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Hello all!

My exam is scheduled on Aug 20th and I've got 7 days left to crunch it!

I haven't taken an NBME yet to assess myself (mistake, I know), but plan on taking it on Monday (Form 4; I wanted to go over MTB over the 2 days because of a confidence issue). I needed suggestions on what to do this last week that I have.

I'll be trying to focus on my UW Notes (50+ Pages) and MTB/Secrets. Right now, it seems overwhelming but I guess i'll have to push it this last week.

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Take NBME 4 so you can figure out any weaknesses and then you can spend time too reviewing those in UW. You can use the search feature to look up topics you are weak in, or that you get wrong.

I know my last week, I was starting to get tired of studying and UW and all, just keep pushing. A lot can happen in these last few days, an extra 10-15+ points easily
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im in the same boat. exam in 2weeks. id suggest take an nbme now, to know ur weak areas. i took nbme4 yest. scored 223/470. not as good, but i realised i suchkat psych! got an asterix in poor performance.lol. so ya take an nbme now, so that u can work on ur weak areas. dunwry its not ur real exam! goodluck
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Your plan seems good .but dont forget to do UWSA before exam ,i heard its high yeld and you will get 176 quality questions of usmle world to practice.

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Your plan seems good .but dont forget to do UWSA before exam ,i heard its high yeld and you will get 176 quality questions of usmle world to practice.

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yes i second that ...uwsa is imp set of qs ..........

and take it before nbme 4 you will take time to go through explanation ....

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Okay guys,

After listening to your advice, I did UWSA and ended up with a 218 (66%-62%-72%-61%). Exam is on the 20th, and I hope to boost my score up by at least 10-15 points (wouldn't mind a 230).

Any ideas on how to approach that?
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I am in the same boat as PatelMD.

However, I have NBME 4 score as well which isn't great (200) but NBME 2 3 weeks ago predicted 214. My exam is around the same date as PatelMD so please help us.
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I am in the same boat as PatelMD.

However, I have NBME 4 score as well which isn't great (200) but NBME 2 3 weeks ago predicted 214. My exam is around the same date as PatelMD so please help us.
Hey, I think since your scores are so diverse, I think you should take the UWSA just to make sure you fall in your desired score range.

Lets see what others suggest.
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Nah man, I cannot postpone my exam. I have to stick with the date.

UWSA predicted the score around the same range as NBME 2.

I just need to pull my socks up and study as much as possible to increase my score.

I am hoping NBMEs have underestimated my score and my final score will be above 225.
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Nah man, I cannot postpone my exam. I have to stick with the date.

UWSA predicted the score around the same range as NBME 2.

I just need to pull my socks up and study as much as possible to increase my score.

I am hoping NBMEs have underestimated my score and my final score will be above 225.
Oh okay, so you have done UWSA. Okay, that's good then
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Good luck to both of you!

My Step 2 is a week from Tuesday - I'm just going to keep doing random questions, reading up on my weak points here and there (one-liners on the back of the toilet, MTB next to the bed). Also taking some time to walk outside and run around with friends, played rugby today, frisbee tomorrow...
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Okay guys,

After listening to your advice, I did UWSA and ended up with a 218 (66%-62%-72%-61%). Exam is on the 20th, and I hope to boost my score up by at least 10-15 points (wouldn't mind a 230).

Any ideas on how to approach that?

Great job, go over it in detail, read every question, both wrong and right. Go over the sections you are weak in again, using UW search feature.

Then once you are done with this, then you can take NBME 4, maybe by Aug 15.
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Best of luck patel.... I'm starting my prep now. I am planning on taking the exam in December. Any suggestions?
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Great job, go over it in detail, read every question, both wrong and right. Go over the sections you are weak in again, using UW search feature.

Then once you are done with this, then you can take NBME 4, maybe by Aug 15.
Thanks! Ugh!!! I wanna read MTB a couple of times, but then I wont be able to go over UW as much or Secrets (once) lol.

Cant study for CK as much as I want to/need to - First world problems.
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Best of luck patel.... I'm starting my prep now. I am planning on taking the exam in December. Any suggestions?
Thanks, I don't know yet. I'll let you know next Monday!

