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I keep working full time and I a mentally FUBAR already... Cant wait to be done with this test.

Finished UW today with 68. For the last month was scoring 64-75.
Going to buy another subscription tomorrow and start over again.

Pretty much its a learning tool, so its great if you can score 85% the first time around, but scoring that on a second time will also be great as you get your concepts rock solid...

Also thinking on geting UW subject review for stats as its $25 only...
UW 2nd round is the best thing one can do for CK in my opinion
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I took NBME 3 (offline) and m so depressed because I got 30 questions wrong according to the unofficial key on the net. I was feeling confident but now this NBME3 OFFLINE has made me depressed (((

Previously I took NBME 2 n NBME 4 (ONLINE) and my score was 246/540 and I had 24 questions wrong according to the unofficial key. My UW average in random timed is 77 percent 1st time and 95 the second time. Exam on 22 AUG.
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I took NBME 3 (offline) and m so depressed because I got 30 questions wrong according to the unofficial key on the net. I was feeling confident but now this NBME3 OFFLINE has made me depressed (((

Previously I took NBME 2 n NBME 4 (ONLINE) and my score was 246/540 and I had 24 questions wrong according to the unofficial key. My UW average in random timed is 77 percent 1st time and 95 the second time. Exam on 22 AUG.
Never do NBMEs offline!!
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hi guys, I just ended my exam today.
my credentials step1 262.
the exam is doable, don't believe those who say the exam is harder than getting into NASA.
50% IM. lot of cardiology qs, pulmonology, nephrology, the tricky ones hematology, learn to recognize blood smears.
15% obs/gynj. more gynecology than obs
20% pediatrics.
10% psychiatry. lot of pediatric diagnosis. ADHD, tourette, conduct disorder.
5% drug ads(very easy but some tricky) and questions that as always only harrison knows.
be prepared to read fast. be prepared to use everything you learn in KLN, MTB2 and MTB 3.
they are and will be good sources.
per block i get between 40 to 45 questions
good luck to every one and keep studying hard.
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hi guys, I just ended my exam today.
my credentials step1 262.
the exam is doable, don't believe those who say the exam is harder than getting into NASA.
50% IM. lot of cardiology qs, pulmonology, nephrology, the tricky ones hematology, learn to recognize blood smears.
15% obs/gynj. more gynecology than obs
20% pediatrics.
10% psychiatry. lot of pediatric diagnosis. ADHD, tourette, conduct disorder.
5% drug ads(very easy but some tricky) and questions that as always only harrison knows.
be prepared to read fast. be prepared to use everything you learn in KLN, MTB2 and MTB 3.
they are and will be good sources.
per block i get between 40 to 45 questions
good luck to every one and keep studying hard.
Could you tell ur Uworld % and any NBME or UWSA score? thanks
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Could you tell ur Uworld % and any NBME or UWSA score? thanks
uworld 84% randome timed mode 1st time
UWSA 4 weeks before exam 265/800
NBME 4 3 weeks before exam 283/720
i did'nt use kaplan qbank
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i am really worried for biostats can anyone tell me how to score good in biostats ck? is kaplan ln is enough? thanks
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I'd been scoring well into the late 70s on UWorld when all of a sudden I got a 61 this morning
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i am really worried for biostats can anyone tell me how to score good in biostats ck? is kaplan ln is enough? thanks
Kaplan for step 1 is a good book for biostats by Daugherty.
Pretty much its enough if you ace it I think
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i think making flash cards from the kaplan epi book is excellent. It's what i did and i think it helped me alot i absolutely suck at biostats but by making the cards, it made it alot more manageable to think very quickly and get some if not alot of the questions right. Know the concepts of biostats!
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hi guys, I just ended my exam today.
my credentials step1 262.
the exam is doable, don't believe those who say the exam is harder than getting into NASA.
50% IM. lot of cardiology qs, pulmonology, nephrology, the tricky ones hematology, learn to recognize blood smears.
15% obs/gynj. more gynecology than obs
20% pediatrics.
10% psychiatry. lot of pediatric diagnosis. ADHD, tourette, conduct disorder.
5% drug ads(very easy but some tricky) and questions that as always only harrison knows.
be prepared to read fast. be prepared to use everything you learn in KLN, MTB2 and MTB 3.
they are and will be good sources.
per block i get between 40 to 45 questions
good luck to every one and keep studying hard.

