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i thought biostats was somewhat tricky; it wasnt as clean cut as it is maybe in FA or U world (i have no idea if my answers were wrong or right). I dont really remember how the molecular bio was; there wasnt that much of it, but it was a bit tough as well, maybe more confusing than tough. Overall, when i got done out of the exam, i didnt really feel great about it, but i guess thats what everyone feels like. I dunno, i feel like there more questions on my weak subjects than my strong subjects.
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What were ur weak subjects?
Stats, behavioral. Weak in the sense that they are confusing on the exam... Psych questions kind of run together as well.. Many of the answer choices look good so it's hard to narrow it down.
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I'm glad to be done, but now i'm scared about results . Just hope it all went well!! Gotta get started on Step 2...been checking out the section here but i cant get a consensus on how to prepare for the exam...
Ughhh same here!! There are so many different resources there's no clear cut "golden rule" like for Step 1...
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still nothing here for the score...
3d week after starts on Wednesday... I think the score is coming to me like Santa Claus. at least I hope
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Hi,
Wanted to know if the intro in the actual exam was like the nbme? How do I save my 15 mins??
@cisterna: did u get any questions from the pelvis and scabies like the others did?
Have my exam in a week..... What do y'all recommend I do in this week.
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Wanted to know if the intro in the actual exam was like the nbme? How do I save my 15 mins??
@cisterna: did u get any questions from the pelvis and scabies like the others did?
Have my exam in a week..... What do y'all recommend I do in this week.

keep duin UW blocks, if u can do 2 blocks per day its gud, and keep readin FA, u save ur 15 minutes by skippin tutorial just after adjusting your headfones, do tutorial at home, it will be same in exam, but do adjust ur headfone and then skip, it will add all the time to ur breaktime, and u'll be f9 den goodluck
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keep duin UW blocks, if u can do 2 blocks per day its gud, and keep readin FA, u save ur 15 minutes by skippin tutorial just after adjusting your headfones, do tutorial at home, it will be same in exam, but do adjust ur headfone and then skip, it will add all the time to ur breaktime, and u'll be f9 den goodluck

Thanku Abeer. Where can I see the tutorial?
Also, where can I find ct MRI and X-rays last minute?
How long does it take to go over the ethics book by Conrad Fischer ? Can I do it in a few hours or should I keep one whole day for it?
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Exam tomorrow!! Pray for me guys!
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Thanku Abeer. Where can I see the tutorial?
Also, where can I find ct MRI and X-rays last minute?
How long does it take to go over the ethics book by Conrad Fischer ? Can I do it in a few hours or should I keep one whole day for it?

see tutorial on usmle.org, where u did ur sample free 150 questions..
hmm, for CT and MRI's , I once posted in some thread all the links for that, let me try finding that thread, i'll let ya know..
open the book and see how long will it take YOU, coz everyone is diff, i didnt have time for that so i did just the 102 questions in the end of the book, just do those ques if u think u are running outta time,
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Histology, Radiology and More
Some websites I find really useful. Find one that suits you the best.

Radiology:
1. http://www.learningradiology.com/misc/cowindex.htm
2. http://radiologymasterclass.co.uk/tu...top_second_img
3. http://radiologymasterclass.co.uk/ga...galleries.html
4. http://www.info-radiologie.ch/en/index-english.php
5. http://radiopaedia.org/
6. http://www.med.harvard.edu/aanlib/ca...1-tc1/021.html
7. http://www.med.wayne.edu/diagradiolo...nsagittal.html



Electron Micrography:
1. http://www.bu.edu/histology/m/t_electr.htm
2. http://www.uni-mainz.de/FB/Medizin/A...M/EMAtlas.html

Histology:
1. http://informatics.med.nyu.edu/modul...las/atlas.html
http://download.videohelp.com/vitual...omy_index2.htm
3. http://missinglink.ucsf.edu/lm/ids_1..._structure.htm

Micro:
1. http://www.microbiologyinpictures.com/
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Got my exam in 6 days :s, anyone else got it soon, hows everyone feeling, ive done nbme 7,13,15 , gotten 257,261,268 but i still dont feel safe... Need someone to tell me kind of how hard is the exam..
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I just took me exam about 20 hrs ago, and I'm in the same boat as CysteniChyli. This is how I would break down my exam. Im not gonna give specific questions, just the general topics that were tested on my exam. If I say anything too specific, please inform me and I will delete. Remember, we all get a different exam so mine may be different from yours:

A decent amount of behavioural/biostats/ethics - I had about 20 questions or so. Biostats was pretty straight forward calculating PPV, NPV, Sensitivity, Specificity and pretty much just using those formulas. Nothing too complicated. Behavioral wasnt too complicated. Very few mood disorder type of questions (about 2 or 3) and about 5-8 of those "what would you say next..." type of questions. I think I got all of those right except 1 which im not sure about, but my general rule of thumb is to select the answer that promotes the patient talking more and furthering the patients understanding of the current medical situation.

There was quite a bit of Immuno from what I could remember, but I didnt mind that because my immuno was pretty solid. I had like 5 questions on immunodeficiencies, and the rest were theoretical experiment type of questions

There where actually quite a lot of "IQ" questions. What I mean by IQ questions is that you have absolutely no idea wtf the question is talking about but you should be able to extrapolate from the given table/graph whats going on. I think I had 8-10 of these.

