you complete it. Don’t just look at your score, but instead, take the time to look at the detailed explanations for each question regardless of whether you got it correct or not! Then, make sure to annotate First Aid for the USMLE Step 1! This is KEY! Doing so diligently every day that you study will give you a comprehensive review guide by the time the your USMLE Step 1 exam date rolls around. Furthermore, if you store tidbits of information in one place, it makes it MUCH easier to look up later.

Kaplan Qbank for USMLE Step 1 Tips [Scrub Notes]

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USMLE Introduces FREDv2

Posted by medliorator on April 15, 2009

[Posted March 30, 2009]

A new version of the software used to deliver the computer-based USMLE Step examinations was introduced in mid-August 2008. The Step 1 Examination is scheduled to be migrated to the new version in May 2009. The migration is expected to begin on or about May 15, 2009 at a small number of test centers, and will then be phased in at remaining test centers over a period of several weeks. If you plan to take the Step 1 examination in May 2009 or later, you should familiarize yourself with both the current test delivery software (FREDv1) and the new (FREDv2) version.

Orientation and practice materials using both the current and new versions of the software are available for downloading by clicking here.

The normal turnaround time for reporting scores to Step 1 examinees is 3 to 4 weeks. However, during this transition, turnaround time for some examinees may be as long as 6 to 8 weeks.

Migration of Step 1 Examination to New Software for Computer-Based USMLE in May 2009 [USMLE]

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Free USMLE QBank – WikiTestPrep

Posted by medliorator on April 2, 2009

WikiTestPrep – a free QBank for the USMLE Step 1 & Step 2 exams founded by students at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Registration is optional; free (no spam and no advertising); and enables you to avoid repeating questions, save your tests, flag interesting questions, and track your progress.

The database is still relatively small and recommended as a supplement to your commercial QBank.  WikiTestPrep relies on students to contribute questions which are subsequently revised and approved by the editorial board.

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Insider’s Look at USMLE Step 2

Posted by medliorator on March 30, 2009

This practical exam is comprised of a rapid-fire history and physical of 12 actors pretending to have various, common medical problems, with subsequent documentation of the encounters.

this exam costs over $1000 for medical students to take.  Moreover, there are only 5 centers around the US where students can take the exam, so if you don’t live nearby you also have to pay for transportation and an overnight hotel stay.

Having taken the exam now, I can tell you that anyone who even performed sufficient motions to get through medical school should be able to pass this exam.

what a crock [Mudphudder]

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Kaplan USMLE Step 1 Qbank – Free 2-Week Trial

Posted by medliorator on February 20, 2009

We’re happy to provide you an exclusive 2-week free trial offer to Kaplan’s highly rated USMLE Step 1 Qbank.  The offer is valid for currently enrolled second year medical students, and student must use their offers before February 28, 2009

Free Offer: Kaplan QBank 2009 2-Week Free Trial [MD Connector]

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USMLE on Facebook: Qbank Challenge

Posted by medliorator on February 15, 2009

As if your Aunt’s friend request wasn’t awkward enough, Kaplan has launched a “Qbank Challenge” application on Facebook.  This application allows users to take a daily three-question mini-test for free.

Kaplan Qbank Challenge Application

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USMLE Bulletin and Announcements – Information for Registrants

Posted by medliorator on February 12, 2009

2009 USMLE Bulletin contains answer to most questions and information pertinent to all test takers.  Sections include:

  • Eligibility
  • Examination Content
  • Preparing for the Test
  • Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date
  • Testing
  • Scoring and Score Reporting
  • Indeterminate Scores and Irregular Behavior
  • Communicating About USMLE

USMLE Announcements is updated only a few times each month but worth visiting before your test date.

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How To Register For USMLE Step 1

Posted by medliorator on January 21, 2009

Check out medliorator’s guest post at Scrub Notes entitled, How To Register For USMLE Step 1.

While you’re there, don’t forget to visit Scrub’s newest post, My USMLE Step 1 Study Strategy

I repeated this pattern of studying for particular subjects for about 6 weeks, but I made sure to reserve the last week before the exam to go through First Aid again. Doing so really helped solidify all the material in my mind. Also, as I had been taking notes in First Aid as I did review questions, I had a much richer resource to study from during that last week, and did not have to waste time hunting for notes in other resources

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