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Hi everyone,

I am starting my Kaplan Qbank today. I have about 2 months to go till my exam. After Qbank, I plan on doing UWorld. I wanted to know how to go about doing Kaplan QBank. I need some advice -

1) Should I do it tutor mode or random and timed or self paced?
2) How many blocks questions are in it?
3) I will be getting a 1 month subscription. Would that be enough to go through it twice?

Any sort of advice or help will be appreciated! Thanks
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Number of questions in Kaplan Qbank has been mentioned here
How many questions in Kaplan Qbank

As to how to do it, it depends on what you have done so far.

If your knowledge has been solidified in all the subjects and topics then it's wise to do random and timed blocks. If you are not still fully prepared then you may use it to review your prep by doing it subject-wise and in tutor untimed mode.

Again, it depends on your level of prep if you want to know one month is enough or not. It might not be enough if you are going to use to review (tutor, untimed, subject-wise)
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Thanks for the reply.

So far I have gone through Kaplan Videos and Lecture Notes once. I have not done anything else so far. I am going to read FA as I go through my QBanks.

I just did the sample QBank questions. I did one block of 46 questions with 15 minutes to spare. I marked 22 questions and got only 33% So clearly, I need to improve A LOT !! It said that the average students get on those are 54%.

Any advice? Should I do DIT? I was not impressed by this performance although I couldnt recall a lot of the stuff! Most of it felt like I've read it before but I couldn't recall the exact diagnosis in the multistep questions. So I was pretty much stuck at the first step!

Please help!
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Thanks for the reply.

So far I have gone through Kaplan Videos and Lecture Notes once. I have not done anything else so far. I am going to read FA as I go through my QBanks.

I just did the sample QBank questions. I did one block of 46 questions with 15 minutes to spare. I marked 22 questions and got only 33% So clearly, I need to improve A LOT !! It said that the average students get on those are 54%.

Any advice? Should I do DIT? I was not impressed by this performance although I couldnt recall a lot of the stuff! Most of it felt like I've read it before but I couldn't recall the exact diagnosis in the multistep questions. So I was pretty much stuck at the first step!

Please help!
With such low score, you shouldn't be doing questions yet. You should've started doing questions after a complete read of FA. However, since you've already subscribed and the subscription is active, I'd say do the questions in untimed tutor mode. I still suggest you do them in the random mode, because as you learn a point, you may very well be tested on it again in a subsequent question.

As you progress, you'll become much better.
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Yes I think its best if I do tutor mode or may be start with low number of questions and go over FA before starting the Qbank. I haven't gotten the subscription yet. That was the free sample blocks that Kalpan allows you to do. I will be getting the subscription soon.

With UWORLD however, I will be doing timed, random test blocks. Ofcourse, that will be after Kaplan Qbank and after I've gone through my material and FA twice so hopefully it gets better!
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Haisook, I just read this post of yours in a different thread about the qbanks. I came across it as I was doing my research -

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I agree with you that reading books again and again can be boring, especially when it comes to those bulky Kaplan books! What I did is that I did all Kaplan lecture notes + the videos (in fact, I mainly watched the videos, and skimmed the notes). Then I read First Aid. Then I started doing UW in a random, timed mode. It was tough and frustrating. My scores weren't great at first, but they improved. But I think doing questions in a random, timed mode from the start is an important key to success. You will get acclimatized to the format of the exam, learn to manage your time well, and be ready for tough unexpected questions. So by the end of a 2 months subscription of UW, you'll be very well-prepared and you'll feel very confident, leaving a final month or so for a less difficult qbank like Kaplan, literally chilling at a time where others are sitting on their nerves.

I don't think you should read Kaplan notes more than once, as the point of this exam is how to answer questions, not how much you memorize. No matter how much you read you'll miss stuff that only questions can point out.