Micro wasnt that much to be honest, I expected more, but I had abouut 8 or so questions on micro, and for the most part they were pretty simple. There were a few pedantic questions regarding specifics of a viral make up or bacterial transmission, but nothing too hectic. I had 1 theoretical experiment question in micro that was retarded hard so i just guessed that one lol.

I had a decent amount of cardiology, Heart sounds, murmurs, EKG, action potential and all that stuff.

Physiology wise it really wasnt quite as much. I mean you had to know your physiology to answer a lot of path questions, but there were few direct physio questions. Just make sure you go over the actions of all your endogenous substances and how they modulate your homeostasis

Path was all over the place. A few times it would ask you to diagnose something, other times the findings, and other times the appropriate treatment. Oh and they love those type of questions where the choices are a bunch of arrows going up or down so know that stuff cold. And of course your neoplasms and anemias are important. Overall I dunno how I feel about path.

And please know your slides, because I can remember off the top of my head getting 4 questions or so that pretty much were nothing more than a slide of a pathological process and the questions asked to to answer what is happening, or whats the patients condition. No, you cant use the question stem to guide u because in these questions the stem was pretty much non existent, so know this stuff.

Pharm was straight forward and to the point. I had 2 "Drug X and Drug Y interaction on a graph type of questions, line weaver burk showed up and then the rest were just straight up what is the MOA or S/E of said drug. Or what is the drug of choice for condition X. FA is more than enough for Pharm.

Neuro - oh boy do they love neuro. I had quite few neuro questions so make sure you know all your lesions to different brain areas and what symptoms they would cause and vice versa. Learn all your cranial nerves, and nuclei, and all that jazz cause neuro is pretty heavy. Oh yeah, dont forget spinal cord lesions and visual defects. Pretty much, know it all cause its all fair game.

Psychiatry was in there a bit. Not too much, but know the major stuff.

I had about 3-5 genetics questions. 1 was a WTF type, the others were straight forward.

I had a few biochem questions and they were generally straight forward. Dunno if this is under pharm or biochem but I had a few questions on how receptors functions so try to know that stuff and know what binds to what receptor.

Anatomy.... this was pretty WTF to be honest. I had a lot more anatomy questions than I had imagined. I mean the whole shebang when it comes to anatomy. Ligaments, motor nerves, sensory nerves, embryological derivatives, spatial location and relation to other organs all that nit picky trash. They went hard with anatomy. Expect MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, and XRAYS, and make sure you know your blood supply and lymph drainage well

And yes, Im sorry to say, you will end up marking quite a few more questions than your teacher told you to. I was marking 10-15 per block, and maybe thats just cause I bombed the exam, but some of these choices were so close or the question was so messed up that I had to come back to it. You will suffer the pain of narrowing a choice down to 2 and being stuck.

To be perfectly honest, Im not sure how I feel about the exam. If someone where to honestly ask me "how do u think u did?" I would have no idea.I could just as easily fail as I could get a 250. How is that possible? Because of those damn "Stuck between 2 choices" type of questions. A lot of questions will come down to 2 very similar choices especially those up/down arrow questions. Anyways, I wish you all the best of luck. Im just gonna lay back, drink some wine and finally beat GTA5. I dont wanna think about the exam anymore until I get the score and hopefully I passed.

PS - Hope you did amazing CysterniChyli. Im sure you rocked it!
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thanks for the very detailed reply my friend, just one question about the murmurs, do they give some hints in the stem to help you? and are the murmurs good quality like kaplans , or crappy quality like Uworlds( maybe because i didnt use a headset and listened to them on the ipad)
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thanks for the very detailed reply my friend, just one question about the murmurs, do they give some hints in the stem to help you? and are the murmurs good quality like kaplans , or crappy quality like Uworlds( maybe because i didnt use a headset and listened to them on the ipad)
The murmurs are easy. First of all, most of the time, the stem gives you good clues. Even if the stem doesnt, the sound quality of the murmurs is great. Even better yet, the murmur is only audible if you place the stethoscope in the right area. So while in a real heart you may hear the murmur from multiple locations albeith fainter, on the exam, if its a mitral murmur, u will only hear it on 4 mid clavicular intercoastal space, at least thats how it was for my questions. But trust me, you wont have a hard time with the murmurs. And they always tell you whether the murmur is diastolic or systolic.
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I just took me exam about 20 hrs ago, and I'm in the same boat as CysteniChyli. This is how I would break down my exam. Im not gonna give specific questions, just the general topics that were tested on my exam. If I say anything too specific, please inform me and I will delete. Remember, we all get a different exam so mine may be different from yours:

A decent amount of behavioural/biostats/ethics - I had about 20 questions or so. Biostats was pretty straight forward calculating PPV, NPV, Sensitivity, Specificity and pretty much just using those formulas. Nothing too complicated. Behavioral wasnt too complicated. Very few mood disorder type of questions (about 2 or 3) and about 5-8 of those "what would you say next..." type of questions. I think I got all of those right except 1 which im not sure about, but my general rule of thumb is to select the answer that promotes the patient talking more and furthering the patients understanding of the current medical situation.

There was quite a bit of Immuno from what I could remember, but I didnt mind that because my immuno was pretty solid. I had like 5 questions on immunodeficiencies, and the rest were theoretical experiment type of questions

There where actually quite a lot of "IQ" questions. What I mean by IQ questions is that you have absolutely no idea wtf the question is talking about but you should be able to extrapolate from the given table/graph whats going on. I think I had 8-10 of these.

