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USMLE Step 1 Test Day Experience: A Detailed Sharing

Are you getting ready to take Step 1? It’ll be helpful to learn from someone who has been through the USMLE Step 1 test day experience and succeeded. 

June 15, 2022

Even the calmest medical students will be stressed by the USMLE Step 1 exam. Before taking the exam, most people have completed two or three years of schooling, although it is no easy task.

Dr. Arjun Chatterjee is here today to share with us the most in-depth USMLE Step 1 experience for IMGs. In his third year of medical school, he took Step 1 and got a score of 259. 

His full USMLE Step 1 test day experience will be shared in this article. Let’s explore how he went through that tough time as well as learn about helpful experience lessons and tips when studying and taking USMLE Step 1.

Now, let’s get started!

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First words

This message is dedicated to my family, my teachers (both high school and college), and Dr. Srinivasan. This would not have been possible without the help of my mom and the rest of my family.

Disclaimer:

In this piece, I’ll tell you how a guy without a doctor in his extended family and no one to guide him cleared Step 1 by sheer dedication, hard effort, and Internet browsing.

This thread is entirely about my viewpoint; you may think I’m arrogant or that it’s overly thorough while reading it, but I DON’T CARE.

This email would have saved me a lot of time if I had sent it to myself three years ago. This will be a long post, with three years of my life sandwiched between the lines, so take your time, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!

So, like with any other person’s viewpoint, take it with a grain of salt, change it and use it in your own way, or ignore it entirely; we are all different, so find what works best for you! So there you have it, my humble USMLE Step 1 test experience.

Introduction

I am an Indian medical student in my third year. I learned about the USMLE exam during my first year and tried to figure out what it was all about by Google it.

After a few days of sifting through pointless search results and forums, I stumbled into USMLE-FORUMS and began reading the Recommended Step 1 Threads.

I was unable to incorporate the USMLE materials into my study routine during my first year owing to a lack of guidance, but I made it a point to do so in my second year.

The second year of the Indian MBBS curriculum is one and a half years or three semesters, and there was plenty of time to revise all of my first-year areas of study as well as complete my second-year subjects, but instead of doing it all from Indian authors (which my peers prefer) and “the big foreign books,” I began using USMLE prep materials and solely relied on them to get me through my second year (List will be given below).

Apparently, before taking college exams, I used to seek advice from Indian authors and prepare the relevant question that could appear on the exam, but I never let college exams be my primary focus; rather, I studied from Kaplan and Pathoma, supplementing with Shanbhag (Indian author) and Robbins (Basic) as needed.

I had practically completed every subject in my second year, including a review of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology, as well as Pharmacology, Pathology, and Microbiology.

It was difficult, but not impossible to overcome if one is prepared to put up the effort and sacrifice. So, at the start of this year, I only had Behavioral Science and Biostatistics remaining, which I completed in two weeks, and then I expected to take my exam between July and September, my target being July, but I ended up taking it on September 7th, 2016! I’ll go into more depth about what I did throughout those three years down below.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

During the first two years, I used the following materials:

What materials did I use during the first two years?

  1. Anatomy: Kaplan Anatomy Video Lectures and book, High Yield Anatomy (Note: Kaplan also has Neuroanatomy, which I did not find to be High Yield)
  2. Physiology: BRS Physiology book and Kaplan Physiology Video Lectures.
  3. Biochemistry: Video Lectures and Book from Kaplan.
  4. Pharmacology: Video Lectures and Book by Kaplan Pharmacology.
  5. Pathology:  Audio Lectures and Book on Pathoma and Goljan (Rapid Review Pathology – Selected Topics Only)
  6. Behavioral Science: Kaplan Video Lectures and Book on Behavioral Science.
  7. Biostats:  Kaplan video lectures and book, as well as a UWORLD Biostats review.
  8. Microbiology: Kaplan Video Lectures and books make clinical microbiology laughably simple.
  9. Immunology: Levinson (just the immunology section) and Kaplan Video Lectures and book.

With that out of the way, I’ll go over everything I did over those three years in great detail, so if you thought the intro was long, your hippocampus might herniate by the time you finish reading this piece.

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How did my journey last?

1st Year

As I already stated, I was unaware of all of this throughout the first six months of my first year, else I would have made different decisions.

