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Hey guys,

I know there are MANY topics like mine here in the forum, but most of them come from people with great NBME scores, which is not my case. I have a NBME 13: 209 (2 months before exam) and NBME 16: 217 (3 weeks before exam).

Let me explain my situation: I did step 1 five days ago and since then I cannot sleep good and I cry every time I think about the possibility of failing step 1. I was marking around 15-20 questions per block, in EVERY block. When I left the test center, I thought "ok, it was not that good, but at least it is over". Then, when I came home and saw the stupid mistakes I made, I started crying

I wrote down all the mistakes I could remember and they were around 30-35. The problem is that they were kinda basic mistakes, things that I could have solved if I could look to FA during the exam. And when I try to remember the questions I made correct, I can just think about 5 or 6 questions
And, of course, there are maaaany other questions that I probably made wrong too, but I cannot remember.

I feel awful, because I really don't know what to expect. I tried to find similar experiences, but they are usually from people with great NBME scores that were marking 5 questions per block. And they usually say that their exam was suuuper hard, and with lots of WTF questions, which is not my case.


If someone could give some advice about my situation, I would be really thankful. I need to start studying for CS, that I'm gonna take in 2 months, but cannot think anything else but step 1 score.
Have anyone passed through the same and still could get a decent score? Or know anyone in a situation like mine? I had loooooots of basic mistakes, cannot believe myself


Thanks in advance

(just out of curiosity: I was HEAVILY tested on anatomy, something around 20%. Much more than I expected. Had a lot of pathology and physiology too (but this I was expecting). Had very few micro and biochem questions, and average amount of behavioral and pharma questions).
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You have done what was needed. Now relax and wait for the scores. Re-going through the past will trouble you more. Do things which make you happy.
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I want to mention, that exam have same number of Qs from topics, fixed, and doesnt change.
This feelings that you was tested on some subject more, are coming because you were testet with quetions that you seen hard for you, and your brain memorise as additional work
But don't worry now, just wait your result, stay calm and enjoy your time,
This is just an exam and nothing more...
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I want to mention, that exam have same number of Qs from topics, fixed, and doesnt change.
This feelings that you was tested on some subject more, are coming because you were testet with quetions that you seen hard for you, and your brain memorise as additional work
But don't worry now, just wait your result, stay calm and enjoy your time,
This is just an exam and nothing more...
Good luck...

I hope you are right and it was just easier to memorize the ones I did wrong
And it really feels that I was tested more in my weakest areas, like, as the blocks were going on, there were more questions about the things I knew less, but I guess it is just a feeling

Will try to stay calm and wait for the results, just hope that this 3 weeks pass fast Thank you for commenting!
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I agree, you just remember stuff you spent more time on during the exam. If it makes you feel any better, I was marking around 15 questions per block and pretty much every other question in the last block. I scored ok, so I'm sure you will too. BTW with those nmbe scores I seriously doubt you'll fail. Concentrate on CS, failing that is the worst in my opinion. Good luck.
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Hey!

Just got my scores today (after 5 wednesdays!!!), so will post here, in case someone is in the same situation as I was (bad NBMEs, feeling like failing).

I saw lots of threads started from people who were really sure they failed, and many times they don't share how they did in the end. So, since I started this thread, will tell you how I did

Well, got 222. I know, it is not a brilliant score and many people in this forum get 240+, 250+. But I am still happy!!! Got 5 points more than my last NBME 16, which I took 3 weeks before the exam.

When I left the exam, I started checking FA for wrong questions, and I found around 35-40. Don't remember them right now, but I was retreiving wrong questions in my mind for 1 week. I did not have time to review my marked questions (I was marking around 15 per block) and I was always in between two options, even in the easy questions. I felt like I made 10 wrong questions per block for sure, but will never know how the real exam was, so it is just a guess.

Anyway, for those who do not have brilliant NBME scores and felt like failing after exiting the exam center, just wait for the scores to come. People were always saying me that, but I was suffering with the "fail" idea anyway

Good luck everyone!!!!
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COngrats !! plz share how your prepared.. and sources.. thank u
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Hey!

Just got my scores today (after 5 wednesdays!!!), so will post here, in case someone is in the same situation as I was (bad NBMEs, feeling like failing).

