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Hello all,

So I gave the form 7 today and got a satisfactory 580/240; got 24 wrong (a bit harsh scoring?) Made some real stupid mistakes like misreading "increases" as "decreases" and felt like kicking myself but I guess that's part of the usual package and happens with everyone.

Anyways, I needed a baseline to work on and now I need some guidance as to make best use of the remaining 2.5 months I've got.

I'm done with the Kaplan lecture notes (revised 'em twice) and first pass of Uworld but I've used it only as an assessment tool so far. I used Pathoma for pathology. I'm yet to touch First Aid.

Now my plan is to dissect every concept uworld has to offer, do First Aid as a revision source, and maybe go through some high yield topics in Goljan's fourth edition to strengthen some concepts further. And finally a quick go through of Kaplan Qbank if time permits.

How's the plan? Any suggestions from the veterans out there? How can I make the best use of the time and resources that I have? I don't have a rigid target score but I do believe I can crack 250.

Much appreciations!
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Good job dude. 7 and 15 are by far the hardest. I would've left 7 for last, but whatever. I feel confident you'll break a 250 for sure if you get a 240 on 7.

I'd suggest taking 11 in 2 weeks or so, and I'm quite certain you'll break a 250 on it. 11, 12, and 13 are significantly easier than 7 and 15. Once you're done with those 3 leave NBME 15 for the end, say about a week or week and a half before your actual exam.

I know you probably don't believe me, but I'm honest. I took NBME 7 as a baseline and ended up with a 187, which was basically a fail. From there got a 230, 228, 226, and finally a 219 from NBME 11 - 15, respectively.

Yes, 15 is that hard of an exam. With 2.5 months you're going to kill it at this rate.
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Hey Jacobs,

That was kind of you to reply and rather encouraging! I think your advice makes perfect sense and I would try to implement that in the near future. Commendable job on rising up from the ashes, not many people can do that, trust me. I wish you the best for the future.

Any suggestions for the study plan? Have you tried Kaplan Qbank? Is it worth it?

Thanks.
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Hey Jacobs,

That was kind of you to reply and rather encouraging! I think your advice makes perfect sense and I would try to implement that in the near future. Commendable job on rising up from the ashes, not many people can do that, trust me. I wish you the best for the future.

Any suggestions for the study plan? Have you tried Kaplan Qbank? Is it worth it?

Thanks.
No worries. Yeah, honestly it felt good making that leap from 7, but it was a bit of a upset when I realized that 7 is one of the harder(est) exams out there. Would've been awesome to have left it at the end. Still have a lot to do. I want to break a 245 on this exam.

Anyways, as for a study plan - if I could go back and do one thing. It would be to make more time to read FA and memorize it. I can't emphasis enough that there are sooooooooooooooooo many questions which I got wrong and found the answers in the pages of FA. The book really is mandatory to know inside/out to do well on the real deal. Sucks, that I found out too late about this.

I always saw it as a review book and just that. However, there are certain elements in the book which show up as test questions and the answers aren't found anywhere but in FA. So, read read read read memorize memorize memorize FA. I solidified the book by integrating UsmleRx's 3000 qbank and used their FlashFacts which is essentially 11,000 flash cards of the book and it tests you the book in it's entirety.

As for the Kaplan QBank, I did use it. I liked it, have no complaints. I'd say the only portion of the QBank that's really bad in questions is the Biochemistry questions - otherwise it's amazing. So I did, in terms of QBanks:

- UWorld - 68% final average
- Kaplan - forgot the final average but was in the high 50s; low 60s. Think it's a lot harder than UW.
- UsmleRx - still have around 2,300 questions left. Will probably get to do a total of no more than 1,500 questions since my exam is on Thursday.
- WebPath - not a bad source of free 3,900 Pathology questions. Just type in webpath into Google and it'll be the first hit.

Also, I realized that a lot of the NBMEs repeat their questions. I suck at Neuro, and did some internet searching. Found that most of the Neuro pictures come from here:

http://medicine.creighton.edu/medsch...las/Neuro.html

Also, can't find the exact source of the brain stem pictures, but here's a good reference for it. Just right click on the image and open the picture up in another tab to see it in larger view. As you do more NBMEs, this picture will come back. I just think it's a good idea to take advantage of the pictures used by the examiners since they show up on the real deal.

http://www.easynotecards.com/print_l...=2&dis=1&pi=on
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Wow. You sure have done your research. That was extremely informative, can't thank you more. I get your point about First Aid. I started reading reading it yesterday and have already come across many new facts and concepts in topics I thought I was comfortable with. I wonder how so much information has been cramped up in one book; really commendable.

Anyways thanks for those links as well. You have been of great help. Go out there on Thursday and kill this exam. Thumbs up!
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Hello all,

So I gave the form 7 today and got a satisfactory 580/240; got 24 wrong (a bit harsh scoring?) Made some real stupid mistakes like misreading "increases" as "decreases" and felt like kicking myself but I guess that's part of the usual package and happens with everyone.

Anyways, I needed a baseline to work on and now I need some guidance as to make best use of the remaining 2.5 months I've got.

I'm done with the Kaplan lecture notes (revised 'em twice) and first pass of Uworld but I've used it only as an assessment tool so far. I used Pathoma for pathology. I'm yet to touch First Aid.

Now my plan is to dissect every concept uworld has to offer, do First Aid as a revision source, and maybe go through some high yield topics in Goljan's fourth edition to strengthen some concepts further. And finally a quick go through of Kaplan Qbank if time permits.

How's the plan? Any suggestions from the veterans out there? How can I make the best use of the time and resources that I have? I don't have a rigid target score but I do believe I can crack 250.

Much appreciations!
If you have not gone through FA and still getting 240 on nbme7 then you have done very well. And when you complete FA you are going to crush this exam I am sure. Very well done!
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form 5... block 4 qns 46...... can any one please tell me the correct answer.as it says D, 2L ....... how can it be please explain it to me.
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