In India, we tend to focus on minor details and overlook the big picture; for example, someone may recall the course of the vertebral artery through the transverse foramina on the side of the cervical vertebrates but overlook the branches of the arch of the aorta or the clinical features of brachial plexus lesions.

At least in my case, I lost sight of the big picture due to excessive detail, and this was true in all three areas — anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry.

I came upon the Kaplan Video Sessions during my second semester and began watching the physiology and biochemistry lectures.

I’d like to point out that at the time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the USMLE, so I only skimmed through them. I was pleasantly surprised by the logic and scientific reasoning provided in these lectures, whereas in my college, the teachers (with a few exceptions) simply read out facts without any reasoning.

 

I was able to see all three subjects once and take notes throughout this semester because I did not buy the books, but my approach was not aggressive enough, and I just tried to do the things examined in college from these lectures.

I focused entirely on my undergraduate examinations rather than the USMLE, which was not the best method, which I corrected in the second year. I received honors in physiology and biochemistry and near honors in anatomy (I don’t regret not receiving honors in anatomy because I didn’t focus on the big picture and instead sought to dazzle my teachers and peers with minute details that I’d forget anyway two weeks after the exam).

I’d like to thank Conrad Fischer, Robert Dunn, and Wazir Kudrath for helping me understand several key physiological ideas, as well as Lionel Raymon, David Seastone, and Sam Turco for helping me excel in biochemistry, as I received the top grades in college.

2nd Year

Although I received decent grades in college during my first year, I was dissatisfied with my knowledge base and did not want to repeat my mistakes of “not seeing the big picture and being mired down in minute details.” To circumvent this, I took two steps:

1a. I didn’t buy most of the books by local Indian authors that my peers did (most of the novels are poorly written and plagiarised from other foreign authors) – Later, just a few were purchased, and they were mainly for supplemental usage.

1b. I purchased well-known brands such as Katzung and Robbins (but only used them sparsely)

  1. I made my USMLE preparation resources my major resource for the following three semesters. While my peers were relying on private tuition, I was studying on my own for “the” test people take after passing MBBS after all the clinical subjects, and no one was there to guide me about it, but I found the method by which the lectures taught you somewhat appealing and continued with it, which later determined to be the right choice.

The second year was full of ups and downs as I began to consider taking the USMLE, but there was a significant obstacle in my way.

Knowing that if you try to do anything different in India, people would criticize you and offer you instances of people who have failed before you, I kept my thoughts to myself and didn’t tell anyone about it, which subsequently proved to be the right move.

When I told my family about the test, there was a lot of stress in the house, and the next year two seniors expressly warned me about receiving low grades on Step 1. I lost a lot of friends because of it, and I had to let close friends go who didn’t share my desire.

I stopped going to parties and hanging out with friends, and I erased my social media accounts. Although some may argue that I should have taken a different strategy at the time, I felt it was important and I did so. It still bothers me, but that’s life, I suppose!

Pathology

This is the foundation of everything; don’t get me wrong, pathology will not be asked in 90% of the questions, but 90% of the things will require you to comprehend the pathology indicated in the question, and then they may ask about associated microbiology.

There is just one thing to do in pathology, and that is PATHOMA! Yes, Husain Sattar is the King of Pathology, and the videos and book are the “Bible of Pathology.” Every word in that book must be memorized and understood.

I repeat it, as well as taking enough notes from his videos in the book! During my second year, I did pathoma two or three times, and this was my primary pathology reference.

The most important element for USMLE is to connect Physiology with Pathology, thus always review the associated system from BRS Physiology before commencing a chapter on systemic pathology from Pathoma.

Now, when it comes to Sir Edward Goljan, he seems to be “GOD,” and his book Rapid Review Pathology seems to be “The Book,” but it’s not suitable for 2nd-year students. Indeed, it’s about medicine, not pathology, and it includes everything from biochemistry to biostatistics, so if you’re ever stranded on an island with only one book, choose this instead of Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, and by the time you’ve rescued, you’ll have

Unfortunately, I felt it to be overly thorough, and because there are no video lectures, completing the entire Goljan was too difficult for me.

Don’t get me false: you utilize Pathoma and have a high score of above 240, but you also value Rapid Review Pathology for Life, which I will use for my internal medicine and STEP 2 CK. 

