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Default Scored 60/134 on my first NBME

Hello. I just scored 60/134 on my first self-acessment. I still have an entire year to go before the step 1. What are the odds that I will secure a decent score? Have anyone performed this bad on their first attempt? I'm really depressed =/

I just finished the second year, and I didn't take Pathology, Behaviour Science and Epidemiology in my course yet.

What are the odds that I will achieve a 230? Have anyone performed this bad and got a decent result in the actual test a year later?
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It is only your baseline NBME. There are people out there who have scored in the 150s/160s and then 6-7 weeks later gotten 240s/250s/260s on the real Step. You need to pick a few resources and just pound through them. Personally, I recommend First Aid, Pathoma and UWorld (I did UWorld twice, once in timed, random mode and once in tutor). USMLERx is also fantastic.
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Thanks for the reply! How much did you score on your first attempt?
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Thanks for the reply! How much did you score on your first attempt?
225. But I didn't take my first NBME that early. I did it after finishing like 60% of the Kaplan Qbank. I had also finished all of my second year courses when I did it. Looking back, I wouldn't do the Kaplan qbank for step 1.
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I had 218 on my first NBME 14 weeks out. 263 on my actual exam. Don't bother with this score unless you're exam is close.
The major bulk of the exam is Pathology. DONT expect to do well on the exam without ever having studied Pathology.
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What was the percentagem of right answers for the 225 score?
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What was the percentagem of right answers for the 225 score?
I believe it was somewhere between 80-83%. NBME require quite a high percentage for correct questions to get a high score.
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I believe it was somewhere between 80-83%. NBME require quite a high percentage for correct questions to get a high score.


yes, it does! could it be like that because prep materials are based on these questions, maybe?
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Everyone knows the materials needed to study for Step 1 and everyone has the required videos to watch during their preparation phase. But there is a very big range in the scores of different people using the same material, why? It is simple, studying technique. To score above a 230 this exam requires: instant recall, knowing most of the high yield material cold, you look at the question and you subconsciously could hint the answer from the choices. How do you do that? Start memorising early on with understanding, try to recall the information from the top of your head with your own wording (if you understand it you can rephrase it). The second thing you need to do is make a schedule that helps you cover all the material in a short period so you can repeat it again. Taking a long time to cover all the topics makes you forget the old topics you covered and adds your frustration in the long run. Last but not least persistence is a key recipe to success, don't slack back for a single day; even if you are low get over it suck it up and continue focusing on your main goal.

If you need any help doing a proper schedule, if you need a private tutor in the field of pathology and physiology, inbox me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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