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Hey, I am almost done with my first read of Kaplan and Videos and doing Usmlrex at the same time with averaging 72%, reading all the comments etc. Would it be a good idea to do Kaplan Questions Bank for another month with FA (haven't touched FA yet, except putting in notes) and then do UWorld after the remaining time. A lot of people told me that QBanks are the one thing that can push your score the most, therefore the more questions one is doing the better it is.

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in my opinion UWQbank is the best.
I ofc used it and the Kaplan's one, but I have to admit they are not on the same level. UWQbank's explanations are simply perfect, they tell you exactly what you want to know in order to answer to the question and if fact they do their work as a learning material better than the Kaplan.

considering you have still 4m ahead, I would start with UW and finish with Kaplan when you run out of questions.

ofc just my 2c... my exam is tomorrow
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Hey, I am almost done with my first read of Kaplan and Videos and doing Usmlrex at the same time with averaging 72%, reading all the comments etc. Would it be a good idea to do Kaplan Questions Bank for another month with FA (haven't touched FA yet, except putting in notes) and then do UWorld after the remaining time. A lot of people told me that QBanks are the one thing that can push your score the most, therefore the more questions one is doing the better it is.

Thanks for any additional advice

Are u doing usmlerx random and timed?
What percentage of questions have u done so far.
With only first read of Kaplan without FA and getting 72% is a step in the right direction. I agree nbme is the best assessment tool. Since u have 4 months left, I would suggest u tackle Kaplan qbank in 1 month and reserve uworld for last 2.5 months. Uworld shd be so fresh in ur brain cells!
But give it 2 to 3 months of ur time so u can revise it together with your other notes really cool.
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Are u doing usmlerx random and timed?
What percentage of questions have u done so far.
With only first read of Kaplan without FA and getting 72% is a step in the right direction. I agree nbme is the best assessment tool. Since u have 4 months left, I would suggest u tackle Kaplan qbank in 1 month and reserve uworld for last 2.5 months. Uworld shd be so fresh in ur brain cells!
But give it 2 to 3 months of ur time so u can revise it together with your other notes really cool.
That was my initial plan and thanks for supporting it. I think Kaplan in a month, followed by UWorld it the way to go. I am doing system wise, done with 45-50% of questions but haven't touched Micro nor Path yet. Will be doing pathoma for path and reading Goljan 5th edition for chapters that aren't sufficient enough in pathoma.

Will be doing NBME5 offline next weekend, I know offline is a bad idea, but I am just doing it for fun to see how many questions I could get correct. I don't care about the score calculation right now, just to see what real questions might look alike. I will take all the important NBMEs prior to the exam online...

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That was my initial plan and thanks for supporting it. I think Kaplan in a month, followed by UWorld it the way to go. I am doing system wise, done with 45-50% of questions but haven't touched Micro nor Path yet. Will be doing pathoma for path and reading Goljan 5th edition for chapters that aren't sufficient enough in pathoma.

Will be doing NBME5 offline next weekend, I know offline is a bad idea, but I am just doing it for fun to see how many questions I could get correct. I don't care about the score calculation right now, just to see what real questions might look alike. I will take all the important NBMEs prior to the exam online...

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Ur plan is solid and if well followed will let u hit ur target with ease! Hmmm nbme without hitting FA? Am scared but if for the fun of it then go ahead.
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Hey, so what are the chapters that are not sufficient in Pathoma?
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Ok so my buddy and I did NBME5 over Skype, doing one block at a time talking about the answer choices... we managed to get 24 wrong. I know two brains work better than one but we both haven't studied Micro nor Path yet, so I guess this was an ok result.

Almost done with USMLERx, still at 72% total correct in total. I think doing questions is most important, I will do a week of path and start Kaplan QBank sometime before Christmas and finishing Path while doing it.
Would you recommend subject wise/system wise/ and tutor/timed? I will be doing Uworld random timed but I think right now I want to do Kaplan tutor/random maybe.

Any suggestions?
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