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i think you are Going Good,
did you do 150 quetsions on usmle web site , i heard people liked them
you had Good Nbme results i think doing Nbme-7 is a Good idea,
20 cases , i wanted to them aswell Man, but i have 40% UW left (2nd read) & i am very slow reader, barely finish a block & mtb a day,
i wish i could do more.. should i start doing more blocks & skip explanations :/? the pace i am going with is dead slow & no i can't read fast gives me anxiety or fear of what i ve missed haha
& Fibroblast simulate 8 hour exam in last week, once !
Thanks a lot vita for your advice, I think I will do NBME 7 see what this form is all about and get a worst case scenario score I suppose , will post my score as soon as a I do it. This friday I did kaplan sim test 1 (which is a full length sim), it was exhausting got 73% correct, no correlation given for real deal. Low yield stuff asked, would not recommend it that much except for pacing and time managment skills.
If it is your 2nd read I would not worry that much, I do not advocate multiple reads of the same qbank that much, I would suggest maybe doing a different qbank even if you don't finish it. I just finished uworld, planning on doing a couple of wrong question blocks just to keep my mind in "question mode", but if you already covered uworld once just keep doing the blocks focusing on your wrong questions. Since it's your 2nd read I think you may skip the explanations of the easy ones and focus on the wrong ones, 1st read of course you have to read ALL of the explanations.

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Okay so i'm almost done with uworld with an average of 42% and this is my 1st round!!

I still have 33% unused q's.


I have my exam scheduled on 30th December.

Just took an nbme (4) and horribly got 50 (145)



I have a feeling that i will have to push the exam date a bit further, cause i don't wanna risk getting a bad score.




My plan is to finish uworld, then do it a 2nd time to improve my average, while also revising MTB and my uworld notes.



any suggestion??
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Hey egyptdoc;

I think you could stop for a while and give MTB a good read and then keep answering questions to consolidate the information. Make sure you are reading and understanding every explanation. Pay special attention to the "easy" questions you got wrong (the ones were more than 70% of the people answered correctly). Consider doing a 2nd qbank after your 2nd read of uworld, doing the same questions over and over again I don't think is the best use of your time, however this system has been very effective I just don't like it that much since I try using the qbanks to assess my base knowledge and learn from my mistakes. It's a matter of personal preference I suppose.
You should probably postpone a little bit your exam, with those percentages and your NBME you may be risking it. But on the bright side this is an excellent opportunity to look at your weaknesses and work on them the hardest.
Best of luck with your prep.

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So i took NBME 6 today and got 221...have another 20 days to prepare for the exam...what do you guys recommend i do to boost my score?
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Consider doing a 2nd qbank after your 2nd read of uworld
What other qbanks would you recommend? i've heard kaplan is hard and not very helpful, but i've read also that their simulated exam is great, as it prepares for the stamina needed for the real exam.


And by "2nd read" you mean 2nd round right? cause i was planning after finishing the 1st round of uworld to read the notes then start doing LOTS of blocks per day to build stamina and was planning on ONLY reading the one's i got wrong!!


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doing the same questions over and over again I don't think is the best use of your time, however this system has been very effective I just don't like it that much since I try using the qbanks to assess my base knowledge and learn from my mistakes.


I agree, on the other side lots of people keep saying that uworld is enough and that understanding the concepts well is enough for the real exam.




Also not sure where my weaknesses are???? It seems EVERYTHING, let me know what you think...


https://space.zeo.net/g/ijp4


https://space.zeo.net/g/1oeql

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Hello evryone

I startd da post but i knw i was not much involved from past 3 4 days coz i was sick and still nt feelin well

Here i am posting from prometric waitin fr my xam to begin say in half n hour..will update u in details wats gonna happen hope evrydin is as perfect as planned

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Hello evryone

I startd da post but i knw i was not much involved from past 3 4 days coz i was sick and still nt feelin well

Here i am posting from prometric waitin fr my xam to begin say in half n hour..will update u in details wats gonna happen hope evrydin is as perfect as planned

Tcz Evryone
Good luck!!! ill be waiting for you exam experience.
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Hello evryone

I startd da post but i knw i was not much involved from past 3 4 days coz i was sick and still nt feelin well

Here i am posting from prometric waitin fr my xam to begin say in half n hour..will update u in details wats gonna happen hope evrydin is as perfect as planned

Tcz Evryone
Goodluck! Do well!
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Hello evryone

I startd da post but i knw i was not much involved from past 3 4 days coz i was sick and still nt feelin well

Here i am posting from prometric waitin fr my xam to begin say in half n hour..will update u in details wats gonna happen hope evrydin is as perfect as planned

Tcz Evryone
Best of luck, you will do great!
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What other qbanks would you recommend? i've heard kaplan is hard and not very helpful, but i've read also that their simulated exam is great, as it prepares for the stamina needed for the real exam.


And by "2nd read" you mean 2nd round right? cause i was planning after finishing the 1st round of uworld to read the notes then start doing LOTS of blocks per day to build stamina and was planning on ONLY reading the one's i got wrong!!






I agree, on the other side lots of people keep saying that uworld is enough and that understanding the concepts well is enough for the real exam.




Also not sure where my weaknesses are???? It seems EVERYTHING, let me know what you think...


https://space.zeo.net/g/ijp4


https://space.zeo.net/g/1oeql

I did kaplan qbank thought it was ok, lower yield, explanations are not as good but for a 2nd qbank it is not bad. I would recommend doing it before uworld. Uworld actually felt "easy" compared to kaplan.
Your numbers are not looking good but don't panic, keep working hard, finish uworld, make sure you read and understand everything. Work on your question answering skills, try to analize how you approach answering and work on that. Consider kaplan if you've got the time. Give MTB2 and 3 a good read, use MTB2 for IM and MTB 3 for everything else, look up difficult topics in both books. Take notes of the high yield tables and algorithms in uworld. Consider pushing back your test at least a month, maybe consider KLN and videos for weak subjects? or DIT maybe. Save UWSA for last, do an NBME when you are done with uworld see where you stand. Hope this helps and best of luck in your prep!
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As december has started, anyone went thru the exam yet?
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So hello every one here i am posting my experience after the longest day of my life..

woaah wat can i say! Step 1 was easy..Step 2 is SICK!! but i dont wanna scare you guys its doable..

1st block:
Nothing much to add really.. Finished with 9 marked questions and actually no time to spare even to go back and recheck the answers.. Not much of a confidence breaker but yeah understood that time is going to give me a looot of trouble!

2nd Block:
TOUGH! had 10/11 marked ones around 5-6 on pure instinct! no time remaining and yea i was terrified after this one..But i dint let it go like this coz if i did take a break after such a difficult block i knew that i would have shattered my confidence for the rest of the day. So decided to continue and go on to the next on.

3rd Block:
5 marked ones and yea good block.

TOOK A BREAK.

Did 4th and 5th block back to back:
Found similar to 1st block had like 5-6 mins remaining.

TOOK A BREAK.

6th BLOCK:
theres a reason why i have written block in capitals coz this one was like talkin to me in latin and greek! I had no i mean no freaking idea what was goin on.. it was so bad that actually i started laughing at the choices..

7Th block:
was Alryt nothing much to say abt it.

Took a BREAk

8th block:
first 20 qs were bad..rest were easy straight up.

.................................................. .................................................. .

Internal medicine: Wayy lot of xrays and echos; they lead u in one direction and then they confuse u really bad. all kinds of Renal tests! 2 heart sounds-easy, 2 EKGs easy

OBG: Evey 4th question in my exam was from OBG!!man way too much! Evry aspect was tested.. I found more Next best step in OBG compared to Medicine

Psychiatry: Weird and Easy ones as well.. can fetch u marks

1 research with 3 questions, 2 were easy 1 was impossible to answer.

every block had 1 biostats question and sometimes 2 was ok/ok

Peds was good not bad and nothing out of the blue.

