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Someone in another usmleforum told me that they had about 55-70 biostats Q's in there exam (which is roughly 17-20% of the whole test).

If you recently took your test was it the same for you?
If this is the new trend then i need to greatly shift my focus so your input is really appreciated. Thank you
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Someone in another usmleforum told me that they had about 55-70 biostats Q's in there exam (which is roughly 17-20% of the whole test).

If you recently took your test was it the same for you?
If this is the new trend then i need to greatly shift my focus so your input is really appreciated. Thank you
If his numbers are true that means he got about 9 questions of biostats per block, and seems highly unrealistic compared to what I experienced on my exam not more than a couple of weeks ago.
I had about 2... maybe 3 per block which would give a grand total of 16-20ish... which as you can see is no where close to 55-70.
I think he may have over estimated the number because he might not be expecting as many heading into the exam. A possible exaggeration is very likely in this case.
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Thats what I thought too. Thanks for the reply cuz that had me really worried...I truly hope here isnt an average of 7-8 BS Qs per block. I obviously havent given the exam yet so its hard for me to know whats true considering I know earlier in the year they did say they are increasing the biostats questions, but still I thought that was a little much.
Agan thank you for the quick reply.
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you have blocks where you might get an article/abstract with 3 behavioral/biostats type questions, maybe in the same block you'll have a calculation question like NNT, maybe an ethics question, and maybe a conceptual question about disease prevalence with certain factors, and maybe on a rough block you might get 2 of the latter questions. 6-8 Q / block of this type seems POSSIBLE for one block maybe.. not every block, i would agree with above, 15-25 Q seems more appropriate. but that doesn't mean that it's any less important. these questions are gimmies, and you should study the material until you can answer the questions as such. getting a 50% vs 90% on these 25 questions is possibly the difference between 240s and 250s
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what your saying makes a lot of sense but the thing is i asked him roughly how many qs he got and what type and he was not talking about prev, or ethic Q's. His examples were specifically all the formula Q's like nnt spec sens odd risk ARR some hazard thing and stuff like that so I dont think he was talking about those other Q's.
I mean I dont know what to make of it because those formula q's like NNT NNH and so on are my weakest area and this guys basically saying he had a block and a half worth of those. Seriously messed me up.
The only thing he mentioned that wasnt equations were Type 1 and 2 errors
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what your saying makes a lot of sense but the thing is i asked him roughly how many qs he got and what type and he was not talking about prev, or ethic Q's. His examples were specifically all the formula Q's like nnt spec sens odd risk ARR some hazard thing and stuff like that so I dont think he was talking about those other Q's.
I mean I dont know what to make of it because those formula q's like NNT NNH and so on are my weakest area and this guys basically saying he had a block and a half worth of those. Seriously messed me up.
The only thing he mentioned that wasnt equations were Type 1 and 2 errors
seems like if it's your weakest you need to work on it either way. also, the number that he was saying ~50? calculations like that is wrong, flat out, no chance. but even if there are 15-25 theres no reason to ever get a question like that wrong so regardless of what the number is, those are easy questions and you have to get them right. don't spend your time polling people to see what number they got. if they get 10 are you not going to make sure you learn how to do those questions?
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Your right in about every aspect so I will just start working on that. Can you do most of those calculations by making that 2x2 table or is that only used for a few like spec send ppv npv.
Anyway thanks for the input.
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I try to do all my calculations based on the 2X2 tables, makes it easier to memorize the equations

since they are increasing the number of behavioral and statistic questions, what's the recommended source to study those? still step 1 material?

good luck to all!!
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I try to do all my calculations based on the 2X2 tables, makes it easier to memorize the equations

since they are increasing the number of behavioral and statistic questions, what's the recommended source to study those? still step 1 material?

good luck to all!!

My exam was 2 weeks ago and I think I got about 14 biostat questions MAX in the whole exam period. My sources were the kaplan videos and notes for statistics since I haven't done step 1
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My exam was end of August and I had maybe 5...
Biostats is one of those things that everyone is scared of but if you know the concepts, the questions are very easy.
For people whose basic concepts are not clear, i think High yield biostats is really good.
For those who know their biostat, first aid for step 1 does a good job also.
uworld ck covered almost everything that was on my real exam for biostat so...i am not sure if anything else is even needed.
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Hey what step_step said above is what my scenario too was like. Yes many calculation type questions but definitely not as many as what you have been told. I gave in june though. Would just say revise the entire step 1 biostats well.
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