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THE

FINAL USMLE PREPARATION


STRATEGY YOU WILL EVER NEED








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PREFACE


We were not going to write this guidebook, simply because the contents
within it are the result of years of trial, error, testing, and tweaking. We
thought the results of our years of effort should be restricted to our
students, to those who decided to join us at The Academy for their
USMLE Step 1 preparation. However, as we move forward and continue
to grow by leaps and bounds on a weekly basis, we know that the right
thing to do is to help as many students as possible, by answering the
question we literally are asked several times per day: How do I study for
the Step 1 exam.

We get emails coming in every single day, with that exact question!

I cannot stress enough just how many hours and years of hard work
have gone into testing our USMLE preparation strategy 1000s of
hours. If you troll the USMLE forums these days, you will see a generic
response to this ever-so-important question asked mainly by foreign
students from India and the Caribbean, mainly telling students to use
Kaplan and some question bank.

Personally, when I was in medical in the Caribbean earlier this century, I
received absolutely terrible advice from my schools administration on
how to prepare for the hardest exam of my life. How do I know it was
terrible advice? Because when I took an NBME (for the first time) just
days before my attempt at the Step 1 exam, the results were absolutely
horrifying. The advice I received (from a non-MD), was to Do as many
questions as you possibly can Up to 10,000 questions should be done
before writing your exam). I thought OK, Ill do that and get a 260, but
this simply does not work. Doing question after question without a plan
does absolutely nothing to help you achieve that illustrious 99 on the
exam. Sure, questions are an integral part of your preparation, but only
when approached strategically and with a proper plan-of-action.

I was ashamed to have to postpone my Step 1 exam Not only was it
personally embarrassing, but I already had an illustrious Psych rotation
set up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that was the opportunity given
only to those who were deemed exceptional students by the faculty
and administration. Not only did I let myself down, I let my clinical co-
ordinator down But heres the thing She was the one who gave me
the very vague and non-directional advice that put me into this position
in the first place.

I realized, after delaying my exam, that this was NOT about them, it was
about ME Why was I being rushed into clinicals when I clearly wasnt
prepared?? Ill tell you why money. Yep, the faster we are moved into
clinicals, the faster the school receives its clinical medicine tuition
medical schools are a business after all. So equipped with this epiphany,
I decided to start my Step 1 preparation from scratch

I did well in the Basic Science classes. I was known as one of the hardest
working students in class. And I dont share this with you to brag, not in
the least. In fact, if you knew me, you would know that I am not one to
boast, I prefer being the strong silent type. But I tell you this so you
realize that simply being a good student, with solid basic science grades,
and a strong work ethic will not automatically translate into a great Step
1 score. Once we start preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam, we are all
starting with a clean slate, and how well you do is not necessarily based
on your current knowledge, but rather based on how you approach this
exam.

I compare the Step 1 exam to a marathon. You may be in good shape,
you may hit the gym regularly, you may even be a casual jogger, but
unless you are implementing a specific training regimen for that
marathon, you are likely to come up short. The Step 1 exam is a
marathon, both in preparing for it and actually writing it! It is tough,
exhausting, and the process is downright cruel. But, we all have to do it,
and it is a right of passage for each medical student. Great pride comes
with getting over the hurdle, just like great pride comes to those who
are able to withstand the cruel and punishing training for a marathon.

So, when I realized I was going to fail based on my NBME exam (which
by the way, my school never taught me about), I joined a popular
preparation program in the Mid-west, an investment that I paid over
$5500 for. I figured if anything could help me, this would be it. So I
hopped on a plane and headed to the program. I quickly realized that
this program was NOT for me I value my time more than anything else
in this life, and I really did not appreciate wasting a couple hours of
every full day of lecture listening to our teachers life stories, anecdotes
on life, and musings. Not to say the program itself wasnt useful, it had
its moments, but what took a 8 hours to get through everyday could
have been taken care of in only a couple of hours per day, leaving me
with real time to prepare and study.

