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Unhappy nbme scores not increasing

hello again,

my nbme scores r not increasing at all.

nbme 7 online 186 (may 4)
nbme 4 (june 4) online 178

wat the hell is wrong with my studies.

uworld scores have increased i get nearly 30 to 32 questions correct on first try.

i revised mtb and mtb 3 for 3 times now and started tiki taka notes.

wat else should i do to get passing marks in step 2ck.

should i buy usmle step 2ck secrets wud it help..

im f...d up.

i feel like i know everything, i sleep for like freaking 4 to 5 hrs max.

plz every1 help needed, really desperate. i was thinking of giving my step 2ck my this month end.
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anyone , who wu like to share his / her experience
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hey, im more or less in a similar situation like you and i dont know what to do either.Our last date to take this exam is July 10th if we plan to apply for Match 2016.

I actually started doing DIT (older version) even though ive read people saying you shouldn't but its given me a proper structure and when a topic is being discussed i go through all my uworld notes of the topic so if nothing else its like a revision atleast.......i have 2 days left in the course and i plan to do like a week of UWorld (2-3 blocks a day if i can) after and take an NBME at the end of it,then hopefully i see a significant improvement.
If that does happen ill have 3 more weeks (before 10th of July) to sharpen my knowledge and give the exam.

But in fairness ive had a similar experience for step 1 so whats lacking is knowledge and concepts so that can only be learnt by studying them 10-20 times,and that does take some time to do.

anyway good luck to you,just thought id share my story cause we seem to be in the same boat.
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thanks a lot samren for the reply.

i am thinking of going back to kaplan and sticking to it, coz mtb2 n 3 hv lot of deficit so thinking of dumping mtb.

do u think usmle step 2ck secrets is good and wud that make a difference..
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sure man anytime....i started out with kaplan as well and i don't know if it helped but its only good for like 1st pass through all the subjects in my opinion.its also too vast,i mean i assume like me you're looking to pass and get done with the exam so concentrating on key concepts and studying efficiently should be our priority right.

Have you finished uworld? cause there is a lot of new stuff from uworld that ive written down in my mtb book and im studying the notes more than mtb itself.

if you like videos try this website that has free videos,i used them after kaplan and thought they were helpful www.onlinemeded.com

i dont know too much about step 2ck secrets....but honestly though any source we use will have enough information to get someone to pass i feel,its just that we have to go over it a number of times to get there,plus if we're supplementing uworld it should be enough....time will tell i guess.
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Is the problem maybe from just not enough questions or uw not like how the exams are now?

Many exam experiences say that uw and nbme are very different?
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good morning timexa,

Yes, after my step i felt the same way but i passed and while preparing for my step 1, i used to see a steady and slow rise in my marks ( be it nbme or uw percentage)

but while preparing for STEP 2CK , no matter how many times i revise ( mtb 2 for im and mtb3 for rest) my scores dont seem to improve on nbme's at all.

So since yesterday i havent slept coz i cant stop thinking that i am doing something wrong which is causing my score not to improve.

now im thinking shud i start kaplan again or shhould i look at fa step 2 or usmle step 2 secrets.

ANY SUGGESTIONS TIMEXA
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I am not sure how to best advise you placebo but maybe have you thought of doing more questions from another source? Are you doing everything time and tutor or random? I think that makes a big difference.

There are only qbank from kaplan and usmlerx from first aid I think for other practice mcq but not sure how they are, maybe others will tell how it is and if they are up to date like uw, which I don't think so from old searching here.

Passing is still 209 and much to do, you got a 186 and then a 178 after one month more of studying? How are you reading and doing questions during that month?

I hope someone will tell you some good tips. I would wait on any more assessment tests until you do another plan. I don't think secrets will boost so much, it is very general but some people like it because it is general.
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Im studying mtb2 n 3 and uw with tiki taka notes.

Kaplan also seems a bit bulky at this time.

Lets see if mtb2 n 3 work up d 4 time i revise.
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I don't know if reading mtb 2 +3 again for 4th time is going to help! You didn't say how you did uw.

From 1 month, you went down from 186 to 178 on the online forms and that is after 3 revision of mtb 2+3 and 1 revision uw?!

Hope someone gives you some nice advice!
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uw offline timed subject wise
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That's probably one of the reasons your score isn't improving You need to buy a real subscription to uw and use it in timed and maybe random tutor manner. Offline is not going to help and same with real assessment exams, must be online paid.
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