Don’t use the complete Goljan for Pathology; nonetheless, there are several significant areas that are not covered in pathoma and require supplementation, such as Types of Shock, Dermatology, and Nephritic Syndrome.

I started with Goljan Audio Lectures after finishing everything (by this I mean physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, patho pathology,  pharmacology, and microbiology), which are still available on the internet.

I did this to combine my learning; he does an incredible job of integrating courses and having you think precisely like you should on a UMSLE test; however, don’t expect it to cover pathology completely; instead, do Pathoma and use this as a supplement once you’ve completed all of the subjects.

I relied primarily on Pathoma for college exams and vivas and only consulted Basic Robbins when I spotted a 12marks worthless question on “Types of Cirrhosis” (hope you get the sarcasm). In college, I received honors and was promoted to senior class assistant pathology.

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Pharmacology

Just one thing to say! That’s “Dr. Lionel Raymon,” his teaching style, his sarcasm, his hilarious comments, his French accent, his golden hair, everything, this man is indeed the “Pharma King,” he was with Kaplan during the 2010 classroom lectures but has since joined Becker, so you’ll have to rely on the old video to get him.

All you need is the Kaplan book to ace any pharma exam, wherever in the globe. There’s no need to study or reference Katzung or Tripathi (an Indian author).

I also did a prep manual, Shanbhag (Indian book) before my college examinations for the purpose of completion, which was concise but written in a non-scientific way, just a stack of data.

Without adding Dr. Steven Harris, who also performed a fantastic job on general pharmacology and toxicology, this review would be incomplete. In conclusion, Kaplan is sufficient for any pharm exam everywhere in the globe, and it helped me earn the top honors in pharma in my college’s final evaluation, as well as being chosen as the junior class assistant.

Microbiology

Well, microbiology is one of the most despised subjects among medical students, and believe me, I am not a fan. I learned microbiology from Mark Gladwin’s CMMRS, and this book is one of the best-written books I’ve ever read!

Every author should abandon the fact-based approach in favor of a storytelling approach when creating novels. The illustrations, charts, and mnemonics in this book are fantastic, and one will never forget the nasty bugs they learn from it.

Micro for college was challenging because in India, teachers like to know useless facts like which bugs give positive results in Methyl Red Test and another principle behind such tests that the clinician doesn’t need to know, so I used Nagoba(Indian book), a prep manual, to learn all of this nonsense.

I was unaware of Sketchy at the time, so I was unable to test it, and I did not use Levinson for microbiology. When necessary, I supplemented CMMRS with Kaplan video lectures and books, particularly DO VIRUS, PARASITES, and FUNGI from the Kaplan video lectures for microbiology, which is lacking in CMMRS. I also received honors in microbiology and was chosen as the junior class assistant.

Immunology

I’m making this a separate part since it deserves its own, and Indian microbiology authors should read international authors before producing their own books because what they write in the name of Immunology is complete nonsense that pushes students to memorize information.

“You will fail!” if you believe you can memorize immunology or anything else for the USMLE, “understanding is the key!” Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what I did.

I used Kaplan video lectures for immunology, where Kim Moscatello attempted to simplify immunology with her animations, but that was insufficient for me as a beginner, so I complimented it with Levinson’s greatest Immunology book to date!

You will be untouchable if you use Levinson and Kaplan Immunology Lectures together; you will finally comprehend when interleukins are released and what the consequences are; likewise, Sattar provides a succinct recap of everything you need to know in the second chapter of Pathoma. When you combine all three, you have a comprehensive understanding of immunology.

Now we’ll get to the most important part of the second year!

FIRST-YEAR TOPICS REVISED

I didn’t pay enough attention to Kaplan during my first year, or at least didn’t give it my all, so I had to go over the three giants again: anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry! You can never conduct evidence-based medicine without a “strong,” “logical,” and “scientific” foundation in these three subjects.

Anatomy

I eventually found that High Yield Anatomy (Ronald Dudek) does a great job of giving the big picture, but I also did Kaplan anatomy because of the radiological imagery and high yield spots they highlight in their films.

They teach in a more clinical manner, which means you don’t have to memorize facts. Pick Kaplan if you must choose between the two. I utilized High Yield later, just in my third year, when I didn’t have enough time to revise the full Kaplan course and needed a concise book.