Micro wasnt that much to be honest, I expected more, but I had abouut 8 or so questions on micro, and for the most part they were pretty simple. There were a few pedantic questions regarding specifics of a viral make up or bacterial transmission, but nothing too hectic. I had 1 theoretical experiment question in micro that was retarded hard so i just guessed that one lol.

I had a decent amount of cardiology, Heart sounds, murmurs, EKG, action potential and all that stuff.

Physiology wise it really wasnt quite as much. I mean you had to know your physiology to answer a lot of path questions, but there were few direct physio questions. Just make sure you go over the actions of all your endogenous substances and how they modulate your homeostasis

Path was all over the place. A few times it would ask you to diagnose something, other times the findings, and other times the appropriate treatment. Oh and they love those type of questions where the choices are a bunch of arrows going up or down so know that stuff cold. And of course your neoplasms and anemias are important. Overall I dunno how I feel about path.

And please know your slides, because I can remember off the top of my head getting 4 questions or so that pretty much were nothing more than a slide of a pathological process and the questions asked to to answer what is happening, or whats the patients condition. No, you cant use the question stem to guide u because in these questions the stem was pretty much non existent, so know this stuff.

Pharm was straight forward and to the point. I had 2 "Drug X and Drug Y interaction on a graph type of questions, line weaver burk showed up and then the rest were just straight up what is the MOA or S/E of said drug. Or what is the drug of choice for condition X. FA is more than enough for Pharm.

Neuro - oh boy do they love neuro. I had quite few neuro questions so make sure you know all your lesions to different brain areas and what symptoms they would cause and vice versa. Learn all your cranial nerves, and nuclei, and all that jazz cause neuro is pretty heavy. Oh yeah, dont forget spinal cord lesions and visual defects. Pretty much, know it all cause its all fair game.

Psychiatry was in there a bit. Not too much, but know the major stuff.

I had about 3-5 genetics questions. 1 was a WTF type, the others were straight forward.

I had a few biochem questions and they were generally straight forward. Dunno if this is under pharm or biochem but I had a few questions on how receptors functions so try to know that stuff and know what binds to what receptor.

Anatomy.... this was pretty WTF to be honest. I had a lot more anatomy questions than I had imagined. I mean the whole shebang when it comes to anatomy. Ligaments, motor nerves, sensory nerves, embryological derivatives, spatial location and relation to other organs all that nit picky trash. They went hard with anatomy. Expect MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, and XRAYS, and make sure you know your blood supply and lymph drainage well

And yes, Im sorry to say, you will end up marking quite a few more questions than your teacher told you to. I was marking 10-15 per block, and maybe thats just cause I bombed the exam, but some of these choices were so close or the question was so messed up that I had to come back to it. You will suffer the pain of narrowing a choice down to 2 and being stuck.

To be perfectly honest, Im not sure how I feel about the exam. If someone where to honestly ask me "how do u think u did?" I would have no idea.I could just as easily fail as I could get a 250. How is that possible? Because of those damn "Stuck between 2 choices" type of questions. A lot of questions will come down to 2 very similar choices especially those up/down arrow questions. Anyways, I wish you all the best of luck. Im just gonna lay back, drink some wine and finally beat GTA5. I dont wanna think about the exam anymore until I get the score and hopefully I passed.

PS - Hope you did amazing CysterniChyli. Im sure you rocked it!
Wow this sounds almost like my exam.. Seriously I think it's like a December thing or something. Yeah I hope I do well cause I can count at least 10 that I got wrong and they were stupid mistakes too. Also the murmers on my exam, weren't of good quality and on one of them, the question stem was of little or no help. I jumbled up one neuro question that I'm kicking myself about right now .
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Wow this sounds almost like my exam.. Seriously I think it's like a December thing or something. Yeah I hope I do well cause I can count at least 10 that I got wrong and they were stupid mistakes too. Also the murmers on my exam, weren't of good quality and on one of them, the question stem was of little or no help. I jumbled up one neuro question that I'm kicking myself about right now .
I probably made a lot of stupid mistakes, but I have decided to not look anything up and just ignore the exam until my results come out. No point stressing over something I cant change. Im just gonna try and enjoy the freedom I have right now. And don't worry Cisterna, I'm sure it will all come out fine. You'll do well. Just try and relax and enjoy the fact you've taken your exam and dont look at your first aid anymore! You'll drive yourself crazy lol.


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Wow this sounds almost like my exam.. Seriously I think it's like a December thing or something. Yeah I hope I do well cause I can count at least 10 that I got wrong and they were stupid mistakes too. Also the murmers on my exam, weren't of good quality and on one of them, the question stem was of little or no help. I jumbled up one neuro question that I'm kicking myself about right now .
u are right on that, ques stem is no help in murmurs for me too donno what will happen ..
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I probably made a lot of stupid mistakes, but I have decided to not look anything up and just ignore the exam until my results come out. No point stressing over something I cant change. Im just gonna try and enjoy the freedom I have right now. And don't worry Cisterna, I'm sure it will all come out fine. You'll do well. Just try and relax and enjoy the fact you've taken your exam and dont look at your first aid anymore! You'll drive yourself crazy lol.


