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Old 09-23-2015
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Default 250 CK Experience

Took exam Mon, Aug 28th and received score today.

US IMG at a non-Caribbean school, graduated June 2015, currently in mandatory sub-intern 5th year.
Step 1 234, CS Pass both 1st attempt.
Prep 8wks:
UW first 10 blocks: 62%
UW average: 67%, got through it once only (timed/random)
UW final 10 blocks: 72%
Using the "infamous" (2.3 x %)+84, UW% correlates to 227, 238, and 250 respectively

NBME 3 -- 5 weeks out -- 214
NBME 4 -- 3 weeks out -- 231
All NBME Mastery Series (shelf prep) -- 2 weeks out -- 21-26pts
UWSA --- 1 week out -- 242
NBME 7 -- 2 days out -- 229 (buzzkill)

Actual CK: 250

The exam is a monster, and nothing that I did alone could have prepped me for it. Obviously, UW is the #1 tool, but only use it as a learning tool. The UWSA gave me a similar experience to the exam. UpToDate is the most underrated source out there, as well as EM Secrets)

I was not a fan of MTB 2 for IM prep. I prefer detail, so I used Step to Medicine (not Step 2). MTB 3 was sufficient for OB/GYN and Peds. The absolute best surgery prep is Emergency Medicine Secrets -- I know, it sounds crazy. For psychiatry, I was unable to find a solid source and it showed on my score division -- find something that is recent and is compatible with the DSM-V. Read Secrets for Ck the weekend leading up to the exam, but felt I was just spinning my tires -- no real substance there.

A big help for me was doing the NBME Mastery questions and UWSA, as they require you to think differently than UW.

Finally, the most important piece of advice is to realize that this is supposed to be a grueling exam. Build your stamina with UW, sitting for multiple blocks at a time. Being a 250 knowledge person isn't the same thing as being a person that can sit for an exam and actually score a 250. Focus, patience, humility, and a positive attitude will score you points on test day. I can promise this.

Best of luck to all.
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congratulations for the score. I see that u had 214 in nbme 3. How did u prepare to improve the nbme score. I scored 206 in nbme 3. I really wanna boost my score . please let me know what should be my strategy for next 4 weeks. I have 6 weeks to go for the real deal. thanks
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