I took the exam yesterday and I would agree with the above poster and he got a much higher step1 than me. I scored in 230s on step 1. The one thing I would recommend, if anybody who watched DIT for Step 1 was the BEST advice Dr. Jenkins said, Have the mentality that EVERY bock will have AT LEAST 10 questions you've never seen before, but you will know the concept and you just have to fight through it. You need to go into this exam thinking this so you aren't shocked when you see questions that you haven't seen, because let's be honest it's statisically near impossible if their test bank holds 50,000 + questions that you'd have seen that exact question before. Even if you did uworld (2200q) + Kaplan(2000q) + ALL online NBME (1000qs) that's roughly 5,000q's out of 50,000. We don't even know how big their active bank is, probably even higher.

If you get a question you saw before on free 150 or an NBME consider it a gift. I got 1 straight from the free 150 but they completely asked something different and it was one of my most difficult dxg questions which I'm not sure I got right.

Drug Ad Questions:
They honestly were the EASIEST questions the whole exam. In fact if you want to know something funny, the drug ad/abstract questions from free 150 were used on tutorial screen at my center. They were training new people and they basically were super strict so in order to write on my maker board before starting my blocks, I had to go through the screen while writting my formulas. In the country I take the exam there is only one testing center and they never let you right on the maker board when you sit down. I don't know if it's like that at other testing centers if you can start writing on you marker board before putting in your CIN. So I go through the tutorial and as I go through I start writing my formulas I use.

Heme Questions:
I never needed the slides to answer the heme questions. For me they made them absolutely painfully obvious. Anybody that read Goljan for step 1 remember the example he gives of the young female presenting with gallstones due a hemolytic anemia from HS. Literally got this exact case with the exception they made it MUCH MUCH more obvious adding relatives with same condition THAN they give you the freaking slide if describing it already wasn't enough.

Cardio:
I'm not super strong on, but honestly got a few EKGs(3-4) which one of wasn't even needed and was a distractor. One was a bit confusing since it was VERY VERY poor picture, but I think that was their intent is that you either knew what it looked like or didnt (P wave making famous M).

Behavior:
IBH, I don't know what to say. I was happy that there weren't tricky ones saying this to myself, than I got hit last 2 blocks with some. You just have to hope you answered it the way they wanted to. Although I didn't get any culturally weird pushing the envelope questions like I did on step 1. When I mean that, on step 1 seriously they literally described a lesbian relationship without saying it was, trying to make you answer how you should allow this "close family friend" access to the patient even though the hospital had a "immediate family only policy." Yes I honestly got a question like that one step 1. I got a similar question involving DNR, but the correct answer was shocking how they worded it. All the other answers clearly wrong, but the right answer just felt not very sensitive.

In general, I felt the easy cases were indeed VERY easy IE describing Huntington's patient basically directly from FA from step 1, than asking where you'd predict damage on brain structure, or describing young patient with having liver problems and erratic behavior (Hello Wilson's).

Psych:
For me Psych was the tricky. The easy cases were easy, but the ambiguous ones you literally had 2 answers that seemed plausible. I tried to rule out which once fit into the category more than the other in making my decision. What made it hard was they mixed alot of things IE substance abuse secondary to mood, IE substance abuse secondary to mood disorder.

I know I made some big mistakes, but hopefully I made few enough that I scored well.

Good luck to anyone taking it.
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I took the exam yesterday and I would agree with the above poster and he got a much higher step1 than me. I scored in 230s on step 1. The one thing I would recommend, if anybody who watched DIT for Step 1 was the BEST advice Dr. Jenkins said, Have the mentality that EVERY bock will have AT LEAST 10 questions you've never seen before, but you will know the concept and you just have to fight through it. You need to go into this exam thinking this so you aren't shocked when you see questions that you haven't seen, because let's be honest it's statisically near impossible if their test bank holds 50,000 + questions that you'd have seen that exact question before. Even if you did uworld (2200q) + Kaplan(2000q) + ALL online NBME (1000qs) that's roughly 5,000q's out of 50,000. We don't even know how big their active bank is, probably even higher.

If you get a question you saw before on free 150 or an NBME consider it a gift. I got 1 straight from the free 150 but they completely asked something different and it was one of my most difficult dxg questions which I'm not sure I got right.

