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Hello friends. . .
Just took my exam last day and really happy. .
Want to share my experience with all forum members bcs forum helped me really very much. . . .
Exam was really doable. . .
I think they asked you 40-50% really easy questions, 20-30% questions with medium difficulty, and other 20-30% we can say hard to answer. . I can say in difficult questions they always confuse you between 2 diagnosis, so be sure you know differentials between diseases
The exam wasn't tough like NBME 11 and 12
But harder than UWSA. .
And as all are saying the length of questions is so large, I can say the questions were mixture of small and large length .
Some questions were of one line and some questions were really large but most of the large questions were accompanied by figures 10-15 questions were just like you can answer them just by reading the last line and looking at figure (that really saved my time), this is risky business but helps to save some time.

2 Blocks were really large which don't allow you to read marked questions. so my advise is to read the question one time and be sure about answer don't think you can think about that after finishing the block, read the question once with concentration and go for another you have lot more questions to answer

And last uworld is the key to ace the exam. .
But I was not able to revise uworld , so don't do that mistake revise u world just before the exam (wrong and marked)

Feel free to ask any questions friends. .
Further details will share after getting my result. . .hoping for 220+
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Gud luck for ur score friend.
Since u did both the banks
What do you think,is it better to revise the wrong questions of uw or Kaplan.
Coz i am short in time.
Also i wont be able to turn kaplan now is FA enough for last few days.
Also what about the picture questions, did u do sumthing special about it.
sorry for throwing so many questions but i am really very confused rit now.
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Just revise wrong once in uworld only and rapidly. .
Be in contact of questions till ur exam . .
Particularly last days. . Dont be depressed with nbme marks . . .you will get more than that
For pictures look for webpath its best. . Dont go to exam without looking at all systemic pathology slides. . .i didn't seen the reproductive system and I will have to pay for that. . .
Just revise first aid dont touch kaplan . . FA is good for last rapid revision kaplan will increases your pressure and time consuming
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hey great ur done wit the exam!!!!....gl 4 ur scores

i had rescheduled my exam nw i jus sem 2 jus procastinating it....which is bad as i kep doing tat ill complete tis n take a date...

tis exam is really draing experience and learning a side of u never knew...

hopefully ill pull it up n stand against tis giant...
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Just revise wrong once in uworld only and rapidly. .
Be in contact of questions till ur exam . .
Particularly last days. . Dont be depressed with nbme marks . . .you will get more than that
For pictures look for webpath its best. . Dont go to exam without looking at all systemic pathology slides. . .i didn't seen the reproductive system and I will have to pay for that. . .
Just revise first aid dont touch kaplan . . FA is good for last rapid revision kaplan will increases your pressure and time consuming
Dont go to exam without looking at all systemic pathology slides

where i can read them which book or web site ?

congratulation u end ur exam
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Good luck with your score!!!
were there many graphs in the exam?are they doable?
can you share some time management techniques,esp when they give lab values,up&down arrows etc ,how can we save time on those?
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Dont go to exam without looking at all systemic pathology slides

where i can read them which book or web site ?

congratulation u end ur exam
Check web path site.. .
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Correct Answer congrates

Congrates for your scores....

1) How long did it take you to prep?
2) What were your references?

Little favour: My test will be at the end of march, i am half way thru kaplan with its videos (1st read). Is it enough time until due date?

Thanks mate..
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were there many graphs in the exam?are they doable?
can you share some time management techniques,esp when they give lab values,up&down arrows etc ,how can we save time on those?
Not much graphs. . .4-5 questions where there. . .and mixture of toughness

Time management varies from person to person . . .

When i solve questions underpressur like doing first block i managed to save 10 minutes. . .but in second block I could not save the time to look for marked questions.
I think in long questions you just look at the answers first and read the last line so you are oriented towards what they want to ask you and what you have to grasp from question to answer. . .that can save your time. . .it worked for me. .
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Check web path site.. .
thanks a lot

u mean i have to watch from this site general and systemic pathology or also the histology part too ???/
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How long does it take to revise uworld? Do you think 2 weeks is enough time?
Thanks for sharing
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Congrates for your scores....

1) How long did it take you to prep?
2) What were your references?

Little favour: My test will be at the end of march, i am half way thru kaplan with its videos (1st read). Is it enough time until due date?