But so far, I'd say skip KLN! Go directly to UW & Master The Boards Step 2/3.
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id suggest, UW is more imp at this point of time than MTB. because everytime u read UW theres something new u learn. MTB is just the basic stuff, which u probably know by now. if u dont have time for UW , cuz answering questions and all does take a lot of time, try reading Girl interrupted UW notes! i jus started reading them myself twodays ago.had heard a lot abt it. normally i refrain from opening new stuff last minute. but this is Pure UW information.nothing new.nothing extra. evrything straight from uworld.even the vocabulary!its jus compiled more properly. so u can brush ur memory at a faster pace. im liking it so far. i did psych and Biostats from there. evrything made so much more sense. because its all in one place!
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id suggest, UW is more imp at this point of time than MTB. because everytime u read UW theres something new u learn. MTB is just the basic stuff, which u probably know by now. if u dont have time for UW , cuz answering questions and all does take a lot of time, try reading Girl interrupted UW notes! i jus started reading them myself twodays ago.had heard a lot abt it. normally i refrain from opening new stuff last minute. but this is Pure UW information.nothing new.nothing extra. evrything straight from uworld.even the vocabulary!its jus compiled more properly. so u can brush ur memory at a faster pace. im liking it so far. i did psych and Biostats from there. evrything made so much more sense. because its all in one place!
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I just realized its 259 pages. lol

Okay, so notes vs. mtb vs. secrets vs. my own uw notes lol
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remembr ur notes are way better than anything else.
and for girl interrupted, use it only for weak areas. 256pages is too much for last week! rember quality is more imp than quantity at this point of time. ud rather do 50 pages and be able to solve questions, than do 256 and solve none. dunwry u got the girl in ur hand! lol lol
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me got ten days feel so unprepared.reading mtb n uw now.:sorry:
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me got ten days feel so unprepared.reading mtb n uw now.:sorry:
dunwry.keep calm. i know the feeling :S .. i feel exactly the same!
wat was ur UW cumulative??
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dunwry.keep calm. i know the feeling :S .. i feel exactly the same!
wat was ur UW cumulative??
79.wens ur exam?
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28th august!!
thats an awesome cumulative!
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28th august!!
thats an awesome cumulative!
but with people scaring me about new questions n OUT OF UW quetions.i doubt that:sorry:
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but with people scaring me about new questions n OUT OF UW quetions.i doubt that:sorry:
The announcement on www.usmle.org clearly says that they have changed the number of questions in each block ,nowhere they say that contents have changed.The change in content is usually subtle and is over a long period of time ,it doesn't happen quickly.That said ,the people who are less prepared always find the questions in usmle very difficult.dont listen to them
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but with people scaring me about new questions n OUT OF UW quetions.i doubt that:sorry:
Yup true wat step enhancer has to say! Of all things they cant have questions from out of this world. Its all in the books, provided u know em! And i sound like i got a 90% cumulative! Lol
Anywho so whats ur last week strategy?! What all are u planning to revw! U think reading Kaplan IM besides mtb2/3 would be a good thing?! Considering ill have a hard time trying to squeeze it in my timetable.
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The announcement on www.usmle.org clearly says that they have changed the number of questions in each block ,nowhere they say that contents have changed.The change in content is usually subtle and is over a long period of time ,it doesn't happen quickly.That said ,the people who are less prepared always find the questions in usmle very difficult.dont listen to them
Just stay confident ,thats the key when the exam is near .Your uworld cummulative is awesome.U will do great ,believe in yourself.

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havent read mtb yet.planning to give it a quick read n revise wrong questions in uw?wat abt u?no time for kln now or revision
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Im planning to stick to uw and mtb. But i dont know i might go thru some Kaplan IM if needed.
So u jus studied solely from uw?! I wonder what u guys eat!! Lol. So i did kaplan and mtb and my cumulative still is 65 :S
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i did kaplan notes simaltaneously but dont know if it helped.i dont have the guts to giv exam without reading kln lol but i hav no time for revision.coz my average has been the same from beginning and took a di in the middle as i read kln
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I was supposed to wrike exam on Aug 23 . Not well prepared.
sotoday I resheduled to Next month...Lot of time to study ..
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i did kaplan notes simaltaneously but dont know if it helped.i dont have the guts to giv exam without reading kln lol but i hav no time for revision.coz my average has been the same from beginning and took a di in the middle as i read kln

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Just to update you all: I finished 1/2 my UW notes yesterday and will finish the 1/2 today (total of about 110 pages), and will revise MTB over next 3 days (wed/thurs/fri), and will do some rote memorization of formulas, and things i find are hard to keep in memory (drug adr etc.) on saturday. Sunday is day before exam so wont do anything.

