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Breaks During Exam

Discussion in 'Step I' started by monalisa83, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. monalisa83

    monalisa83 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know how the breaks work. Do you take them whenever you want, is there a time limit for the breaks? Could I take breaks between each block, if so, how much time could i have a break between blocks? Thanks.
     
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  3. monalisa83

    monalisa83 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Note the above is for USMLE step 1 (im not sure if comlex is different).
     
  4. Medikit

    Medikit Plastic Bag Middle Class Physician 10+ Year Member

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    A break is offered after every block. You have an hour of total break time but if you finish an exam early then that time is added on to your total break time. I ended up having a lot of break time that I didn't use but other people I've spoken with didn't get to finish the survey they give at the end because that just uses whatever break time you have left over.
     
  5. monalisa83

    monalisa83 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

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    Is that one hour including lunch? Also, how much time is given for the survey? Is the survey one block of questions (50q)? Thanks.
     
  6. pleaseletmepass

    pleaseletmepass 2+ Year Member

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    If we allot 10 minutes to the survey, does that mean we can add 50 minutes to our break intervals?
     
  7. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

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    The survey is not required and if you don't get to it at the end there is no penalty.

    You don't get any time for the survey, it's just added to the end if you haven't used up all your break time or finished the final block with time to spare.
     
  8. Raja Babu

    Raja Babu

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    I took the step yesterday. I was freshest in the morning and get extremely tired towards the end-eating lunch always makes me sleepy (damn alkaline tide). here's how i used my break time:
    Two blocks
    5 min break
    two blocks
    30 min break for lunch
    one block
    5 min break
    one block
    5 min break
    one block
    leftovers for survey
    I took 2 asprin in the morning and another 2 during lunch. The computer screen at Prometric are not LCD-the screen strains your eyes.
     

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