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I have been studying since January and my exam is in about a week and a half.

Study materials -
Falcon course (recorded and listened to my notes x1 through)
Goljian audio
Lange Pharm Flash Cards
First Aid
Falcon Online (First Aid and Review course)
Uworld questions
Kaplan Qbank
USMLE consult Qbank


2/8 - NBME self assessment 5 - 440 = 209
3/5 - NBME self assessment 4 - 400 = 201
3/20 - NBME self assessment 6 - 500 = 223
3/28 - NBME self assessment 1 - 480 = 218
4/10 - NBME self assessment 11 - 450 = 210
4/22 - UWorld Form A - 490 = 216
4/22 - USMLE Consult Scorrelator - 62% = 225
4/23 - NBME self assessment 7 - 470 = 214

Kaplan Qbank - 91% completed - 62% correct = 230
UWorld - went through multiple times - reset after 2 times through so I am not entirely too sure what my percentage was but definitely over 60%
USMLE Consult - when compared to others - 75% correct and in the 79% rank


So now what? I have 2 weeks to go and my main goal is to get a 220 or above, but preferably a 225. Do my scores correlate to that? Are any NBME forms harder than any others?

My scores are all over the place, as is my confidence a a daily basis. Any advice from previous test-takers or current studiers? Does it look like I will crack 220?

What do I do now? Someone please help me out here.
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Yes your scores are definitely consistent if not +/- 10 which is very good. And its in the range that you want (near 225). I would just suggest going over the weak areas as indicated in ur NBME 7 scores and working on them for the next 2 weeks! Good luck and keeps us updated.
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I have been studying since January and my exam is in about a week and a half.

Study materials -
Falcon course (recorded and listened to my notes x1 through)
Goljian audio
Lange Pharm Flash Cards
First Aid
Falcon Online (First Aid and Review course)
Uworld questions
Kaplan Qbank
USMLE consult Qbank


2/8 - NBME self assessment 5 - 440 = 209
3/5 - NBME self assessment 4 - 400 = 201
3/20 - NBME self assessment 6 - 500 = 223
3/28 - NBME self assessment 1 - 480 = 218
4/10 - NBME self assessment 11 - 450 = 210
4/22 - UWorld Form A - 490 = 216
4/22 - USMLE Consult Scorrelator - 62% = 225
4/23 - NBME self assessment 7 - 470 = 214

Kaplan Qbank - 91% completed - 62% correct = 230
UWorld - went through multiple times - reset after 2 times through so I am not entirely too sure what my percentage was but definitely over 60%
USMLE Consult - when compared to others - 75% correct and in the 79% rank


So now what? I have 2 weeks to go and my main goal is to get a 220 or above, but preferably a 225. Do my scores correlate to that? Are any NBME forms harder than any others?

My scores are all over the place, as is my confidence a a daily basis. Any advice from previous test-takers or current studiers? Does it look like I will crack 220?

What do I do now? Someone please help me out here.
My friend, NBME's are a good predictor of your performance, specially NBME 7. I don't think one can say you will hit >220, so if you were to take the test today you'll most likely hit around 215 +/-5. Although some factors may be taken in consideration, numbers don't lie.

I do think you can do A LOT in 2 weeks. What helped me the most was going through First Aid and my notes in the last 2 weeks. As Hope2pass said, focus on your weak areas exclusively for at least 2-3 hours every day. For example, if you have some problem with ethics and behavioral, try going through as many questions as possible before the exam. Grab a piece of paper and start writing down from memory all formulas in the back of First Aid, repeat the process until you know them well. You may try to skim and scan Conrad Fisher Ethics book. Again focus on your weak areas and also go through your notes in the final days.

The idea is that getting 3-4 more questions right will get you >220. Be confident! Remember that the answer to every question is in the question itself. Read them well and you will find the clues.
I wish you luck.
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