Thanks mate..
1) How long did it take you to prep?6 dedicated monthes
2) What were your references? Kaplan notes and videos except patho, goljan lacture and rapid review for patho and first aid for last revision. . .
Uworld takes 50 days to complete. . . That all i can say. . .read hard and fast you can do it in time
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Hey, I wanted to know how u did on the nbmes? Cause frankly i did a UWSA and did really bad on it. My exam is on the 20th of dec but I dun wanna push it further cause I dun think it would do me any good. It wud just make me forget everything. I did Uworld and planning on reading all the wrong questions again. Dat's it as of now.
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Hey, I wanted to know how u did on the nbmes? Cause frankly i did a UWSA and did really bad on it. My exam is on the 20th of dec but I dun wanna push it further cause I dun think it would do me any good. It wud just make me forget everything. I did Uworld and planning on reading all the wrong questions again. Dat's it as of now.
My target was 230 but it was hard for me to achieve that on nbme so i was confused. . But achieved the goal and many more than that just when it was needed. . .
Nbme 6 - 220 (25 days remaining)
Uwsa 1 - 234 (25 days remaining)
Nbme 7 -220 (10 days remaining)
Nbme 11 - 224 (3 days remaining)
Nbme 12 - 233 (2 days remaining)
Uwsa 2 - 260 (last day)
And exam? ???????? Hoping for best
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Hi,congrats on cumpltng the exam.. Best wishes to you for ur results.. Want to ask u few qstns.. Hw many times did u do uw and wat was ur aggregate? Hw many times did you complete FA b4 the exams?
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Hi,congrats on cumpltng the exam.. Best wishes to you for ur results.. Want to ask u few qstns.. Hw many times did u do uw and wat was ur aggregate? Hw many times did you complete FA b4 the exams?
I manage to did uworld once only in timed random mode. . .aggregate was 72%
Finished first aid twice once after finishing kaplan and than during those last days before exam . .
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u mean i have to watch from this site general and systemic pathology or also the histology part too ???/
Manage things according to time. . But sytemic patho is important
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I manage to did uworld once only in timed random mode. . .aggregate was 72%
Finished first aid twice once after finishing kaplan and than during those last days before exam . .
Thanks Dino.... All the best for ur results and do share ur results...
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hey thanx for that booster!!!
cuz seriously these NBMEz r killing me.. like i hardly got a max of 220! not because of lack of knowledge, but cuz the questions tricked me real bad or i didnt read them properly!!! now im not gona let tht bother me. i hav learnt from my mistakes n im down to final 2 weeks before my exam! n m solely sticking to UW and FA!!! n ur exp jus boosted me up!!
can u plz tell was it the gross pathology pictures they stressed on the exam or the histo slides?? cuz i did go thru webpath during ealrier revisions. n doing the histopathology slides of all systems seems impossible :S
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How long does it take to revise uworld? Do you think 2 weeks is enough time?
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Ya in 2 week u can do with revision. .
But in 50 days you can satisfy with uworld not need extra time
Save those 50 days for last if you have read kaplan and first aid
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hey thanx for that booster!!!
cuz seriously these NBMEz r killing me.. like i hardly got a max of 220! not because of lack of knowledge, but cuz the questions tricked me real bad or i didnt read them properly!!! now im not gona let tht bother me. i hav learnt from my mistakes n im down to final 2 weeks before my exam! n m solely sticking to UW and FA!!! n ur exp jus boosted me up!!
can u plz tell was it the gross pathology pictures they stressed on the exam or the histo slides?? cuz i did go thru webpath during ealrier revisions. n doing the histopathology slides of all systems seems impossible :S
If you have already done that than no problem you will remember it . . .nothing was difficult gross and histo both were there
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how do you rate webpath . . ?
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how do you rate webpath . . ?
For gross and histopathology 5/5
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thnx a lot,,i have copied all systems pics,,now i m surely gonna see them , ,
what about ECG?MRI,CT,Angio
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hi did u solve questions till the last before ur exam....?

wer tey nbme or uw? n hw many questions did u solve in last 2 wks per day...

hw did u prepare 4 8hr session b4 xam?
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Do you think the exam questions were easier than NBME and U World? Or about the same difficulty?



