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Help How to raise my score in CK?

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I'm a little bit depressed right now. I finished reading through Kaplan CK Lecture Notes and MTB-CK once, currently reading through MTB2 again (along with FA for the CK) and doing UW (all subjects). My test is at the beginning of October.
I'm scoring around 70% in UW, I mean constantly - it doesn't get better, it doesn't get worse. I mean, shouldn't it get better as I review and read more?! What should I do to raise my possibilities of a good score? I need it, as I am an 'old IMG'.... sigh!
Also, I only have like 3, max. 4 hours per day to study.
Thanks for any advice!
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so uw in which mode timed or untimed, randumor subject and system wise......i think after done with first aid and 2nd revision may increase your performance.
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so uw in which mode timed or untimed, randumor subject and system wise......i think after done with first aid and 2nd revision may increase your performance.
I'm doing it in untimed mode, mainly because I have a baby to take care of that keeps wanting attention , but I'm ALWAYS done on time, with time left over (usually a couple of minutes) - also, I'm doing random subject.
I hope my performance will raise..., right now it doesn't look like it
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Take an NBME. see where you stand. If you score well then you are good to go even with your around 70 scores. If you score not so well then see where is your worst subjects and start working on them
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Take an NBME. see where you stand. If you score well then you are good to go even with your around 70 scores. If you score not so well then see where is your worst subjects and start working on them
Thanks. I purchased the UWSA test so I'm most likely going to take that one sooner or later. I know more or less where my weak points are..., which is good and bad (I'm procrastinating some of those subjects... I know, I know ).
Tks for the advice though!

What is an ok score to have at UW? Any suggestions?
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Thanks. I purchased the UWSA test so I'm most likely going to take that one sooner or later. I know more or less where my weak points are..., which is good and bad (I'm procrastinating some of those subjects... I know, I know ).
Tks for the advice though!

What is an ok score to have at UW? Any suggestions?
It's your call at the end, but I strongly advice you not to rely on UW alone to assist your good and bad points. For example, I my self had an excellent performance in surgery in UW ( high 70's ) and it turned out to be the WORST subject in NBME, and believe me, I wouldn't have got my score if I didn't focus on surgery for the last 10 days
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It's your call at the end, but I strongly advice you not to rely on UW alone to assist your good and bad points. For example, I my self had an excellent performance in surgery in UW ( high 70's ) and it turned out to be the WORST subject in NBME, and believe me, I wouldn't have got my score if I didn't focus on surgery for the last 10 days
Are the NBME really necessary? I never did them for step 1 and did just fine. Do people usually do them to know where they stand, or just like practice questions for the real thing?
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Are the NBME really necessary? I never did them for step 1 and did just fine. Do people usually do them to know where they stand, or just like practice questions for the real thing?
Sure you may do fine without them .. but i believe that you can do even better with them. Besides, you said your score in UW is not really improving, so a good score in NBME will assure you that you are on the right track and no need to worry about UW score. On the other hand a bad score in some subjects will give you the hint on what to study for the time being. 150 questions cannot be really counted as a practice for someone who just finished thousands of practice questions, but these 50$ are by far the best 50$ you will spend on your preparation for CK
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