But i wanna say something which will be a confidence booster.. I actually felt i was doin UW with a lot of WTF questions...

Step 1 were like 3 or 4 dats it.. 3 or 4 from NBMEs and yeat 2 straight up from UW

guys study hard coz it requires some dedication to slay it..

anything else feel free to ask..
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So hello every one here i am posting my experience after the longest day of my life..

woaah wat can i say! Step 1 was easy..Step 2 is SICK!! but i dont wanna scare you guys its doable..

1st block:
Nothing much to add really.. Finished with 9 marked questions and actually no time to spare even to go back and recheck the answers.. Not much of a confidence breaker but yeah understood that time is going to give me a looot of trouble!

2nd Block:
TOUGH! had 10/11 marked ones around 5-6 on pure instinct! no time remaining and yea i was terrified after this one..But i dint let it go like this coz if i did take a break after such a difficult block i knew that i would have shattered my confidence for the rest of the day. So decided to continue and go on to the next on.

3rd Block:
5 marked ones and yea good block.

TOOK A BREAK.

Did 4th and 5th block back to back:
Found similar to 1st block had like 5-6 mins remaining.

TOOK A BREAK.

6th BLOCK:
theres a reason why i have written block in capitals coz this one was like talkin to me in latin and greek! I had no i mean no freaking idea what was goin on.. it was so bad that actually i started laughing at the choices..

7Th block:
was Alryt nothing much to say abt it.

Took a BREAk

8th block:
first 20 qs were bad..rest were easy straight up.

.................................................. .................................................. .

Internal medicine: Wayy lot of xrays and echos; they lead u in one direction and then they confuse u really bad. all kinds of Renal tests! 2 heart sounds-easy, 2 EKGs easy

OBG: Evey 4th question in my exam was from OBG!!man way too much! Evry aspect was tested.. I found more Next best step in OBG compared to Medicine

Psychiatry: Weird and Easy ones as well.. can fetch u marks

1 research with 3 questions, 2 were easy 1 was impossible to answer.

every block had 1 biostats question and sometimes 2 was ok/ok

Peds was good not bad and nothing out of the blue.

But i wanna say something which will be a confidence booster.. I actually felt i was doin UW with a lot of WTF questions...

Step 1 were like 3 or 4 dats it.. 3 or 4 from NBMEs and yeat 2 straight up from UW

guys study hard coz it requires some dedication to slay it..

anything else feel free to ask..
Hi there! Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you get a very good score

Do you feel the questions were too long compared to the uworld ones?
Also, are you able to figure out what divsions of internal med were most tested?

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So hello every one here i am posting my experience after the longest day of my life..

woaah wat can i say! Step 1 was easy..Step 2 is SICK!! but i dont wanna scare you guys its doable..

1st block:
Nothing much to add really.. Finished with 9 marked questions and actually no time to spare even to go back and recheck the answers.. Not much of a confidence breaker but yeah understood that time is going to give me a looot of trouble!

2nd Block:
TOUGH! had 10/11 marked ones around 5-6 on pure instinct! no time remaining and yea i was terrified after this one..But i dint let it go like this coz if i did take a break after such a difficult block i knew that i would have shattered my confidence for the rest of the day. So decided to continue and go on to the next on.

3rd Block:
5 marked ones and yea good block.

TOOK A BREAK.

Did 4th and 5th block back to back:
Found similar to 1st block had like 5-6 mins remaining.

TOOK A BREAK.

6th BLOCK:
theres a reason why i have written block in capitals coz this one was like talkin to me in latin and greek! I had no i mean no freaking idea what was goin on.. it was so bad that actually i started laughing at the choices..

7Th block:
was Alryt nothing much to say abt it.

Took a BREAk

8th block:
first 20 qs were bad..rest were easy straight up.

.................................................. .................................................. .

Internal medicine: Wayy lot of xrays and echos; they lead u in one direction and then they confuse u really bad. all kinds of Renal tests! 2 heart sounds-easy, 2 EKGs easy

OBG: Evey 4th question in my exam was from OBG!!man way too much! Evry aspect was tested.. I found more Next best step in OBG compared to Medicine

Psychiatry: Weird and Easy ones as well.. can fetch u marks

1 research with 3 questions, 2 were easy 1 was impossible to answer.

every block had 1 biostats question and sometimes 2 was ok/ok

Peds was good not bad and nothing out of the blue.

But i wanna say something which will be a confidence booster.. I actually felt i was doin UW with a lot of WTF questions...

Step 1 were like 3 or 4 dats it.. 3 or 4 from NBMEs and yeat 2 straight up from UW

guys study hard coz it requires some dedication to slay it..

anything else feel free to ask..
Hey...best of luck for ur result...could u plz tell where should i practice echo n xrays for exam.thanks
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Hi there! Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you get a very good score

Do you feel the questions were too long compared to the uworld ones?
Also, are you able to figure out what divsions of internal med were most tested?

Thanks
yea they were longer than u world..more like kaplan qbank length.

for me GIT and renal were the most ,, derma was huge with like 30 questions with pix which were hard and next was ophthal..
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Congratulations on getting done!

do you think mtb & uworld is enough?

also what resources did you rely heavily upon before taking the nbmes/step 2 ck

thanks a lot,will really appreciate the feedback
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yea they were longer than u world..more like kaplan qbank length.

for me GIT and renal were the most ,, derma was huge with like 30 questions with pix which were hard and next was ophthal..
whoaa!! that sounds scary. i didnt put much emphasis on derma during my prep.

thanks for the reply, i really appreciate it
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Congratulations on getting done!

do you think mtb & uworld is enough?

also what resources did you rely heavily upon before taking the nbmes/step 2 ck

thanks a lot,will really appreciate the feedback
Thanks!

actually speaking it all depends on:
1. how well u understand MTB in terms of concepts.
2. how well u understand UW (if u understand the above properly u dnt need to do it 2 or 3x)
3. and yea main thing how fast u read the questions and catch the imp points.

i would say do 3 blocks kaplan daily to get used to the length of questions jus 3-4 days b4 the main exam. dnt read the explanations rather jus check how well u understand them in 1 read.

NBMEs are easy i mean 7 was also easy..i cannt compare main exam with any of the NBMEs coz that is different and NBmes are different
Exam has sooo many mixed questions that it would be unfair to compare it with any of the NBMEs.

UW yea is similar to the exam,, atleast the feel!
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Thanks a lot vita for your advice, I think I will do NBME 7 see what this form is all about and get a worst case scenario score I suppose , will post my score as soon as a I do it. This friday I did kaplan sim test 1 (which is a full length sim), it was exhausting got 73% correct, no correlation given for real deal. Low yield stuff asked, would not recommend it that much except for pacing and time managment skills.
If it is your 2nd read I would not worry that much, I do not advocate multiple reads of the same qbank that much, I would suggest maybe doing a different qbank even if you don't finish it. I just finished uworld, planning on doing a couple of wrong question blocks just to keep my mind in "question mode", but if you already covered uworld once just keep doing the blocks focusing on your wrong questions. Since it's your 2nd read I think you may skip the explanations of the easy ones and focus on the wrong ones, 1st read of course you have to read ALL of the explanations.

thank you Fibroblast
i am a very slow Reader of UW, pace of snail , but i hope it pays back,
i know it is important doing multiple blocks before exam, but my first UW read was in a rush i did not take notes etc, so this time i am stuck with UW, there is always something in explanation that i did not know even when questions i get right, due to HuNCH!
but i know it sucks, i wont be able to practice kaplan qbank for time management or , revise Pharmacology ,micro,
right now not happy! lets see what nbme says on 15th december
ALL the best , you are Going GOood ,
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actually speaking it all depends on:
1. how well u understand MTB in terms of concepts.
2. how well u understand UW (if u understand the above properly u dnt need to do it 2 or 3x)
3. and yea main thing how fast u read the questions and catch the imp points.

i would say do 3 blocks kaplan daily to get used to the length of questions jus 3-4 days b4 the main exam. dnt read the explanations rather jus check how well u understand them in 1 read.