So I left, locked myself in my hotel room for several weeks, and started
reaching out to the best of the best students on the UMSLE Forums. I
searched night and day for success stories from students like myself, I
compared and contrasted preparation ideologies, and eventually put
together what I believed to be the best series of steps that needed to be
taken in order to achieve a score putting me into the elite level of test-
takers. The only way to actually test out this strategy was to put it into
action and thats what I did!

Fast-forward a couple of years

I met Dr. Stavros in our 4th year of Clinical rotations in a South Side
Chicago hospital. We were immediate friends, and soon began small
Step 1 tutoring sessions with students who had yet to take the exam.
We prepared high-yield lectures, and we taught them our strategy for
success.

This became quite popular and it soon consumed lots of our time, and
we simply couldnt keep up with the demand. Eventually students
started offering to pay us to continue with our tutoring, and although
we were in medicine to help the patients, we soon realized the value we
could offer to other students who were following in our footsteps. As
students came and went, we started to see amazing scores! This was
immensely rewarding for us, and with that The Academy was born. As
we continued to help students, we tweaked the original strategy that I
developed on my own while locked in that hotel room in Illinois back in
2007. We combined a lecture series comprised of approximately 100
hours with our detailed, step-by-step strategy for achieving enormous
success.

Since we officially launched The USMLE Success Academy in 2009, we
made minor tweaks and changes to our preparation strategy in order to
boost scores even more. At this point in time, the strategy is perfected!
Students who follow our lectures and our success strategy are achieving
amazing scores, every single time, no matter how weak of a student they
were in the past, no matter which Caribbean school they came from, no
matter how many failures on the Step 1 they come to us with they
always score well with our strategy.

Now, because we are being asked several times per day about the Best
way to prepare for the Step 1 exam, we are going to lay it all out for
you here today.

Now, let get started. Keep in mind, what you are about to read is not
just a recommendation that you should try, it is not something to pick
and choose ideas from It is our tested and proven formula for a great
score on your USMLE Step 1 exam.

Lets get started!













To your success,

Dr. Paul & Dr. Stavros





TOOLS NEEDED FOR THE USMLE PREPARATION STRATEGY


In order to best prepare yourself, you need the right tools at your
disposal. Below Ive outlined a few things you should have before even
starting your preparation, so that as we move through the plan, you
have everything right at your disposal.


What youll need:

1. Excellent review notes

Excellent review notes come from one of two sources. They are either
created by you through carefully moving through your basic science
notes and combining all of the high-yield information into a neat
document, or they come from following a review program that tackles
the high-yield information in great detail. Please realize that study
guides such as the First Aid or even our USMLE Step 1 BIBLE are not
comprehensive review notes, they are only review guides that tell you
what is considered to be high-yield. You should be able to look at the
First Aid and be able to discuss the topic inside in great detail simply
memorizing the information in any study guide will leave you falling
well short of the knowledge base you need to succeed.

2. USMLE World Question Bank

Through the years, Ive tried all of the more popular question banks out
there, and I can say with complete confidence that USMLE World is the
superior product on the market. A 3-month subscription to USMLE
World is all you will need.

3. NBME Examinations

In order to get the most accurate feedback of your progress as you move
through our success strategy, you are going to need to use NBME
examinations. Many students dont like the fact that they have to spend
some money for these exams, but keep in mind that these exams are
made of real USMLE questions that are being used today. What this
means is that the level of difficulty that this exam presents to you will
give you both an accurate assessment of where you stand and it will
give you a great look at the level of difficulty that you can expect on the
real USMLE exam. Each NBME is $45, which is a very small price to pay
for the valuable information and feedback that you will take away from
each one you take. Please, embrace these exams and be prepared to
take anywhere from 2-5 of them throughout your preparation, as it will
help you boost your score by dozens of points!

