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Old 08-23-2012
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Help Trouble finishing blocks on CK today...

Hi All!

This is my first post...I actually just discovered this site last week as I was desperate for some exam day advice! A great site, indeed!

Anyhow, I took CK today. Overall, I think the difficulty of the exam was appropriate, (more to come later regarding my overall experience). However, I definitely experienced issues with finishing my blocks with spare time to go back and look at questions that I had flagged within the block. For 3/8 blocks, I had about 5 minutes spare time to review. For 4/8 I was down to the second.

And then the problem: for 1/8 blocks: I am pretty sure I had about 6 unanswered questions at the end. I got hung up on one of those darn abstract question sets in the middle and lost track of time. (My advice is to leave them for last, if possible!)

With that said, my questions are for those of you that have already received your score and know you left some questions unanswered due to time constraints:

Is any possibility of getting a score of >230 with some questions left unanswered on the entire exam? I got a 230 on Step 1, and it would be nice to improve a bit. However, I am really really thinking that my score will go down the drain due to this one block issue.

Also, is there a greater penalty for leaving questions unanswered vs. randomly selecting an answer?

I am keeping my fingers crossed, and I appreciate ANY helpful advice you would have to offer!!!!!!!


Cheers,

Heineken
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Well, I answered one of my questions on my own: TMK, there is no additional penalty for leaving questions unanswered--it just guarantees that you will get the question wrong vs. high probability of getting it wrong by random guessing.

I'd still love to hear from anyone that did not complete a block or felt pressed for time and yet still scored at least a 230! If I am dreaming that this is possible, that would be great to know too!

(I'm probably experiencing post exam psychosis, btw, I'll stop now...)



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Hey Heineken...if you did well on the rest of exam dont worry about those questions, my friend left 5 questions and got 245 so hope you will get a high score too
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hey heineken you mentioned that in few blocks u had 5 min left at the end , and in few a few seconds . just want to know when u were doing uw in timed mode , how much time did u hav at the end ? just want to guage the q length of the exam vs the uw ...
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Hey Heineken...if you did well on the rest of exam dont worry about those questions, my friend left 5 questions and got 245 so hope you will get a high score too
good luck
Thanks for the information, md-2011! I seriously hope that I did well on the rest of the exam...it's tough to tell. It all seems like a huge blur at this point...fingers crossed!
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hey heineken you mentioned that in few blocks u had 5 min left at the end , and in few a few seconds . just want to know when u were doing uw in timed mode , how much time did u hav at the end ? just want to guage the q length of the exam vs the uw ...
Hi ommy,

This is a tough question to answer. I never did a totally randomized uw test. It would either be internal med, obgyn, peds, etc, and for internal med, I usually broke them down into the sub categories. With that said, I always had time left over when completing a timed uw test.

On the real thing, the research and drug ad questions bogged me down most. Some blocks had more of these types of Qs and some less...Also, sometimes the blocks had 2 research question sets AND a higher number of total questions in general compared to other blocks. Overall, I felt that the difficulty and length of time it actually took to complete the blocks on the exam was much more variable than the length of time it took me to complete an average uw exam.

I suggest skipping or randomly choosing an answer for any difficult drug ad and/or research questions and then coming back to them in the end...
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thanks heineken . , yes thats my plan to skip the drug ad and abstract q and do them at the end .
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Hey i m in the same boat. I have a question. Do u get any mail from usmle giving.u option? I mean whether to consider this incomplete attempt? I am threatened by te thought that it would be considered incomplete attempt as i have only 4 qs unanswered and i do not want to repeat exam. Does it appear in transcript or score report? Somebody please help.
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