NBMEs are easy i mean 7 was also easy..i cannt compare main exam with any of the NBMEs coz that is different and NBmes are different
Exam has sooo many mixed questions that it would be unfair to compare it with any of the NBMEs.

UW yea is similar to the exam,, atleast the feel!

thank you for this Post ,, i think you could not have said it more beautiful.
about point two, 2. which is preferable? doing multple blocks per day
or reading explantion of just one block properly?
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last week of exam , doing multiple blocks of UW or should buy kaplan ?to practice length of exam??

Last question: is UW similar to REAL deal in regarding Concepts? or difficulty?
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Hey guys, did NBME 7 yesterday got a 248, I am happy with this result since I've heard so many bad things about this form. Some strangely worded questions, but familiar concepts were tested as form 6. It felt like this was the evil version of NBME 6 so to speak.
My exam is next week and I am not sure what to do this last few days, I am doing UWSA tomorrow for sure though. Still thinking doing the 20 cases by Conrad (don't know if I'll have the time to do all 20) and doing a couple of blocks of my wrong questions in uworld, other than that I feel unsure on how to spend this last days. Any ideas?
Thanks o157h7 for sharing your exam experience, I'm sure you kicked that exam's rectum.
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thank you Fibroblast
i am a very slow Reader of UW, pace of snail , but i hope it pays back,
i know it is important doing multiple blocks before exam, but my first UW read was in a rush i did not take notes etc, so this time i am stuck with UW, there is always something in explanation that i did not know even when questions i get right, due to HuNCH!
but i know it sucks, i wont be able to practice kaplan qbank for time management or , revise Pharmacology ,micro,
right now not happy! lets see what nbme says on 15th december
ALL the best , you are Going GOood ,
Hey vita I think your plan is excellent, if you rushed through your first UW read then by all means finish this second read and be thorough, don't worry about being slow just plow through it like a champ. I did nbme 6 and 7, 7 is evil but totally doable just be careful on the wording, 6 felt pretty standard. Don't worry about not being able to do kaplan qbank, focus on the resources you have right now. How were you planning on revising pharm and micro?
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Hey guys, did NBME 7 yesterday got a 248, I am happy with this result since I've heard so many bad things about this form. Some strangely worded questions, but familiar concepts were tested as form 6. It felt like this was the evil version of NBME 6 so to speak.
My exam is next week and I am not sure what to do this last few days, I am doing UWSA tomorrow for sure though. Still thinking doing the 20 cases by Conrad (don't know if I'll have the time to do all 20) and doing a couple of blocks of my wrong questions in uworld, other than that I feel unsure on how to spend this last days. Any ideas?
Thanks o157h7 for sharing your exam experience, I'm sure you kicked that exam's rectum.
GREAT SCORE!!! Do you know how many wrongs you got?

And for anyone else that has already done UWSA....Could you post your scores on individual blocks and your apron 3 digit score....thanks!! Im planing on doing it today!
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GREAT SCORE!!! Do you know how many wrongs you got?

And for anyone else that has already done UWSA....Could you post your scores on individual blocks and your apron 3 digit score....thanks!! Im planing on doing it today!
Got 28 wrong on form 7 and 18 wrong in form 6. I'll post my UWSA tomorrow. best of luck on UWSA, there's a post around with UWSA scores and it seems that UWSA is the most predictive of all, that's why I saved it for last, also doing the FRED questions (free 150) 4 days before the test, hopefully the trend of my nbmes will continue. You'll do great on UWSA, kill that practice test!
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Hey guys, did NBME 7 yesterday got a 248, I am happy with this result since I've heard so many bad things about this form. Some strangely worded questions, but familiar concepts were tested as form 6. It felt like this was the evil version of NBME 6 so to speak.
My exam is next week and I am not sure what to do this last few days, I am doing UWSA tomorrow for sure though. Still thinking doing the 20 cases by Conrad (don't know if I'll have the time to do all 20) and doing a couple of blocks of my wrong questions in uworld, other than that I feel unsure on how to spend this last days. Any ideas?
Thanks o157h7 for sharing your exam experience, I'm sure you kicked that exam's rectum.
GOOD , GOOD GOOD , that is a Good news Pal.
you are Ready, keep head up,
20 cases , do them for time pass, like when you can't read or tolerate books/i do not think you are missing Much ,even if you cnt do them all..
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Hey vita I think your plan is excellent, if you rushed through your first UW read then by all means finish this second read and be thorough, don't worry about being slow just plow through it like a champ. I did nbme 6 and 7, 7 is evil but totally doable just be careful on the wording, 6 felt pretty standard. Don't worry about not being able to do kaplan qbank, focus on the resources you have right now. How were you planning on revising pharm and micro?
Thanks pal, Appreciate your Words,
i am too afraid to brag about % on UW haha lets see What Nbme says next week, mid december
& Word , i agree i will read UW notes n Nbmes that is max i can do in short period of time,

for Micro, i thought i will revise, FA step-1 just bird s view to remember
ricktsia,1qfever etc but i do not think i can do them according to my current situation,

WHAT I WILL SUGGEST ACCORDING TO MY FRIEND WHO TOOK EXAM

'' REVISE IMUNO TABLE IN FA STEP_1
REVISE BRACHIAL PLEXUS DIAGRAM FA STEP-1.
he was asked labeling Question.
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Thanks pal, Appreciate your Words,
i am too afraid to brag about % on UW haha lets see What Nbme says next week, mid december
& Word , i agree i will read UW notes n Nbmes that is max i can do in short period of time,

for Micro, i thought i will revise, FA step-1 just bird s view to remember
ricktsia,1qfever etc but i do not think i can do them according to my current situation,

WHAT I WILL SUGGEST ACCORDING TO MY FRIEND WHO TOOK EXAM

'' REVISE IMUNO TABLE IN FA STEP_1
REVISE BRACHIAL PLEXUS DIAGRAM FA STEP-1.
he was asked labeling Question.
Thank you vita, this is good stuff. It is motivating to stay in touch with people who are going through the same ordeal at the same time. I will definitely take a look at those topics. also I'll attach these step 1 topics I found lying around some other post. By immuno table, you mean the immunodeficiencies right? I felt they were covered adequately in uworld but It wouln't hurt looking at that table just in case they ask Job's syndrome or some freaking obscure and rare immunodeficiency...
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Thank you vita, this is good stuff. It is motivating to stay in touch with people who are going through the same ordeal at the same time. I will definitely take a look at those topics. also I'll attach these step 1 topics I found lying around some other post. By immuno table, you mean the immunodeficiencies right? I felt they were covered adequately in uworld but It wouln't hurt looking at that table just in case they ask Job's syndrome or some freaking obscure and rare immunodeficiency...
You are very honest & helpful to Others that is why you are getting help In my opinion,
thanks i shared it on same Thread few days back i really appreciate it,
this year was really Turbulent for Me, Ck prep was not up to the mark ''but

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Thanks!

actually speaking it all depends on:
1. how well u understand MTB in terms of concepts.
2. how well u understand UW (if u understand the above properly u dnt need to do it 2 or 3x)
3. and yea main thing how fast u read the questions and catch the imp points.

i would say do 3 blocks kaplan daily to get used to the length of questions jus 3-4 days b4 the main exam. dnt read the explanations rather jus check how well u understand them in 1 read.

NBMEs are easy i mean 7 was also easy..i cannt compare main exam with any of the NBMEs coz that is different and NBmes are different
Exam has sooo many mixed questions that it would be unfair to compare it with any of the NBMEs.

