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I have just recently joined the forum after months of sporadically visiting it and getting helpful tips from active users. I'm taking the exam in 2 days and after I get my results I will share my experience and study method in order to give back to the community a little bit!
My goal is to score 240+, here are my self assesments in the order I took them.

UWSA 1 : 252
NBME 16: 241
NBME 15: 249
UWSA 2: 263

Uworld: 71% all random and timed.

Right know I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement! hopefully they will be reliable predictors, what do you guys think? any advice on how to handle the breaks on exam day?

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I have just recently joined the forum after months of sporadically visiting it and getting helpful tips from active users. I'm taking the exam in 2 days and after I get my results I will share my experience and study method in order to give back to the community a little bit!
My goal is to score 240+, here are my self assesments in the order I took them.

UWSA 1 : 252
NBME 16: 241
NBME 15: 249
UWSA 2: 263

Uworld: 71% all random and timed.

Right know I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement! hopefully they will be reliable predictors, what do you guys think? any advice on how to handle the breaks on exam day?

Good luck buddy!!
Youre all set for 240+ just keep your cool on exam day :-)
let us know how the exam goes on 10th!
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you are all set for 240 plus in sha allah good luck btw you took nbme 16 earlier in your prep? because the difference between 15 and 16 is slightly large
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you are all set for 240 plus in sha allah good luck btw you took nbme 16 earlier in your prep? because the difference between 15 and 16 is slightly large
Thank you guys for your encouragement, yes I took form 16 when I was 70% done with Uworld and form 15 when I was 94% done. I think definitely keeping your cool is the most important thing, but it is hard, even days prior!
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hey GL.. u will do gr8 IA considering ur nbme scores..
my exam is apr end..plz do share ur exam experience once u r done..
All the best once again..
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I was thinking of you today... don't know where you are taking it, so right now you might still be answering questions...

good luck for the last few blocks
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hey i hope ur exam went well & that u will get ur desired score..
plz do tell us abt the exam & all?
have exam in apr end will appreciate any insight... thanks alot..
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heyyy how did your exam go?? i took mine on march 28! waitin for results
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heyyy how did your exam go?? i took mine on march 28! waitin for results
hey GL with results.. it will come out to b good IA (:
plz tell how was ur exam?? wht did u do in last wks?
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Hey guys! sorry for taking so long to answer but I decided to take a few days off and tried my hardest to not think about the test (you know suppression).

I felt the test to be overall easier than NBMEs and UWorld, some questions felt very familiar. Expect a couple of weird questions, however I felt that that they were few and far between. Most questions felt straightforward, most are clinical vignettes of course but there are some straight recall questions with very short stems (just like Uworld) or very short "pseudo-clinical" vignettes these are the ones you should read carefully!.

I got a couple of media questions only and as people have said before, most of the pathology questions can be solved without looking at the slide, although it certainly helps to confirm your answer. Biostats I think was fairly high yield, it felt very basic but you do have to take some time for the calculations (you now OR and specificity that kind of stuff). If you feel pressed on time make your best guess, mark it and come back to it. For most blocks I had 5-10 minutes to spare and go over my marked questions.

I was very anxious the day prior to the test, I went for a run and that helped me a lot, I had trouble sleeping and I made the mistake to make a quick review at like 10 pm, do not make that mistake! If you feel like reviewing I would recommend to read the rapid review at the end of FA and your notes, but donīt read anything after 7 or 8 pm!

And finally I would say to use all of your break time and eat something between breaks to keep your glucose level up, also use the adrenaline rush you get on exam day to your advantage!
I will try to stay active on the forum and share my experience when I get the results, stay positive and confident (I know it is hard but it is very important specially towards the final days), we all have studied hard and all of us know this stuff!
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hey thanks alot for sharing ur xperience.. good luck for result

can u plz tell wht can i do to strengthen anat, heme & gen. patho? i scored low in these 3 in nbme 16..

also was the exam close to nbme 16? were there many tricky ques & alot of neuro??

plz help me out i have exam in apr end & i barely passed nbme 16 .. left with 6 systems to revise from FA.. wht shd i do to inc. my score in nbme 15 as im left with only nbme 15 now