I learned from this forum that High Yield Neuroanatomy is a popular choice among Step takers, but I didn’t find it high yield. Instead, Dr. James White in the Kaplan neuroanatomy section gives a very straightforward and top yield review with his strange emotionless style of speech; bear with him and take notes; it will come in handy later.

For neuroscience, Kaplan was sufficient. Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology are discussed separately in Indian colleges, and both departments frequently fail to understand and connect the two effectively!

I’d like to add one thing to this topic: it may be difficult for you to understand the pathology part of neuroscience, so do the Pathoma Neuro section first and then start the neuroanatomy section, or do neuroanatomy twice, as I did, before and after Pathoma because it’s highly volatile, high yielding, and tested frequently.

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Physiology

I used BRS Physiology instead of Kaplan Physiology for revision after studying it throughout the first year.

This is a monster of a book, and if you have to choose between Kaplan and BRS, go with BRS. It’s flawless, and unlike Indian authors or even certain well-known authors like Ganong, who purposely write their books in this manner, the writing is scientific.

As a result, it would be challenging for a “novice” student to comprehend concepts; clarification: Ganong is a good book, but not really for novice students; instead, do BRS Physiology (Linda Costanzo) and watch Kaplan videos for the parts you don’t understand, and use Ganong to look up important facts every now and then!

I’ll reiterate what I said in the pathology portion of this thread: The most important element for USMLE is to connect Physiology with Pathology, thus always reviewing the corresponding system from BRS before commencing a chapter on systemic pathology from Pathoma.

Biochemistry

I went over all of the video lectures again.

With five honors, four class assistantships, and two subject top grades in my second year, I was still undecided about continuing.

With EYE, ENT, and Community Medicine, the third year is sometimes said to as the most relaxed year in the MBBS program (Preventive and Social Medicine). So this was my chance to present STEP 1, and I had to seize it by any means necessary!

3rd Year

The second year was lengthy and difficult, but I did my job well and, unlike the first, I was satisfied with my knowledge. Nowadays, virtually anyone can be honored, therefore it doesn’t matter; what matters is your knowledge base, on which you will practice medicine for the rest of your life.

This time I had nailed it, but I was unfamiliar with FIRST AID or UWORLD, and it was now my turn. Third Year will be the most comprehensive since these six months are the cherry on top, and believe me, the difference between 220 and 240 is much less than the difference between 240 and 260, so I wanted to step up my game, and here’s how I did it.

Biostatistics and Behavioral science (psychiatry)

Because these topics are not covered in the standard MBBS curriculum, I had to start from scratch. Because I had no idea how to distinguish between schizoid, schizotypal, and schizophrenia, I turned to the Kaplan Behavioral Science videos for help.

Sir Steven Daugherty is a genius; he makes this difficult topic seem simple! I finished watching the videos and reading the books, at least for the time being. Later this year, I plan to use the Uworld Biostats review and Conrad Fischer’s book “100 Cases” to cement my biostatistics and ethics knowledge.

UWORLD

Many people say to do UWORLD twice or three times, but I only did it once, with a 76 percent average in tutor mode and “heavy” notes, two fat notebooks – 800 pages total – (which I might share soon), many people say to do UWORLD twice or three times, but I only did it once, took a six-month subscription but only used it for two months, actually 50 days was enough, read the explanations, and everything written in the comments can be tested on.

Even if you read the explanations for the ones you answered correctly, we sometimes answer questions correctly for the wrong reasons. Read why the incorrect choices are incorrect and when they will be regarded as correct. 

In this manner, each question has about 5-6 possibilities, and you will have completed 2400 questions; however, by reading the explanations for each choice, you will have completed roughly 12000/15000 questions.

A cervical rib is discovered in a newborn. The seventh cervical segment takes on a thoracic identity. Which is true in the case of HOX gene mutation?

– A HOX gene is generally expressed exclusively caudally to C7.

If you don’t know what HOX (Homeobox genes) is, type “HOX usmle” into Google. Adding Usmle after the issue you want to search for eliminates all the irrelevant results, leaving only the relevant ones.

I would periodically examine my two notebooks, which contained 2400 questions, and it took me only two days to do so. So, should you do UWORLD twice or take the required notes the first time and then revise the full UWORLD in just two days (two large notebooks – 800 pages)?

