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USMLEWorld USMLE World score is way lower than other qbanks!

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I wanted to take my step 1 exam by the mid of March this year ...but whenever I attempt my USMLE world I don't score more than 50% on it...on the other hand my score on Kaplan Qbank ranges from 65 to 75%..
in the very beginning of the study I had once tried to do Kaplan Qbnak but i don't remember any questions anything of it as i have been preparing for more than 5 months now, please guide me what to do..I am kind a freaking out here

I will appreciate your input.

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Its surprising that you are not able to score more in UW when you are good at kaplan , I have not done Kaplan q bank but i feel you should score more with that score in kaplan , still i feel go over your questions again in UW , see why did you fail to understand it , in the end you need to learn the concept its trying to teach you , if you know that concept now when you do that question again you are going to get it right , i feel its not imp if you score 70 % in UW ( yes it definitely means your knowledge is good from the beginning ) but still by the end of UW if you know all its concepts then you have almost become equivalent to the guy scoring 70% . use it as a learning tool ... you are your best judge to know why you are not scoring , is that you dont know about that concept or you failed to identify the clues for it in the qs . find out ....
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May be u r lacking in first aid .....it will help in uworld

first aid can be very helpful while doing uworld ,tie them together have patience
your scores will imrove
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May be u r lacking in first aid .....it will help in uworld

first aid can be very helpful while doing uworld ,tie them together have patience
your scores will imrove

Any idea when to give your First NBME? ...and WHICH ONE?! Do you recommend reading FA once before attempting your first NBME?
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Any idea when to give your First NBME? ...and WHICH ONE?! Do you recommend reading FA once before attempting your first NBME?
i hav not given step 1 yet so i m not best person to guide you

but what ive hears giving first nbme 2 months before will be good as it will tell u u're baseline score and tell u u're weak areas.also give u taste of time crunch , stamina .u will also know wat approch u shld follow.

giving uwsa 1 after finishing uworld is also very helpful .

which nbme to give first -5 or 6 if u r two months out.once u're near exam 7,11 and 12.
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Hey thanks ev body...thanks a lot..but I guess, I dont know...any other q bnk source i try, i score more than 60 percent at least...but this u world...sumtimes i cant even figure out where the hell the questions are coming from...i tried another q bnk just to see if this kaplan is not assesing me right and i scored 65 percent on that one too..

Ya i think i shud take it as a study tool rather than a q bnk.
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Hey thanks ev body...thanks a lot..but i guess,i dont know...any other q bnk source i try,i score more than 60 percent atleast...but this u world...sumtimes i cant even figure out where the hell the questions are voming from...i tried another q bnk just to see if this kaplan is not assesing me right and i scored 65 percent on that one too..

Ya i think i shud take it as a study tool rather than a q bnk.
uworld trains how to apply the knowledge. the reason u r not getting answers right is 2nd and 3rd order question.

usmle what I've heard is very similar to uworld i.e logical question which needs practice. its not just vomiting facts its application of concepts , mechanisms .

so what happens with uworld when u keep working on it. u start understanding the uworld way of questioning usmle will ask u stuff indirectly with very less/faint clues. for teaching that uworld is the best.

Hope it helps !

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am i the only one in the world who thinks uworld is easier than kaplan qbank?

i did kaplan qbank (about 65% of it) and averaged 60%

im 350 questions into uworld and averaging 60%, whilst doing multiple random disciplines (vs. kaplan where i went subject by subject)

uworld feels easier to me than kaplan... :S
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