Drug Ad Questions:
They honestly were the EASIEST questions the whole exam. In fact if you want to know something funny, the drug ad/abstract questions from free 150 were used on tutorial screen at my center. They were training new people and they basically were super strict so in order to write on my maker board before starting my blocks, I had to go through the screen while writting my formulas. In the country I take the exam there is only one testing center and they never let you right on the maker board when you sit down. I don't know if it's like that at other testing centers if you can start writing on you marker board before putting in your CIN. So I go through the tutorial and as I go through I start writing my formulas I use.

Heme Questions:
I never needed the slides to answer the heme questions. For me they made them absolutely painfully obvious. Anybody that read Goljan for step 1 remember the example he gives of the young female presenting with gallstones due a hemolytic anemia from HS. Literally got this exact case with the exception they made it MUCH MUCH more obvious adding relatives with same condition THAN they give you the freaking slide if describing it already wasn't enough.

Cardio:
I'm not super strong on, but honestly got a few EKGs(3-4) which one of wasn't even needed and was a distractor. One was a bit confusing since it was VERY VERY poor picture, but I think that was their intent is that you either knew what it looked like or didnt (P wave making famous M).

Behavior:
IBH, I don't know what to say. I was happy that there weren't tricky ones saying this to myself, than I got hit last 2 blocks with some. You just have to hope you answered it the way they wanted to. Although I didn't get any culturally weird pushing the envelope questions like I did on step 1. When I mean that, on step 1 seriously they literally described a lesbian relationship without saying it was, trying to make you answer how you should allow this "close family friend" access to the patient even though the hospital had a "immediate family only policy." Yes I honestly got a question like that one step 1. I got a similar question involving DNR, but the correct answer was shocking how they worded it. All the other answers clearly wrong, but the right answer just felt not very sensitive.

In general, I felt the easy cases were indeed VERY easy IE describing Huntington's patient basically directly from FA from step 1, than asking where you'd predict damage on brain structure, or describing young patient with having liver problems and erratic behavior (Hello Wilson's).

Psych:
For me Psych was the tricky. The easy cases were easy, but the ambiguous ones you literally had 2 answers that seemed plausible. I tried to rule out which once fit into the category more than the other in making my decision. What made it hard was they mixed alot of things IE substance abuse secondary to mood, IE substance abuse secondary to mood disorder.

I know I made some big mistakes, but hopefully I made few enough that I scored well.

Good luck to anyone taking it.

Thanks for such a detailed guidance. Kindly tell me what percentage of questions compromised step 1 knowledge? I am taking step2 before step1 on 22nd of this month. And what about the length of questions and time management. My UW first time random timed score is 77 percent and NBME 2 n 4 is 246/540 each. Am i good to write the exam? Have done Kaplan, MTB2/3 n UW twice. Thanks
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Its great that you share your experience but be careful for your own sake because it can backfire. USMLE scans whole internet for these kinds of things.

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I took the exam yesterday and I would agree with the above poster and he got a much higher step1 than me. I scored in 230s on step 1. The one thing I would recommend, if anybody who watched DIT for Step 1 was the BEST advice Dr. Jenkins said, Have the mentality that EVERY bock will have AT LEAST 10 questions you've never seen before, but you will know the concept and you just have to fight through it. You need to go into this exam thinking this so you aren't shocked when you see questions that you haven't seen, because let's be honest it's statisically near impossible if their test bank holds 50,000 + questions that you'd have seen that exact question before. Even if you did uworld (2200q) + Kaplan(2000q) + ALL online NBME (1000qs) that's roughly 5,000q's out of 50,000. We don't even know how big their active bank is, probably even higher.

If you get a question you saw before on free 150 or an NBME consider it a gift. I got 1 straight from the free 150 but they completely asked something different and it was one of my most difficult dxg questions which I'm not sure I got right.

Drug Ad Questions:
They honestly were the EASIEST questions the whole exam. In fact if you want to know something funny, the drug ad/abstract questions from free 150 were used on tutorial screen at my center. They were training new people and they basically were super strict so in order to write on my maker board before starting my blocks, I had to go through the screen while writting my formulas. In the country I take the exam there is only one testing center and they never let you right on the maker board when you sit down. I don't know if it's like that at other testing centers if you can start writing on you marker board before putting in your CIN. So I go through the tutorial and as I go through I start writing my formulas I use.