4. Blank Notebook(s)

Get yourself 1-2 blank spiral-bound notebooks with around 300 pages
in each. You will need lots of space to write as you progress through our
preparation strategy, so be sure you have plenty of writing materials.


As far as tools go, thats what you need! Now, let us get into the details
of the strategy.



THE BASIC STEPS INVOLVED


Below I am going to outline the general overview of the success
strategy. After the outline, I will go into detail about how to approach
each step, and how to maneuver your way through the entire strategy
from Day 1 of your studies, all the way until the moment you are ready
to write the exam!

Lets go

1st step Take an NBME exam
2nd step Develop a study schedule based on your timeframe (+
schedule your USMLE Step 1 exam)
3rd step Begin studying + performing 2 blocks of qs per day
4th step Once through 1st round of studies, take another NBME
5th step Perform the 2nd run through Qbank
6th step Take NBME
7th step Improve weak areas based on NBME feedback
8th step Take NBME (repeat step 6, 7, & 8 until no identifiable
weaknesses)
9th step Take your USMLE Step 1 confidently


At first glance, it looks as though a good chunk of your time is spent
taking NBME exams, but this isnt the case. In fact, the NBME exams are
only going to take up a couple hours of your time here and there. But,
the layout/schedule of your NBME exam attempts are very carefully
placed, and should be followed exactly as prescribed.

So now that you get what the overall picture looks like, let us take a
much closer, more detailed look at exactly what to do in order to go
from where you are right now, to a place where you are equipped to
score in the top 1% of all USMLE test-takers.


Before we start As I mentioned earlier in this guidebook, your USMLE
scores are yours and yours only! They are not for your school, they are
not for anyone else but you. So dont think for a minute that you MUST
take the test in 1 month, or 2 months, or even 6 months if you arent
ready. The clinical rotations will always be there, you only have one
shot at this exam so take your time, but dont fall into the trap of
taking too much time. For example, there is absolutely no plausible
reason for taking 1yr to prepare for this exam. If you are a student who
is fresh out of the basic sciences, we should have you ready quickly (1-3
months). For those of you who are out of school for 5+ years and who
truly and honestly believe they are starting from scratch, you should be
working hard and efficiently, but may need 6-9 months to prepare. In
general though, you are likely a relatively recent graduate who can
manage to get ready in 90 days or less.







1ST STEP TAKE AN NBME

Ive dealt with students fresh out of the basic sciences and Ive dealt
with students 20 years out of medical school, and no matter what your
case may be, taking an NBME will give you an idea of where you stand.
It will let you know how strong or weak you are overall, and it will
pinpoint your strengths, your weaknesses, and your average areas. So
get an NBME and take it.

Since we are just getting started with our preparation, ultimately we
need to identify our weaknesses, but we are still going to do thorough
and detailed studying of all the principles tested on the USMLE Step 1
exam. At this point take note of your strengths and weaknesses based
on the NBME, but we are still going to attack all of the material.


2ND STEP DEVELOP A STUDY SCHEDULE BASED ON YOUR
TIMEFRAME GOALS

This is trickier and different for everyone, but as a general guideline, a
student who is above average in their basic science classes should aim
to write their exam within 6-8 weeks from now. My suggestion is to be
honest with yourself as far as how much time you need; did you fail a
few classes in med school? If you did, youll need more time. If you did
well, then schedule your exam for a couple months away. The most
important thing is that you do in fact schedule your exam. Nothing is
worse than starting your preparation without having a defined date and
goal in place, because what are you working towards if you dont set a
date and goal? You can always change your test date.

You also need to identify a target score. If your goal is to become a
Family Physician, which is known to be a favorite amongst IMGs, dont
for a second think that just passing the exam will get you in these days,
because it absolutely will not! When I hear a student tell me their goal
is to just pass, I will immediately warn them about thinking too small.
Even if you want to get into one of the easier specialties, you should still
be shooting for a top score. Never limit yourself based on your own
falsely set limitations Just because you are an IMG doesnt mean you
cant get into Dermatology, or Plastic Surgery. Sure, it is highly unlikely
and extremely challenging, but never limit yourself based on what you
hear from others.

