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Currently I'm on my second month of intern year and the rotation I am on is very relaxed. I was contemplating studying for the level III and taking it early just so I could be done with the exam. I found the level II exam to be harder than level I as the resources for it were more sparse and I fear that the same will be true for level III. Honestly, juggling intern year and having time to study for the level III seems like a formidable task.

Is it true that you can study about 1 month(and only a few hours a day) for the level III and pass the exam? People would say similar things about the level II but I know I probably spent around 4 months studying for level II(and my score was worse than for level I) . I still have to buy a Qbank and I'm wondering whether Combank or Comquest would be the better choice. I already have MTB Step 3 that I had bought last year when studying for the level II. So is Savarese, MTB Step 3, Combank/Comquest, and 1 month all you need to pass this test?

I'm also a Psychiatry intern and know that my year will get much harder after this month. If I don't take the exam by early October I would say that I won't have relatively easier rotations until May/June. At the same time I feel like I have forgotten a lot of my med school knowledge and I wonder if rushing this exam is a good idea..
 

zafonte86

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I'm an intern as well and took mine in July. I recommend getting it done. It's very similar to level 2. I spent 8 weeks studying for it. The last 4 weeks were during and easy rotation. You only need a 350 to pass. Might as well get it done while you still have some of that knowledge from level 2 in your head.
 
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Oct 27, 2015
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I'm an intern as well and took mine in July. I recommend getting it done. It's very similar to level 2. I spent 8 weeks studying for it. The last 4 weeks were during and easy rotation. You only need a 350 to pass. Might as well get it done while you still have some of that knowledge from level 2 in your head.
Thanks so much for your response! Do you mind sharing what resources you used? It'll give me a better idea of what to focus on. For Qbanks did you use combank or comquest?
 

zafonte86

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Thanks so much for your response! Do you mind sharing what resources you used? It'll give me a better idea of what to focus on. For Qbanks did you use combank or comquest?
I used uworld, DIT, and combank. I like using uworld to actually learn and combank to just get use to how they test and the omm questions. I would pay close attention to omm and ethics questions. Hopefully I passed. I'll find out in a few weeks.