UW yea is similar to the exam,, atleast the feel!
Hey o157h7, did you feel preventive medicine was heavily tested? you think uworld covers this properly?
Hopefullly you are still in the mood for answering (I would probably be fed up haha)
take a well deserved vacation! (after answering my question please )
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You are very honest & helpful to Others that is why you are getting help In my opinion,
thanks i shared it on same Thread few days back i really appreciate it,
this year was really Turbulent for Me, Ck prep was not up to the mark ''but

we All will slay this DRAGON
GOOD LUCK MATE
LOL , so it was you that posted it? with so much info in my brain I can't even remember where I get it from, as far I can see your step 2 prep seems pretty good, we all feel we could have prepared better, but with these tests we will never feel fully prepared, we just have to accept this fact and try to not have a psychotic episode in the meantime.
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Hey Fibro, did you take UWSA? Ill be waiting for you to share your experience and results... Hope you do great and gives you the boost to get this over with... i feel like 2 weeks is not enough :S
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LOL , so it was you that posted it? with so much info in my brain I can't even remember where I get it from, as far I can see your step 2 prep seems pretty good, we all feel we could have prepared better, but with these tests we will never feel fully prepared, we just have to accept this fact and try to not have a psychotic episode in the meantime.
HHHAha its all Good man,
i will be happy if i score Nbmes similar t yours
true we will never feel ready for this exam, but we gotta make sure we tried every possible way & given every Shot we had
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Hey Fibro, did you take UWSA? Ill be waiting for you to share your experience and results... Hope you do great and gives you the boost to get this over with... i feel like 2 weeks is not enough :S
Hey FollowingDream, I just finished UWSA got a 265! I am happy but at the same time skeptical, it felt too easy (I don't want to brag but I even got a 100% on the 3rd block! seems hard to believe to say the least). This actually worries me a little, because from the experiences I have read seems that the actual test is nothing like all of these self assessments and practice test we are doing. Oh157h7's experience is kind of reassuring since he said it felt like uworld with lots of WTF questions, we'll just have to wait and see... in the meantime I'm gonna review the practice test blocks as fast as I can and read some of MTB for my weaker subjects. We all just have to stay confident and positive! When are you taking your test?
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Hey FollowingDream, I just finished UWSA got a 265! I am happy but at the same time skeptical, it felt too easy (I don't want to brag but I even got a 100% on the 3rd block! seems hard to believe to say the least). This actually worries me a little, because from the experiences I have read seems that the actual test is nothing like all of these self assessments and practice test we are doing. Oh157h7's experience is kind of reassuring since he said it felt like uworld with lots of WTF questions, we'll just have to wait and see... in the meantime I'm gonna review the practice test blocks as fast as I can and read some of MTB for my weaker subjects. We all just have to stay confident and positive! When are you taking your test?
Hey, thats a great score....Im taking my test on the 22nd....how about you? Could you post your scores on each individual block? I was gonna do UWSA yesterday, but decided to do it tomorrow and finish reviewing what i was doing....just wanna have a sense of how im doing while im finishing each block. Thanks in advance, and keep pushing...you are doing awesome.
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I think you should treat UWSA as the real thing, don't look at the scores as you go, at least for the NBMEs and UWSA (and the kaplan sim test I did) I always try to think of it as if I were doing it at prometric (I even time my breaks), I did that for step 1 and it worked since I kind of felt at home when I was doing the test (you know psychologically it helps). Anyway this is how I scored:

Block 1: 80%
Block 2: 82%
Block 3: 100%
Block 4: 95%

Score: 800/265

I think the blocks are made randomly from their own UWSA pool of questions but the questions should be the same overall I suppose. I don't think we should rely too much on its predictiveness (uworld even warns us about that) but to see our weak areas and work on them. With NBMEs the same thing, another good thing is that these practice tests give us more "fresh" questions (this is why I think doing uworld 4 times is not that great). For me these are the two most important reasons to do practice tests (and to also bring you a little peace of mind before the test )
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Yeah...ill do it like that. Ill wake up tomorrow and act like if its half the test :P and see how it feels...doing the first 2 back to back like i did for step 1. When are you taking it?
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Yeah...ill do it like that. Ill wake up tomorrow and act like if its half the test :P and see how it feels...doing the first 2 back to back like i did for step 1. When are you taking it?
Taking it next week, December 12th !
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Im not actually fed up..rather il b happy to help u guys
yea i noticed that preventive med was evenly spread across the 8 blocks with equal no of questions say 4 - 5 per blok..

Uworld is enough..but still der wer some weird questions which i hav nevt heard of.. so jus stick to uw and revise all the tables fr preventiv medicine.
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Just finished UWSA...i made soooooooooo many silly mistakes. I scored 560/232. I am down and out!!!

I was expecting at least a 245, and i know i got like 10+ questions wrong that i know the answer....just changed it at the last minute or got confused..!!

Where do i go from here? Should i just keep reading tiki takas notes until my test date or what? My lower subjects CV and Endocrine... as usual.
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hello

i am preparing for CK. my eligibility ends in december, so i'm hoping to be able to do it but i'm not sure if i'm ready!!

i work about 3-4 days a week. didn't finish Uworld yet, going over MTBs for last time and finalizing notes (best test, best treatments and such things).

i'm not sure why it's going slow, is it tiredness, no motivation? all i know is that i have to take this test already!!

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Just finished UWSA...i made soooooooooo many silly mistakes. I scored 560/232. I am down and out!!!

I was expecting at least a 245, and i know i got like 10+ questions wrong that i know the answer....just changed it at the last minute or got confused..!!

Where do i go from here? Should i just keep reading tiki takas notes until my test date or what? My lower subjects CV and Endocrine... as usual.
Don't let this get to you, take it as a valuable learning experience and use it to adjust your test taking skills, be confident in your answers and do not change your answers last minute unless you get a en epiphany or suddenly remember something that changes your answer, usually your first hunch is the right answer! People I think sometimes focus too much on their knowledge base and not on test taking skills, I have found very useful to try to think a little bit beyond the question. It is still a good score, don't worry, stay confident and use it as a learning tool and work on CV and endocrine!

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i am preparing for CK. my eligibility ends in december, so i'm hoping to be able to do it but i'm not sure if i'm ready!!

i work about 3-4 days a week. didn't finish Uworld yet, going over MTBs for last time and finalizing notes (best test, best treatments and such things).

i'm not sure why it's going slow, is it tiredness, no motivation? all i know is that i have to take this test already!!

Best luck for you all
take an NBME and/or UWSA, if your scores are up to what you expect, then by all means go for it! we are all tired, I know it is hard to stay motivated, sometimes the only way is to keep pushing forward!
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Hi guys,
I took UWSA yesterday, 234.
I watched Kaplan videos and read KLN in March. Took the live lecture - prep in May and June. Then reviewed KLN and MTB 2 while doing Kap Qbank. Took NBME 6 last month, 212.
Exam date: Dec 16th. (My EP is Nov-Jan, already postponed once in Nov).
Finished UW at 68%. The explanation is so helpful to know the differentiate Dx.
Will take NBME 7 next week.
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Hi guys,
I took UWSA yesterday, 234.
I watched Kaplan videos and read KLN in March. Took the live lecture - prep in May and June. Then reviewed KLN and MTB 2 while doing Kap Qbank. Took NBME 6 last month, 212.
Exam date: Dec 16th. (My EP is Nov-Jan, already postponed once in Nov).
Finished UW at 68%. The explanation is so helpful to know the differentiate Dx.
Will take NBME 7 next week.
We have almost the same score on UWSA....good luck with NBME 7....and keep pushing....we will conquer. we will surpass and we will achieve victory!!
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Lets keep up guys....lets post how long for out test date and what we are doing.
14 days left for mine. Im going over Tiki Taka notes and reading from FA CK. Will review NBME 7 and UWSA on the weekend. My UW expired today so no more questions for me. Hope i can get that 232 from UWSA to at least a 230 in the real test. Ill just have to push myself to the limits on this final weeks and trust in my preparation and in God.
Lets motivate each other...sooo.. how about you? how is your preparation going?
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i got 7 days to go

what u guys think?

