USMLE Step 1 Experience – Dr. Anastasia (Ukranian IMG) – 271


Hello all. This is Anastasia. My experience is divided into 4 parts:

Preparation Books



Exam experience


First Aid USMLE Step 1

Kaplan Lecture Notes (even Pathology.. i did it all from Kaplan. Barone Rocks !! 😀 )

BRS Behavioural Science

BRS Gross Anatomy

BRS Physiology

High Yield Embryology

High Yield Neuro-Anatomy

Conrad Fischer’s Kaplan Medical Ethics – 100 most likely questions

Fundamentals of Pathology – Pathoma



I started with Kaplan Lecture Notes with some of the videos. I did the Pathology lectures contrary to popular opinion it is quite good. Behavioural science is the achilles heal of all IMGs and hence i did BRS Behavioural science and also Kaplan Medical ethics 100 most likely questions. I was week in NeuroAnatomy so i did HY Neuroanatomy and it was helpful. I also did Pathoma and while it was helpful.. Barone rocks !! 😀 First aid and Uworld are the 2 most high yield resources in USMLE.. its even higher yield than high yield books despite the name.


NBME 18: 269

NBME 19: 267

I dont recall the other NBMEs scores as it has become a long time since i gave them but i gave all NBMEs online which were available online and the rest i just did the questions and answers with explanations offline. It was very helpful as i found a similar pattern between this and the real exam.


Do the following before the exam:

Sleep well before the day of the exam. I got 7 hours of good sleep before the exam and i think it helped me a lot.

Do the tutorial from FRED before the exam as it is very helpful as it save the time which would otherwise have been used in it. That time can be effectively used in breaks.

Do the images on the last day before the exam and dont study too much on the day before the exam as it is not helpful and rather you will be hyper and may have difficulty sleeping.

Make sure to have food, drinks etc for the exam breaktime packed before the exam. Dont pack at last moment as you will just be anxious then.

The exam was tough and it was also lengthy. Questions were weirdly worded and even corner questions from corners of First Aid were asked. I recommend you to concentrate on First Aid and UWorld the most. Best of luck… on to step 2 Ck now..

September 26, 2018
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