This strategy allowed me to examine the pattern of questions shortly before the exam, and I edited my journals (800 pages in total) 3-4 times, meaning I did Uworld 3-4 times in two days.

I hope you understand. Some people include UWORLD notes in first aid, but I didn’t, and I’m glad I didn’t because taking appropriate notes saved me a lot of time later and let me to revise the questions and answers more quickly.

FIRST AID

Initially, reading First AID, which is essentially a collection of facts, was tedious, so I skimmed through it, did what I thought was necessary, and moved on to NBME 12 and 15, but this proved to be a mistake because every word of FIRST AID can be tested, and when I say “every word,” I mean “EVERY WORD,” and you will be astounded by the book’s detail.

I did two thru the passes, the first of which took me 10 days with 60 pages each day and involved searching the internet for facts I didn’t understand. I used the same technique as before, typing “Sturge Weber Syndrome usmle” into google and reading the first few results, and this forum and other related forums helped me to understand the disease.

Knowing the facts in first aid isn’t helpful; those facts are posted there to remind you of the story you learned in class about a certain sickness.

If you haven’t heard of “Oncocytoma or Peyronie’s disease,” be proactive and google “Peyronie’s disease usmle” and browse through the top 5/6 results, forming a tale in your brain about the clinical presentation rather than memorizing facts, which you will forget.

NBMEs

I took four of them online and completed the rest offline; NBME 11 to 18 completed all of them so that counts toward the number of questions you complete; I even re-did the online ones offline to verify whether I got the questions right by chance and to revise them; I even made notes this time.

Because the NBME does not publish the answers, I had to look them up on Google, however a simple search for “NBME 18 answers and explanations” well enough, or you can look into the specific questions. I will post my NBME results later.

UWSAs

UWORLD Self Assessment tests are inexpensive, but they frequently overestimate scores, as mine did. However, they are worthwhile to take because the questions on the USMLE are challenging, similar to those on the NBME, but the length of the questions matches that of the UWORLD.

I used them in an unusual way: I bought both USWA 1 and 2 and took them on the same day. I intended to excite my “Autonomic Nervous System” with a test-like experience, so I sat at 8 a.m. and did eight blocks one after the other till about 5 p.m. (the actual exam is seven blocks, plus one extra just in case to test my stamina).

I took breaks in between and it was a fantastic experience because it provided me an idea of when I should have my caffeine, after two blocks or three blocks, and how frequently you want to pee in such a condition:P, Jokes aside, the experience was rewarding and gave me a lot of confidence.

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The X-Factor – (things that will help you get a score of above 240)

The X-factors are the extra things I did to gain a better understanding of the disease and increased my confidence in certain areas (these are often not mentioned in the other USMLE experiences you are going to read in this or some other forum, but I found them useful)

  • First Aid Questions and Answers for USMLE  Step 1: Highly under-appreciated, this is an amazing resource that everyone should use. It contains 363 examples, you can perform a set number of cases per day, and the facts correspond to those in the First Aid book.
  • USMLE-Rx: After taking NBME 15(245), I discovered that, despite having taken UWorld once, I didn’t yet have a firm grasp on how to answer each question since I had done UWORLD in tutor mode, thus I had to select between USMLE Rx and Kaplan Qbank.

Rx is better in that it shows the first aid page with an explanation; I completed 50% of this Qbank, only hard and medium questions, avoiding the easy ones; I received 82 percent and it predicted a score of 262; I took notes, but this time did it in Random mode, which helped me a lot

  • First Aid for USMLE Step 1: Yes, I include First Aid for USMLE Step 1 on this list again since one can grow sick of studying first aid if they start reading from the beginning of the book with biochemistry and biostatistics, YUCK!!! I did something different.

I started from the last topic, the Respiratory system, and worked my way to the first page; the book is 600 pages, and I covered it cover to cover twice; skimming it before UWORLD was a mistake; one should remember every page of this book; one should try to create a photographic memory of every page of this book. If you work hard enough, you can finish first aid in 5 days, 120 pages per day, as I did on my second attempt.