UW? 30% left (2nd time) scoring 82%

got 234 UWSA, 227 nbme 4

I have not FA is it worth it? do i have time

should I go through my UW notes instead?

tika notes?
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i got 7 days to go

what u guys think?

UW? 30% left (2nd time) scoring 82%

got 234 UWSA, 227 nbme 4

I have not FA is it worth it? do i have time

should I go through my UW notes instead?

tika notes?
We have almost the same scores in UWSA and NBME 4....i did NBME 7 and got 230.... with regards to UW you are doing great...dont mind FA now...i used it instead of MTB...and tiki taka notes are just UW notes done by another doctor, but they are organized and i like them so i use them instead of my own....if you have yours use them...7 days is nothing so i would do 1 block a day and spend the rest of my time reading my notes and any weak subject from my main source (in my case FA). Good luck and keep pushing!
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thanks I did nbme 6 and 7 and those scores were terrible

did anyone make any notes from the NBME?

I have about 16 blocks left I was thinking of just powering through it, maybe do like a mock 8hr exam to prepare my body lol

any tips on snacks? haha
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thanks I did nbme 6 and 7 and those scores were terrible

did anyone make any notes from the NBME?

I have about 16 blocks left I was thinking of just powering through it, maybe do like a mock 8hr exam to prepare my body lol

any tips on snacks? haha
For step 1 I had Coke, chocolate, yogurt, cookies and some candy I think, you know keep the glucose levels up high. Most importantly I brought some ibuprofen with me and took some halfway through the test as prophylactic for headaches haha... (it worked).
Power through the rest of uworld, make sure you read everything carefully and try understand why you miss the questions. I did not take notes from NBME but I bought the extended versions so I could see my wrong answers and look them up. Mock exams are usually a good idea, just make sure you don't do it too close to your test so you don't wear yourself out before the test.
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Hey guys, so my exam is on friday! these last days have been stressful, the only thing that has been keeping me from going crazy are my self assesment scores which I am happy with the results, hopefully they will be somewhat predictive. I just finished the FRED exam (free 150), and I think it was good practice, most are easy questions but they are still a good 100+ new questions to keep the concepts fresh in our minds.
I am basically done with my prep, not sure what to do these last few days, I think I am burned out and tired . I think I may give priority to doing a couple of wrong question blocks and checking out the "high yield stuff" from FA, rather than just reading MTB or whatever, don't know if I will ever get around to watching the 20 cases by Conrad, maybe I'll watch a couple if time permits.

So my stats are esentially this before going into the test, they are in chronological order, all qbanks were essentially done random timed except for a few blocks of kaplan qbank which I did subject wise:

Kaplan qbank: 68%
Uworld qbank: 78%
NBME 6: 254
Kaplan SimTest 1: 73%
NBME 7: 248
UWSA: 265
FRED: 93%

Hopefully everyone is doing great and keeping up the good work, I truly believe hard work never goes unrewarded.
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You've been preparing for the test well. The scores on Qbank, UWSA and NBMEs are all excellent! I bet you would rock on the real deal! Good luck!
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Hi everyone! what score on an nbme do you all consider? the actual CCSSA score ar the approximate step 2 score?
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Hey guys, so my exam is on friday! these last days have been stressful, the only thing that has been keeping me from going crazy are my self assesment scores which I am happy with the results, hopefully they will be somewhat predictive. I just finished the FRED exam (free 150), and I think it was good practice, most are easy questions but they are still a good 100+ new questions to keep the concepts fresh in our minds.
I am basically done with my prep, not sure what to do these last few days, I think I am burned out and tired . I think I may give priority to doing a couple of wrong question blocks and checking out the "high yield stuff" from FA, rather than just reading MTB or whatever, don't know if I will ever get around to watching the 20 cases by Conrad, maybe I'll watch a couple if time permits.

So my stats are esentially this before going into the test, they are in chronological order, all qbanks were essentially done random timed except for a few blocks of kaplan qbank which I did subject wise:

Kaplan qbank: 68%
Uworld qbank: 78%
NBME 6: 254
Kaplan SimTest 1: 73%
NBME 7: 248
UWSA: 265
FRED: 93%

Hopefully everyone is doing great and keeping up the good work, I truly believe hard work never goes unrewarded.
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Hi everyone! what score on an nbme do you all consider? the actual CCSSA score ar the approximate step 2 score?

THAT IS VERY SUBJECTIVE,
NOW A DAYS , nBMES ARE NOT TRUST WORTHY ,
STEP-2 CK AVERAGE ON REAL EXAM IS 237 ?I THINK

SO IDEALY NBME ABOVE THAT SHOULD BE GOOD,
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NOW A DAYS , nBMES ARE NOT TRUST WORTHY ,
STEP-2 CK AVERAGE ON REAL EXAM IS 237 ?I THINK

SO IDEALY NBME ABOVE THAT SHOULD BE GOOD,
I got 240 on nbme 7 (CCSSA score) which is equivalent to 185 (approximate 3 digit step 2 score) according to nbme. Does that mean I failed the test?

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i have 1 week to go

I took uwsa 3 months ago got 234

took FRED 2 months ago got 90%

all the NBME didn't go good for me between217-229

whats the high yield stuff from FA?
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what are the most common risk factors in order for
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osteoporosis and osteoarthritis?

are they the same
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I got 240 on nbme 7 (CCSSA score) which is equivalent to 185 (approximate 3 digit step 2 score) according to nbme. Does that mean I failed the test?
CK s Nbme are very bad '' predictor, unlike Step-1 s'
.passing Score of Ck is 210. Nbme is not Good representative of exam, it might be predicting 15-20points above of below your score,
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I am left with a week before the exam. I haven't gone thru all the uworld questions, still 500 remaining. Also haven't reviewed all of my incorrectly answered questions. Any advice for the last week? Should I go thru the new questions or the ones I did wrong???
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I am left with a week before the exam. I haven't gone thru all the uworld questions, still 500 remaining. Also haven't reviewed all of my incorrectly answered questions. Any advice for the last week? Should I go thru the new questions or the ones I did wrong???
New ones......but question....is this your first or second time? if first, why did you start so late? UW is the base of CK prep
Any SA so far? Scores? And what is your UW % so far?
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New ones......but question....is this your first or second time? if first, why did you start so late? UW is the base of CK prep
Any SA so far? Scores? And what is your UW % so far?