Heme Questions:
I never needed the slides to answer the heme questions. For me they made them absolutely painfully obvious. Anybody that read Goljan for step 1 remember the example he gives of the young female presenting with gallstones due a hemolytic anemia from HS. Literally got this exact case with the exception they made it MUCH MUCH more obvious adding relatives with same condition THAN they give you the freaking slide if describing it already wasn't enough.

Cardio:
I'm not super strong on, but honestly got a few EKGs(3-4) which one of wasn't even needed and was a distractor. One was a bit confusing since it was VERY VERY poor picture, but I think that was their intent is that you either knew what it looked like or didnt (P wave making famous M).

Behavior:
IBH, I don't know what to say. I was happy that there weren't tricky ones saying this to myself, than I got hit last 2 blocks with some. You just have to hope you answered it the way they wanted to. Although I didn't get any culturally weird pushing the envelope questions like I did on step 1. When I mean that, on step 1 seriously they literally described a lesbian relationship without saying it was, trying to make you answer how you should allow this "close family friend" access to the patient even though the hospital had a "immediate family only policy." Yes I honestly got a question like that one step 1. I got a similar question involving DNR, but the correct answer was shocking how they worded it. All the other answers clearly wrong, but the right answer just felt not very sensitive.

In general, I felt the easy cases were indeed VERY easy IE describing Huntington's patient basically directly from FA from step 1, than asking where you'd predict damage on brain structure, or describing young patient with having liver problems and erratic behavior (Hello Wilson's).

Psych:
For me Psych was the tricky. The easy cases were easy, but the ambiguous ones you literally had 2 answers that seemed plausible. I tried to rule out which once fit into the category more than the other in making my decision. What made it hard was they mixed alot of things IE substance abuse secondary to mood, IE substance abuse secondary to mood disorder.

I know I made some big mistakes, but hopefully I made few enough that I scored well.

Good luck to anyone taking it.
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Any helpful input on the NBME's guys? Gonna take one in 2 days (already take UWSA 2-3 weeks ago)
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Guys, quick question. MTB 3 for the minors, and should I do all of MTB 2 or should I do it for IM only?
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Exam in 3 weeks. Going through Uworld one more time, reading the explanations carefully and figuring out the thought process behind each answer, right and wrong. I think that approach will work best for me. My UWSA score was 230. Will start another read of MTB 2 tomorrow combined with 3-4 blocks of questions daily.
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Two of my friends just got out of the real thing.

There tips:
- QUESTIONS! Much more important than blindly reviewing MTB or whatever other book you use. Both should be done but consider questions the priority. Both of them agreed that reviewing "from cover to cover" in the end of the prep wasn't very efficient and would have preferred to have done a huge amount of questions in the time leading up to the exam.

- Time is the most important issue in the exam. They both said that after a couple of blocks they just accepted the fact that either they instinctively answer the question on a reflex-based way or they're simply not gonna have time for the rest. The first one said she didn't have time for 6 questions over all. The other said she didn't have time for 4.

- Drug ads and abstracts are very much doable but with the right amount of time. Leave them to the end
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Last 6 blocks average 71%

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i took NBME today(offline)
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Quick question. How is everyone doing regarding uworld timing? Is every able to complete a 44Q Random timed block like with 4-5 min to spare cause i hardly have 1-2 min at the end of each block. Should i try and change stuff? Should i be worried . Please help.
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Quick question. How is everyone doing regarding uworld timing? Is every able to complete a 44Q Random timed block like with 4-5 min to spare cause i hardly have 1-2 min at the end of each block. Should i try and change stuff? Should i be worried . Please help.
read the last line of the question first..it really helps..i was taking the same amount of time as you but after changing my approach i usually finish a block with 8-10 minutes to spare..it will be even more tough in the actual exam so its better we learn how to screen a question quickly without missing any important points and just skimming through the unnecessary information they give in the question
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read the last line of the question first..it really helps..i was taking the same amount of time as you but after changing my approach i usually finish a block with 8-10 minutes to spare..it will be even more tough in the actual exam so its better we learn how to screen a question quickly without missing any important points and just skimming through the unnecessary information they give in the question
Easier said than done during exam you'll be extra paranoid that you didnt forget anything.
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Easier said than done during exam you'll be extra paranoid that you didnt forget anything.
completely agree, During the real exam, most people have problems just finishing the block. Your going to notice that your going to have to move quicker in questions than you usually do when practicing qbanks. Always try to attempt every single question no matter how much time you have left. Even if you have to rush through 6-7 questions when you got 5 minutes left. Not attempting every single question only stands to hurt you.
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Angry CK IN OCTOBER.Any one willing to give daily updates

