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From when I first started doing Uworld i would see my overall percentage go up. It was really nice to see that I'm improving.Now after 3 weeks of UWORLD, these last 9 test i've hit a plateau and scoring either above or below that annoying plateau line (cumulative percentage). I know I'm weak in GI so I'm working on it. But any others having same problem and any advise?
How can can I keep my cumulative percentage moving up.



I already write Uworld Notes and reread them almost every other day.
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Hi, you didnt write which percentage you have plateaued at - as it would have been giving us a better indication where you at. anyway it happened to me aswell and i guess it happens to everyone, as you cover FA and maybe DIT or kaplan videos, about 15%-25% on average the UW questions are just not answerable from those sources, and these is the extra 15-25% you are actually studying from UW.

Keep on going you have about 35 test more to go!
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Im stuck at 64%.

Actually thats a really great thought. I didn't think about it like that. Thanks! Its rough though when all you want to see is improvement every day.
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same thing with me since past 2 weeks...getting frustrated..not knowing how to raise the score..trying hard!!!
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You will be stuck around 65-70% for the longest time when doing it for the first time. Towards the end of your prep it will go up a couple of notches.
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The plateau is messing with my head.
I'm trying to find different test methods of taking the block that might give me the boost. I tried using the side notes in Uworld to put my differentials down (never done it before) to see if it would help me out and improve my percentage. I ran out of time and quickly guessed the last few. I dropped 5% on my block today

I felt it might have helped, but I definitely felt more rushed then usual.
I still have 60% of uworld questions left.
So I might experiment for my next few blocks until I find the perfect balance and improve my test taking strategy.

Does anyone else use that note add-on differently or even at all?
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The plateau is messing with my head.
I'm trying to find different test methods of taking the block that might give me the boost. I tried using the side notes in Uworld to put my differentials down (never done it before) to see if it would help me out and improve my percentage. I ran out of time and quickly guessed the last few. I dropped 5% on my block today

I felt it might have helped, but I definitely felt more rushed then usual.
I still have 60% of uworld questions left.
So I might experiment for my next few blocks until I find the perfect balance and improve my test taking strategy.

Does anyone else use that note add-on differently or even at all?
Don't cheat yourself. The point is not the test taking strategy but how you are actually doing. Take the test in Random timed mode.
If you have plateaued and not going up (which, btw, is normal as you do more questions) stop doing the Qbank, see where you are not performing well, revise those sections & restart rather than trying tricks to improve your scores only.
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