Bonus points: Anyone know which self defense mechanism im using here? Is it considered mature or immature?
Lol oh yeah I've been looking up stuff lately but I've decided to stop cause now I'm even forgetting most of the questions.. So what's the point in even looking them up. Yeah I'm going to Las Vegas this weekend to relax and I've been playing my new Xbox One to take my mind off of things. Like I said, the nbmes really don't prepare you for the whole thing.. Its like a full on assault from all directions! I wasn't anxious so much as trying to prepare myself as to what's coming next..
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u are right on that, ques stem is no help in murmurs for me too donno what will happen ..
One was obvious, the other not so much. I know I got one right, the other one probably because I don't think it could have been anything else
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Hey guys,

I also took the exam last Friday and can basically agree with everything that Seraphim wrote. A truck load of 50:50 situations, a surprising distribution of questions to the Topics. E.g. very little microbiology, a couple of Topics were completely left out whereas one or two Topics were tested 3 times.
A favorite was also the kind of question, where you read the question stem, you go "Yes!! I know that one." Then you read the answer possibilities, none of them mentions the fact you know and you "WTF?".
What I also noticed was that questions seemed a lot longer and time a lot shorter. In the preparation blocks and NBME I always had time to go through the questions one more time and double-check, in the exam itself I had the Feeling I read the questions twice the Speed, decided super quickly and still no time left at the end of the block, only for a couple of marked ones and that was it.
So I think the experience is basically the same for everybody, I am in the "I have no damn clue what I am gonna get" state as well although the preparation phase went pretty well, so ist probably the same for everyone no matter how well prepared you are.

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One was obvious, the other not so much. I know I got one right, the other one probably because I don't think it could have been anything else
To be honest, 1 was flat obvious and my other one was a bit suspect. I just extrapolated from the poorly written and vague question stem and guessed lol
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Thanks for sharing SeraphimMD. You should definitely rock the exam, best of luck for the results!
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Hey guys,

I also took the exam last Friday and can basically agree with everything that Seraphim wrote. A truck load of 50:50 situations, a surprising distribution of questions to the Topics. E.g. very little microbiology, a couple of Topics were completely left out whereas one or two Topics were tested 3 times.
A favorite was also the kind of question, where you read the question stem, you go "Yes!! I know that one." Then you read the answer possibilities, none of them mentions the fact you know and you "WTF?".
What I also noticed was that questions seemed a lot longer and time a lot shorter. In the preparation blocks and NBME I always had time to go through the questions one more time and double-check, in the exam itself I had the Feeling I read the questions twice the Speed, decided super quickly and still no time left at the end of the block, only for a couple of marked ones and that was it.
So I think the experience is basically the same for everybody, I am in the "I have no damn clue what I am gonna get" state as well although the preparation phase went pretty well, so ist probably the same for everyone no matter how well prepared you are.
Man, its so scary. Im glad im done but not knowing how i did is freaking me out. Its just so messed up cause I dont even have the slightest clue how well or bad i did. Oh well, Im gonna ignore my score for now and concentrate on helping people here who have any questions lol. I hope we did well
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Man, its so scary. Im glad im done but not knowing how i did is freaking me out. Its just so messed up cause I dont even have the slightest clue how well or bad i did. Oh well, Im gonna ignore my score for now and concentrate on helping people here who have any questions lol. I hope we did well
yeah thats the same way i feel. We are all in the same boat, honestly . Its scary because you want to know how you did and what you have to do next...i hate how this exam is so determining to your career.
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To be honest, 1 was flat obvious and my other one was a bit suspect. I just extrapolated from the poorly written and vague question stem and guessed lol
yeah that first murmer i had, very poor written and vague question stem. I remember everyone on here saying oh the murmers arent a big deal, they will tell you if its systolic or diastolic, but nope, not on the ones i got lol.
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yeah thats the same way i feel. We are all in the same boat, honestly . Its scary because you want to know how you did and what you have to do next...i hate how this exam is so determining to your career.

yup, that career determining thing is the most scary one,... so many questions in exam, hard to judge how many got right ,.. no one knows how they score.... im so freakingly scared these days... its almost the same feeling as if im gonna have my exam and im wondering what will i have.. :scar ed::scared :: scared:
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yup, that career determining thing is the most scary one,... so many questions in exam, hard to judge how many got right ,.. no one knows how they score.... im so freakingly scared these days... its almost the same feeling as if im gonna have my exam and im wondering what will i have.. :scar ed::scared :: scared:
it is scary man, but if we all feel the same way, especially us December test takers, then i think we will make out just fine. Just keep faith in God man, thats all i can say.
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it is scary man, but if we all feel the same way, especially us December test takers, then i think we will make out just fine. Just keep faith in God man, thats all i can say.
Like I have no idea what happened man. These USMLE people must really hate Christmas or something, cause that exam was borderline lol. I wish I was one of those people that came out of the exam feeling great. Heck, even if I came out feeling like I failed, it would be better cause I would prepare myself for the inevitable score. But right now I'm just floating in uncertainty limbo.

On another note, since I took my exam on a tuesday does the next day (Wednesday) count as my 1st wednesday? And do we have to add extra weeks due to Christmas or do they work through Christmas?
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Like I have no idea what happened man. These USMLE people must really hate Christmas or something, cause that exam was borderline lol. I wish I was one of those people that came out of the exam feeling great. Heck, even if I came out feeling like I failed, it would be better cause I would prepare myself for the inevitable score. But right now I'm just floating in uncertainty limbo.

