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Old 04-19-2013
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So I've been studying for awhile, 2nd pass on uworld, first pass I was about 68%, 2nd pass I'm mid 80s-90%, I did some of kaplan was in 70s. My NBME were not great (I have horrible, horrible test anxiety to the event I miss things that I know).

NBME 11 Mar 30, 2013 212
NBME 15 Apr 13, 2013 212
NBME 13 Apr 18, 2013 226

Was planning on taking USWA 1 on the 20th.

Here is the thing, I made a ton of just stupid silly mistakes. I finally felt much more relaxed on 13, to the extent that I even thought it was easy compared to my past experiences. I still over thought, and marked stuff which I shouldn't have. I'm scheduled for the exam this coming Friday (26th), I wanted to reschedule but there are no available spots accordingly to the prometric website until 22nd next month. I wanted to push it back just one week, because I felt my anxiety has finally subsided that I'm in the zone. I also kinda of rushed my studying this last set before the NBME because the website was going done this weekend (just my luck).

My goal was 230-240+. To add to stress I was suppose to go on a trip with my gf to propose right after the exam, but now that's up in the air.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My gf is harping on me saying I should just take it because everyone makes silly mistakes, but I feel like the NBME don't lie. Hard for anyone to understand that hasn't done this
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So I was thinking of taking a mini break from Tues-thur, propose to my gf, than I take the exam on May 22nd.

That way I have nobody but myself to blame, I honestly kinda of feel if I take the exam and my NBME aren't matching up, than I'd be pissed because they aren't stacking up to with my goals.

Anybody's thoughts? I really really could use input. I've because wasted one day of studying (today) because I'm so stressed and upset over this whole thing and the huge fight with my gf who granted she's a dentist, she doesn't understand the pressure of the USMLE.

OR --- should I power on through and take the exam on this coming friday?
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i haven't gotten my results yet for step one.. but here's what i thought..
first.. your story is so sweet .. wish you all the best

as you said NBMEs don't lie.. as my test day was approaching, i got nervous about my own results. so i looked into posts on many forums about how close NBME scores were to real exams.. and i've found that the majority of ppl had their scores higher than their NBMEs.. some matched their NBMEs.. some even had their UWSA 1 as a good prediction of their real scores..
so it depends on you.. you said ur aim is 230-240.. your last 2 NBMEs showed some improvement, you might improve more untill the date of your exam (how much? nobody can tell).. or you might get around ur last NBME score .. still nobody knows..
so bottom line, i guess it depends on you and what you think of your assessment results

good luck
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Thanks I appreciate that. It's not that I don't know the material, it's managing my anxiety. I've always been horrible with test taking. It's terrible to the point where I've read Phoston's post on sdn, all his ppt stuff he complied I knew all the points he hit, with the exception of maybe 3-4things. I consider myself average at best, but i figured if I had retained everything he had, it's just about managing my stress, and the only way to do that is the NBME. Perhaps if I manage to postpone it, I can even schedule a practice session at the test center because I know at this point it's not the material that is tripping me up, it's letting my anxiety and panic take over.

I've been putting in big hours, and I wish I could just delay it by one week, because I've been putting in 12hour days, but where I am in Asia there is only 2 testing centers and they are apparently booked till May 22nd (my period ends end of may).

PS - did the free practice from 2012 134/142(94%). I don't know why but I really really panic on NBME stuff, but Uworld for me I rarely ever have problems.

Last edited by Junkmailbox; 04-19-2013 at 10:07 PM. Reason: added something
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