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has anyone taken exam after 15th may,2010. let the person tell us his experience abt the new exam pattern. am so curious to know. pls post ur experience.
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I've taken the exam three days ago

I don't what was it before but what I have seen it's terrible

Each block is 46 question. I cannot remember that I've seen any short non-clinical question they were very few of them.

Many many graphics and charts

Few audios, no vidoes

questions were really really confusing and difficult
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I've taken the exam three days ago

I don't what was it before but what I have seen it's terrible

Each block is 46 question. I cannot remember that I've seen any short non-clinical question they were very few of them.

Many many graphics and charts

Few audios, no vidoes

questions were really really confusing and difficult
Was it harder than the usmle world qbank?
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Was it harder than the usmle world qbank?
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whaoo if it is hareder than u world then we r gone cos we dont ve any other Q BANK harder than u world to practise with. the practise test in their website is ok for me and it is the same concept tested but more in a clinical approach. what r we going to do ? u world people need to update to the new usmle changes.
Is it the same concept or totally different new thing ? pls explain more.
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Smile Is there, any better way to study?

Whoooa . . It makes me little nervous . . Later, please inform us how much your score alright ??? pleaseee . . . hehehe, and do you have any suggestion how we should study ??? especially for graphic things and audio ?
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tht was one person's experience. it may not be the same for rest of u. don't feel down. u really think the boards decided to make the questions super tough overnight for everyone? as far as i am concerned, it has become far more easy to study for any medical exam than it was yonks ago (without internet and extensive exercise). just chill, stick to yr study schedule and u'll be fine.
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I took the exam may 27th. It was hard as heck. Many graphs, lots of math and some unbelievably hard Physio questions- arrows going up and down and just a picture with a circle saying which way are the arrows suppsoe to go.

They did drop it down to 46 questions, but I think they left out the gimmie questions.


I don't get why they decided to switch the exam in the middle of may? This doesn't make sense. Every other exam change they waited until the start of the new year. Makes me wonder things.


Good luck, you'll need it.


I took 4 nbme's before taking this exam. I scored about 220 usmle score. But I don't beleive I passed this exam.

Your best bet is to use usmlerx.com questions.

Read ALL the question through. Don't read the 1st line and the last line. They put in the middle of the question something that makes it something different. It starts off with lead in questions.. ex.. thinking its meningitis (correct), so you start thinking- bacteria (N. Men, if 15 year old).. but in the middle part of q's they'll throw stuff in like, gram stain was negative. OH NOOOOOOOO, must be a virus then.....

read your questions carfully.

still didn't have enough time to finish blocks, was always in a hurry and that was with 46 questions.
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@Peewee : I took the exam may 27th. It was hard as heck. Many graphs, lots of math and ......

@Alesander2010 : I've taken the exam three days ago,,,,I don't what was it before but what I have seen it's terrible...

Hi, Peewee and Alesander2010, same person with different user names ?
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@Peewee : I took the exam may 27th. It was hard as heck. Many graphs, lots of math and ......

@Alesander2010 : I've taken the exam three days ago,,,,I don't what was it before but what I have seen it's terrible...

Hi, Peewee and Alesander2010, same person with different user names ?
No, am not Peewee
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sorry, I'm my own mind. Not sure who the other guy is.


kind of sounds like we had the same type of exam. I wonder if thats going to be the norm?

A friend of mine took the exam end of March and she said it was a lot of 1 or 2 line questions. Mine was about 5-8 lines and had lots of labs put on it.

When the ECFMG sent out information saying the exam was changing and going more clinical, I didn't think there would be so many graphs. I mean how often does a doctor see graphs about stats and kidney? unless you are in research.
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Reading these threads really scares and discourage people....yacks!!!

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kind of sounds like we had the same type of exam. I wonder if thats going to be the norm?

A firned of mine took the exam end of March and she said it was a lot of 1 or 2 line questions. Mine was about 5-8 lines and had lots of labs put on it.

When the ecfmg sent out information saying the exam was changing and going more clinical, I didn't think there would be so many graphs. I mean how often does a doctor see graphs about stats and kidney? unless you are in research.
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@Alesander2010 : I've taken the exam three days ago,,,,I don't what was it before but what I have seen it's terrible...