On another note, since I took my exam on a tuesday does the next day (Wednesday) count as my 1st wednesday? And do we have to add extra weeks due to Christmas or do they work through Christmas?
I came out of the exam feeling the same way you did.. In fact I bet everyone who took the exam during this month felt the same way... I think next Wed would be the first Wednesday.. Just like today was my first Wednesday. I think someone posted earlier that scores are released through the holidays but to be frank I'm not really sure. If scores do come out next Wed, that means they do work through Christmas. If they dont, then that means we just have to wait longer .

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I came out of the exam feeling the same way you did.. In fact I bet everyone who took the exam during this month felt the same way... I think next Wed would be the first Wednesday.. Just like today was my first Wednesday. I think someone posted earlier that scores are released through the holidays but to be frank I'm not really sure. If scores do come out next Wed, that means they do work through Christmas. If they dont, then that means we just have to wait longer .
Man im really trying to put my mind off of it, but i keep thinking about what if i get my score and its bad/fail....Im just gonna keep praying
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Yeah, its difficult to get it off the mind. You put your heart, energy and sweat in this for months and just want to know if it paid off.
Best thing to do would be to go on vacation directly after the exam for three weeks to some tropical island.
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Yeah, its difficult to get it off the mind. You put your heart, energy and sweat in this for months and just want to know if it paid off.
Best thing to do would be to go on vacation directly after the exam for three weeks to some tropical island.
Exactly!!! i want to know if it paid off, even with the stupid mistakes we all make on the exam
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Man oh man....im so scared....Every time I finally calm down and start enjoying myself I think about the exam and the possibility that I messed up get instant prinzmetal angina
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You guys will be fine..., i got mine in 3 days , reviewing biochem, micro and biostats before exam... From kaplan some details i forget... I always forget some of the regulators of the ratelimiting enzymes and some cofactors ..
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You guys will be fine..., i got mine in 3 days , reviewing biochem, micro and biostats before exam... From kaplan some details i forget... I always forget some of the regulators of the ratelimiting enzymes and some cofactors ..
At this stage its not time well spent to go over Kaplan and other large review books. What you should be doing for your last week is nothing more than first aid. 99% of what is tested (excluding the random anatomy) is in first aid, just in a super condensed form. So go over first aid and as you read through the highly condensed notes, in your mind you should automatically be able envision the large picture that books like Kaplan give you. If you can't that means you don't know the topic very well, and at this point, its too late to learn it so just try to memorize as much as you can on the FA page and hope some of it sticks and you don't get any questions on it unless of course it's path.

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Thanks for the reply, ive already gone through 1st aid 4 times and it had Uworld notes and pathoma and i can ssy o already probably memorized like 80 to 90 percent of it, i just dont like how the biochem chapter is in 1st aid prefer kaplans diagrams, and ive read the kaplan biochem book 5 times, i just forget in a months time the rate limiting enzymes regulators and full pathway, i know like the pathologies and what enzyme is affected and what accumulates or decreases but im paranoid and want to have the pathways fresh
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I took my exam this Thursday and my experience is very similar to what @SeraphimMD had mentioned.

I felt that more than half the questions were longer than NBME or UWORLD. This was a big shocker to me. I had one question which I had to read by moving the right scroll bar atleast 3 times down entirely!

I felt I had very limited time for most of the blocks.

I got 247 on NBME 15 2 days before the exam. But after I wrote the exam, I felt I underperformed so much; I didn't feel "good" about the exam as a whole. NBME self assessments were 10 times easier than the real deal.

Thank God! I came across this thread. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about the exam. Seems everyone found it tough.

But still, I'm anxious whether I'd get a good score!!!

Let's hope it comes through well.
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I took my exam this Thursday and my experience is very similar to what @SeraphimMD had mentioned.

I felt that more than half the questions were longer than NBME or UWORLD. This was a big shocker to me. I had one question which I had to read by moving the right scroll bar atleast 3 times down entirely!

I felt I had very limited time for most of the blocks.

I got 247 on NBME 15 2 days before the exam. But after I wrote the exam, I felt I underperformed so much; I didn't feel "good" about the exam as a whole. NBME self assessments were 10 times easier than the real deal.

Thank God! I came across this thread. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about the exam. Seems everyone found it tough.

But still, I'm anxious whether I'd get a good score!!!

Let's hope it comes through well.
Yo man!

I'm sort of in your boat too. I took NBME 15 3 days before and got a 242 predicted score, but I keep freaking out and remembering questions that I think I missed!
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Hey siddhuv,

don't worry, we are all in the same boat here. Everybody has the same experience and as far as I can see, the big majority of people gets what NBME predicted +/-, regardless of how they felt after the exam.
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I took my exam this Thursday and my experience is very similar to what @SeraphimMD had mentioned.

I felt that more than half the questions were longer than NBME or UWORLD. This was a big shocker to me. I had one question which I had to read by moving the right scroll bar atleast 3 times down entirely!

I felt I had very limited time for most of the blocks.

I got 247 on NBME 15 2 days before the exam. But after I wrote the exam, I felt I underperformed so much; I didn't feel "good" about the exam as a whole. NBME self assessments were 10 times easier than the real deal.

Thank God! I came across this thread. I thought I was the only one who felt this way about the exam. Seems everyone found it tough.

But still, I'm anxious whether I'd get a good score!!!