Second time except for the last 500. I started to do the the marked and incorrect ones before I finshed the bank. Also went randomly thru all questions. My nbme 7 score is 240 (CCSSA).
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Second time except for the last 500. I started to do the the marked and incorrect ones before I finshed the bank. Also went randomly thru all questions. My nbme 7 score is 240 (CCSSA).
ok...ur not bad at all...thats a great name 7 score...are you planning on taking UWSA? I would do one block a day from UW of the ones left, and just go through your notes and weak areas....
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ok...ur not bad at all...thats a great name 7 score...are you planning on taking UWSA? I would do one block a day from UW of the ones left, and just go through your notes and weak areas....
Thanks so much for a good piece of advice
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I am left with a week before the exam. I haven't gone thru all the uworld questions, still 500 remaining. Also haven't reviewed all of my incorrectly answered questions. Any advice for the last week? Should I go thru the new questions or the ones I did wrong???

i am facing similar situation, or in near future i will be in same ,,situation
except the part i have not done NBME yet ( coming Soon)

one week left, Do unused questions, in like 4 blocks per day
review just wrong one, & revise notes

if time allows you can read explanations of others but atleast you wont have this anxiety that i missed 500 qs

2nd option is keep doing block of unsed & review it
+ multiple blocks of wrong ones, ( it can help you build stamina )
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schedule on 12-23.... pretty depressed now cos just got 244 on NBME4 the worst score i have never gotten... 71% of Kaplan and 82% of UW (both mixed and timed, 1st time)... and got 252 on NBME 7..... so i m really depressed ,idk what to do, why so bad score on NBME4... guys , can u help me>>T_T
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schedule on 12-23.... pretty depressed now cos just got 244 on NBME4 the worst score i have never gotten... 71% of Kaplan and 82% of UW (both mixed and timed, 1st time)... and got 252 on NBME 7..... so i m really depressed ,idk what to do, why so bad score on NBME4... guys , can u help me>>T_T
my friend did same, he went back relaxed with one week til exams only watched the videos again on couch

and scored 260
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my friend did same, he went back relaxed with one week til exams only watched the videos again on couch

and scored 260
thank you, that s very inspiring!!! can u tell me what video did he watch? only have less than two weeks left, i m freaking out once seeing my score today.....
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exam is very different from nbme and uworld kaplan anything , it is usmle !!!!!!!! horrible experience
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Hi friends! I just took step 2 ck yesterday!
I am an Img. Graduated around 3 y ago. I studied 6 months for the exam.
My sources: FA, MTB2, uworld and some of Kaplan lecture videos!
Uworld first time: 66%. Second time 85%
Uwsa ( 1m before): 236
Nbme 4 : ( 3w before) : 244
Nbme 7 (2w before): 212
Free 150 q: 85%

The exam was really harder than it supposed to be ;-) long quetions ! I couldnt even back to check my marked questions!
I'm nervous and not sure if I can get good Score( at least more than 230!)
And so nervous because of low score of nbme 7 !

What do u think? Is there anyone else who have this feeling?
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Hi friends! I just took step 2 ck yesterday!
I am an Img. Graduated around 3 y ago. I studied 6 months for the exam.
My sources: FA, MTB2, uworld and some of Kaplan lecture videos!
Uworld first time: 66%. Second time 85%
Uwsa ( 1m before): 236
Nbme 4 : ( 3w before) : 244
Nbme 7 (2w before): 212
Free 150 q: 85%

The exam was really harder than it supposed to be ;-) long quetions ! I couldnt even back to check my marked questions!
I'm nervous and not sure if I can get good Score( at least more than 230!)
And so nervous because of low score of nbme 7 !

What do u think? Is there anyone else who have this feeling?

hey there
i did mine on dec 3rd and yea i am also sailing in the same boat..
its been a week and it has started to haunt me already

the exam was lloooooooong but i felt it was like doing UW all over again but with huge questions and vaguest!!! choices..

Anyone expecting result on 24 dec??
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guys any tips?

are you still seeing a lot of medical advertisements and research abstract?
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are you still seeing a lot of medical advertisements and research abstract?
Had 1 abstractbwith 3 qs of which 1 was impossible to answer and other two were easy
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Hey guys, tomorrow is the big day for me. I had to travel to a different city to take my test, but I will do my best to post my experience as soon as I can, hopefully through the weekend so I can at least try to bring some peace of mind to you guys and disprove all the pessimists who come to cry to the forums and try to scare all of us.
I'm off to bed, hopefully I'll get some sleep this time as opposed to my (almost) sleepless night for step 1.

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Hey guys, tomorrow is the big day for me. I had to travel to a different city to take my test, but I will do my best to post my experience as soon as I can, hopefully through the weekend so I can at least try to bring some peace of mind to you guys and disprove all the pessimists who come to cry to the forums and try to scare all of us.
I'm off to bed, hopefully I'll get some sleep this time as opposed to my (almost) sleepless night for step 1.

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GOOD LUCK FIRBO! You will surely break the 250+
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Holy crap, 91% on the first go? You are probably all set for a 260 man. I am also planning on doing the 20 cases, anyone else can comment on those videos? are they good?
What is 20 cases.??
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Hey guys, tomorrow is the big day for me. I had to travel to a different city to take my test, but I will do my best to post my experience as soon as I can, hopefully through the weekend so I can at least try to bring some peace of mind to you guys and disprove all the pessimists who come to cry to the forums and try to scare all of us.
I'm off to bed, hopefully I'll get some sleep this time as opposed to my (almost) sleepless night for step 1.

Stay positive, stay confident people. Peace.

I like your spirit! good luck
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hey there
i did mine on dec 3rd and yea i am also sailing in the same boat..
its been a week and it has started to haunt me already

the exam was lloooooooong but i felt it was like doing UW all over again but with huge questions and vaguest!!! choices..

Anyone expecting result on 24 dec??

i also took exam on 3rd DEC , and expecting my result on 24th DEC , do they release result on 24th dec ?
someone told me its holiday in USA but i couldn't get it
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Yes Fibro, who was it? Whenever you have time I bet you did great!
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Hey guys, sorry for taking so long to post but I wanted to get back home, cool off for a little bit and post something useful for the people following this thread and not just a rant.

The exam felt tough, I am not gonna lie. I can understand now the frustration some people feel coming out ouf this test, some questions seem unnecesarily confusing and hard while some are also very easy you'll just blow past them given the time constraint, so in this aspect it also very uneven in my opinon.

I think o157h7 was right on point with his exam experience I kind of felt the same way, if you have not read it you should, I found it helpful.

Blocks 1-3 felts okay, some tough questions but very doable uworld-like blocks for the most part.

Blocks 4-5 were hard, halfway through 4 I felt my ass was getting kicked and block 5 was no different, 4-5 questions one after another that I felt were hard, vague and very frustrating. I tried to recover for b.ock 6, my morale was a little bit down but I pressed on trying to not think about those blocks too much.

Blocks 7 and 8, were a weird mix of easy and tough questions. Had just 1 abstract and no drug ads for the whole test. The abstract was hard, I saved it for last and had 8 mins. to solve it, I think I probably got all of the abstract questions wrong, it was during block 7 and I just wasn't able to do it efficiently, and the concepts tested for it were difficult in my opinion.

Most blocks I managed time relatively well, most I had around 3-5 min to spare at the end and I was able to go through some of my marked questions. Some questions are long, some are short. Do not worry about length, just read quickly and effectively and you'll get through the block and not have to rush the last few questions. Keep your eye on the clock at all times and if the question is giving you trouble, make a guess and keep moving. Remember that the important thing is to get many questions right, it doesn't matter which ones (I think), so try to think about them in bulk.

A lot of OB/GYN tested in my exam, less so pediatrics. Had a bunch of questions with CXRs and a couple of ECG. Had 2 auscultation questions I think, not so bad in my opinion and NBME type picture questions.

Honestly I walked out of the test feeling very differently than for step 1, I felt a little down as opposed to step 1 in which I felt relieved and confident that at least I did my best. I think this may be psychological in a way, specially for people that already did step 1, the stakes are higher and now we have our step 1 expreriences as "reference" to gauge our perfomance on step 2. Don't do this, in my experience they felt like very different tests and should be treated as that.

I don't think I failed this test, we have all worked so hard and even though self assessments are not as predictive for step 2 they at least should be able to tell you if you are ready to take this test or not, I hope at least .

I am not sure however if I will be able to reach my target score, I wanted to score similar or better than my step 1 (247), but I truly do not know what to expect for this one!

However I think if you have a good prep you will do good on it, just keep calm during the test and do your best, don't let tough blocks break your confidence and most importantly remember it is only a test.
I know this may be the most important test of our lives, but in the end it is just that, we should not stop paying to the important thing here which is becoming good physicians that can truly be useful and helpful for our patients.