My CK is in October.
I will be doing two revision with questions before Ii give the exam.
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completely agree, During the real exam, most people have problems just finishing the block. Your going to notice that your going to have to move quicker in questions than you usually do when practicing qbanks. Always try to attempt every single question no matter how much time you have left. Even if you have to rush through 6-7 questions when you got 5 minutes left. Not attempting every single question only stands to hurt you.

Totally agree with the above posts as well. I read the question stem first and then the answers but then panic would ensue and I would end up losing 4 minutes on one question without realizing it.
I also echo JJtheMD's comment on finishing the entire block. I rushed through 6-7 questions with 4 minutes remaining on at least 3 of the 8 blocks during the exam.

Build up your endurance. I was fried by the last two blocks.

Also, plan out your break time wisely. They implemented electronic fingerprinting the day I took my exam. I swear I lost 10 minutes of my measly 45 minute break time due to what the moderator would call "working out the kinks of a new system". I am haunted by her repeatedly saying to me "please slide your finger up. hmmm...wait. oh this darn computer. ok slide it down. no slide it up. wait. hold it right there...ok now you are...darn it didn't register...(repeated at least twice...)" and I sat there looking like this :sorry:
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Just did NBME 4...got 330 which corresponds to a 202 on the 3-digit scale. I got 216 on UWSA 3 weeks ago.
While doing the test I felt it was very easy and I was moving smoothly from question to question with 5-7 minutes to spare each block!

I'm completely in shock. Devastated. My test is scheduled for 15 august. Can't think of anything right now. Have no idea of what to do.

My leave of absence from work for step 2 is almost over. I'm due to go back to work on 16 august. There's the question of the match and whether I can apply or not.

I feel completely paralyzed and helpless and there's nothing I can think of or do at this point. What dafuq just happened!
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Just did NBME 4...got 330 which corresponds to a 202 on the 3-digit scale. I got 216 on UWSA 3 weeks ago.
While doing the test I felt it was very easy and I was moving smoothly from question to question with 5-7 minutes to spare each block!

I'm completely in shock. Devastated. My test is scheduled for 15 august. Can't think of anything right now. Have no idea of what to do.

My leave of absence from work for step 2 is almost over. I'm due to go back to work on 16 august. There's the question of the match and whether I can apply or not.

I feel completely paralyzed and helpless and there's nothing I can think of or do at this point. What dafuq just happened!
Dont panic.
Your score is anywhere between nbme and uwsa.
Take home message: you CAN pass!

But for a high score its not the time to go.
You have still half of August. Reschedule postpone, anywhere up untill the end of sept or maybe even october will still be possible to take ck and match.

I think its ok.
Take this weeken off and recouperate.
Than start over again.
I believe you probably made like 30-35 mistakes on Nbme 4, its not a whole lot out of 184!! If you would have done 5 mistakes less - youd score closer to 220...
So relax now.

I know how tense it gets after bad nbme myself...
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Just in case anyone might make some use of this as a point of reference or something. I got 48 questions wrong on my NBME 4, meaning I got 74% correct. This corresponded to a 3-digit score of 202.
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Just in case anyone might make some use of this as a point of reference or something. I got 48 questions wrong on my NBME 4, meaning I got 74% correct. This corresponded to a 3-digit score of 202.
i did nbme form 4 yesterday and got 40 wrong (78%) and i scored 400/217 doe. you sure you got 202? lol
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i did nbme form 4 yesterday and got 40 wrong (78%) and i scored 400/217 doe. you sure you got 202? lol
Yeah im sure. So 8 questions means a difference of 15 points?! I'm thinking of doing another NBME tomorrow
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Yeah im sure. So 8 questions means a difference of 15 points?! I'm thinking of doing another NBME tomorrow
im thinking nbmes might underpredict, i mean how can 78% correct be not even a 220? imagine what id have to get for a 240!
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My exam's in a week and i got 202 on NBME 4. I have no freakin idea what I'm going to do. I have work in a week to go back to and i have the match. What do i do? Quit my job to study step 2 and make it in time for the match? Or go back to work and try to do step 2 along with work/research?