  • Conrad Fischer’s 100 cases: “Ethics” isn’t my cup of tea, but I’m sure you can tell from reading my writing style:P, however, I did this book once, and it was fine; I didn’t earn a perfect score in ethics on the real exam, but I did well. This book, together with the Kaplan video lectures, is more than enough for me.
  • Revised Full Pathoma video lessons two days before the exam; the videos can be viewed at 1.7x speed and will take around two hours to complete (20 hours, will post a detailed hour scale of each topic below). Do this since you don’t want to combine forms of necrosis the week prior!
  • Med bullets: google it, amazing site, under-appreciated review material, free of charge, even includes some UWORLD-style questions in the free account, I gave many disciplines a reading, including GI, Respiratory, and Dermatology, and there’s no need to upgrade! You can use this website to learn about First Aid facts that you don’t comprehend.
  • Search up “Tuberous Sclerosis Usmle” on YouTube and watch the videos.
  • Kaplan QBook: I took Biochemistry and Psychiatry from this, and these subjects help you develop a solid foundation.

These resources I didn’t use

I’m going to list some resources that I’m aware of (and that most people use), but that I haven’t used.

  1. Pathology Rapid Review – Focus on a few topics and rely on pathoma for the rest.
  2. Najeeb Lectures – Simply too thorough for me; if you are a first-year student, go ahead and try them; otherwise, don’t waste your time.
  3. Kaplan Qbank – I didn’t utilize it because I had previously completed Uworld and wanted to focus on USMLE Rx and First Aid.
  4. Don’t buy the Kaplan Pathology Book!
  5. Kaplan High Yield Course – this course isn’t for overseas students, it’s significantly less detailed, and it wasn’t designed for a novice like me.
  6. Sketchy Pharm and Micro – I had no idea about this, so I can’t comment; but, what I did worked, so maybe this will as well.
  7. Becker Course and Qbank – I only trust the trailer and tested, but they now have Robert Dunn, Steven Daugherty, and Lionel Raymon, which is unfortunate.
  8. High Yield Neuro/Embryology and Biostatistics – too detailed, waste of money; you could look at HY neuro’s CT scans, but Kaplan and UWorld should be enough!
  9. DIT – I didn’t utilize it; instead, I used Kaplan; it’s fine; go for it.

If you enjoy a particular resource, keep with it, in my opinion.

The day and week before the test day

Let’s discuss the days and weeks before the USMLE Step 1 test day experience.

I prepared this list during my second reading of first aid, the things that I usually forget (there is a list by ex-moderator of this forum Rasheed, but I am unique and so are you, so make your own!) I revised pathoma in two days and Full Uworld notes in the next two days and gave some topics of first aid a brief look.

I studied the topics on the list and began exercising in the last 2/3 months, primarily by playing football alone while listening to music for half an hour each. You need to get some exercise; you can’t just sit and study for 10-12 hours a day without doing anything else.

I also watched a lot of TV shows, such as House MD (this always gives me hope). Perhaps there is still some science left in medicine, and we can heal disease by correctly diagnosing it rather than only treating the symptoms).

I played FIFA 16 and GTA 4 and 5, saw some new movies, and kept myself almost secluded for the final six months, with no hanging out no parties, and no 21st-century socialization.

Anyway, things didn’t go as planned the day before the exam. I planned to sleep for around 8 hours and then take the exam the next day, but I stayed awake the whole night.

It was terrible, but the ANS reserve kicked in the next day, and I was alright. On test day, take plenty of food and drinks with you; I made tea and carried a few bars of Snickers (chocolate) to keep my blood sugar up, and I took many breaks (for about 2/3 minutes virtually after every block).

First, 10/15 questions were almost impossible to complete owing to anxiousness, but the reduced amount of things made it possible (now 40 per block). After each block, I got 10-12 minutes to review the marked questions from that unit.

I made five stupid mistakes, simple questions, and second-guessed myself; I’ll be sorry for a few more years. I got about 1-2 WTF questions, but they appeared experimental because no logic seemed to apply to them, and the last block had 28 items, so the day went well for someone who hadn’t gotten any sleep the night before. DO NOT STUDY THE DAY BEFORE, AS IT WILL MESS WITH YOUR MIND! I studied morning and evening, and the rest is history!

Final thoughts

Is this USMLE Step 1 test day experience long? Reading all of what Dr. Arjun Chatterjee shared may take time, but we think that is worth it. Besides sharing his experience, he has also given readers much advice that will surely help you a lot during your preparation for USMLE Step 1 as well as the test day.

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