Hi, Peewee and Alesander2010, same person with different user names ?

reading about this particular thread z really annoying me... you guys urself asked who took da xam after 15 may and asked how was it lyk... when da guys who took da xam are answering u r humiliating them... calm down guys if the xam got difficult its not alesander or peewees mistake, tey are nt discouraging u but preparing u mentally for wat r u going to face in the future... noone z discouraging on this forums i think... we r all working mutually for our better survival in medical field... so guys calm down and think about wat these guys r saying.... we are all friends!!!
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reading about this particular thread z really annoying me... you guys urself asked who took da xam after 15 may and asked how was it lyk... when da guys who took da xam are answering u r humiliating them... calm down guys if the xam got difficult its not alesander or peewees mistake, tey are nt discouraging u but preparing u mentally for wat r u going to face in the future... noone z discouraging on this forums i think... we r all working mutually for our better survival in medical field... so guys calm down and think about wat these guys r saying.... we are all friends!!!
i totally agree with u....they instead preparing us for working hard...thanks Peewee and Alesander2010...for shearing ur experience...
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Fellow Docs, calm down and breath deep please: There are many versions, I mean new reconstructed versions, clinically based of the exams. If you are really into a panic mode, you are setting yourself up for failures and you are even setting greater psychological impacts on you and closed ones. Just relax and ask yourself "what would a doctor do?"

This is what the USMLE wants you to understand, and I spoke to a few friends who also took the new exams, and they told me that most of the graphs are distractors b/c the answers, if you read carefully, are already given in the questions; even better than how it used to be.

The board wants to see if you can apply some logic, basic concepts on what you know and already knew. Those profs and physicians who made those questions are not really trying to fail anyone, and some may be even experimenting on new materials, and that can cause you to go crazy because of the way those questions are presented ( in their minds, they believe they are always right also)

You need to be smarter and be ahead of the game by trying to apply clinical concepts to anything that you read or will read from now on. They may give you a question about a guy with cluster headache and they give you a graph about black people, white and others and ask you to point who will be at risk of having CH more often. Just basic stuff, and a secondary can be a graph with percentage asking you the rate of Cluster headache, which you already know is 2 %. They can even give you a graph with time, hours and minutes; asking you to point on how long the disease may last.

All you have to do is just be smart by being a reader instead of being a machine that just swallows answer from qbanks. The board is getting hard on those facts because of repeated incidents about those who are in clinicals who can't even do simple reasoning. they are trying to make you remember instead of memorizing without getting the concepts of medical practices.

One reason i was told that doing some of the older Qbanks are of advantage is because most of those questions were already made with just that in mind. I remember my old kaplan bank, a word document, most of those questions are set on clinical basis. believe me, a pal told me they were like a trip in the past, and all he had to do is read through, click and move on.

Please give yourself a reason to fail, but don't give yourself a failing attitude. You are smarter than the board, they are just trying to see if you can keep the flow....
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i totally agree with u....they instead preparing us for working hard...thanks Peewee and Alesander2010...for shearing ur experience...
I am very glad they are sharing their experince...it is not what they are saying...it is what USMLE is trying to do to us....discourage us to pursue our dream of becoming doctors here...Nothing against anyone....on the contrary, please keep posting experiences...hope everyone who posted their experiences pass with flying colors....
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Dear doctor logical66,

Thank you for this input....very true....it is all about how to apply concepts...not regurgitating memorized knowledge....It will definately make us better doctors!!!
Thank you very much....well said!!
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I'm not really ticked at anyone trying to crap on my post, or anyone elses. Those are the people that just aren't facing the truth of what the exam is trying to do to them.

I was really freaked out 7 days out. couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, the only thing that would calm me down was studying and doing questions. I was a needle thread away from canceling my exam. I'm glad I didn't. It wouldn't have helped me to study anymore stuff.


Just do your best, thats all you can ask. If you studied and did your questions then you should be close to passing. Just remember, everyone feels the same way you do and everyone is in the same boat.

Keep it going and if you fail? Who cares, its just an exam, take it again.
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I'm not really ticked at anyone trying to crap on my post, or anyone elses. Those are the people that just aren't facing the truth of what the exam is trying to do to them.

I was really freaked out 7 days out. couldn't sleep, couldn't eat, the only thing that would calm me down was studying and doing questions. I was a needle thread away from canceling my exam. I'm glad I didn't. It wouldn't have helped me to study anymore stuff.


Just do your best, thats all you can ask. If you studied and did your questions then you should be close to passing. Just remember, everyone feels the same way you do and everyone is in the same boat.

