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Unhappy Scored 165 in NBME Form 7

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I just took an NBME #7 and got a raw score of 260 which is converted to 165. (T_T) It's really a shock because I thought I was doing well when I did the exam. Now I feel really discouraged. I feel like I don't know anything. I already did uworld, did DIT, and read First Aid. My exam is this coming March. Any suggestions on how to improve my score? I'm going to push my exam back. Ugh!!! I wish I can be smart like a lot of you guys on this forum. Thank you guys for all your help!!!
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You got low score and now yu know where are yu.
-take the Goljan RR , read plus using robbins Qbank.
- watch some kaplan video on yur weak areas.
The goal must be to understand .
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thank you for your input! what is robbins qbank?
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thank you for your input! what is robbins qbank?
this q bank on usmle consult bank which yu can buy separately (35 dol) but if yu buy a book RR Goljan than yu wil get this q bank free.
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how many times you read first aid ? and how many months is your preparation time ?
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Do Uworld all over again.Read the explanations and make notes.This one thing will take your score up by a considerable margin.Promise.
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My exam is after 10 days, just want to know in these days what should i do, whether to do DIT or do as many questions as possible with u world. i have done 3 revisions of kaplan medessential(FA by kaplan) pls guide.
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IMHO, you may not have grasped the basic concepts well and just doing questions without reading to understand those concepts is a big mistake. I say this because I'd prepared for step 1 for nearly a year and after doing all of KLN once, Pathoma once and FA 1.5x, I took an NBME and got a 188...everyone said do UWorld and take another...after 1 week of intense UWorld revision, my scores did not go up. I finally cancelled my exam as I had pushed my eligibility already forward.

What I'm saying is, be sure you really have understood the basic concepts. if you're sure you got your concepts, go ahead with the questions...but if not, I'd suggest you read KLN once again, really understand the concepts & then go back to your questions. This would probably mean you move your exam forward. Time is so against all of us, but as Dr. Laura told me, if you don't do well in step 1 or fail because you're afraid you'd not make your timeline, it makes no difference...your timeline would still be messed up.

I encourage you to take your time with this test. I hope to take mine in May. I wish you all the best.
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IMHO, you may not have grasped the basic concepts well and just doing questions without reading to understand those concepts is a big mistake. I say this because I'd prepared for step 1 for nearly a year and after doing all of KLN once, Pathoma once and FA 1.5x, I took an NBME and got a 188...everyone said do UWorld and take another...after 1 week of intense UWorld revision, my scores did not go up. I finally cancelled my exam as I had pushed my eligibility already forward.

What I'm saying is, be sure you really have understood the basic concepts. if you're sure you got your concepts, go ahead with the questions...but if not, I'd suggest you read KLN once again, really understand the concepts & then go back to your questions. This would probably mean you move your exam forward. Time is so against all of us, but as Dr. Laura told me, if you don't do well in step 1 or fail because you're afraid you'd not make your timeline, it makes no difference...your timeline would still be messed up.

I encourage you to take your time with this test. I hope to take mine in May. I wish you all the best.
To expect ones score to go up with one week of Uworld revision is unreasonable.Because one just cannot truly revise the whole of Uworld in a proper way in a week.
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Well, my point is, after 3 weeks of revising UWorld and scores not going up week after week, it's clear that basic concepts were not in place. And yes, your score can go up in a week if you had your basic concepts and all you were doing was revise your weak areas or dot ur i and cross your t...!

Bottom line, poor basics=poor revision, UWorld or not!! That's the point I'm putting forth.
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how many times you read first aid ? and how many months is your preparation time ?
3 times. I even bought the new FA 2013. I've studied for 6 months.
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IMHO, you may not have grasped the basic concepts well and just doing questions without reading to understand those concepts is a big mistake. I say this because I'd prepared for step 1 for nearly a year and after doing all of KLN once, Pathoma once and FA 1.5x, I took an NBME and got a 188...everyone said do UWorld and take another...after 1 week of intense UWorld revision, my scores did not go up. I finally cancelled my exam as I had pushed my eligibility already forward.

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I encourage you to take your time with this test. I hope to take mine in May. I wish you all the best.

Thank you! Maybe I'm not understanding the concepts well. I'll try doing uworld again. Ugh!! It sucks that it's taking forever. =(
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yes understand concepts it's important

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I agree. In 1 month of reading and writing down uworld (active reading) my NBME score went up from 140-179. But I had to write everything down and re read. I am doing u world again rewriting and I feel I missed a lot the first round. If you don't know how to study uworld here is a vedio.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmjj22D...eature=related

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Well, my point is, after 3 weeks of revising UWorld and scores not going up week after week, it's clear that basic concepts were not in place. And yes, your score can go up in a week if you had your basic concepts and all you were doing was revise your weak areas or dot ur i and cross your t...!

Bottom line, poor basics=poor revision, UWorld or not!! That's the point I'm putting forth.
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