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Hi Doc,
I'm an IMG. I need your sincere advice. I am preparing for my step one, which i'm planning to take at the end of Oct. if i am ready. I finished my qbank individual test scores (46 q set) were around 60% when i completed it and i scored 61% on qbank plus simulated test. Then i started doing usmleworld. As i hav some more time, i was doing uworld quizs off and on while reviewing stuff., 2 sets per time whenever i do it., now like 20 tests done. Cumulative is 56% so far..ranging from 50% - 73%. Today, i just wanted to test how my scores would reflect with NBME, i bought form 7 and took it online. Unfortunately, i got only 193 ( 390 NBME score). I was really really pissed off and sad. How come i got such a horrible score that i hv never thought of after studying several months. I felt easy and quite confident while i was taking this and expected i would score quite OK.
The weak points i have found about myself - i have lost my momentum when i 'm done with my Kaplan qbank and its simulated test last month and it's expired now. I am quite afraid that i will use up my uworld questions before my exam. Actually i haven't set a date yet. But i feel really low today with this set of NBME. As it points out where i am, not what i am weak in. SHould i find online answers and review it (form7)? or keep on with my reviews? I have read FA according to the page reference in qbank and reading chapter by chapter now. I have read Kaplan Lecture notes once and finished my live lecture in May. According to NBME assessment profile detail, i got very low scores in Physio, Patho and Histology.
IN these days, whenever i review after taking quizs, i feel like i know stuff quite well, except some of those in Uworld. Is it possible that i dun catch up the tone of NBME ? I 'm well aware that NBME scores prediction do matter a lot for me. i think i need to review FA again. Can you give me some advice how to proceed? I will only take it when i'm ready. I 'm aiming for 2013 residency .
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