Keep it going and if you fail? Who cares, its just an exam, take it again.
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i really appreciate d way u r handling d pressure n helpin all d forum members too...hope u get a gud score.i really like ur attitude.....
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hi guys. did u get yr scores yet? can u share em if u don't mind that is. if not its totally cool.:sorry:

also, instead of just agreeing on how tough the exam was, if there was one thing (or many things) that u could do different to have better handled the tough new format that u took, what is it that u would've done? sharing usmle content is totally out of the question, but what u may tell us is perhaps, what extra studies u would've done and how u would've better tackled the Q banks that u took. and how many Q banks did u guys attempt? the kaplan notes wasnt helpful at all? how many times did u read it? im planning on reading my kaplan notes 5 times (should time permit), is that good enough u think?

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hi guys. did u get yr scores yet? can u share em if u don't mind that is. if not its totally cool.:sorry:

also, instead of just agreeing on how tough the exam was, if there was one thing (or many things) that u could do different to have better handled the tough new format that u took, what is it that u would've done? sharing usmle content is totally out of the question, but what u may tell us is perhaps, what extra studies u would've done and how u would've better tackled the Q banks that u took. and how many Q banks did u guys attempt? the kaplan notes wasnt helpful at all? how many times did u read it? im planning on reading my kaplan notes 5 times (should time permit), is that good enough u think?

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I signed up for my exam 3 weeks before the exam happened. 5 hours after signing up I get a email from the USMLE saying the exam is changing in 1 week. That throws you for a loops!!!

Exam Q banks I did

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USMLEworld= Correct 1386 incorrect 691 = 66% (71st percentile)
USMLErx= Correct 2368 incorrect 929 = 72% (they say ~234 usmlescore +/- 20)
Wikietestprep= 206/264 = 78% (they say crude score could be 226 usmle)
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I wrote down what my NBME6 and kaplan scores were but have seem to misplaced it. I know NBME 6 was in the pass range and kaplan was I think around 65-75% can't remember for certain.


I then went back and redid the questions I got wrong. By the time I was about to write my exam I had done every question and felt like

As for the other post on here saying graphs are not even needed to answer the question, I beg to differ. I was given a mutliple questions that I had to extrapolate the numbers from the graphs and plug into an equation.

What I would do differently. I would most certainly take NBME 6. If you are close to passing, I would then take all the NBMEs you can get your hands on or buy them all. Buy the extended versions and study the questions you got wrong.

To say that every question was a fight, is non-sense. There was about 40-50% of the questions I thougth were fair and 50% that I thought "I could be wrong"

I havne't got my score yet. USMLE.org is saying that people who took the exam after may 15th are going to be waiting until at least July 14th to get marks back. They want to examine the exam.

Which just goes to show that they will be screwing with people's marks. If you are an IMG that probably isn't a good thing for you.


I've done kaplan, I have the notes. reading the notes is good, but don't memorize the notes. You have to understand what you are reading and be aware that a question can be asked 10 different ways but they are always saying the same thing.

So yes, reading is always good even if you don't think its helping, but more important I am a firm believer in doing multiple question banks. The more questions you see and the variety of ways in which they can ask you the question, is only going to help you.

1 thing I would say about Kaplan notes. I'm not sure if its in the new edition or not, I used the 2008 edition to read and it wasn't in there. Go buy yourself a book called Board Review Series (BRS)- Physiology

In that book there are charts of Pathophysiology of PTH (pg 262 in 4th edition).

Kaplan gives you the PTH arrows of PTH, Serum Ca and Serum P

what BRS gives you is the urine cAMP, 1,25Dihydroxycholecalciferol and bone arrows.

I can't specifically tell you if my exam had cAMP arrows included in all the answers, but I will say, I'm very glad I spent the money on that book, not just for those types of questions but for all other physio questions.

My advise is this:
When you take your test question banks.. look at the questions you got wrong. don't jsut say "i'll look at them later", put the time in while you're doing the questions. Not only write down the right answer, but also write down the wrong answers. look back at the question and say "where did I mess up on this question? what "clue" word did I miss to give me the anwser?

If you can't answer a question and how no idea about it. take a deep breath, don't jsut do what your brain wants you to do, and that is click it and move. wait a few seconds and re-read the question. Go down the list of answers (bottom to top) and ask yourself, "what do I know about this answer" and do that for every answer in that question. Soon you will be able to make a better guess than just clicking and moving.
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thanks peewee.

i do hope u get a good score. previously there was a student who totally panicked after the exam n said he hoped very much he got a pass at least because he could only answer like 50% of the exam and all the other questions seemed to him like they were 2 choices and he had to pick the best. that guy went on to score a 99 (with a 238).

so i really do hope u score well too although u will have to bare the nerves a little longer since ur results don't come out till july. in the mean time, go out and have a good time. there's nothing u can change now. but relaxing ur mind will relax ur spirit and it's the best u can do right now for a good health.

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