Let's hope it comes through well.
Yeah man, I think its a december thing lol. So many questions left me stuck between 2 choices. Lets hope Im a good guesser lol.
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Yeah man, I think its a december thing lol. So many questions left me stuck between 2 choices. Lets hope Im a good guesser lol.
Oh yeah this HAS to be a December thing lol... Anyways I'm in Las Vegas, so I'm not thinking about Step1 till I get back lol.
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i find the GENETICS problems really confusing.
the ones with the probability and recurrence risk calculations... i have studied it from Kaplan almost two to three times but no matter what i do, i always get these qs wrong on the UWORLD.
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is there any way i can improve it? are the genetics qs on the real exam as togh and confusing as the UW?
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Got my exam tomorrow, thanks to everyone for the support for some reason i feel i will do bad, but we will see, good luck to anyone else taking it..
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Got my exam tomorrow, thanks to everyone for the support for some reason i feel i will do bad, but we will see, good luck to anyone else taking it..
Good luck man I'm sure it will be fine...
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Got my exam tomorrow, thanks to everyone for the support for some reason i feel i will do bad, but we will see, good luck to anyone else taking it..
Rock the exam, man! You've been studying hard, no reason you should own that exam! Good luck!
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Whao feel so relieved to be done with d beast, got lot of WTF genetics,behav,biostat and anatomy... but tot overall exam was fair and doable... i keep thinking of some silly mistakes i made after d exam,,really cant wait to get the results
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Whao feel so relieved to be done with d beast, got lot of WTF genetics,behav,biostat and anatomy... but tot overall exam was fair and doable... i keep thinking of some silly mistakes i made after d exam,,really cant wait to get the results
Sounds good, congrats for surviving this thing and welcome to the "anxious waiting society". You won't really enjoy your stay with us but feel free to go nuts, lose it, tear your hair or scream uncontrollably anytime. There is sparkling water with little lemon slices to your left and a wall to bang you head against to your right. As to everyone we wish you to pass the next 3-4 weeks as fast and with as little mental remote damage as possible.
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Sounds good, congrats for surviving this thing and welcome to the "anxious waiting society". You won't really enjoy your stay with us but feel free to go nuts, lose it, tear your hair or scream uncontrollably anytime. There is sparkling water with little lemon slices to your left and a wall to bang you head against to your right. As to everyone we wish you to pass the next 3-4 weeks as fast and with as little mental remote damage as possible.
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I took it on Dec 13th and calculating the regular 3rd Wednesday thing, it would fall on Jan 01. So either then or (ecfmg states: No results in the week after Christmas) Jan 08 which is probably most likely.
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Just took the exam, and all i can say it was interesting, could have been worse, but there were probably around 5 wtf questions per block, and like each block i was sure about 35 at least, the others were 50/50 and some questions i had no idea since i had never seen them in any of the sources( kaplan, first aid,goljan, pathoma, some hy series) i used
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Just took the exam, and all i can say it was interesting, could have been worse, but there were probably around 5 wtf questions per block, and like each block i was sure about 35 at least, the others were 50/50 and some questions i had no idea since i had never seen them in any of the sources( kaplan, first aid,goljan, pathoma, some hy series) i used
The December exam strikes again.. We are all in the same boat
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That december curse lol. that 50/50 crap is a killer cause it can go either way. Lets just pray that when it comes to 50/50, we are all good guessers
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That december curse lol. that 50/50 crap is a killer cause it can go either way. Lets just pray that when it comes to 50/50, we are all good guessers
Haha yeah man I hope so!!
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I need to find a way to take my mind off of these exams. I feel like I'm gonna go crazy over this lol. I keep alternating between dreams where I get a high score and dreams where I fail and am completely destroyed and have to study again. Video games aren't even helping anymore.
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I need to find a way to take my mind off of these exams. I feel like I'm gonna go crazy over this lol. I keep alternating between dreams where I get a high score and dreams where I fail and am completely destroyed and have to study again. Video games aren't even helping anymore.
Same here, man. Dreams of questions I got wrong or great/bad scores. It's just an exam but everyone of us invested so much energy the wait is really difficult.
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Same here, man. Dreams of questions I got wrong or great/bad scores. It's just an exam but everyone of us invested so much energy the wait is really difficult.
Yeah... Man.... Oh well I think Imma play some skyrim. Hopefully I can get absorbed in that and forget this exam for a bit lol
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Yeah... Man.... Oh well I think Imma play some skyrim. Hopefully I can get absorbed in that and forget this exam for a bit lol
That's why I went to Las Vegas for the weekend.... Man it was so good to disappear from the real world, yet my fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant told me my result would be good so I was happy
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That's why I went to Las Vegas for the weekend.... Man it was so good to disappear from the real world, yet my fortune cookie at the Chinese restaurant told me my result would be good so I was happy
I keep thinking about the day before i receive my score...I dont think ill be able to open it. I'll probably have to get my sister to open it for me lol. Btw how was your luck in Vegas? If you had good luck in Vegas then it bodes well for u!
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I keep thinking about the day before i receive my score...I dont think ill be able to open it. I'll probably have to get my sister to open it for me lol. Btw how was your luck in Vegas? If you had good luck in Vegas then it bodes well for u!
I didn't gamble lol, this was a strictly partying trip.
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Yup so Im not feeling too good about my upcoming exam score anymore\. My laptop died on Christmas day...with bad luck like that, im not looking forward to my exam score
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oh dude dont worry, i think we will be fine, i hope we will be fine . If everyone that has taken the exam in December is reporting similar expierences, then overall the exam was tougher and the curve will be easier.
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oh dude dont worry, i think we will be fine, i hope we will be fine . If everyone that has taken the exam in December is reporting similar expierences, then overall the exam was tougher and the curve will be easier.
I agree. The boat will be rocked.
Any more specific hints when we will know?
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Any more specific hints when we will know?
well my second wed has already come and gone (which was Christmas, yesterday). So unless NBME releases stuff on New Years Eve, then i guess i still have to wait. If Jan 1st wasnt a holiday i would get my score that day.
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well my second wed has already come and gone (which was Christmas, yesterday). So unless NBME releases stuff on New Years Eve, then i guess i still have to wait. If Jan 1st wasnt a holiday i would get my score that day.
This weeks people got it on 24th because of 25th being a holiday. The "FAQ" say that NBME does not release scores "the week after Christmas" which would be next week then?
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This weeks people got it on 24th because of 25th being a holiday. The "FAQ" say that NBME does not release scores "the week after Christmas" which would be next week then?
yeah that would be next week. So i guess that means no scores next week...gonna be the week after i guess .
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yeah that would be next week. So i guess that means no scores next week...gonna be the week after i guess .
Since they gave the christmas people the results earlier and on a non-Wednesday, hope is not quite dead for tomorrow, haha. But sure, it has already gone into Vfib.
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Since they gave the christmas people the results earlier and on a non-Wednesday, hope is not quite dead for tomorrow, haha. But sure, it has already gone into Vfib.
lol i dont think anything would come tomorrow. Its always a Wednesday from what i know, but this time it was a Tuesday cause Wed was a holiday. Anyways if NBME has specifically said they dont release anything the week after Christmas, then they wont.
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lol i dont think anything would come tomorrow. Its always a Wednesday from what i know, but this time it was a Tuesday cause Wed was a holiday. Anyways if NBME has specifically said they dont release anything the week after Christmas, then they wont.
I know you are right. But I am not ready to accept it
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I know you are right. But I am not ready to accept it
hey im worried too, i just want a good score. I dont care if its not 250s or whatever like my NBMEs...anything 230 plus is fine with me, considering how difficult/confusing the exam was sometimes.
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I just read replies to this thread and sounds that December's the worst with 50/50 questions?
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I just read replies to this thread and sounds that December's the worst with 50/50 questions?
Yeah join the club lol... The December exam was that way yeah.
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I just read replies to this thread and sounds that December's the worst with 50/50 questions?
Yes. It will go into history as the "50-50-December". Generations will still talk about it and the test takers will be celebrated as heroic warriors. Everything else would logically not make sense.

