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Old 03-19-2013
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Question Should I take it?

I'm passing my NBMEs (195-203 range), going to take NBME 15 soon..

The problem is, my UWorld cumulative average is 60%.. I'm only scoring average on every block and I still have about 40% left..

I want to know if it's safe to take it end of this month, giving me about 11 days..

And what should I be focusing on now.. should I focus more on FA or UWorld now? My sources have been Pathoma, UWorld, FA
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It depends.

What is your target score?

If you aim for a passing score (188) then I think you should use your last days to review the questions you got wrong on UWorld and high-yield concepts from First Aid

That would be key enzymes, biostatistics formulas, enzyme kinetics, autonomic pharmacology, cardiovascular pressure-volume curves

In my opinion, you should take step 1 when your NBME average is around 10 points above of your target score.
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Yea that sounds legit.. I'm going to take another NBME soon and see how it goes..

My brain gets tired pretty quick while doing questions.. First couple blocks go fine but usually during my NBMEs, I start missing questions in the later blocks.. I look at the answers that were incorrect later on and I wonder why I even picked those.. Half the time I know the correct answer after reading them at a later time.. I think this is a problem with my stamina or brain under stress.. Any way of knowing how to correct this? Maybe just keep practicing questions..
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Yea that sounds legit.. I'm going to take another NBME soon and see how it goes..

My brain gets tired pretty quick while doing questions.. First couple blocks go fine but usually during my NBMEs, I start missing questions in the later blocks.. I look at the answers that were incorrect later on and I wonder why I even picked those.. Half the time I know the correct answer after reading them at a later time.. I think this is a problem with my stamina or brain under stress.. Any way of knowing how to correct this? Maybe just keep practicing questions..
Keep practicing.

Also remember that in the real step 1 you have breaks. If you know you cannot handle more than 2 blocks in a row, take a break. You can also take a 5 minute break after each block if you want to.
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Keep practicing.

Also remember that in the real step 1 you have breaks. If you know you cannot handle more than 2 blocks in a row, take a break. You can also take a 5 minute break after each block if you want to.
hey.. just a quick question (sorry to drop into this thread like that ^^")

do you mean that after each block we have 5 minutes that don't count into the 45 minute breaks that we can take (60 if we skip the tutorial)?

thanks a lot
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hey.. just a quick question (sorry to drop into this thread like that ^^")

do you mean that after each block we have 5 minutes that don't count into the 45 minute breaks that we can take (60 if we skip the tutorial)?

thanks a lot
You get 45 minute break for free.

In my personal experience, time was not a problem in the real test.

I would finish the 46 questions in about 40 minutes (out of 1 hour), and then re-check most questions in another 10, so that would give me 10 extra minutes.

At the end of each block you get asked if you want to take a break or continue to the next block.

You can take those 10 minutes for a break or just 5 if you want to. If you move on to the next block, those 10 minutes will get added to the free 45, so now you have a total of 55 minutes of break.
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