Well for all things academic preparing for this test in my opinion depends on how you learn best.
I'm not the best at memorizing in the world, my learning skills were probably more adequate for something like physics/engineering than for medicine where memorizing large volumes of seemingly useless data is vital for academic survival.
So with that in mind, and knowing I'm an FM resident, consider what I did to prepare accordingly.
I did about 300 questions of OB/GYN from exammaster
About 300 questions of pediatrics from exammaster
About 450 questions of mixed questions including OMM from combank
I memorized the sympathetics/chapmans from savarese and our residency handout and the principles of muscle energy treatment.
Exammaster was a harder test than combank and that the real thing but it helped me figure out areas that were hard for me to memorize and that I worked harder on (mnemonics, etc)
I also took the COMSAE which predicted my actual score by about 30 points.
Hope that helps!
Took the last level today. Assuming I passed, although a bit weary considering I studied less than 6 hours total for this thing, prob did ~300 questions. Feels good to probably be done with those things. Anyone know if specialty board exams are taken at Prometric sites also?
Test date: Sept 23
What I used:
USMLE World question bank was my main source
Master the Boards USMLE Step 3
scanned through Savarese x 2 nights before
Was amazed at my score given that I'm in peds and didn't have that much peds on my test.
Got my results today: 502, which is low but at this point I don't care anymore.
Good luck to all of you.
Be sure to review Savarese, I had plenty of OMT questions this time.
step 1 - 423
step 2 - (round 1) 395
step 2 - (round 2) 395
step 2 - (round 3) 412
step 3 - 628
not that it counts for anything, but somehow i had a major step up.
I will also confess that i don't know how i pulled it off.
Take it easy and good luck, and most of all good bye nbome!!!