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Default NBMEs offline or Kaplan Qbank 1 1.5 months before the real deal

Hey guys, how are you all doing? Hope your prep is going well. I'm in a bit of dilemma right now regarding what I should do 1 1.5 before my exam.

At the moment I'll be reviewing UWorld but I was thinking if I should start a new qbank like Kaplan or just do the offline NBMEs.

I've already done UWorld (2x) and MLERx (1x), UWSA1, and NBMEs 7,11,12.

I will do the remaining online NBMEs (13,15,16) every 2 weeks but I wanted to know if I'd be better of doing a new Qbank (Kaplan in particular) or just do the offline NBMEs to get better used to the NBME format.

Any help is greatly appreciated
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i am exactly in the same position. i wanted to go for kaplan qbank but almost everyone had sth bad to say about it. i was told by many seniors that ishould just focus on uworld even if i have done it 2 times already so i am going to keep revising , no matter how boring it is going to be and just solve nbme every 2nd week.
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Well I bought a 1 month subscription to Kaplan, so I'm going to try and do my weak topics. I'll still do offline NBMEs as well (just not now.)

On a side note, regarding NBMEs, I have another question:
My eligibility period ends this October, and I've signed up for the exam which is on the 30th of October. It's free of charge if I discard this date one month before. So I'm planning to give a tough and one of the recent NBMEs on the 28th of September and then see if I score poorly, I'll discard it. If not, then i'll continue with my prep.

So the question is, which NBME should I take? I thought of taking NBME 13 but what if that's not very predictive? What if I end up getting a low score on the subsequent NBMEs 15 and 16 (which I shall take in the 1st 2 weeks of Oct.)? Which means I can't discard the date.

On the other hand, I'm scared that if I take NBME 16 and score poorly, not only will I have to get a new eligibility period, but I also won't have a good predictor before the real deal.

Any advice guys? I'd really appreciate whatever I can get.
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my observation is that if your uworld cumulative was in the 80s and if you have taken any nbme and scored above 240 then you are in a good shape and should not delay the exam. but that again depends on what score you would be satisfied with. nbme 13 and 16 i've heard are the tough ones.
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my observation is that if your uworld cumulative was in the 80s and if you have taken any nbme and scored above 240 then you are in a good shape and should not delay the exam. but that again depends on what score you would be satisfied with. nbme 13 and 16 i've heard are the tough ones.
Oh unfortunately my UWorld cumulative was 78%. When I did it over, I had a 92%.

So do you think I should take 13 or 16?

I took 7 recently and score >240. Before that I did 12 and score in high 230s. NBME 11 was my lowest (low 200s).
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