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Does this look familiar to anyone? One week out from the exam Ė this is all Iíve seen for the last few weeks and all Iíll see for the next. The computer is never off (wait Ďtill the next power bill) and there is a First Aid so tattered and overused that itís starting to look a little like the Dead Sea Scrolls. Iím slowly working my way through it for what seems like the 15,000th time (never as quickly as I intend) and Iím wondering if my obsessive compulsive annotating has turn my high yield text in a low yield encyclopaedia. I think it may be invading my dreams Ė if only I could sleep long enough to find out. Diagnosis Drs?

Oh man am I gonna smash a few brews Big Aussie style next Friday night!!!
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Default same happenend to me too

I do had sleepless nights a week before my step .....but it's natural.....

I even took sleeping pills....I guess it was due to lack of self confidence ???

U can overcome this problem, just have confidence in u ....!!!
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Good stuff man...youll be done next week, i got about five weeks left myself...and i can't wait to drink into oblivion once this is over

And i agree with your post, seems like its the millionth time I'm reading this damn first aid, yet I always find something new that i didn't know on the previous read

Good luck man, your almost done with the beast
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DTB: How good is it going to be when it is over! Get that big ugly monkey off your back. I've sat a lot of exams, but nothing like this ball breaker. I'm in oddly good spirits considering my subconscious keep nagging me to pay more attention to that lingering sense of impending doom.

But hey, head down, @ss up and just reminder to keep your eye on the beer... errr prize.

Good luck brother.
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There's a sad face next to my title line - this was actually meant as a lighthearted post. Ah well...
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I think you've done an excellent job with your FA.

My biggest issue is not knowing how to annotate. I usually always trust my mind and I don't think that for this test it's enough.

I wish my FA could someday look like that. Mine is too clean.
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You are not the only one...I have been having nightmares about the exam for the last 4 consecutive nights...Even though my exam is 7 months away...This exam is all about stress...

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I think you've done an excellent job with your FA.

My biggest issue is not knowing how to annotate. I usually always trust my mind and I don't think that for this test it's enough.

I wish my FA could someday look like that. Mine is too clean.
Same fate here. Can't annotate: Either write too much or not at all. Mostly not at all!
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Hang in there!!! It's the last week. Push and then you will be done!!! Good luck and congrats, you are almost there.

I was quite intoxicated the night after my exam. Lol...the only thing I could think is "I wonder what my liver enzymes are right now?"

Almost done, keep up the good work and stay confident!
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I think you've done an excellent job with your FA.

My biggest issue is not knowing how to annotate. I usually always trust my mind and I don't think that for this test it's enough.

I wish my FA could someday look like that. Mine is too clean.

Haha. Don't worry, the more you read and the more questions you do the more you'll think "oh I'd better stick that in". I've even started getting rather handy with my artwork - it's great procrastination under the cunning guise of doing work.

Thanks for the kind wishes everyone, you're the best and I appreciate it!
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I just bought FA 2012, tore it apart and puched two holes throgh too. Felt so good! now reading it a chapter at a time.

I seems to have developed fatbookphobia.
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Best of luck, you will crush that test
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I just bought FA 2012, tore it apart and puched two holes throgh too. Felt so good! now reading it a chapter at a time.

I seems to have developed fatbookphobia.

It seems more manageable in 2 parts . Unfortunately I never intended on tearing mine in two, the universe did that.

I've also been told that pulling FA apart and putting it in a folder is a good idea.
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Good luck buddy..Its a normal feeling I also was in same situation a month ago bt after the exam go out and just get trashed my advice try to relax on the day before and try to go to bed early I was not able to sleep the whole nite but the adrenaline rush in the exam will never make u tired..Go kill the beast
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WellÖ I sat the exam on Friday and man oh man was it tough. Felt significantly harder than any of the NBME or UW practice exams. This may simply be due to the fact it was 3 hours longer which just makes it a much more physical and mental marathon. I found my mind beginning to switch off in the last 3 sections and in about 3-4 sections I found myself very hastily finishing the last 10 questions due to time constraints Ė not something Iíve had trouble with in the past. However on the upside there were only a few questions that I couldnít at least narrow down to 2-3 options.

The USMLE is a weird exam; everyone works so hard for it, which means regardless of its intrinsic high level of difficulty my NBME score of 85% still only gave me a 230. I think this can make it a bit hard to feel supremely confident following the actual exam because even if you are unsure of only a small portion of the exam youíre still scared that this will result in a ordinary grade. Something Iíve never had to worry about with other med exams.

But hey the only times Iíve ever done well on an exam is when I think Iíve screwed it Ė so fingers crossed on that front. I donít actually have any friends in AA, but if I did Iím sure they would tell me to have ďÖthe serenity to accept the things I cannot changeÖĒ
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Good luck for your results!

but what do you mean by 3 hrs longer? Has the pattern been changed?
The question pool was expected to change around this time. Did you find any indications of that?
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but what do you mean by 3 hrs longer? Has the pattern been changed?
The question pool was expected to change around this time. Did you find any indications of that?

No no, just 3 hours longer than the 4 hour practice exams. Don't worry, they haven't made it any longer. God could you imagine that...
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The question pool was expected to change around this time. Did you find any indications of that?
I guess so. Like I said it did seem a little harder, but maybe that was just my perception. The reason I felt it was a bit harder was my difficulty in finishing with time to spare, however I've read a post or two that stated they finished with plenty of time, so maybe it was just a bad test day for me - isn't that always the way.

No repeats from NBME practice exams that I could tell. I did forms 6,7,11, 12 but not 13.

All in all it still had similar questions to the NBME forms - only two or three WTF questions. I did get a little sh!tty with the amount of physiology / biochem style questions, you know the ones that always start with "A researcher is investigating...".
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No no, just 3 hours longer than the 4 hour practice exams. Don't worry, they haven't made it any longer. God could you imagine that...
A troubled mind can imagine anything . I sat for my UWSA 1 yesterday & it was difficult to sit for those 4 hrs so anything longer is a really scary thought.
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Oh man. I just got my score - about 6 weeks after sitting the exam. Nuts.

I got a 240!

Not the lofty 260's that I've been reading about, but a score I'm pretty happy about as I didn't leave the exam feeling too fantastic. In fact I left the exam hoping for a 215. Just goes to show that you can never tell, so keep your chin up...
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Congratulations Man! Awesome!
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Oh man. I just got my score - about 6 weeks after sitting the exam. Nuts.

I got a 240!

Not the lofty 260's that I've been reading about, but a score I'm pretty happy about as I didn't leave the exam feeling too fantastic. In fact I left the exam hoping for a 215. Just goes to show that you can never tell, so keep your chin up...
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