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I am done with 24 blocks of UW and got 75% (86th percentile) in random timed questions. Now I got this idea of doing 7 blocks in a day to simulate like a real exam. Do u suggest me doing so?
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Endurance is important to be ready for the real test. However, 7 blocks is too much in my opinion. Perhaps, 4 blocks is enough.

For 4 blocks there are other options like UWSA and NBME.

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Endurance is important to be ready for the real test. However, 7 blocks is too much in my opinion. Perhaps, 4 blocks is enough.

For 4 blocks there are other options like UWSA and NBME.

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Yeah thats true but the reality is that the actual exam demands stamina for 7blocks. At home, where one is relaxed, one can do 7blocks in 8hrs. what do u say?
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when do you get to revise them?
would that decrease the benefit of revising right after doing the block .. the question would be fresh and u'd still know how u went through solving it and hence pin point where u went wrong... just my thoughts..

some ppl do UW assessment with an NBME back to back to simulate the exam.. i'm gonna do that at some point

and talking about simulating the exam.. i've noticed that NBMEs are different than UW.. they have 50 questions and more time for each block.. and the way you cross out is different .. and the lab results table is different too (no search function on NBMEs) does anybody know if the real exam is more like UW or NBMEs?

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Well, if u can, why not?
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i'm starting usmleworld question on Monday!!

how many questions total? and how many questions per block?

i plan to do random, timed. and then go over all the questions one at a time.

just trying to forulate a timeplan. would you say 4 weeks is sufficient to do and go over all the questions? (assuming nothing but uworld and first aid at this point).
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[QUOTE=ReggieMiller;182759]i'm starting usmleworld question on Monday!!

how many questions total? and how many questions per block?

i plan to do random, timed. and then go over all the questions one at a time.

just trying to forulate a timeplan.

There in total 2200 questions. 46questions/block. random timed is ideal. 4weeks shud be sufficient. Going thru explanations of block can take 3-4hrs. write imp points. I too plan to do F.A but unfortunately I'm unable to manage. :s
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i'm starting usmleworld question on Monday!!

how many questions total? and how many questions per block?

i plan to do random, timed. and then go over all the questions one at a time.

just trying to forulate a timeplan.

There in total 2200 questions. 46questions/block. random timed is ideal. 4weeks shud be sufficient. Going thru explanations of block can take 3-4hrs. write imp points. I too plan to do F.A but unfortunately I'm unable to manage. :s
so u could theoretically do 7 blocks per day for a week straight, and finish the uworld qbanks, and that would be like taking 7 step 1 exams in a row, every single day. lol. i think 3-4 blocks would be beter, that was i could finish it in 2 weeks. is my math correct btw?
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so u could theoretically do 7 blocks per day for a week straight, and finish the uworld qbanks, and that would be like taking 7 step 1 exams in a row, every single day. lol. i think 3-4 blocks would be beter, that was i could finish it in 2 weeks. is my math correct btw?
Lol. No no! I meant just doing 7blocks/day ONCE. I'll then switch back to 2blocks/day.
Going thru explanations and jotting down imp stuff is soo much pain!
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Obviously the number of blocks to do per day should take into consideration ur duration of preparation but more importantly ability to retain the volume of material and concept being taught. So 7 blocks is more than necessary per day. Focus on getting the explanations right. All the best.
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