And so with that said, what is your goal? Do you want to try for a
challenging specialty? If you do, then you want to score at least a 235,
especially these days with the high number of competitors. If you want
an easier to get into residency such as Pediatrics, you still want to aim
for a score that is above the national average, which is around 222-225
(this is always changing on a yearly basis, but usually hovers around
this marker).

So, define your ultimate career goals. Define your goal score. Set a date
for your exam.


How do you plan a study schedule?

This is done based on a few factors, namely whether or not you are
dedicating 100% of your day to your Step 1 preparation. And if I may
say, this is one exam you will want to focus 100% of your time and
effort towards. A rock-solid approach is to dedicate 6-8 hours of each
day to Step 1 preparation. In The Academys Step 1 Preparation
Program, we ask students about the amount of time they can dedicate to
their studies, and based on this recommend 4, 8, or 12 weeks of
preparation time. For a student who has only the Step 1 to focus on, 4
very intense weeks should be enough time to get through the basic
sciences, while also implementing daily questions into their strategy
and also keeping an hour or so for review. For those with part-time
jobs, children, or other responsibilities that use up part of their day,
aiming to dedicate 2-4 hours of highly focused, interruption-free
studying/preparation is ideal.

Now, based on the amount of time you can dedicate, create a plan that
maps out how you will divide your time. Did your NBME tell you that
you are weak in a few areas? If it did, give yourself some extra time to
go over those topics. Now keep in mind, the major topics you must
master for the USMLE Step 1 exam include:


- Genetics
- Cell & Membrane Behavior
- Behavioral medicine
- Biochemistry
- Neurology
- GI Systems (GI, Renal, etc)
- Dermatology
- Pathology/Pathophysiology
- Pharmacology
- Physiology

To name the big ones.

Now, where and/or how you get the information for this material is up
to you. Ideally you took excellent notes during your basic sciences and
have that took take from, or you could join our preparation program to
get everything you need. But, one thing I absolutely, positively must
warn you about, again, is that using a review book such as the First Aid,
Step-Up series, USMLE BIBLE, are not sufficient for in-depth review and
analysis of the important information. They are guides, not
comprehensive sources.

So once youve got your plan in order, it is time to really dig into the
hardcore studying.


3RD STEP BEGIN STUDYING + PERFORM 2 BLOCKS OF QUESTIONS
PER DAY

How you study is ultimately up to you, but a couple things I can
recommend that will go a long way in helping you master a lot of
complex material is to: 1. Draw when possible and 2. Create lists


About Drawing:

Drawing is one of the best ways of taking complex material and turning
it into easy-to-understand and remember material. Take the Brachial
Plexus for example; how on earth could you possibly master that
anatomical structure without drawing it out over and over again? Sure,
you may remember the names of the nerves, which muscles that supply,
and what kinds of pathologies occur when they are damaged, but it sure
makes it easier when you can visualize that image of the plexus and its
major nerves travelling throughout the arm.

This is effective for anatomy, and equally effective for Physiology, as we
can really simplify complex physiological processes by turning them
into illustrations. Take the tubules of the kidneys as an example; we
know that we can turn a lot of complex physiology into very easy-to-
understand processes with a single picture, as I have drawn in below.



Look at what this simple illustration can explain to us not only how
the PCT physiology works, but how Pharmacology effects its ability to
function. A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. And turning
your medical information into illustrations will allow you to learn an
astoundingly greater amount of information than simply trying to
memorize a bunch of books. For this reason, we use hundreds of
illustrations for our students throughout our own Step 1 program, not
because we like to draw, but because it works!