Congrats on being done.
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what about ECG?MRI,CT,Angio
Ya there were 2 ecgs and many mri and ct. . .
I think they surely gonna ask about ecg, mri,ct,murmur
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hi did u solve questions till the last before ur exam....?

wer tey nbme or uw? n hw many questions did u solve in last 2 wks per day...

hw did u prepare 4 8hr session b4 xam?
Not in last 2 weeks but in last 3 days I solved 600 new questions which are nbme 11,12 and uwsa 2. . . I think there were 2-3 direct questions from this
Also this boosted my speed to solve question
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Congrats on being done.
I think the question were easier than nbne but difficult than uwsa. . .
And every question was doable
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hii dinosaur...congrats on being done wid stp1..gl for ur score...lot of thnks for ur post...very useful...can u clarify abt behav sciencs...wht topics wer quesns mostly frm..is behhavr therapy and modifictn imp???? is kapln fa and uwrld suffcnt fr behav scncs...also were the quesns very diffclt frm bs...plz explain...thnk u...
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hii dinosaur...congrats on being done wid stp1..gl for ur score...lot of thnks for ur post...very useful...can u clarify abt behav sciencs...wht topics wer quesns mostly frm..is behhavr therapy and modifictn imp???? is kapln fa and uwrld suffcnt fr behav scncs...also were the quesns very diffclt frm bs...plz explain...thnk u...

my behavioral science is really weak and I always confused by behavioral science ethics questions......
i think 2 ethics questions/block
some personality disorder and defense mechanism I think 3-4 in whole exam
in my exam non of the question was from behavioral therapy and modification
material is sufficient but if you have grip in ehics only than you can solve those ethics questions....
i didn't pay much attention to that subject...but the ethics question was not that much difficult if you have done kaplan with lectures and you uworld than surely you can master that topic
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thnks a lot dinosaur...one more thing...what abt biostats questns ..did they involve tuf calculns or graphs...and one more questn..how were anatomy questns...gross anat and embyo???and also were genetcs tuf????
sorry fr postng so many quesns..im bit tensed..hope ull answer thnx in advnce
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How long did u study for every day?

did u have any long breaks( a week or more) during this six month break?

third did u study 7 days a week or took a weekend off........and if yes was it for whole of your study duration or some part?
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How did u noe u were ready for the exam? Cause I just feel that I can always use more time cause I can always use another revision. I obv dun remember every single word of all those books so its just freaking me out. Other than nbmes is there any other way that made u feel u were ready for the exam?
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thnks a lot dinosaur...one more thing...what abt biostats questns ..did they involve tuf calculns or graphs...and one more questn..how were anatomy questns...gross anat and embyo???and also were genetcs tuf????
sorry fr postng so many quesns..im bit tensed..hope ull answer thnx in advnce
there was tough calculation in 1-2 questions other were easy.....
in anatomy there were some difficult questions about which I dont know anything.
genetics was hard...with long questions
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How long did u study for every day?

did u have any long breaks( a week or more) during this six month break?

third did u study 7 days a week or took a weekend off........and if yes was it for whole of your study duration or some part?
How long did u study for every day?12-14 hrs

did u have any long breaks( a week or more) during this six month break?ya i took 7 days break during festival season and that took my performance in uworld 2-3% down, I think it was worst thing I had done in my preparation

third did u study 7 days a week or took a weekend off........and if yes was it for whole of your study duration or some part?in whole of my study duration particularly for last 4 months I worked 24x7 except those 7 days breaks.....
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How did u noe u were ready for the exam? Cause I just feel that I can always use more time cause I can always use another revision. I obv dun remember every single word of all those books so its just freaking me out. Other than nbmes is there any other way that made u feel u were ready for the exam?
I have same problem always looking for another revision....to cope up with this you should clearly set a goal in you mind what score do you want...and read until you reached that goal than exclusively solve questions.....
once I have completed revision and kaplan qbank I decided to take dates when I'll get around 70 in uworld in random ,time mood, I never used nbme as predictor.
ONLY REVISE WEAK AREA AGAIN AND AGAIN RATHER DOING WHOLE REVISION.
I was confident to get good marks even if my performance in nbme was really average because the questions which were wrong were silly mistakes and not out of my concepts, I knew its not gona happen in exams.
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i feel like i can't answer NBME questions no matter how much I excel at U world and First Aid.

NBME questions seem like a different language to me.
Am I missing something??!
Ive listened and understood Goljan and I've done kaplan. I have a firm grasp on my concepts.

Any suggestions?


Please help.
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i feel like i can't answer NBME questions no matter how much I excel at U world and First Aid.

NBME questions seem like a different language to me.
Am I missing something??!
Ive listened and understood Goljan and I've done kaplan. I have a firm grasp on my concepts.

Any suggestions?


Please help.
you should at least score 220-230 if your preparation is really good.....
that all I can say
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