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  gyenyame - 11/22/16 19:49
  I scoured forums like this one when I needed to find out how to prepare for the exam, and to find out what the correlation between practice test scores and the actual exam was. Here's is my contribution to all the information out there.

Practice tests:
1) Uworld qbank: 59%
2) NBME (done before uwsa): 320
3) UWSA: 185

USMLE STEP 3 score: 206

Study schedule:
In the first 7 months, I eased my way into studying. The first book I tackled was Step Up to Medicine. I started by reading 5 pages a day so to build consistency. Then I moved to 10 pages, and finally 20 pages a day. I finally finished step up to medicine around May.

The next book I tackled was MTB. I read a chapter a day. If the chapters where less than 20 pages I would read about 2 chapters. I was done by the end of June.
In July, I added working with study groups to my routine. I had 3 study groups in total: CCS, statistics, uw qbank.

From July to my test date Sep 16, I studied from 4 am- 11pm. There were breaks in between of course but it was still intense. I did not want to look back on this exam thinking I could have done more. Pass or fail I would know I gave it my all.

In summary, I started slow and built up momentum. At the very beginning I mapped out the resources that I would use and how much time it would take to complete them. I followed my schedule as well as I could. It all worked out in the in the end because I passed!!!!

Things I would change:
1) I would start doing CCS a little earlier
2) I would read first aide along with the corresponding MTB sections. Note, I am not saying the whole first aide book. I would just read the sections that correspond with the chapters in MTB. There were some tough step 1 questions on the exam.
Good luck!!!

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* Re:Passed Step 3
  gyenyame - 11/22/16 21:05
  Total studying time: 1 year = 10 month lax with 2 month intense studying

Resources used:
1) Step up to medicine (read once through and then revised my notes from then on)
2) Mtb (read multiple times)
3) Secrets: only the biostats section
4) First aide step 1: only the biostats section
5) Uworld qbank: went through it once.
6) UW CCS cases (51): went through it once
7) Crash CCS: went through the first 120 cases as part of a study group.
8) Archer CCS: watched 2 videos- strategy video (3 hours) and the next video in line (10hrs). GREAT RESOURCE!!!!
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  geniculate - 11/22/16 23:23

I deeply resonate with your statement, "Pass or fail I would know I gave it my all". It is the most important ingredient to succeed on this exam.

Once again congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience.
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  gyenyame - 11/23/16 06:00
  Thanks geniculate  
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  geniculate - 11/23/16 11:24
  I am taking the exam in a couple of days!!!

Do you have any last min suggestion in terms of going over Step 1 topics.

Thank you!!!
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  drmaafo - 11/23/16 13:39

Congrats, and thanks for great information!
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  gyenyame - 11/23/16 14:33
-If you are so close to the exam, you should make sure you tighten the material you have already reviewed. You can also go over biostats since it is a quick review. In biostats make sure you know NNT and RR which are high yield.
-also, the closer you get to the exam make sure you take care of your body and health. The exam is a marathon. The last thing you want is to make mistakes just because you are tired.
Good luck!!!!

Thank you. I am glad to help.
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  newusmle3 - 11/23/16 14:55
  Congratulations, @gyenyame.

I've decided to take more time to prepare well for the test, because I keep forgetting some important stuff, etc.

What material/book would you suggest that I use for step 1 Stuff? Any suggestion of more areas I should focus on? I hear people complaining about Day 1 a lot.

How did you find drug ads? What helped you the most with preparation for the ads?

Were there lots of surprises for you on CCS?
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  gyenyame - 11/23/16 17:50
  Thank you, newusmle3. Good idea taking your time to prepare well for the test.

book for step 1: For the step 1 using First Aide together with your step 3 resource should be good enough.

drug ads: It threw me off on the first block but after I got my bearings on the second block onwards it got better. They placed the drug ads or the long passage stats questions towards the end of the block and by then my time was almost done for the block so i rushed. Still, the number one thing to remember about the stats ads or long passages is the answer is usually straight forward as long as you understand the question. Do all the stats questions you can get your hands on- uw qbank, uworld review, etc...

CCS surprises: not really. I can't say there were any surprises.
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  newusmle3 - 11/23/16 18:30
  Thank you very much!  
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* Re:Passed Step 3
  gyenyame - 11/23/16 18:55
  you're welcome  
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