I hope this was helpful for you guys, I cannot stress how importantly it is to stay positive and confident throughout your prep and on test day!

Peace.
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Hey guys, sorry for taking so long to post but I wanted to get back home, cool off for a little bit and post something useful for the people following this thread and not just a rant.

The exam felt tough, I am not gonna lie. I can understand now the frustration some people feel coming out ouf this test, some questions seem unnecesarily confusing and hard while some are also very easy you'll just blow past them given the time constraint, so in this aspect it also very uneven in my opinon.

I think o157h7 was right on point with his exam experience I kind of felt the same way, if you have not read it you should, I found it helpful.

Blocks 1-3 felts okay, some tough questions but very doable uworld-like blocks for the most part.

Blocks 4-5 were hard, halfway through 4 I felt my ass was getting kicked and block 5 was no different, 4-5 questions one after another that I felt were hard, vague and very frustrating. I tried to recover for b.ock 6, my morale was a little bit down but I pressed on trying to not think about those blocks too much.

Blocks 7 and 8, were a weird mix of easy and tough questions. Had just 1 abstract and no drug ads for the whole test. The abstract was hard, I saved it for last and had 8 mins. to solve it, I think I probably got all of the abstract questions wrong, it was during block 7 and I just wasn't able to do it efficiently, and the concepts tested for it were difficult in my opinion.

Most blocks I managed time relatively well, most I had around 3-5 min to spare at the end and I was able to go through some of my marked questions. Some questions are long, some are short. Do not worry about length, just read quickly and effectively and you'll get through the block and not have to rush the last few questions. Keep your eye on the clock at all times and if the question is giving you trouble, make a guess and keep moving. Remember that the important thing is to get many questions right, it doesn't matter which ones (I think), so try to think about them in bulk.

A lot of OB/GYN tested in my exam, less so pediatrics. Had a bunch of questions with CXRs and a couple of ECG. Had 2 auscultation questions I think, not so bad in my opinion and NBME type picture questions.

Honestly I walked out of the test feeling very differently than for step 1, I felt a little down as opposed to step 1 in which I felt relieved and confident that at least I did my best. I think this may be psychological in a way, specially for people that already did step 1, the stakes are higher and now we have our step 1 expreriences as "reference" to gauge our perfomance on step 2. Don't do this, in my experience they felt like very different tests and should be treated as that.

I don't think I failed this test, we have all worked so hard and even though self assessments are not as predictive for step 2 they at least should be able to tell you if you are ready to take this test or not, I hope at least .

I am not sure however if I will be able to reach my target score, I wanted to score similar or better than my step 1 (247), but I truly do not know what to expect for this one!

However I think if you have a good prep you will do good on it, just keep calm during the test and do your best, don't let tough blocks break your confidence and most importantly remember it is only a test.
I know this may be the most important test of our lives, but in the end it is just that, we should not stop paying to the important thing here which is becoming good physicians that can truly be useful and helpful for our patients.

I hope this was helpful for you guys, I cannot stress how importantly it is to stay positive and confident throughout your prep and on test day!

Peace.


tHANK YOU SO MUCH fOR TAKING TIME OUT MY FRIEND & WRITING uS SUCH IMPORTANT REVIEW,

I AHVE BEEN TOLD BY THREE TOP SCORERS, WHICH I AM NOT IN TOUCH WITHH NOW 262,263,257 THEY FELT LIKE THEY fAILED THIS EXAM

SO I THINK YOU WILL BE 250 + & WE ALL PRAY YOU HAVE WORKED VERY HARD & HAVE BEEN REALY HELPFUL

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Hey guys, sorry for taking so long to post but I wanted to get back home, cool off for a little bit and post something useful for the people following this thread and not just a rant.

The exam felt tough, I am not gonna lie. I can understand now the frustration some people feel coming out ouf this test, some questions seem unnecesarily confusing and hard while some are also very easy you'll just blow past them given the time constraint, so in this aspect it also very uneven in my opinon.

I think o157h7 was right on point with his exam experience I kind of felt the same way, if you have not read it you should, I found it helpful.

Blocks 1-3 felts okay, some tough questions but very doable uworld-like blocks for the most part.

Blocks 4-5 were hard, halfway through 4 I felt my ass was getting kicked and block 5 was no different, 4-5 questions one after another that I felt were hard, vague and very frustrating. I tried to recover for b.ock 6, my morale was a little bit down but I pressed on trying to not think about those blocks too much.

Blocks 7 and 8, were a weird mix of easy and tough questions. Had just 1 abstract and no drug ads for the whole test. The abstract was hard, I saved it for last and had 8 mins. to solve it, I think I probably got all of the abstract questions wrong, it was during block 7 and I just wasn't able to do it efficiently, and the concepts tested for it were difficult in my opinion.

Most blocks I managed time relatively well, most I had around 3-5 min to spare at the end and I was able to go through some of my marked questions. Some questions are long, some are short. Do not worry about length, just read quickly and effectively and you'll get through the block and not have to rush the last few questions. Keep your eye on the clock at all times and if the question is giving you trouble, make a guess and keep moving. Remember that the important thing is to get many questions right, it doesn't matter which ones (I think), so try to think about them in bulk.

A lot of OB/GYN tested in my exam, less so pediatrics. Had a bunch of questions with CXRs and a couple of ECG. Had 2 auscultation questions I think, not so bad in my opinion and NBME type picture questions.

Honestly I walked out of the test feeling very differently than for step 1, I felt a little down as opposed to step 1 in which I felt relieved and confident that at least I did my best. I think this may be psychological in a way, specially for people that already did step 1, the stakes are higher and now we have our step 1 expreriences as "reference" to gauge our perfomance on step 2. Don't do this, in my experience they felt like very different tests and should be treated as that.

I don't think I failed this test, we have all worked so hard and even though self assessments are not as predictive for step 2 they at least should be able to tell you if you are ready to take this test or not, I hope at least .

I am not sure however if I will be able to reach my target score, I wanted to score similar or better than my step 1 (247), but I truly do not know what to expect for this one!

However I think if you have a good prep you will do good on it, just keep calm during the test and do your best, don't let tough blocks break your confidence and most importantly remember it is only a test.
I know this may be the most important test of our lives, but in the end it is just that, we should not stop paying to the important thing here which is becoming good physicians that can truly be useful and helpful for our patients.

I hope this was helpful for you guys, I cannot stress how importantly it is to stay positive and confident throughout your prep and on test day!

Peace.
Damn dude u had same i mean same experience as mine..

Actually thinking fibroblast is absolutely right is saying that it is just a test even though we think its everything life has to offer, still its just a test. I know there is nothing we can rely on as a "gold standard" self assessment like the step 1 b'coz the test is jus a compilation of everything.
thanks fibroblast ur post has given me some confidence in the wait of my scores.

I know u r gonna shine with ur score report but ur actual test begins now in the wait of da score - THE MOST ANNOYING PART! i wuld suggest take a deep breath and keep partying until the third wednesday.

Lastly congrats in gettin over with this and happy wait! If ever u feel low jus keep quoting here..i hope there are many more qho will b more than glad to cher u up
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Thank you guys for your kind messages. I truly don't know what to expect, I made a couple of silly mistakes and those have been haunting me. But what comforts me a little bit is that my experience is similar to that of other people, and hopefully everything will turn out great for all of us. Now the painful wait begins, feel free to ask any questions about the exam I will be glad to help.
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hi fibro
good luck for the result. u have given ur shot. so dont worry n make best of the time u hv.party,meet friends,catch up on movies u missed etc...
can u share ur study plan from start? i m yet to start my prep (been a month since started, still confused in mtb n kaplan ) i took step 1 on october 20th.
so kaplan n mtb dilemma,, n how u managed revising in last few weeks...
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Thank you guys for your kind messages. I truly don't know what to expect, I made a couple of silly mistakes and those have been haunting me. But what comforts me a little bit is that my experience is similar to that of other people, and hopefully everything will turn out great for all of us. Now the painful wait begins, feel free to ask any questions about the exam I will be glad to help.


