First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 book. I’m glad I did USMLERx because I was given an anatomy question on the Step 1 that was not UW. And it was a simple question regarding a ligament tear and I remembered it right away because I was not familiar with that concept. I can’t discuss which questions I got on my test because it’s against the USMLE rules, but if you do as many questions as possible then you covered all your ends. I can’t comment on Kaplan Qbank because I didn’t use it but the more questions you do the better. If you do all question banks UW (2 times), Kaplan QBank, and USMLERx then there should not be any reason for you not to be ready. If you do all the question banks then you have a high chance to kill the USMLE Step 1. I wish I did all the question banks, but I only did UW and half of USMLERx; that was once of my biggest regret for the test.
You would think I’m an advocate for Kaplan, Falcon, DIT, etc. but I’m not. I’m just a regular medical student who is preparing for the USMLE Step 1. I did my research and this is what I concluded. Those who are depending on pirated QBanks are putting themselves at risk of not scoring their highest potential score. Every year the USMLE test writers change their format, and this year they have gone all clinical on the USMLE Step 1. QBank companies keep up with the changing demand and they update their QBanks often so their customers, the medical students, can get the maximum number of points to score well on the boards.
What if you just don’t care and use QBanks from 2 years ago. Two years ago it wasn’t all clinical questions; it was somewhat clinical and somewhat straight off basic science This year the USMLE writers are pushing medical students to enhance their clinical knowledge so they will be prepared when they start clinical clerkship rotations. Therefore, if you use old QBanks then you are putting yourself at a low point of not getting the highest score. And if you just don’t care of the highest score and you just want to pass, well you are also putting yourself at risk of failing because you could’ve racked enough points to pass.
Therefore, my suggestion is take the time and money around an average $350 and subscribe to the latest format of QBanks from Kaplan, USMLE World, USMLE Rx, etc. And please don’t ask me which one is the best because I haven’t taken the USMLE Step 1 yet so I can’t comment on that topic.