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I just got my score 238/85.. Is this a good score? Really confused
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Its a very good score, you should be happy
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I just got my score 238/85.. Is this a good score? Really confused
yes it is a good score,congrats!do not take the 2 digit score into account.you can also share ur exam experience and ur preparation with us
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Congrats !!this is a very good score..
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are you kidding, its a superb score!! congrats.
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238 is a depressing score now? you guys are freaking me out! :S
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Great score, carry on.
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I just got my score 238/85.. Is this a good score? Really confused

Congratulations.
I hope I can get this score soon. Please share ur preparation experience. Now I am just reviewing the FA for the frist time.Thanks.
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Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. I think I was feeling down because I know only a few seniors and they have all scored 250+. I was hoping at least 245+ but I may have been overestimating.

About my experience,
I did Kaplan lecture notes 3 times,
For Patho I used both Kaplan lecture note and Goljan RR (both are good, but I guess Goljan just has a lot more than Kaplan. I would suggest to do Goljan RR first and skim through Kaplan lecture note later to save time and focus on high yield stuff)
I did not go through each and every Kaplan video. I thought it would be better to just focus on the weak topics. So I selected only the topics that I was having trouble grasping the concepts and watched only these. I suppose they are all good. So if you have time, watch them all. But that's what I did.

About the question banks I used,
First I did Kaplan q-book. The questions in this are fairly simple compared to others but the explanations are really good. Also, I found that it helped me understand the concepts I did not have from lecture notes already.
Then I did Kaptest and UWorld simultaneously subject wise. This took a lot of time and patience but these are very good and provide detailed explanations. So, I'd say it's time well spent.
Finally I did the NBMEs.

I can't give you any of the scores because I did them all offline (which is not a good thing to do). Also with NBMEs, you really can't tell how you did because not all offline answers are right.

Well, that's about it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks to all again.
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congrats for the good score
anything above 230 is good as you can apply for almost any branch and in old system of two digit score it used to be 99
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what was your score on u world subject wise as i am doing it subject wise too
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thats awesome! congratS
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what was your score on u world subject wise as i am doing it subject wise too
Like I said, I did all the questions offline. Try to subscribe and do it online. Well, in average I think I was scoring between 65 to 75% correct answers in the first try. I remember scoring a little lower in Biochem than in other subjects. But I did all the questions again prior to my exam so that helped in remembering anything that I had missed earlier. Good luck to you.
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I just got my score 238/85.. Is this a good score? Really confused
was there any subject(s) that weren't so heavily questioned on your test? Which subjects should and shouldn't i focus on?
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was there any subject(s) that weren't so heavily questioned on your test? Which subjects should and shouldn't i focus on?
Look, it's never a good idea to leave out ANY section for the exam. I suppose the exams are tailored to include most topics evenly. But of course, there are always high yield and low yield stuffs. You will get a good idea of these once you go through the first aid. Focus on these more.

As regards my exam, I think the questions I had trouble with were recognizing the histo path slides and the answers were based only on those slides.. you know, no clues in clinical vignette.. i'm really poor with these.. plus I made i think maybe 2-3 mistakes in stat.. these cost me precious 7-8 marks.. otherwise i'd be satisfied to be scoring around 245 you know.. but i guess there is no excuse for getting things wrong in exam.. it's the way it is.. so my advice, don't leave anything out.. good luck.
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