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hmm....silly Q...i heard that board randomly select 46 Qs out of 322 n dont count them in actual scoring...
is it true or just a rumor...??
n the score like 239/99...is out of 322 of out of 276....
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Arrow The three digits score is NOT the total of correct answers

Nobody knows how they actually score. Many people think that there are experimental questions and of course you won't be able to tell which are the experimental ones.

The three-digits USMLE score is not related to the number of correct question you get, for full the explanation why read this
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Heard that up to 25% of the questions may be experimental.
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We had some students from Mayo Medical College and they said there is one block worth of questions which are experimental, either in one block or more often dispersed within different blocks. Of course we cannot tell which ones are they but if they seem way too difficult than you can even imagine, just take a guess and go ahead is their advice.
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When I took my Kaplan course they said the same thing. The USMLE scoring process is not transparent. They do admit to using experimental questions so there will invariably be some questions on your exam that dont count but you won't know which ones they are and its entirely possible that the USMLE also doesn't at the time your exam is generated, know which ones they are.

Since the process is not transparent the advice is to mark every question to the best of your abilities and after a few minutes if you have no idea whats going on - to quote Dr. Stephen Daugherty from Kaplan - "Mark your favourite letter and move on"
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