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Guys I need your urgent help,


Material used: Kaplan for all subjects (except patho) , Goljan (audio, RR, images), Kaplan medical ethics, FA.

UW: random, time mode, first time : 77% cumulative. (also revised whole lot of it again)


I did NBME 5 a month back and got 236, I was aiming for 250+ , border line in behavioral, stars in everything else and 76% responses were correct from the net key, I was very much depressed, then i worked my ass off for one month, revised whole Kaplan, Goljan, FA, UW. Then i did NBME 7 and guess what, again I got 238, that really made me feel terrible, from my feed back 85.5% of responses were correct and still??? com'on are u kidding???

I don't know what's going on here?? i got below borderline in b.science this time, and believe me all my stats q's were correct its only "WHAT WILL U SAY TO THE PATIENT" type of Q's that I screwed up, coz to me all options seem to be same in those type of Q's.

my slot is March, April, May

I haven't scheduled my exam yet.


I DESPERATELY NEED A 250+, I CAN DO ANYTHING FOR IT.


so my request to all 250+ , plz tell me what to do ??? shud i prepare for a whole month more or its my peak??? i want a 250+ plz tel me what to do, i m still a medical student (IMG) and its hard for me to keep up both of my college and mle stuff together, but i m ready for anything, plz suggest .......
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If your analysis is correct (only the ethics questions are damaging your score) then there's isn't much you can do besides reading Conrad Fischer's 100 Cases.

The only way that I can think of, is to actually have close observation of the way US health care is conducted (observership or externship) so that then you can have a feeling of how doctors interact with patients here. However, this option is not practical for you I guess.

You can also subscribe to Kaplan Medical Qbank and do the ethics questions only, that might improve you a little bit on that.

But again, this is if your analysis is correct, meaning you don't have other problems that is making your score below 250.

Also, let me be honest with you. Not everybody can get 250+, we all have limitation in our capacity to memorize and to interpret puzzles and solve them.

There are people who can read half what we read and get that 250+ and there are people who read double what we read and still get <220.

So perhaps you reached your peak and there's nothing that you can do about it.
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Wow, I am so amazed with your cumulative UW score, can't believe you didnt get 250+ on NBME, was there anything bothering you during the exam ???
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I think in UW I got high % in other sections and low % in b.science and anat, this makes the balancing of % but hides my very low performance in anatomy and behavioral sciences.

This happened also in NBME, thats why my percentage was 86% which was enough (i think so), but my low performances in behavior and anatomy have pulled my percentile to low

I am struck now, seems that nothing i can do now, is there any way I can improve??????
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have u read the USMLE report... i heard that book had all the stats from people acing the exam.. havent read it though..
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have u read the USMLE report... i heard that book had all the stats from people acing the exam.. havent read it though..
i havnt heard that, can u plz provide me the link.......
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Hmm... I dont really understand the NBME scoring system and how they translate it into 3 digit scores. If you said that you answered 85 % of the questions correctly on NMBE, how much is it supposed to be to get 250+ ??? 95 % correct ??? it's ridiculous...

Hmm..sorry I can not suggest u anything, like lee-usmle said, I think you must spend more time on behavioral science. Well...I face same problem with that "physician-patient relationship" type of questions...i got it wrong most of the time....I think I need to buy Conrad Fischer Ethics to supplement it....
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if u r talking abt this http://www.usmle.org/general_informa...t-June2008.pdf i havnt found nething useful in it......
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i talked to my seniors about this, they were telling me that they got borderline in B.science in real exam too but still managed to get 258.....
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Get the 2011 USMLE Report
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