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hey thanks alot for sharing ur xperience.. good luck for result

can u plz tell wht can i do to strengthen anat, heme & gen. patho? i scored low in these 3 in nbme 16..

also was the exam close to nbme 16? were there many tricky ques & alot of neuro??

plz help me out i have exam in apr end & i barely passed nbme 16 .. left with 6 systems to revise from FA.. wht shd i do to inc. my score in nbme 15 as im left with only nbme 15 now

awaiting...
For hematology and path in general I think Pathoma is the best. For anatomy I would say Kaplan, right now focus on your weak areas, I would not worry about anatomy too much it is not very high yield however I would recommend reviewing upper and lower limb, fractures and nerve injuries are tested quite often. I think the heme part of pathoma is super high yield go over that part if you have the time both red and white cell pathology. There was not a lot of neuro, review your brain stem gross anatomy, (CN locations), ANS anatomy and pharm is super high yield as well, I think FA covers all of this. Good luck faith, stay positive and work on you exam taking skills, you already have the knowledge!
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For hematology and path in general I think Pathoma is the best. For anatomy I would say Kaplan, right now focus on your weak areas, I would not worry about anatomy too much it is not very high yield however I would recommend reviewing upper and lower limb, fractures and nerve injuries are tested quite often. I think the heme part of pathoma is super high yield go over that part if you have the time both red and white cell pathology. There was not a lot of neuro, review your brain stem gross anatomy, (CN locations), ANS anatomy and pharm is super high yield as well, I think FA covers all of this. Good luck faith, stay positive and work on you exam taking skills, you already have the knowledge!
thanks a lot for replying.. so for gen. patho & heme i shd listen to pathoma or read his notes too?
yeah test taking strategy is a skill too.. while taking nbme i get soo much tensed that time might end that i tend to skip some parts of the ques & jump to conclusions..
in the real exam did u feel that time was enough to read the whole ques properly?
plz advise on this how can i calm my nerves & read the ques properly?

also i have abt 10 days left so wht would u advise considering my low nbme 16 score? :/

should i take nbme 15 next week or no??

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Hey guys! sorry for taking so long to answer but I decided to take a few days off and tried my hardest to not think about the test (you know suppression).

I felt the test to be overall easier than NBMEs and UWorld, some questions felt very familiar. Expect a couple of weird questions, however I felt that that they were few and far between. Most questions felt straightforward, most are clinical vignettes of course but there are some straight recall questions with very short stems (just like Uworld) or very short "pseudo-clinical" vignettes these are the ones you should read carefully!.

I got a couple of media questions only and as people have said before, most of the pathology questions can be solved without looking at the slide, although it certainly helps to confirm your answer. Biostats I think was fairly high yield, it felt very basic but you do have to take some time for the calculations (you now OR and specificity that kind of stuff). If you feel pressed on time make your best guess, mark it and come back to it. For most blocks I had 5-10 minutes to spare and go over my marked questions.

I was very anxious the day prior to the test, I went for a run and that helped me a lot, I had trouble sleeping and I made the mistake to make a quick review at like 10 pm, do not make that mistake! If you feel like reviewing I would recommend to read the rapid review at the end of FA and your notes, but donīt read anything after 7 or 8 pm!

And finally I would say to use all of your break time and eat something between breaks to keep your glucose level up, also use the adrenaline rush you get on exam day to your advantage!
I will try to stay active on the forum and share my experience when I get the results, stay positive and confident (I know it is hard but it is very important specially towards the final days), we all have studied hard and all of us know this stuff!
thanks for taking the time to share ur experience
congrats!!!!
i have a question. u say u had 5-10 minutes to review marked ones, what was ur strategy with time?? did you changed the answers while doing the 2nd check? thanks a lot in advance
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thanks a lot for replying.. so for gen. patho & heme i shd listen to pathoma or read his notes too?
yeah test taking strategy is a skill too.. while taking nbme i get soo much tensed that time might end that i tend to skip some parts of the ques & jump to conclusions..
in the real exam did u feel that time was enough to read the whole ques properly?
plz advise on this how can i calm my nerves & read the ques properly?

also i have abt 10 days left so wht would u advise considering my low nbme 16 score? :/

should i take nbme 15 next week or no??

