IMG USMLE Step 1 Experience June 2021

IMG USMLE Step 1 Experience June 2021 For Student with COVID 19
IMG USMLE Step 1 Experience June 2021
My name is mahmoud moustafa, a 5th year medical student at fayoum university. I thought of sharing my experience will be useful as reading other’s experience was to me

Phase 1 took (28/11/2019 to almost 1/10 ) (3 months gaps in between ):

  1. BnB
  2. Sketchy micro , pharma
  3. Pathoma
  4. FA
  5. RX Q BANKS
  6. ANKI ( zanki cards ) about 31,000 card😤

Phase 2 From ( 1/10 to 1/2):

  1. Amboss qbank and taking some notes from my mistakes in anki
  2. Took also in this phase old nbmes as a learning tool
  3. Anki reviews

Phase 3 from (1/2 to exam date 17/6) ( dedicated ):

  1. UWORLD in random mode (GOLD)
  2. Nbme(20, 21, 22,23,24)
  3. Nbme (27,28 )
  4. UWSA1 , UWSA2
For my weak points in either UWORLD OR NBMES I do dirty medicine or osmosis VIDEOS
Anki reviews

Assessment Scores:

NBME 20 (45 mistake )4.5 months out
NBME 21 ( 38 mistake) 4 months out
NBME 22( 30 mistake )3.5 month out
NBME 23 (28 mistake ) 3 month out
NBME 19 ( 15 mistake ) 2 months out
NBME 24 ( 24 mistake )
UWSA1 256 5 weeks out
NBME 27 250 4 weeks out
NBME 18 (12 mistake ) on curve 258
Free 120 in prometric 95% (10 days out )
UWSA2 ( 262 ) finally the score i have been waiting for 260+ (8 days out )

Real deal 225 so why this drop?

THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IN MY EXPERIENCE
5 days out from my exam,corona virus said hello to me.
With the stress of exam and the symptoms ( SEVERE HEADACHE )+ fever + malaise + anorexia+ breathing issues >> 7 kg weight loss in 6 days,after all of this I didn’t decide to postpone my exam , all I could think of at that moment was to be done with step 1 whatever the consequences ,I expected score drop to be like 240 or 235 but never expected to be in 225 range( pass and fail from the next year was the something that made me never think about postponing+ final exams in my college in 28/6 ).

Exam day:

  • I woke up at 4 Am. ( feverish )
  • I couldn’t sleep till the exam
  • In exam the first 3 blocks i tried as much as i can to overcome my headache and difficulty in breathing.
But after the third block I couldn’t resist any more so it highly affect my performance
I wrote my experience to help anyone fall in my situation , to know the nearly expected consequences and help him to decide whether or not to postpone.