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I want to take one tomorrow.. Which one should I take to predict my score better??, I heard that there is one harder than the other, which one is harder??
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Those test are not meant to predict score... as for some people they tend to underestimate,and for some others, they tend to overestimate. The best use you can give to these tests is to tell you (sort of) where are you having problems and where you are doing "okay". It is not a guaranty that the score you get (good/bad) is the score that you're gonna get in the real exam...

My advice is: take UWSA 1, see what the Dx is... work on your weak areas, then do a NBME after working on your weak, and then, if you want, do UWSA 2...


Try to review, at least, the wrong ones that you get on either of the self assessment tests

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Thanks, I think I will do 1
I can do only one NBME.. Can you please tell me what is the best to do (in predection and similarity to the exam) and before how much time prior to the exam shall i do it??.. My exam is in 25 days
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Thanks, I think I will do 1
I can do only one NBME.. Can you please tell me what is the best to do (in predection and similarity to the exam) and before how much time prior to the exam shall i do it??.. My exam is in 25 days
Check this out:
Best NBME Form for USMLE Step 1
Preferably do it at least 2 weeks before to work on your weaknesses based on it or do it a few days before if you just want to estimate what score you will be getting.
Good Luck!
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UWSA 1 is more predictive than 2.

That being said, UWSA over-predict by about 10-20 points.
NBME's are the best there is. People have a tendency to go for NBME 7 as their last ,final, and most predictive NBME.
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The NBME thread is kinda out-dated :S
there is 13 now.. isnt it better than 7??
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The NBME thread is kinda out-dated :S
there is 13 now.. isnt it better than 7??
13 is new hence nobody can say so early. Will have to wait for people to take form 13 & Step 1 to hear their correlation & get an idea.
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they're both rubbish.
dont waste your time or money on them.

pitch in an extra 25$ and get an nbme so you truly know where you are.

UWSAs overpredict.
for some people by 10, for some people by 20.
when i took one it overpredicted when i was by 12 pts.

itll do more harm than good for you.
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