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My exam's in a week and i got 202 on NBME 4. I have no freakin idea what I'm going to do. I have work in a week to go back to and i have the match. What do i do? Quit my job to study step 2 and make it in time for the match? Or go back to work and try to do step 2 along with work/research?

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i would def postpone.
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i would def postpone.
I canceled my exam. Dont know how im going to do CK along with work though. I took a 6-week leave of absence to get this thing over with in the first place and now im right back where i started...FML
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why cancel? just take it in another 2-3 weeks, work may be demanding but you can find time to study.

afterwork, pop a caffeine pill and study hard for 3-4 hrs a night.
itll help and youll get there in 2-3 weeks.
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My exam is scheduled for the 15th but I fell sick and lost a lot of time. I was planning to do the UWSA assessment today but I'm reviewing my UWorld notes and so I'll take it tomorrow. Now if tomorrow I decide to reschedule it, will I have to pay the $50 fee or will I have to pay more?
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Just did UWSA - 620/244

felt like it was easier than UW, but also felt like some questions were very vague and I answered by exclusion or by answering what I thought would be most logical...
Also was left with 10-15 minutes of free time per block.
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My exam is scheduled for the 15th but I fell sick and lost a lot of time. I was planning to do the UWSA assessment today but I'm reviewing my UWorld notes and so I'll take it tomorrow. Now if tomorrow I decide to reschedule it, will I have to pay the $50 fee or will I have to pay more?
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Basically, is today the last day I can change it with the $50 fee or is it tomorrow?
15th of August? You have to do it today! if its less than 5 days (not including exam day) you will pay much much more, depending on your place of exam.

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felt like it was easier than UW, but also felt like some questions were very vague and I answered by exclusion or by answering what I thought would be most logical...
Also was left with 10-15 minutes of free time per block.
Please help me decide. I did U WORLD 3 times . And I think If I do now I will get almost above 90 percent on most of the blocks. I am also familar with the concepts. By the way, my step 1 score is 248. So, I guess my basic is not that weak.
I am very much worried about taking the UWAS test. hence, still did not take the exam. What was ur percentage of correct answer .How many qs were from outside the concepts of u world q bank
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15th of August? You have to do it today! if its less than 5 days (not including exam day) you will pay much much more, depending on your place of exam.

This is what is written on the confirmation mail from Prometric:

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I hope you do great with your UWSA, good luck!
Thanks I figured that yesterday would be the last date so I rescheduled my exam to the 21st. Doing my UWorld notes and a run of the wrong questions before I take my UWSA now!
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I'm glad it worked for you : ) Good luck !
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Please help me decide. I did U WORLD 3 times . And I think If I do now I will get almost above 90 percent on most of the blocks. I am also familar with the concepts. By the way, my step 1 score is 248. So, I guess my basic is not that weak.
I am very much worried about taking the UWAS test. hence, still did not take the exam. What was ur percentage of correct answer .How many qs were from outside the concepts of u world q bank
At the end of a day you wanna do the evaluation test right?

Its 100% uw concepts, the weird unknown stuff is in the answer options, but its there just to trick you.
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was hoping for 24th-ish but its booked solid, lucky i got 28th.
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Alright people! I take my exam in 3 days. Targeting a 250+ score. Don't feel particularly confident though.

Here are my self assessment scores -
UWSA (1 month ago) - 247
NBME 6 (2 weeks ago) - 252
Kaplan Sim exam 2 (10 days ago) - 81%
NBME 4 (4 days ago) - 250
NBME 3 offline (3 days ago) - 30 mistakes!
NBME 2 (3 days ago) - 260
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The offline NBME 3 has mildly affected my confidence but lets hope the real exam won't turn out like that.
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Alright people! I take my exam in 3 days. Targeting a 250+ score. Don't feel particularly confident though.