This is an effective strategy throughout every topic you will study, so
making use of drawings, both anatomical and physiological, will help
you boost your score. And of course can help you with your
Pharmacology as well. Take the following image as an example:


This is a drawing of the pro-insulin and insulin molecules, which I can
guarantee you will be on your exam! Sure, this isnt a complicated
example, but just looking at this simple drawing, which took me 20s to
make, can tell us a world of information relating to not only the
structures of the molecules, but it directly links to several pathologies
(Insulinoma vs. insulin administrated hypoglycemia for example). By
just looking at this image, I can talk to you about Physiology,
Pharmacology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Histology, and Anatomy. I
can even link it to Neurological information.

The point is, start drawing! It will truly make a difference in your
overall education and this type of stuff will stick with you for the rest of
your career, while others are constantly reading to remember, you will
never forget!


About making Lists:

Lists are an effective way to organize information. Pharmacology and
Microbiology are two areas that can best be supplemented with well-
organized lists. Take it a step further, and do yourself a HUGE favor by
implementing mnemonics anywhere and everywhere that you can. The
best way to make use of mnemonics??? Make up your own!

I remember back in my Pharm class during basic sciences, I decided that
for the anti-hypertensives lecture, I would create all of my own
mnemonics, and forego anything that I was to read or be told about.
And to this very day, I can rattle off every single anti-hypertensive drug,
even though I go months without thinking about it. The point is, there is
massive power in creating your own memory aides, so dont be afraid to
make up something unique to you, something that only you will
remember, as there is a great deal of benefit to be had from doing it.

Another great addition to lists is the addition of COLOR. Using colors to
separate classes of drugs can be exceptionally helpful. Using a color
system to separate gram negative lactose fermenters from the non-
lactose fermenters can impact your score in the long run, simply
because we tend to remember colors very well, and if we combine
colors with categories and sub-categories of information, we can help
out our own cause.








Perform 2 Blocks Of USMLE World Questions Per Day:

In addition to daily studying, you should perform 2 blocks of 46-48
questions per day. The reason why I say 2 blocks is because it is just
enough to help you get through the entire question bank in just 21 days,
and it is not so much that you cant absorb everything on a daily basis.
You should follow your question bank subject area with that which you
are studying (ie. If studying anatomy, do anatomy questions)

Below I have outlined the necessary steps that you should follow while
doing QBank questions:

First... keep in mind that you don't want to use your UW % as the
predictor of your knowledge, you want to use it to build your
knowledge. Use the NBME's for assessment purposes... that is important
to remember!

So here's my suggestion:

1. Go through questions in a TIMED format, doing a full block of
questions at a time (46-48q) (Reason: you need to train for the USMLE
exam like you would train for a physical event like a marathon, and the
best way to build your stamina is to perform a full block of questions in
the same timeframe that you will do so on the real exam. If you do this
from the start, you will build excellent stamina, you will learn to work
faster yet still efficiently, and it will go a long way on the real exam).

2. Once finishing each block of questions, now is the time to go back
over all of the answers. Get yourself an empty notebook and start
taking notes. Keep track of your strengths and your weaknesses as you
move through these question/answers. This takes time, but the more
detailed you can be with your explanations about each question, the
more you will learn and the better you will be in the long-run. Continue
this until you finish the entire question bank. With each passing day,
look over the notes you've made in your notebook, talk aloud in
explaining certain concepts or pieces of information you are struggling
with, and be sure to consistently review review review.

You should continue to study your notes and/or follow your prep
program and doing questions in the format explained above until you
are through everything. For the qbank, it should take around 21 days.
Ideally, you want to get through your notes around the same time. You
will be going back to both your notes and your qbank notes in the
coming weeks.


4TH STEP TAKE ANOTHER NBME

At this point, you have finished going through your notes, you have
finished taking notes, and you have finished your first run through the
USMLE World question bank. You have come a very long way since
beginning your preparation, and now you should take another NBME
exam in order to determine where you are weak, average, or strong.

