10+ Year Member
- Jul 13, 2006
JUST got my score back today, and I got a 260!!
I was so nervous for the past four weeks. I studied my butt off for this exam and spent a lot of money on review products. I walked away from the exam knowing that I did well, but there were enough questions that I wasn't sure about that I was worried about my score. My classmates have also gotten back their scores, and I've done a little bit of comparing to see what works for this exam and what doesn't.
I used Kaplan QBank, Apex Testing's Ultimate package, and BSS to prepare for this exam. I studied for three months, but studied hardcore, 14 hours a day for about a month. I did ok in medical school (US school), but felt pretty comfortable with the material by the end of my M2 year. Average grades, but passed all of my courses.
I went through all of QBank early on. I also went through BSS pretty quick (200 questions a day in the first month or so). I was looking for a good question resource and my friend recommended a question review program by Apex Testing, so I gave that a shot. I finished their questions over the next month and a half. All together, I went through about 10,000 questions.
Books I read:
I went through the high yield series twice. I also read Robbins cover to cover, and went through Kaplan's books. In the last month before my exam, I went through the Rapid Review Series by Apex Testing - they have books on pharm, path, micro, and immuno, and I hear they are workign on a first aid killer.
Most of my friends used similar resources. They all did pretty well, but the ones who did really well went through Apex's materials. They went through tons of questions and read every single explanation carefully. I did the same thing, and it really paid off. I had a hard time narrowing down which books I was going to use, but once I started doing First Aid with Apex's books, I found I was able to focus pretty well on the studying and get thigns into my head.
I think Apex is pretty new to the market, but they have good stuff out there. Anyone else try their material? I hear they had a review course in Chicago recently.