@Cysterna: Whatever the magic NBME 15 told you will hopefully and probably be your score. I am just firmly convinced that all the questions I found to be weird were experimental questions and all the good ones not. 300 Here we come, haha.
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Yes. It will go into history as the "50-50-December". Generations will still talk about it and the test takers will be celebrated as heroic warriors. Everything else would logically not make sense.

@Cysterna: Whatever the magic NBME 15 told you will hopefully and probably be your score. I am just firmly convinced that all the questions I found to be weird were experimental questions and all the good ones not. 300 Here we come, haha.
Yeah I hope NBME15 is right lol.. And really you don't know which ones are experimental.
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Of course I don't know, I'm just kidding. Interestingly on Kaplan QBank after a while I did have a good sense for which questions where a "New Question: Data insufficient" and which one not, you, too? I thought the new Kaplan questions to be a little weirder and harder than the other ones.
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Anyone know if any scores are coming out around 01/01/14? or do we have to wait til Jan 8?
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Anyone know if any scores are coming out around 01/01/14? or do we have to wait til Jan 8?
Hey, I thought about posting here as well ^^ I do not know for sure but its probably one week more. The FAQ say "week after Christmas", so apparently nobody works in the Christmas week (understandably) so they do not have the scores ready the week after.
But waiting isn't fun anymore lol, I - need - the - score. How are you guys doing?
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Hey, I thought about posting here as well ^^ I do not know for sure but its probably one week more. The FAQ say "week after Christmas", so apparently nobody works in the Christmas week (understandably) so they do not have the scores ready the week after.
But waiting isn't fun anymore lol, I - need - the - score. How are you guys doing?
yeah i'm getting a bit antsy too...i want to know how i did...i really hope i get a good score!
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yeah i'm getting a bit antsy too...i want to know how i did...i really hope i get a good score!
I wanna know if its a good score and Id rather not know if its a crap score :P
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I'm sure they want to break us so we become wax in their hands they can form as they wish. We are in the medical marines training.
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I'm sure they want to break us so we become wax in their hands they can form as they wish. We are in the medical marines training.
Lol, I think im already broken. Im so terrified of what my score will show. If I do well, I will be elated, but if I mess up...... As long as you dont know your score, you still have hope, but once its out, it's final. I really hope I get a good score, then I can start stressing over other stuff lol.
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Lol, I think im already broken. Im so terrified of what my score will show. If I do well, I will be elated, but if I mess up...... As long as you dont know your score, you still have hope, but once its out, it's final. I really hope I get a good score, then I can start stressing over other stuff lol.
I'm sure everyone of us will do well. A couple of days ago I spoke to a friend who took it half a year ago and asked him specifically about how his in-exam experience was. He said exactly the same thing like we did - Was tired because he hadn't slept well the night before, had a hard time to concentrate during the last blocks and was just thinking about "In two hours I am going to be partying" during the last two blocks. Furthermore he did not have a clue how it went after he got out and in the end he got a 261.
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Hello ppl, my exam is inshallah after 2-3 weeks. Havent decided on a date yet :P Till now I have done kaplan 2 reads and goljan 2 reads, 1 read FA and then did kaplan qbank and scored between 68-72%. Next i gave NBME 13 which was 530(228). I then did FA again and started with uworld and ended up with cummulative of 74%. Next i did FA again and did uworld second time and ended up with 90%. I then did free 150 and scored 86%.

