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Old 08-11-2013
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Default Need some guidance (just took nbme 5)

Just finished the NBME form 5. I was going to wait until I start reading FA and Uworld. But I just wanted to get a feel for the questions.

My score was 440, which correlates to 207. I'm pretty disappointed, but so far in my preparation, I've only done Kaplan Lecture notes for Physio, Biochem, Micro, and Pharm.

I still have to do Genetics, Immuno, Pathology (goljan), Anatomy (gross and neuro), and Behavioral. Still need to go over FA. And haven't started Uworld yet.

Do you think after going through the above resources, I can achieve a 240 score? Time is not much of a factor, but I want to finish as soon as possible.
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btw, the reason I took the NBME, was because i wanted to know what the questions were like, and for the most part, I was surprised at how 'straight forward' some of them were. But others were quite vague, and sometimes, I couldn't decide between 2 answer choices.

Is it worth looking up the question/answers online, and going through each of the questions? Or is it better to just turn to Uworld right now?
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Default Relax.

Taking NBME right now for you wasn't quite a bright idea and I guess you know why. NBME's are meant for performance analysis and the one you did right now tells you absolutely nothing about that. Depending upon your future reading you may reach 230, or even 260, no one in the world can tell right now. The best assessment of perfomance at your stage would be made by the scores you're getting on UWorld on a regular basis (if you're doing it subject-wise, side by side; that's how I did it.)

Good thing for you is you used an old NBME which isn't much important anyway. Don't take the next NBME until you're done reading everything at least once.

Relax. Get along with your prep and have fun with it!
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I think you did the right thing by taking NBME 5 to test the waters to know where you stand. You might take NBME 7 also for the same purpose. They are older forms and do not predict your final score very well.

However, do not take NBME 11, 12 13 & 15 until you are well prepared since they are a good predictor of your final score. In fact for most people the final score is an average of NBME 13 & 15, so take them last.
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