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    Default 2009 step 1 changes

    I got an email from someone at my school saying that they are adjusting the format of the test this year. He said that they are adding a calculator function and there will also be followup questions where you will not be able to go back and do previous questions. so there will be like a five question string on the same case asking you about different things.

    On the USMLE website they talk about updated software and I found an article talking about step 2 and step 3 with the new format. but I think that the calculator function really changes things. now they can make you do much more complicated calculations rather than the easy numbers that had been showing up. also sections like biostats and physiology could be much more complex, and require more time. has anyone else heard anything on the changes specifically for step 1?

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    I've heard about not being able to change answers but not sure about the other features like calculator.

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    Whatever the changes they make is with the aim to make our answering easier. Same thing with Audio/flash video murmurs and calculator, they just added clues to make our job easier.
    I think its beneficial for us. When i first took the exam, i was nervous about these type of question. Later realized it helped me narrowing down to the correct answers.

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    thanks for the response coma. I guess I am getting a bit nervous even though I dont take my test until June. they do have the new version of FRED on the USMLE website. I dont think I am far enough in my studies to take it quite yet, but when I do I will let everyone know what I think about it.

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    Everyday we hear different news about changes in USMLE!!!
    God Help Us

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    i m very nervous taking my step 1 shortly

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