What do u ppl think i will end up with? Also any suggestions what i should be doing in these last 15 days?
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Hello ppl, my exam is inshallah after 2-3 weeks. Havent decided on a date yet :P Till now I have done kaplan 2 reads and goljan 2 reads, 1 read FA and then did kaplan qbank and scored between 68-72%. Next i gave NBME 13 which was 530(228). I then did FA again and started with uworld and ended up with cummulative of 74%. Next i did FA again and did uworld second time and ended up with 90%. I then did free 150 and scored 86%.

What do u ppl think i will end up with? Also any suggestions what i should be doing in these last 15 days?

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Lol, I think im already broken. Im so terrified of what my score will show. If I do well, I will be elated, but if I mess up...... As long as you dont know your score, you still have hope, but once its out, it's final. I really hope I get a good score, then I can start stressing over other stuff lol.
Same here man, and this week there is no score cause NBME doesn't work this week..
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I'm sure everyone of us will do well. A couple of days ago I spoke to a friend who took it half a year ago and asked him specifically about how his in-exam experience was. He said exactly the same thing like we did - Was tired because he hadn't slept well the night before, had a hard time to concentrate during the last blocks and was just thinking about "In two hours I am going to be partying" during the last two blocks. Furthermore he did not have a clue how it went after he got out and in the end he got a 261.
Lol that's awesome !
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Marajani, apparently NBME 15 is the one that has the best prediction for your real score.
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I'm sure everyone of us will do well. A couple of days ago I spoke to a friend who took it half a year ago and asked him specifically about how his in-exam experience was. He said exactly the same thing like we did - Was tired because he hadn't slept well the night before, had a hard time to concentrate during the last blocks and was just thinking about "In two hours I am going to be partying" during the last two blocks. Furthermore he did not have a clue how it went after he got out and in the end he got a 261.
One can only hope to have such luck lol
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One can only hope to have such luck lol
I know right, lol. Still, awesome story.. Gives us all hope.
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i took my exam on 11th dec.

nbme 12... 242 (2 mnths out)
nbme 13...242 (3 weeks out)
nbme 15...247 (3 weeks out)
UW online random timed first go....78%


Exam was tough indeed.... 60 percent questions i think were easy. 20 percent were difficult and rest 20 percent (3 to 4 per block were WTF). overall felt bad after taking the exam. couldnt find time to review marked questions in almost any block. just hope tht they release score tday because cant wait for one more week.....i hope it works out for all for us...december 50/50 surely haunted me as well....
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when i open my permit it gives error of something like i have already sat in exam....does tht qualify for disappearnace of permit tht happens the week we are expected to get results or its just nthng?
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Arslan, welcome to the 50:50-club. I don't think the error counts as disappearance because with my scheduling permit it already was like that a couple of days after the exam.
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but they ll surely give results in a couple of days as i was checking the blogs of december and january 2012 and results were announced regularly in tht. so keeping my fingures crosses...took exam on 11th dec....but its gonna be surely a big surprise as cudnt find out how my exam actually went....
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just took my exam yesterday
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but the exam was much tougher and some Q i never saw before but not too much about 10 or 15 % of the exam i didn't feel good about the exam but i have no thing to do except waiting for the result
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just took my exam yesterday
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but the exam was much tougher and some Q i never saw before but not too much about 10 or 15 % of the exam i didn't feel good about the exam but i have no thing to do except waiting for the result
Same thing with us here. I had NBME 15 268 and had the same feeling after the exam. No time to review very much at the end of the block, no memory if I misread something or confused something...its all black hahaha.
But that's what I posted the story of my friend for - everybody is in the same boat and very good results are not impossible with a feeling like that.
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Same thing with us here. I had NBME 15 268 and had the same feeling after the exam. No time to review very much at the end of the block, no memory if I misread something or confused something...its all black hahaha.
But that's what I posted the story of my friend for - everybody is in the same boat and very good results are not impossible with a feeling like that.
haha yes i hope we will be all like your friend
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but they ll surely give results in a couple of days as i was checking the blogs of december and january 2012 and results were announced regularly in tht. so keeping my fingures crosses...took exam on 11th dec....but its gonna be surely a big surprise as cudnt find out how my exam actually went....
read what it says on usmle.org. They specifically say its not released the week after christmas. I wouldnt get my hopes up for tommorow...
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Arslan, welcome to the 50:50-club. I don't think the error counts as disappearance because with my scheduling permit it already was like that a couple of days after the exam.
yeah same here. The link to my permit is still there, i just checked. It just says permit is not available when i click on the link; which is obvious because i already took the exam.
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damn, so I guess everyone is having the same December experience lol
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Ding ding ding. No scores today as expected. No problem, just a few more days...aaaaaaaaaaaargh.
To kill some time, I am going to watch "The Shining" now. Somehow I started feel strong sympathies for Jack Nicholson's character.
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same here....results didnt show up. just tht i m gonna watch pulp fiction instead of shining
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