God bless u..
Yes take nbme 15 as soon as possible, take a 20 second breather before each block, imagine you are at home answering uworld it looks exactly the same. The strategy I used for questions was the following: Short stems read carefully, long stems read first and last sentence, see what they are asking then read the whole question looking for the important info. Do not yield to panic, stay confident, nbmes are great practice for this. I do not know how low was your nbme 16 score however, if your nbme 15 score is around your target score for the real test you are all set, if not consider delaying your test, however I think you should delay as last resort only!
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thanks for taking the time to share ur experience
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i have a question. u say u had 5-10 minutes to review marked ones, what was ur strategy with time?? did you changed the answers while doing the 2nd check? thanks a lot in advance
I changed only a few of them if the mistake became obvious to me or if just made more sense. I changed a couple of guesses to more "educated" guesses on questions I was taking too long at first. Always keep an eye on the clock, if you feel you are taking too long on a question make your best guess and keep on going, remember that it does not matter which questions you do get right what matters is getting most of them right, this is why time managing is key I think.
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Yes take nbme 15 as soon as possible, take a 20 second breather before each block, imagine you are at home answering uworld it looks exactly the same. The strategy I used for questions was the following: Short stems read carefully, long stems read first and last sentence, see what they are asking then read the whole question looking for the important info. Do not yield to panic, stay confident, nbmes are great practice for this. I do not know how low was your nbme 16 score however, if your nbme 15 score is around your target score for the real test you are all set, if not consider delaying your test, however I think you should delay as last resort only!
o.k. i am sorry in advance if i am really bugging u but just 1 last advice.. so i postponed my exam already..didn't feel confident with the low nbme 16 score.. so now plan is to do UW block mixed every day & read goljan transcripts for gen.patho & in the middle read FA.. so just please tell is this approach o.k.? i had gotten low performance in gen.path, anat, heme :/
for anat any suggestions??

thanks a ton..& all the best for result once again..God bless u (:
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I changed only a few of them if the mistake became obvious to me or if just made more sense. I changed a couple of guesses to more "educated" guesses on questions I was taking too long at first. Always keep an eye on the clock, if you feel you are taking too long on a question make your best guess and keep on going, remember that it does not matter which questions you do get right what matters is getting most of them right, this is why time managing is key I think.
What is the best strategy to take break in exam? I am pretty worried about the break of exam, how can I manage it?

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o.k. i am sorry in advance if i am really bugging u but just 1 last advice.. so i postponed my exam already..didn't feel confident with the low nbme 16 score.. so now plan is to do UW block mixed every day & read goljan transcripts for gen.patho & in the middle read FA.. so just please tell is this approach o.k.? i had gotten low performance in gen.path, anat, heme :/
for anat any suggestions??

thanks a ton..& all the best for result once again..God bless u (:
Do 1 or 2 random timed blocks every day, annotate extra stuff you think is relevant on your FA, I also kept a separate notebook for Uworld notes, I copied a bunch of the tables and diagrams from Uworld I considered important and that I knew FA didn't have or it was not presented as clearly there.

For general path and heme I think you should do Pathoma, for anatomy I think FA is enough, upper and lower limb innervation and fractures is high yield and UWorld questions I think covers this pretty well. Kaplan neuroanatomy is pretty good if you have access to the videos, but they are time consuming.

I don't know how long you have until your test, but you could do 1 random timed block everyday early in the morning, revise it and then during the afternoon do Pathoma, goljan or FA whatever you feel is best for you. Consider doing DIT if you have the time and have not done it before, it is a good review of FA albeit somewhat painful to watch (it can get pretty boring) and they have a couple of good mnemonics too, their anatamoy stuff I think is high yield also.
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What is the best strategy to take break in exam? I am pretty worried about the break of exam, how can I manage it?

Thanks a lot!
I say the best strategy is to use all of your break time, so you can rest eat something, drink coffee, coke, water. Keep your glucose level up, eat something during every break (candy, chocolate bar, whatever you feel like eating)

This is what I did:

2 blocks-5 min. break (in between blocks I would take like a 30 second breather without getting out)
2 blocks-15 min break
1 block-bathroom break
1 block-10 min break
1 block->finish

Take into account everytime you get out of the testing area you have to register and they have to search you and all of that Prometric stuff, it all takes a couple of minutes every time you get out and get back in.
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