The image below is the image attained at the end of an NBME exam, and
as you notice there is a borderline marker near the middle of the chart.
Everything to the left of this marker is indicative of a weakness,
everything to the right is indicative of a relative strength. It is important
to realize that any subject that crosses over the borderline marker at
any point should be assumed weak.



The ultimate goal is to get all subjects in the Strong side of the chart.
Based on this NBME, this student should spend time working on Mental
Disorders, Gynecologic Disorders, and Psychiatry above all else. Those
topics deserve 1 full week of intense study each, totaling 3 weeks. The
subjects that hover over the Borderline area should also be studied
further, although a couple days for each of these average areas may be
sufficient to bring them over into the Strong area.

While spending more time specifically on your weaker and average
areas, you will also do a 2nd run through of your USMLE World question
bank, however, you are going to do it in a completely unique way that
will help propel your knowledge above and beyond its current level.


5TH STEP PERFORM A 2ND RUN THROUGH YOUR QBANK

Before doing this step, spend extra time on each one of your
weaknesses in order to bring them up to par with the rest of your
knowledge.

The 2nd run through of your QBank is performed as follows:

Now, the mistake I see a lot of students making at this point is to simply
re-do the entire question bank. When you simply re-do the qbank, you
may see an improvement in your %, but you have to realize that this is
most likely due to memorization of some answers. Instead, as you move
through each day, you should be truly MASTERING the information
within your notes. So by the time you are done with the 1st round of the
qbank, your depth and breadth of knowledge should be much greater.
Once you have thoroughly studied your notes (in addition to your
straightforward studying from your basic science notes or review
course if you choose to do one), then it is time to go through your UW
Qbank a 2nd time, but the key to truly using it to maximize your
knowledge isn't to simply go through the questions again in a Multiple
choice format - NO! Instead, what you should do is the following:

Note: this time you don't have to perform the questions in a timed mode
and you should perform them in random mode.

1st - Read the question as you normally would (note: be sure to always
read the last line of the question first, as sometimes reading the entire
stem isn't even necessary to answer the question - and if you have 2-3 of
these per block, you can save yourself a few minutes of precious time).
Back to the main point... read the question as you normally would, but
instead of simply choosing the correct answer (which should be easy
based on your having properly gone through the 1st time), you want to
identify the proper answer from the answer choices, but instead of just
answering it and moving to the next question, explain to yourself, aloud,
why the question you believe to be correct is in fact correct. If you can
explain why an answer is right, then you have a much better overall
comprehension of the material. In addition, take a look at the answers
you find to be incorrect, and discuss with yourself why each incorrect
answer is in fact 'incorrect'. You see, if you only master the information
for each correct answer, you overlook the learning opportunity for all 4-
5 of the other answer options, because even though they're incorrect for
this particular answer, they are still pieces of information that you
should know/learn/understand.

Simply move through the qbank this way until you get through the
entire thing. So this means your 2nd time through is more about being
able to explain information, instead of simply being able to remember
correct and/or incorrect answers. This is just like teaching someone the
information When you can discuss something out loud, then you can
be certain that you truly know the information. This takes time, I won't
lie to you, it takes lots of time and patience... BUT, you will learn so
much medical information that when it comes time for you to sit for the
real exam, all of the hard work that you put in will make things much
easier for you.


6TH STEP TAKE ANOTHER NBME

By now, you have properly studied your basic science material, and you
have performed the QBank two times. You should be extremely close to
ready, if you are not already ready to write your exam. But before you
do so, we need to be sure that you will pass with 100% certainty. There
are a couple of important criteria you absolutely MUST meet if you want
to ensure you are completely prepared to write your exam; which
includes a WELL-DISTRIBUTED exam result and a minimum score of
500.

