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Help Build Dreams by Making the USMLE Easier
With the dream of becoming a doctor as your motivating force, you have been studying for years and are approaching the big, final test before you can apply for the unrestricted license to practice medicine in the USA. Your USMLE prep is so important to being able to achieve the results you are after.

In your USMLE prep you will go over the knowledge, concepts and principles you have been studying in medical school. The test is comprised of three parts, so the USMLE prep is ongoing until you have completed your last test.

This test is not aimed at simply determining whether you have assimilated and retained all the medical and scientific facts you have learned in medical school, or if you know the correct diagnosis for each sickness or ailment mentioned. The test is about your skills as a “people” doctor. Through this test your ability of how to take the knowledge, concepts and principles you have learned in medical school, and apply that knowledge to an actual patient is accessed. Therefore, the focus of your USMLE prep cannot be simply on the medical knowledge, but must include the patient centered skills which being a doctor will require.

You may want to hire a tutor for your USMLE prep. A tutor that has already taken the test and is familiar with the requirements of it will be a great boost to your preparation efforts. You can hire a tutor from a medical school, or you can put out your own ad and find a private instructor. You can also find helpful online courses you can work through. Be prepared to invest a good bit of time in your USMLE prep, as the more prepared you are, the more confident you can be for the big event.

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Getting Help with the ASVAB
Whether it's an upcoming requirement at your High School, or you're seriously thinking of taking up a military career, preparing for the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, can be a bit of a daunting thought. Possibly, this is because it has a very long name, and is comprised of a long series of tests, about 10 in total; or maybe, you're afraid that your scores will be low, or that you're just not “good enough”.

But whatever your feelings on the subject, you'll find that as you take the time to prepare for the ASVAB, you'll gain in confidence. Because really, the ASVAB is an excellent analysis of your skills and aptitude in various subjects, and regardless of what profession you decide to take up, you are who you are, and if you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you're better equipped to capitalize on them. That's one of the benefits you get if you prepare for the ASVAB.

It is strongly advisable to prepare for the ASVAB by acquiring the ASVAB Study Guide, and by taking online practice tests, as many as necessary. The reason practice tests are considered vital preparation for the ASVAB is because the more experience you have with the type of questions, the sequence of the test battery, and the time limits, the less chance you have of getting a lower percentage among your test scores.

Practice makes perfect, and not only in the actual answers, but also in the ease with which you approach taking the tests. Being nervous or worried can affect your performance during the test-taking, cloud your mind, and slow you down. As you prepare for the ASVAB, imagine yourself already taking the tests, and force yourself to focus on the challenge at hand.

There are numerous websites and tools to help you prepare for the ASVAB; a bit of online research will open up a large variety of options to help you get comfortable with your own skills, and attain to the highest scores possible.

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