Goood luck fibro!

i have my exam day after tomorrow... any suggestions and advice pleaseee

anyythingggg... this is my second attempt i can't fail it

i feel so unprepared and forgetting everything. juggling between books, notes and qbank going crazy.

please kindly if you could suggest any high yield point or any advices would be great
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Hey fibroblast,congratulations on getting done!I have no doubt that you will do great

i have my exam in 10 days,in need of some advice
is uworld biostat enough?
what did you mainly studied the last few days leading up to the exam?
any tips on a good way to manage time during the exam?

Thank you very much
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hi fibro
good luck for the result. u have given ur shot. so dont worry n make best of the time u hv.party,meet friends,catch up on movies u missed etc...
can u share ur study plan from start? i m yet to start my prep (been a month since started, still confused in mtb n kaplan ) i took step 1 on october 20th.
so kaplan n mtb dilemma,, n how u managed revising in last few weeks...
It all depends on how much time you have, I did kaplan notes with videos at 1.5x speed, dit and kaplan qbank and uworld in 6 months which is kind of a long time actually but I had some other things going on at the moment so I started kind of slow, I think I could have prepared in 4 if I had skipped the videos. I kind of regret watching the videos they are not worth watching except ob/gyn and surgery in my opinion. I read MTB2 and parts of 3 as well.
Questions are the most important thing in my opinion that is why I decided to do 2 qbanks for step 2. Kaplan may not be as high yield but If you have the time it may be worth your while. Do it before uworld though since it is better and higher yield although it felt much easier than kaplan and questions are shorter. In the real exam I did not feel question length was a problem especially if you get through kaplan qbank.
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Goood luck fibro!

i have my exam day after tomorrow... any suggestions and advice pleaseee

anyythingggg... this is my second attempt i can't fail it

i feel so unprepared and forgetting everything. juggling between books, notes and qbank going crazy.

please kindly if you could suggest any high yield point or any advices would be great
I would suggest reviewing your notes the day before, I think that actually helped me in a couple of questions. Be prepared to answer routes of administration I had a couple of those I think, in which you have to choose between IV or subq for example. Make sure you know your ob/gyn and try to stay levelheaded throughout the test. Other than that I am not sure what to tell you, trust in your prep. I don't know yet what my score is so my advice may not be that good , Stay positive if this is your second time then you are very familiar with this and try work on getting your mind clear so you can remember the important stuff the day of the test!
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Hey fibroblast,congratulations on getting done!I have no doubt that you will do great

i have my exam in 10 days,in need of some advice
is uworld biostat enough?
what did you mainly studied the last few days leading up to the exam?
any tips on a good way to manage time during the exam?

Thank you very much
This is a tough question, if you have taken step 1 recently then for the most part that should be enough. I considered getting the extra biostats course from uworld, I read an experience that recommended it. I think I may have had 1 or 2 biostat questions per block, and I had an abstract which felt very hard. I felt uworld for step 1 the biostats were very high yield, but I think for step 2 uworld may be lacking a little bit. So you may try reading the kaplan behavioral or FA, or the uworld course thing which I have never tried myself.
As for time my original plan was doing 2 blocks-break-2blocks-long break-2blocks-break-final 2 blocks, but I ended up doing 1 block-break-2 blocks-1 block-lunch break-2 blocks-break-1 block-break-final block. It all depends on your prometric center and how many people are taking tests that day since it takes a while to get out and get in (signing in and off takes time).
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My exam is on 30th dec.
i just started my self assessment exams a few days ago.
did nbme form 3 and 2. Scored a pretty embarassingly low score. did them offline. so i wasnt satisfied much. got only 55-60 percent answers correct then i just did nbme 6 online. and my score is quite poor 250 nbme and 185 step 2. I feel hopeless right now.
i have done a read or two of kaplan lecture notes. and currently doing second time uworld.
i have the margin to give exam till feb, but i feel extending will only drag it. because this is my first time extension that i am using..but on the other hand, my scores are not up to the mark even.
what should i do?!!
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My exam is on 30th dec.
i just started my self assessment exams a few days ago.
did nbme form 3 and 2. Scored a pretty embarassingly low score. did them offline. so i wasnt satisfied much. got only 55-60 percent answers correct then i just did nbme 6 online. and my score is quite poor 250 nbme and 185 step 2. I feel hopeless right now.
i have done a read or two of kaplan lecture notes. and currently doing second time uworld.
i have the margin to give exam till feb, but i feel extending will only drag it. because this is my first time extension that i am using..but on the other hand, my scores are not up to the mark even.
what should i do?!!

till FEB

+ive side is You Can extend,
extend it, READ UW explanations with details, spend time, Take notes
UW is key for CK, Stay away from Books now, or use minmum,
Finish UW before feb, redo it in Feb & take exam

you Can Google Tiki Taka notes Do them while you do UW subject wise
spend 8-10 hr per day

you can do it , no thing is impossible.
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My test is in 5 days (next monday)...and i am soo tired. Cant get a grip on what to read, or what to do...i just want to be over with this so i can at least enjoy my xmas vacations. Any ideas? I don't want to saturate myself, thinking about reading the FA HY on the back and doing the FRED on friday. Any good? Anything else i should do before taking the weekend off?
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My test is in 5 days (next monday)...and i am soo tired. Cant get a grip on what to read, or what to do...i just want to be over with this so i can at least enjoy my xmas vacations. Any ideas? I don't want to saturate myself, thinking about reading the FA HY on the back and doing the FRED on friday. Any good? Anything else i should do before taking the weekend off?
oh..i understand how you feel...take a goood sleep...it helps a lot...!! i know right now you might be thinking of how not to waste your time and stuff like that, but a good sleep and a nice bath will definitely help and you will feel motivated once you're relaxed.
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till FEB

+ive side is You Can extend,
extend it, READ UW explanations with details, spend time, Take notes
UW is key for CK, Stay away from Books now, or use minmum,
Finish UW before feb, redo it in Feb & take exam

you Can Google Tiki Taka notes Do them while you do UW subject wise
spend 8-10 hr per day

you can do it , no thing is impossible.
Thank you for the advice. I'll try the Tiki Taka notes. I have heard of them before but i didn't know what they were and if they were useful or what. Now ill try using them.
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My test is in 5 days (next monday)...and i am soo tired. Cant get a grip on what to read, or what to do...i just want to be over with this so i can at least enjoy my xmas vacations. Any ideas? I don't want to saturate myself, thinking about reading the FA HY on the back and doing the FRED on friday. Any good? Anything else i should do before taking the weekend off?

GOOD LUCK MAN

i hope i Can take exam this 28th. so Scared,

revise your Own Notes, & weak Areas,
build Stamina, of doing blocks in a row, i think i will try doing 7 blocks in a row before exam if things did went Good insha Allah.

last day of exam please Go Play pool, Or watch movie,
do not study on last day
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Okay so i'm almost done with uworld with an average of 42% and this is my 1st round!!

I still have 33% unused q's.


I have my exam scheduled on 30th December.

Just took an nbme (4) and horribly got 50 (145)



I have a feeling that i will have to push the exam date a bit further, cause i don't wanna risk getting a bad score.




My plan is to finish uworld, then do it a 2nd time to improve my average, while also revising MTB and my uworld notes.



any suggestion??
You should definitely push the test back until you feel confident. One thing you might try is a video lecture course and the kaplan qbank. Kaplan qbank gives you a very good exercise on high-yield topics tested on step 2 ck.
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