Okay, the academic bit as I’ve been asked!
Firstly, for those who left the exam thinking it went to hell and counted stupid mistakes:
Idiotic mistakes: MANY!!!!!
Hours of sleep before the exam: 2!!!
You can do well with stupid mistakes and no sleep, you honestly can!!
I forgot what an amoeba was; I forgot Nephritic syndromes; I missed Histo belt and treated cocaine OD with nitroprusside to name a few! So if you are waiting and think it’s all over just have faith! I have faith in you.
Step 1: 245
UWSIM1: 253 months before!
UWSIM2: 248 1 month out
NBME 8: 22X as cant actually remember exact: 6 weeks out
NBME 7: 221 months out then 243 repeated a month out
NBME 6: 253 10 days out
Free120 about 78-80% on both!
Real CK: 257
I honestly used v few resources.
UWorld mainly. I did one pass during placement year and by the time I did the second pass, there were loads of new questions! So 2 passes in total then incorrects and marked.
I did ALL NBMEs including old offline ones (I used this strategy for Step 1 and it seemed to work!)
I used USMLE-RX Qbank a little bit.
I used a few online Meded videos but not many, more to break up the study. I knew ahead of the exam that immunology was going to be big so I reviewed Step 1 notes but I honestly did not open FA for step 1, I couldn’t face it.
Rewatched Randy O’Neil for biostatistics.
I know everyone hates the NBMEs but I personally don’t think I’d have got 257 had I sat exam straight after SIM1 (253). Scoring high in SIMs seems to give much confidence that they don’t need to do more but I had barely covered anything when I got that. My actual exam had straight forward aspects but a lot was based on clinical reasoning and you could only answer if your thought process was correct. I don’t think the SIMs test this honestly but that’s for me personally.
I took all the CMS etc but a lot of this I did in my placement year. I’d say I started dedicated at the end of March but had to interrupt for school exams which were nothing like CK material for a good 6 weeks.
I stand by my step 1 strategy of questions, questions, questions! I bought FA CK but barely used it. I used StepUp in placement year and made lots of good notes which I added to when doing UWorld.
So I’d recommend: UWORLD; StepUp/good text alongside; qbanks and as many practice tests as you have time for!