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Old 08-28-2013
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HI guys I took 3 NBME (all online)till now and my scores are:
NBME7 (08/01/2013): 580 corresponding to 240
NBME13 (08/19/2013):590 which is 242
NBME15 (08/28/2013):580 which is 240
I am not studying too much in these last days because of anxiety/fever/headache etc but I am sadly surprised to see that I'm not having improvements...I was not comfortable when I took my last nbmes..and I had only 3-4 questions wrong because of distractions...I canceled my exam today (more than 5 days before but I have to pay a fee now, 50 dollars I hope), I was unsure to do that also because I confirmed 240 of my previous nbmes... but I really hope to score higher or at least 240 in my real exam. I'd like to take it at the end of september....but I need a plan!I'm very stressed because I've been studying for a month without seeing any improvements...! In my last 2 months I read FA again almost 2 times and I did kaplan and uw (only 20% questions left)...but I recognized that FA is not enough for nbmes. Should I turn back on kaplan books??Next month I'm restarting to work (part time) so I really need a good plan to improve (only 5-6 hours/ day to study in average)!!! My bad english maybe is my weak point...I don't understand everything sometimes...but I'm not be able to cope this for now ! PLeaseee advices!

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Some basic advice that may be helpful:

-Drop the stress. A little stress is beneficial. Too much stress only burns your study time and capacity.

-Drop the feelings of guilt. Making yourself feel awful doesn't help. Hold the line. A good score on the Step 1 isn't easy. If it was, everyone would do it. And then, what would be its value?

-Analyze your mistakes! Check back your marked questions, or at least your incorrect questions. Don't read FA blindly. Don't spend much time on stuff you know - tackle your weaknesses instead.

- Study to your maximum efficiency. That can be accomplished by proper rest and determination.

-The NBMEs are predictive, but they ain't the real thing. I've read about leaps as high as 20+ points. A 10 point leap is a reasonable hope.

-Maintain a positive outlook. It's just an exam. You're not gonna be ranked solely on your step 1. Besides, it's not like you risk failing! You're steady above the mean!
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i agree

u shud have taken the test..and if u dont take the exam at ur peak,ur performance mite worsen..
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you took 3 nmbe's in just weeks apart. of course you won't see a big difference!
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Hello,

Reviewing your scores and what you have read to prepare, I believe you are ready for the exam. When you plateau it is challenging to score higher. Sometimes while you are preparing too much, it might cause you pain that you are not scoring higher and might affect you overall performance.

Any further questions. Please feel free to pm me or email me stavros@usmlesuccess.net


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I think that anxiety affects performance in a negative way. And I am at plateau now, as shown by Nbmes and Uw qbank (flat line of my prep). Now I can review FA, UW and try to read as much as I can from other books.
I didn't use gojan for ex, maybe I can read some chapters from Gojian and try to see if my performance increases a little...I'd feel more confortable to take my real exam. 4 weeks are enough? Thanks in advance

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you can add another qbank for your weaker areas. But Hey! you have set a base score of 240. You have consolidated this much. Dont worry keep doing questions and explainations and you will be fine. GL.
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you can add another qbank for your weaker areas. But Hey! you have set a base score of 240. You have consolidated this much. Dont worry keep doing questions and explainations and you will be fine. GL.
I agree!! Try and do 200 questions a day with review forthe next four weeks. Once you complete them, and if you want review all the wrong answers one last time .. and stop everything two nights before your exam. Rest sleep well then go demolish this exam!!!!!!
Make us all proud!!!
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I'm doing usmleRx now and scoring 80% in avarage, only 30% completed.
My exam is in November (first week hopefully), no full time study because of the residency in my country. Is 80% in usmleRX a bad score? I don't find it very much easier than kaplanQbank and UW...Sometimes I scored above 85% in usmleRX but mostly of the time around 80%. I am very scared. Advises please.
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NBME 15 is toughest of all....240 in it doesnt mean ur scores are not improving...
if i were u i would have given my exam...u will surely see some improvemnts in ur scores after rx ..good luck
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Hi guys, I'm very worried this time. I really like to get rid of this exam...I have only 9 days left. I worked all september and until 23 october (studying part time because of the residency in my country, while during august I was at home and I studied full time=)..So maybe at august I was at the peak of my performance..
I reviewed FA in this 2 months and finished 70% of usmleRx with a cumulative score of 83%. I read that usmleRX overpredicts the score in the real exam..I also did a usmleRx simulation scoring 256..is it so bad? I took my last nmbe in august 28th, since a lot of time has passed. I am really afraid that my performance has fallen down and I think that if I took another nbme I'd see that my performance really has decreased. What should I do...I'm really studying hard in these day to try the best. What should I do at this point? Should I take another nbme or just keep studying and take step1? Please help me!
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