Definitely not necessary. Most people do not take the extra prep course for Step 1. Get yourself good review materials, make a schedule, and stick to it. That's all you need.ziffy 850 said:I noticed some of you seem to be taking the Kaplan lectures/course. How useful do you think this is??? I was just planning to study on my own-qbank, etc. ??? Do you think the Kaplan stuff is necessary?