I saw lots of threads started from people who were really sure they failed, and many times they don't share how they did in the end. So, since I started this thread, will tell you how I did

Well, got 222. I know, it is not a brilliant score and many people in this forum get 240+, 250+. But I am still happy!!! Got 5 points more than my last NBME 16, which I took 3 weeks before the exam.

When I left the exam, I started checking FA for wrong questions, and I found around 35-40. Don't remember them right now, but I was retreiving wrong questions in my mind for 1 week. I did not have time to review my marked questions (I was marking around 15 per block) and I was always in between two options, even in the easy questions. I felt like I made 10 wrong questions per block for sure, but will never know how the real exam was, so it is just a guess.

Anyway, for those who do not have brilliant NBME scores and felt like failing after exiting the exam center, just wait for the scores to come. People were always saying me that, but I was suffering with the "fail" idea anyway

Good luck everyone!!!!
First of all congrats... you feel more relaxed now...!!!

What do you mean by saying you were marking 15 ques per block...?? does that mean out of 46 questions you were unsure of about 15 ques...? plz exaplin.

And also any of your suggestion would be welcomed regarding my prep...
I have my exam 2 months away... im done with 70% of u world and kaplan vids and kaplna lecture notes (only once). Planning to read first aid now.
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COngrats !! plz share how your prepared.. and sources.. thank u
Thanks Don't think my scores are great, and I am not sure if my preparation could be an example, but will share the experience then! Maybe it could be helpful to someone

I studied for 1 year, along with my 6th year of med school. So I was just able to study around 10 hours a week (2 hours a day, 4 days a week. In the weekend sometimes I studied a bit more). Could not study more because I get tired too fast... And school was very busy. But since I studied for 1 year, I think I had a good amount of time.

Just did FA, UW and Pathoma, over and over again. Haven't touched any other book, no kaplan, no goljan, etc. Maybe if I have studied from another source, I could get better scores, but it I cannot say for sure, because I haven't tried

Anyway, thats it! 10 hours a week, FA (read about 5 times), UW (1 time completely, reseted and did half of questions in the second time) and Pathoma 2 times! Nothing extra
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First of all congrats... you feel more relaxed now...!!!

What do you mean by saying you were marking 15 ques per block...?? does that mean out of 46 questions you were unsure of about 15 ques...? plz exaplin.

And also any of your suggestion would be welcomed regarding my prep...
I have my exam 2 months away... im done with 70% of u world and kaplan vids and kaplna lecture notes (only once). Planning to read first aid now.
Yes, I was marking the questions I was unsure! Actually, I was marking the ones I was unsure, but had the feeling that they were "doable" if I put some effort on it. There were some really hard questions that I had no idea about, so I didn't even bother marking them. I would say I knew for sure around 7-10 questions per block. Those were kinda easy ones. Around 5 per block I had no clue about it, so just used a bit of common sense, and all the other 30 were "medium" difficulty questions. Out of this 30, I was marking 15, to read later, but did not have time to review them

And about your preparation, I can say that the 2 last months are the most important during the preparation. Since you have finished all kaplan, I am sure you already know a lot So read FA very carefully, finish your UW and, when its over, do again a few blocks about the subjects you are worse. If you have time, I really recommend you to do Pathoma, I could finish it in 2 weeks, with just 2 hours of study a day! Their videos are great and there are lots of pictures in Pathoma book (my real exam had many pictures)... Pathoma is fast and has lots of high yield information. (I bought it, 89 dollars, got the book at my house in 10 days... I think it worth it )

Anyway, most of the mistakes I made were in FA, so if you know FA very good, your score cannot be bad And you already have an advantage over me, because you did Kaplan, that I haven't done In my exam, just anatomy was hard and had some very specific questions that were not in FA or UW, but most of the others were doable with those 2 sources!!

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Plz reply to meeee....
sorry for taking long, was calling friends and family to tell that I passed! Great feeling to know that you are done with step 1, even though its not the best score ever
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Thanks a Lot for your prompt reply...!!! Yeah its a time to celebrate... now that u ve finally crossed the hurdle.... All the best mate...

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