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Unhappy With only 4 weeks to go, just 209 on NBME :(

Well, I have not been able to improve. I have just 4 weeks left for my exam, I scored just 410/209 on NBME 1. I don't understand. I study so hard all the time, it's been 7 months. I've done Kaplan Lecture Notes 5-6 times, USMLE World Qbank 4 times, and MTB 1 time (I purchased it only 1 month ago). That time, I scored a 202 on NBME 4. This improvement was bad. I am really confused. What should I do now? I study for 10 hours a day, and I took time to read every question carefully this time. This is disappointing. I don't understand where the problem lies. With just 4 weeks to go, what should I do now?

In my score report of the NBME test, I have a star on higher performance in Pediatrics and Obs/Gynae. The ones on the lower end are Internal Medicine and General Surgery. I was of the impression that my Medicine is bad because I wasn't doing MTB until last month, but that hasn't showed a miraculous change.

I scored just 194 in Step 1. Plus, I'm an IMG. With no clerkships (though I have a few observerships). I know the chances of me getting matched, are really low. I don't understand why I am always unable to do anything. I score so less after studying so much and people easily score in the 250s, 260s. I don't think my mind is not capable of this, because when I was in medical school, I used to top the exams. Then why am I not able to do good in USMLE?

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Dont let your confidence break Bro. I would blame the flaws in our Medical Education systems in the Subcontinent. We are not groomed to think the USMLE way. Creating an entire thought process in a span of a few months is not easy.
But to change your results think critically about what you're missing.
How much are you scoring on the online Uworld? How much of the answers are you dead sure of? How many are just guesses?
Assess yourself. and dont feel down. Theres nothing wrong with your brain. I am going through the same crap you are Keep going. Cram the crap out of MTB. All the best.
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I was in a similar situation many many months ago and then I formed an informal "study group" here, where we used to discuss posted questions ( just go through some of my posts from the months of July onwards)) and that cleared many of my concepts. I still try to answer most of the questions posted here. I suggest you do the same. Discussing the questions helps to clear your concepts as well as develop a thought process and that's what I think you are lacking since I am sure you know a lot more than many people.
Remember, this is not a test of your knowledge but a test of "application" of your knowledge.

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salam alikm ali.
i had the same experience but you r better.
i fail in my self assesment of the usmle world.
i advice to start at weak area that was almost in medicine. i back again to book, read note from usmle world , and do question from other source, to apply the concept in different way,
-usmle step2 secerts and girls note i saw many who get 240 and above read it..they r nice..
and do not depress .. and you choice the hard way because you know it worth working hard.....
focus on sucess nothing eless

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read it well u ahve plenty of time to revise ur weak points i had my nbme1 one night before my exam it was 207 and i got 218 in exam ur nbme4 is the most predictable i had nbme4 beforethe exam by month and got 221

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Don't worry just keep reviewing you will score higher than your NBME I am sure of it. What was UWorld assessment score? Just keep going through UWorld and the notes you made. Try to meditate and relax and when you are ready take it. Your nerves will be your worst enemy, you will score alot higher then NBME.
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Dont let your confidence break Bro. I would blame the flaws in our Medical Education systems in the Subcontinent. We are not groomed to think the USMLE way. Creating an entire thought process in a span of a few months is not easy.
But to change your results think critically about what you're missing.
How much are you scoring on the online Uworld? How much of the answers are you dead sure of? How many are just guesses?
Assess yourself. and dont feel down. Theres nothing wrong with your brain. I am going through the same crap you are Keep going. Cram the crap out of MTB. All the best.
Thanks a lot for your help. When I initially did UWorld, there were many questions that were plain guesses, but now when I do those questions again (read; not attempt), I am pretty sure that I'm dead sure of atleast 70% of the questions. In these last few days, I'll try to do as much of MTB as I can.

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I was in a similar situation many many months ago and then I formed an informal "study group" here, where we used to discuss posted questions ( just go through some of my posts from the months of July onwards)) and that cleared many of my concepts. I still try to answer most of the questions posted here. I suggest you do the same. Discussing the questions helps to clear your concepts as well as develop a thought process and that's what I think you are lacking since I am sure you know a lot more than many people.
Remember, this is not a test of your knowledge but a test of "application" of your knowledge.
Thank you for your input. I will go through the questions here.

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salam alikm ali.
i had the same experience but you r better.
i fail in my self assesment of the usmle world.
i advice to start at weak area that was almost in medicine. i back again to book, read note from usmle world , and do question from other source, to apply the concept in different way,
-usmle step2 secerts and girls note i saw many who get 240 and above read it..they r nice..
and do not depress .. and you choice the hard way because you know it worth working hard.....
focus on sucess nothing eless
Thank you for sharing your experience. That's what's my plan now. I'll revise Medicine predominantly.

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read it well u ahve plenty of time to revise ur weak points i had my nbme1 one night before my exam it was 207 and i got 218 in exam ur nbme4 is the most predictable i had nbme4 beforethe exam by month and got 221
I'm flattered you took time to reply to me. Thanks for encouraging me! It seems a lot of people end up scoring more than NBME 1.

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Don't worry just keep reviewing you will score higher than your NBME I am sure of it. What was UWorld assessment score? Just keep going through UWorld and the notes you made. Try to meditate and relax and when you are ready take it. Your nerves will be your worst enemy, you will score alot higher then NBME.
As usual, you have been of a lot of help, Kas. Thanks so much. Well, 2 months ago I gave UWSA and scored 201. But I know I have improved a lot since then. Since UWSA has just one form, I don't think its useful to give it again. I guess I'm anyway done with assessment exams. Now its time to focus more on studies. God will, and people like you will, help me get a nice score.
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Thats the spirit and a senior of mine once said
"the secret behind scoring a 99 lies in the explanations of Uworld"
All the best Shall pray for you.
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No more assessments, just study the concepts over and over and try not to be nervous, believe in yourself, you have made a lot of improvement since the UWSA of 201 trust me. Make sure to review bio stats formulas section the day before the test and get some sleep.
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Thanks Brainiac for your prayers.
Well, 99 is not my cup of 'coffee'. According to the new scoring, 85 correlates with 247. I wonder what 99 will be.
Oh, and BTW, I'm sis, not bro.

Kas123, you have always been helping me. Thanks so much. I'll remember your tips.
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Oh sorry Sis, My bad :P
Well these golden words are from three years back and If I substituted that 99 with an 85, it wouldn't be as effective now would it
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