However, if there's a book that you should read again and again, it'd be the First Aid. It's a very important book that you should read at least thrice.
I think this was a great answer! It helped me out on how to go about my studying from now on. Thanks a lot
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I think since you're just starting out with questions, subject or discipline mode may be actually better. I read another post somewhere comparing qbanks to tennis; when you're training for tennis, you do drills where you repeat the same stroke repeatedly until you get it, you don't just do random strokes. Same with Qbank, do a small number of microbiology questions (5-10), read the explanation for all questions really well and read the section in FA, then do another set of micro questions, repeat. Haisook suggested you might see the same concepts repeated if you do it this way, that is true, but that is sort of the point- if you see the same concept tested in a different way, if you read carefully the first time you should get it right the second time. If not, you may need to even go back to your Kaplan notes and read that particular concept to really make sure you understand it.
UWorld has plenty questions to do random timed mode once you have your concepts down.
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I think since you're just starting out with questions, subject or discipline mode may be actually better. I read another post somewhere comparing qbanks to tennis; when you're training for tennis, you do drills where you repeat the same stroke repeatedly until you get it, you don't just do random strokes. Same with Qbank, do a small number of microbiology questions (5-10), read the explanation for all questions really well and read the section in FA, then do another set of micro questions, repeat. Haisook suggested you might see the same concepts repeated if you do it this way, that is true, but that is sort of the point- if you see the same concept tested in a different way, if you read carefully the first time you should get it right the second time. If not, you may need to even go back to your Kaplan notes and read that particular concept to really make sure you understand it.
UWorld has plenty questions to do random timed mode once you have your concepts down.

Thanks for the reply. Hm, after getting much input from everyone here, I think this is my plan -

Kaplan Qbank -
  • tutor mode, subject wise, self paced.
  • start with low number of questions
  • annotate important info in FA
  • before every subject block/questions - go over FA

USMLE World Qbank
  • test mode, random, timed.
  • start with atleast 1 block a day and move up to 3-4 blocks later on.
  • go over FA again before starting Uworld.
  • annotate FA with important info.

Hopefully that will give me a good solid concept of everything and will help me ace my exam lol Now, the only problem I feel that might come up is TIME. My exam is in less than 2 months .. 56 Days to be exact. Do you think its possible to finish both the Qbanks in 40 days ?! Let me know how my plan sounds! and once again, thanks for helping me out through this!
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I think since you're just starting out with questions, subject or discipline mode may be actually better. I read another post somewhere comparing qbanks to tennis; when you're training for tennis, you do drills where you repeat the same stroke repeatedly until you get it, you don't just do random strokes. Same with Qbank, do a small number of microbiology questions (5-10), read the explanation for all questions really well and read the section in FA, then do another set of micro questions, repeat. Haisook suggested you might see the same concepts repeated if you do it this way, that is true, but that is sort of the point- if you see the same concept tested in a different way, if you read carefully the first time you should get it right the second time. If not, you may need to even go back to your Kaplan notes and read that particular concept to really make sure you understand it.
UWorld has plenty questions to do random timed mode once you have your concepts down.
Sorry Hope2Pass, dont mean to be intruding on your thread..

Heights do you suggest doing the same with UWorld (i'm not planning on doing Kaplan Qbank)
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Sorry Hope2Pass, dont mean to be intruding on your thread..

Heights do you suggest doing the same with UWorld (i'm not planning on doing Kaplan Qbank)
No Problem. What do you think of my plan? Also, in my opinion, UWorld should be done timed, random and in test mode! So far from all the posts I've read about the Qbanks, thats what they suggested. But it depends on your preparation.
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No Problem. What do you think of my plan? Also, in my opinion, UWorld should be done timed, random and in test mode! So far from all the posts I've read about the Qbanks, thats what they suggested. But it depends on your preparation.
I think your plan is good, but seems like your on a real time crunch. Unless you're able to work 20 hrs a day, I'd just stick to one Qbank, because I'd rather have 1 qbank understood really well than gamble with 2 of them.

I guess i'll start with random timed unused when the time comes
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