Ive really gotten fatigued from studying & rotations so i can barely find the motivation to study this last week.
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Just to update you all: I finished 1/2 my UW notes yesterday and will finish the 1/2 today (total of about 110 pages), and will revise MTB over next 3 days (wed/thurs/fri), and will do some rote memorization of formulas, and things i find are hard to keep in memory (drug adr etc.) on saturday. Sunday is day before exam so wont do anything.

Ive really gotten fatigued from studying & rotations so i can barely find the motivation to study this last week.
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Just to update you all: I finished 1/2 my UW notes yesterday and will finish the 1/2 today (total of about 110 pages), and will revise MTB over next 3 days (wed/thurs/fri), and will do some rote memorization of formulas, and things i find are hard to keep in memory (drug adr etc.) on saturday. Sunday is day before exam so wont do anything.

Ive really gotten fatigued from studying & rotations so i can barely find the motivation to study this last week.
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Good luck ,just few days more .Did u take NBME 4 ?
Nope, dont plan to.

Besides, people say UWSA is a better predictor anyway. I'd rather not freak out if I get a terrible score.
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Good luck patelMD.I was also supposed to writ e in this week..
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Update:

Have fallen behind in the studying schedule, haven't finished 1/2 of the IM that I was suppose to get done by Thursday. I guess i'll be covering the rest of IM only on friday. No Ob Gyn/Peds/Surgery etc.

Saturday, will try and finish Secrets finally + formulas etc.

Also, motivation is lacking now and the pre-exam amnesia syndrome has kicked in.
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Have fallen behind in the studying schedule, haven't finished 1/2 of the IM that I was suppose to get done by Thursday. I guess i'll be covering the rest of IM only on friday. No Ob Gyn/Peds/Surgery etc.

Saturday, will try and finish Secrets finally + formulas etc.

Also, motivation is lacking now and the pre-exam amnesia syndrome has kicked in.
Keep up the efforts...U will crack....best of luck...
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Have fallen behind in the studying schedule, haven't finished 1/2 of the IM that I was suppose to get done by Thursday. I guess i'll be covering the rest of IM only on friday. No Ob Gyn/Peds/Surgery etc.

Saturday, will try and finish Secrets finally + formulas etc.

Also, motivation is lacking now and the pre-exam amnesia syndrome has kicked in.
Keep pushing patelMD......good luck
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Thanks for the motivation guys.

Since my last post, I managed to finish all of IM from MTB 2.

I wont be going over anymore, and consider my review period done. Monday is the big day, so will rest up tomorrow and perhaps get ma drank on.
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Best wishes and God speed!
No getting any "drank on", till after the exam! Rest up and get plenty of rest. Take enough caffeine, snack and lunch with you to the exam.
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No getting any "drank on", till after the exam! Rest up and get plenty of rest. Take enough caffeine, snack and lunch with you to the exam.
Thanks Lena! You've been super helpful .
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best of luck bro......

dont panic during exam and manage ur time well......pray to God.....Good luck.!!!
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Thanks for the motivation guys.

Since my last post, I managed to finish all of IM from MTB 2.

I wont be going over anymore, and consider my review period done. Monday is the big day, so will rest up tomorrow and perhaps get ma drank on.

Good luck on ur exam!
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i think his exam just started ...... the patel is from USA ...............
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is itanyway he will come back n see it
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sure he will be so happy to see us eagerly waiting for his review and advice ...
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i have it in two days
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did you take any nbme or uwsa ???
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Be confident ,maintain pace and kill the exam ....god speed

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Be confident ,maintain pace and kill the exam ....god speed
will let u know the date.not sure still
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Hey,

So sorry for not posting my experience guys! Been so busy with rotations.
I'll be posting my experience shortly, and you guy's are free to ask any questions.
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