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Help Scored 209 in NBME 4; What to do to improve my prep?

My exam should've been in 6 days but today i did my assessment and I got 209, so I canceled my exam,
Here is what I have done till now studied Kaplan internal medicine, wrote note on First aid ck then did USMLE world and took notes too, did UWSA IN 12 April and i got 238, i did NBME ASSESSMENT form 4 and got 209 today and i really don't know what to do, any advices?
What should I do?
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get the offline version of the form + compare with answer key and see why u got the questions u got wrong.

either 1- lack of knowledge (ie u didnt know what they were asking or didnt know what order the steps were done in) or
2-lack of application (panic, know it but still cudnt answer)


if 1- lack of knowledge
re do the systems u got questions wrong in for IM
if it was peds/obgyn/surg/behav/psy--- maybe u can give a quick read to a kaplan book since uv already done FA.


2-lack of application
either redo Uworld--- if u havent done it already

if u feel u will remember questions from uworld and it wont be a fair thing
u can do either Kaplan Qbank or kaplan Qbook.
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Thank you for the reply, i did usmle world once and i finished it 2 months ago, so i remember some questions but i don't remember the whole 2239 question and the other thing i don't want to read new material i believe that it was the lack of application because i have been a long time since i did the usmle world, do you have the form offline or do you know where i can get it?
And do you think that doing another q bank as kaplan q bank or usmlerx is better than doin usmleworld twice and last question in my both assessments i did bad in surgery, so how can i improve my self in surgery?
And thank you again for the reply
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and the other thing i don't want to read new material

i believe that it was the lack of application because i have been a long time since i did the usmle world, do you have the form offline or do you know where i can get it? try google/other forums.

And do you think that doing another q bank as kaplan q bank or usmlerx is better than doin usmleworld twice -- again like i said. its only if u think u remember questions from uworld. but most people say uworld is better closer to the test

and last question in my both assessments i did bad in surgery, so how can i improve my self in surgery?
you have to read something mate. I agree with the thing of not doing any new material.. but if u already know all the stuff u did in the primary source u reffered to for surgery (FA?) then maybe u need to do a review book (kaplan?) or redo FA again
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hey dude...

It good that you postponed. Ideally if ur nbme 4 is 209 then u may be 219 -223 in real deal.

I have no time to postpone my exam. I am freaking out to give nbme 4 tomm.
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Goood luck man i wish you the best tomorrow, as anyone would tell you don't freak out, i was so anxious i slept for 4 hours and i did the assessment in the morning, don't do my mistake, i was reviewing some of the questions and i really wonder how i chose the wrong answer, i know most of the wrong answers and i would do much better if i wasn't that anxious, i dis much better in the uwsa though the questions were harder because i was so calm... Good luck tomorrow and will be waiting to see how you did..
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hi guys
i took name 4 n got 450 which is 218.. i ahd gotten 470 on name 3 which was 223.
but i was anxious and just couldn't perform. also wasn't clear with some concepts.
what does this mean?
i have 2 weeks for the exam. just work on the weaknesses? i'm looking to minimum 230.

thanks in advance
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Goood luck man i wish you the best tomorrow, as anyone would tell you don't freak out, i was so anxious i slept for 4 hours and i did the assessment in the morning, don't do my mistake, i was reviewing some of the questions and i really wonder how i chose the wrong answer, i know most of the wrong answers and i would do much better if i wasn't that anxious, i dis much better in the uwsa though the questions were harder because i was so calm... Good luck tomorrow and will be waiting to see how you did..
Best wishes
just did my nbme 4 today. Came to 246. Thanks for your advice. I tried to be calm while giving it. I hope i can face the real deal now. Tc. good luck to you
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Glad to hear that ,wish the best in the exam
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hi guys
i took name 4 n got 450 which is 218.. i ahd gotten 470 on name 3 which was 223.
but i was anxious and just couldn't perform. also wasn't clear with some concepts.
what does this mean?
i have 2 weeks for the exam. just work on the weaknesses? i'm looking to minimum 230.

thanks in advance
I would say keep a +/- 10 error margin. You still have two weeks to work on your weakness. Take a nbme 2 1 week b4 . it is a good indicator as well. I think you are there for 230 or above. good luck
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