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Hi all,

My step1 exam is in almost 6 weeks and I intend to do 2 NBME forms before my test date.
I think I will go for forms 3 and 6 since they have the highest score predictability according to this poll:

Best NBME Form for USMLE Step 1

Although I might go for form 7 since it's the most recent.

anyways, my question is, Is there any variance in difficulty between the different forms?

Thanx in advance and wish me luck
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They are all the same difficulty.
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True, but I get the feeling they tend to focus on different things -much like real exams two different people take. They give you the best possible estimate of your performance though, as a group.

I think the current recommendations include 3, 4, 6 and 7 you should probably do 3, 6 and 7 like you say at least. Most US students use these forms as the gold standards, but Random Untimed UW blocks also help if you're trying to gauge where you are. If you're over about 65 you're pretty much guaranteed to pass.
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