Step 1 Advice From a Recent Test Taker [ En Español]

 

Mis diez mejores consejos para los que van a dar el step 1 proximamente:

 

10. El examen evalua la integracion de conceptos mucho mas que saber un concepto de memoria. Ejercita tu mente y acostumbrala a asociar.


9. Nada se parece al examen, si bien los NBME's son predictivos para algunas personas (no para todos), el formato de las preguntas es muy diferente. Si a algo se me parecio en cuanto a asociacion de conceptos fue a uworld. Sobretodo a uworld self assesment en cuanto a formato de preguntas, mas no en cuanto a valor predictivo (o eso aun no lo se)


8. Cuando salgas del examen tu cabeza se va a volver loka pensando en las preguntas que respondiste mal o que quisieras haber tenido mas tiempo para pensarlas mejor y responderlas mejor, lo cierto es que esto le pasa a todo el mundo y es algo inevitable.

7. Podras practicar mil veces antes del examen tus tiempos con respecto a responder las preguntas pero lo cierto es que en el examen casi no te sobrara tiempo en los bancos xq cada pregunta hay que pensarla muy bien. Preparate para esto! A mi por ejemplo casi siempre me sobraban 12 minutos para revisar preguntas marcadas, durante el examen en ningun banco me sobro mas de 5 minutos. Ademas veras preguntas acerca de temas que nunca estudiaste ni viste en ningun libro ni en First Aid.

6. NO CAMBIES LA RESPUESTA QUE PUSISTE EN EL ULTIMO SEGUNDO. NO LO HAGAS!

5. Estudia y esfuerzate cada dia pero NO pares tu vida por este examen, has lo que te gusta, ejercitate, farrea, anda al cine o a la playa... La vida sigue!

4. Sientete afortunado por todo lo que has aprendido, el score si bien es muy importante, lo mas importante es que el dia de hoy tu eres una mejor persona y un mejor PROFESIONAL, listo y preparado para pasar el examen mas importante: el verdadero paciente.

3. Durante tu preparacion escucharas mil cosas diferentes, a algunos les gusta mas uworld, a otros les salio el mismo score de un NBME en el que a ti te fue pesimo, algunos leen los libros en un mes otros en diez meses, cada persona es diferente, cada uno percibe las cosas de manera diferente, has lo que TU necesites para aprender mejor... pero eso si... NO PIERDAS EL TIEMPO...

2. Sea cual sea tu score... siempre hay formas de matchear. No pierdas la fe.

1. Si amas lo que haces y lo haces por el bien de tu paciente mas que por tener un Ferrari o una casa en Beverly Hills, cada dia de estudio sera un dia que has disfrutado ya que ahora sabes algo nuevo, algo que te podra ayudar a salvar una vida... y cada dia de esfuerzo, de una u otra manera seran recompensados.

Espero que de algo les sirva mi experiencia amigos!!! Besos y abrazos y cualquier pregunta me dejan saber♡

Daniela (scored over 240 on step 1!)

 


 

Step 1 Advice From a Recent Test Taker

Translation to English:

 

My top ten tips for those who are going to take the step 1 coming soon:


10. The test evaluates the integration of concepts much more than the memorization of concepts. Exercise your mind and get used to associations.

 

9. Nothing looks like the exam! Although the NBME's are predictive for some people (not for all), the format of the questions is very different. If anything, I thought the association of concepts in uworld was the closest to the exam. Especially the uworld self assessment, in terms of format of questions, but not in terms of predictive value (I don't know yet).

 

8. When you get out of the exam your head is going to go crazy thinking about the questions that you answered wrong or wishing that you had more time to think it thru and answer the questions better. The truth is that this happens to everyone and it's inevitable.

 

7. You can practice your timing with regard to answering the questions a thousand times before the exam but the truth is that on the real exam you will barely have much time left. Be prepared for this! For me, for example, I always had almost 12 minutes to review questions that I marked during practice exams, but during the real exam I never had more than 5 minutes to review. In addition, you will see questions about issues that you never studied... or seen in any book... not even in first aid.

 

6. DON'T CHANGE THE ANSWER YOU PUT AT THE LAST SECOND. DON'T DO IT!

 

5. Study hard and push yourself every day but don't stop your life for this exam. Do what you like to do, exercise, party, go to the movies or to the beach... Life goes on!

 

4. Feel fortunate for everything that you've learned. While the score is very important, the most important thing is that at the end of the day you're a better person and a better PROFESSIONAL, ready and prepared to pass the the most important exam - the real patient.

 

3. During your preparation you will hear a thousand different things! Some people like uworld better, others said their score was the same as their NBME (which I scored awfully on), some take a month to read thru a book and others take ten months. Every person is different, each one perceives things differently. Do what YOU have to do to learn better... But whatever you do... DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!

 

2. Whatever your score is... There's always ways of matching. Don't lose faith.

 

1. If you love what you do and you're doing it for the good of your patient more than to have a Ferrari or a house in Beverly Hills, then each day of study will be a day that you've enjoyed since now you've learned something new... something that will help you save a life... and for every day of hard work, one way or another, you will be rewarded.

 


I hope that my experience will serve you well, my friends!!!  Kisses and hugs and any questions let me know ♡

Daniela (scored over 240 on step 1!)

 

 

Comments  

#1 Sudeep P 2016-05-11 14:39
Thanks for the advice!! Gracias!!!
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