Let me explain first what I mean by well-distributed It means that
when you see your results, you want all of the subjects to be fairly
equally distributed across the entire spectrum. Take the two NBME
results below, where each yields a score of 500, but the one on the left is
not well-distributed (ie. All of the bars are not approximately in the
same area on the chart). The one of the right, while all topics are not on
the far right (higher performance) side of the chart, is well-distributed
and means that you have a very well overall knowledge of the
information. The reason why a poorly distributed result is risky is
because lets say the real USMLE exam is heavier in those topics you are
a bit weaker in If you dont take the time to bring up those weaknesses
yet have a false sense of security because of a decent NBME score, you
risk failing. On the other hand, if all of your subjects are at least on the
right side of the borderline performance, at least no matter which
topics may be heavier on the real exam, you at least know that your
knowledge is well-distributed and that you know enough to safely pass
your exam with a good score.


Poorly Distributed Well Distributed

And finally, you want to achieve a score of at least 500 because this
correlates with the approximate USMLE Score of 220, which is at the
marker for the National Average for all test-takers.





7TH STEP IMPROVE WEAK AREAS BASED ON NBME FEEDBACK

If youve taken an NBME and achieved a score of at least 500 and the
results were well-distributed, you are ready to take the exam. If, on the
other hand, there are still weaknesses (ie. Bars to the left of the
borderline marker), then you should dedicate 1 week to each of your
weaknesses, and then repeat an NBME (note: Dont do the same NBME
twice).

8TH STEP TAKE AN NBME


From here, you will repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 until you reach a point
where you have achieved a MINIMUM score of 500 and all subject bars
are to the right of the Borderline marker, as you see below:



If youve achieved this important point, I highly suggest taking another
two NBME exams, as a way of solidifying your confidence in your ability
to pass. I have a very important motto that I use with my students
inside The Academy:

Once is a Fluke, Twice is a Coincidence, Three times is a pattern

What this means, simply, is that it is possible that you got lucky and
scored well on the exam, so by taking another exam and scoring in the
same ballpark, it demonstrates that you may be onto something, but
twice is still a possible coincidence. But, once youve achieved the same
result three times in a row, it demonstrates that you are in a pattern of
success, and you are absolutely, 100% ready and prepared to do well on
your USMLE Step 1 exam. And now, you should be confident in your
ability to pass!


9TH STEP TAKE YOUR USMLE STEP 1 EXAM WITH CONFIDENCE

I think this one speaks for itself. At this point, youve put in the blood,
sweat, and tears, and you have come a long way in your entire
preparatory process. By following the steps that have been outlined for
you here today, you can be confident that you will pass your exam.

You see, inside The Academy, students often ask us why we offer them
a passing score money-back guarantee. And the reason why we do this
is to demonstrate that we have the utmost confidence in our program
and in our entire preparation strategy, which gives our students the
confidence to push hard and follow the plan exactly as it is laid out. The
thing that most students dont realize is that with the awesome high-
yield lecture series weve created, in combination with the steps that
they must take in order to prepare for the exam, we can be 100%
certain that each student will pass. When a student demonstrates that
they have scored over 500 on three consecutive NBME exams, along
with a well-distributed knowledge base that is based on the hard facts
of the NBME results, it is simply impossible for you to fail. The hard
data tells us whether or not our students have taken the appropriate
steps and mastered the information; there is no risk involved with our
preparation program, which is why our students consistently score
above the national average.

When we took the last three years to create this perfect preparation
strategy, and started to implement it within our Academy, the results
were the same every time a passing score.


Thanks for taking the time to read and absorb The Academys Success
Strategy Manual. If you made it this far, you are serious about scoring
exceptionally well on your Step 1 exam. Because of this, we want to
offer you a massive discount on our USMLE Step 1 program, which
when combined with the information in this booklet will propel your
score even higher! Go to our Session Dates page on our website
(www.usmlesuccess.net) and use the discount code: 12for4, and well
give you a full 12 weeks of access for the price of 4.

To your USMLE Success!

Dr. Paul & Dr. Stavros