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Old 11-28-2010
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Help Need Guidance - 18 days to exam

Hi all,
I have been preparing for the step 1 for about 6 months, attending kaplan live lectures and all. Here are my stats:

Goal - 99 or as high as humanely possible without losing my sanity.

Kaplan Qbank - 50% done avg around 70%
Uworld - 60% done avg around 70%, still have around 1000 questions will finish 2 blocks a day up till my exam on dec 16th.

UWSA 1 - 244 - 6 weeks ago
UWSA 2 - 263 - 2 weeks back(this was a fluke, i think i hit everything i read and all my stars were lined up)

NBME 5 - 244 - 1 week ago
NBME 7 - planning to take in about 6 days.
Will have 10 days uptil exam after that,

I have read parts of First Aid 2010, I rely mostly on Kaplan notes, i have read them several times cover to cover, i still have weak areas in all the books, dont know all by hard for sure!!!

ETA - 18 days until exam

Condition - Real nervous because i feel like i lucked out on the Assessments and not really sure where i stand, yes i think i have confidence issues.

What do you guys advice? Read only first aid, go over the notes focusing on my weak spots? Just stop studying and do Uworld only???
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wow not one reply but 100+ views
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Such nervousness only proves that we are human and beleive me its pretty normal considering the fact that evry thing is at stake!
But you should never underestimate your self! Be optimistic about your scores. Try to take the positives out of evrything. The scores you have mentioned are great scores and you cant get them by fluke evrytime!!
You are the best judge of yourself, if u feel you still have week spots go over them ,no compromise on your concept and keep doin uworld as well, then take a final test as if this was your real USMLE exam. Im sure ul do well!!
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thank you, your words mean a lot.

I will post final (hopefully) nbme score soon.
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hey i have almost similar scores as yours and was xtremely tensed..tuk my xam 2 weeks back though..dint get score yet..will let u know my score and im sure thatl encourage u more..just be calm..but if u feel ur not prepared change the dates by a week or so..u always hav the chance to do tat...i did postpone mine by almost 2 weeks...be calm and go ahead..if u can get them right by luck once then u can probably get them right by luck again..luck doesn play a major role though and im sure ur well prepared to right xams seeing ur scores...
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thanks mithu, pls keep us posted on your score.
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alright guys quick update, did nbme 6 yesterday - got 240 / 580


??? ia m thinkin of going over my kaplan notes once and hitting the exam
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ya u seem pretty good..i haven taken nbme 6..so don know about the scores..do post ur scores when u take nbme 7..
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weel done! Now thats called consistency! Im sure ul ace the exam!
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thanks a lot. It helped my confidence quite a bit.
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Yeah that's great that your scores are consistent, that's the best predictor and it looks like you'll do great!
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thanks for your support everyone, much appreciated and necessary. quick update, i have decided to postpone the exam by 2 weeks (this was done prior to nbme 6), and i will be doing nbme form 7 in about 10 days, so i will update on that.
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Hi blue devil looks like your in awesome shape for the exam stop second guessing yourself and getting nervous its counter productive i know its easier said than done... my recommendation is you probably should try and work on the question that you got wrong on u world
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alright, i will do that. actually thats all i am doing right now, just going over the uworld questions that i had marked.
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2 More weeks - you can do it!
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best of luck..hope your prep is going on fine..just go thru FA and kaplan imp things..well i think the shift to 322 questions/46q per block has made it harder to get 99...either way ur scores seem pretty nice..so be kewl..and go ahead with it...did u do ur nbme 7?
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nah man, i postponed by about 2 weeks, just having another run through kaplan notes, i am a nervous freak, i feel i dont remember anything/dont know much of these books.
i am not using FA because i have never paid much attention to it. just kaplan noets and uworld marked questions for me.
will do nbme 7 soon.
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thats a pretty nice thing to do..not to make u tensed but a good frnd of mine who had been dng well performed poorly for the xam..even im a nervous freak...take ur time..the nly explanation i can give is tat the new averages make a bit more tugher to get 99..thats all..wch college are u from?are u an fmg?
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yes i am an fmg, i seriously dont know about the exam, everyone has their opinion , i am just studying, trying to stay focused without worrying about the result.
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be kewl..be well prepared and go ahead with it..itl be fine..on a personal note since uve postponed ur xam try gng thru FA if possible since u got the time...
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i dont know man, fa just seems kaplan notes in shorter form, i will do another nbme if i score above 240 i am sitting for exam asap.
the reason i dont want to start fa is because i tend to remember one book better, diff books tend to mix me up,
hey, how was ur exam compared to the free 150 and the nbmes? i heard most of the exam questions will be straightforward with about 10 questions per block that will be hard? is this true?
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exam went ok..yes thats the case..if you tend to do better with a single book its fine..i felt there were a few on my blocks which seemed to be from FA..so the suggestion..do nbme 7..itl give you a good picture of how to move forward..and once tats done as u said if ur score is above 240 go ahead with it..well individual variations will always pertain..
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yeah, will do nbme 7, hey did u feel that u were forgetting stuff towards the end? i have this fear/reality that the subject i review first tends to slowly dissappear a little towards the end...? i guess i will never get the feeling that i am perfect...
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i felt the same..i went thru the same towards the end..i had lots on mind..especially since i had a lot of things happenin in my life as the xam dates got near...i was totally freaked out..i postponed my xam by a week in the end though i did well on nbme..u will neer feel perfect..its just the way it is...don get tensed..but don let anyone convince u that its easy...just be calm..u got time on ur hand...
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hi guys,

I am back.. I ended up postponing my exam by about a month last december, so my exam is in 10 days, i went back and re did kaplan notes and finished up uworld with 72% all mixed and timed.

Just going through kaplan notes before the exam and going over my marked Uworld questions, i havent touched first aid. might browse through embryo, beh sci psych and the rapid review part a few days before the exam.

NBME 7 - 680 (correlate to 260?)
NBME 3/4 - back to back, 255 and 263 on the other

I thougth NBME 7 was a little easier than NBME 6 , maybe its because they were like a month apart. and after u world?

I am feeling pretty confident, will post in about 10 with my exam experience!

thanks everyone for their support.
wish me luck guys!

mithu - How did you end up doing?
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I'm in a similar boat to you. My exam is in 11 days as well. I scored 252 on UWSA2 and 240 on NBME 7 but this little voice in my head keeps telling me that I just got lucky and I'm not ready.

However have booked a holiday after the exam so can't really move it now. It's just going through everything again for the last time has made me realize all the little details that I looked over in my earlier studying.
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Best of luck comrade. Go and get your well deserved score.
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thanks mate!

i think you are going to be ok, just do another review and hit it. one can never know it all.
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hi bluedevil

well seems like your doing good. do post how the exam went soon. well i was just gettin work done on a few papers..was busy with tat. well score was a 99. now started prep for step 2. hopefully all wil go well with ur xam to. best of luck..
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my exam will be in march, im getting between 45-50% in each test of 46 Q by topics, any advice to rise my numbers
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drgio..would suggest u go thru the text once more before u do any more tests..ur target should be around 65-70% per test..maybe if u read thru once more u can get scores around tat range..best of luck...
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Hi

did u get your score?

hope you did well
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Quote:
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Hi

did u get your score?

hope you did well
Yes, he got his score.
See here
Got my Score !! 99, 258 :)
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congrats...
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yeah man it went better i thought man.
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