This one got me thinking...it would really SUCK to have to take Step 1 sick...what to do? Today I took the on-site practice test and with my luck, got an allergic attack before the test. It's no cold, but every now and then I get the worst bouts of allergic rhinitis you have ever seen. I'm talking sneezing, coughing, runny nose like an open faucet, itchy watery eyes, the whole deal. It can last anywhere from five minutes to a few hours. It gets worse and is sometimes provoked by dust exposure. I knew the proctors at the site (and official nbme policy) are very strict about not having anything out on the table, but I figured I could at least have ONE tissue out in plain view to wipe my nose with as needed...but no. When I asked the proctor about this, he said I can always pause, come out and get a tissue, throw it away, and go back to the test. Um, yeah. So I have to "lock" my test and get an irregularity (as if i cheated or something) to go outside and waste time to blow my nose? That really sucks. I'm considering loading up on claritin the night before and taking some pseudoephedrine right before the test to hopefully prevent any adverse events. Funny thing is I sometimes go weeks without having a problem, but just KNOW this will happen on test day. It happened on the mcat! Has anyone been through this? What would you suggest? I know to some it may sound trivial, but it is no fun to take a test sick or sick-like. I spent almost the entire 3 hours today with a moist philtrum sniffing up tons of water every 2 seconds, sneezing every 3-4 minutes and staring at the screen through itchy mal-focused eyes. It could potentially screw my score by a few points....and then when I finish and walk out, it's gone.... Our workstations probably hadn't been dusted in months I'm guessing.