Here are my self assessment scores -
UWSA (1 month ago) - 247
NBME 6 (2 weeks ago) - 252
Kaplan Sim exam 2 (10 days ago) - 81%
NBME 4 (4 days ago) - 250
NBME 3 offline (3 days ago) - 30 mistakes!
NBME 2 (3 days ago) - 260
FRED free 131 (today) - 91%

The offline NBME 3 has mildly affected my confidence but lets hope the real exam won't turn out like that.
Hey.. I also hv my exam in 2 days.. M not feeling so confident though... Made a lot of silly mistakes in my assessment tests.. Scored 244 in nbme 4 1 month ago.. Thought its a good start... Took nbme 6 n UWSA 1 wk ago n scored 244 n 247 respectively.. Was disappointed cuz dint improve my score.. I had 10-15 mins to spare in each block during which I reviewed my marked q but looking back on wrong ones I realized while trying to read fast either I missed some points completely or read it wrong... Dunno how to strike d right balance between speed n accuracy
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Alright people! I take my exam in 3 days. Targeting a 250+ score. Don't feel particularly confident though.

Here are my self assessment scores -
UWSA (1 month ago) - 247
NBME 6 (2 weeks ago) - 252
Kaplan Sim exam 2 (10 days ago) - 81%
NBME 4 (4 days ago) - 250
NBME 3 offline (3 days ago) - 30 mistakes!
NBME 2 (3 days ago) - 260
FRED free 131 (today) - 91%

The offline NBME 3 has mildly affected my confidence but lets hope the real exam won't turn out like that.
BEST OF LUCK.........and stay confident , u have consistently done so well
in all assessments....u know it all. And yr freedom is just 3 days away...
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Hey.. I also hv my exam in 2 days.. M not feeling so confident though... Made a lot of silly mistakes in my assessment tests.. Scored 244 in nbme 4 1 month ago.. Thought its a good start... Took nbme 6 n UWSA 1 wk ago n scored 244 n 247 respectively.. Was disappointed cuz dint improve my score.. I had 10-15 mins to spare in each block during which I reviewed my marked q but looking back on wrong ones I realized while trying to read fast either I missed some points completely or read it wrong... Dunno how to strike d right balance between speed n accuracy

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Hey.. I also hv my exam in 2 days.. M not feeling so confident though... Made a lot of silly mistakes in my assessment tests.. Scored 244 in nbme 4 1 month ago.. Thought its a good start... Took nbme 6 n UWSA 1 wk ago n scored 244 n 247 respectively.. Was disappointed cuz dint improve my score.. I had 10-15 mins to spare in each block during which I reviewed my marked q but looking back on wrong ones I realized while trying to read fast either I missed some points completely or read it wrong... Dunno how to strike d right balance between speed n accuracy
Take a propranolol before the exam
Just kidding. What I find helps me is just to focus on something else. Try to divert your attention before the exam and you'll be calm. That should help you avoid the silly mistakes.
Also, don't read too much into scores. Anything =/- 10 points isn't significant. What's important is that you've been consistent.
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Thanks bro. Can't wait to get done. My motivation levels are dropping :P
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Just kidding. What I find helps me is just to focus on something else. Try to divert your attention before the exam and you'll be calm. That should help you avoid the silly mistakes.
Also, don't read too much into scores. Anything =/- 10 points isn't significant. What's important is that you've been consistent.
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Thanx.. Just wishing I don't make these mistakes in exam... Rest upto God.. Gud luck !!
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most of the people i see get 85% are around the 240-250 ranges!! Your ready to beat the beast!
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U wud probably get a high score, so it might boost yr confidence even more.
but dont go for it if u r already in very anxious mode or get easily affected....dats what i think
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I think it is safer to go with more than one SA test, so my opinion take it, GL.
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You're obviously ready at this point, but an NBME confirming your level is probably safer
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Is there any need to do all the explanations of UWSA as well? I am thinking of just doing the explanations of wrong ones?? Exam in 4 days.
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260 on UWSA...forget stress. You're good to go
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Due to exam stress.
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260 on UWSA...forget stress. You're good to go
Thanks for the encouragement
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Exam on Wednesday. So NOT enjoying these last few days
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Exam on Wednesday. So NOT enjoying these last few days
Mine on Thursday
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Good luck!!
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Good Luck to you too. Do share your exam day experience on wednesday after getting done with the beast
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just did UWSA
scored 240
which is 65.5%

i did nbme 4 2 weeks ago and scored 78% which was 217

man these self assessments are so messed up lol
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I'm so confused too, I dont really know the curve.. I did also NBME 4 today, Im very stressed I got a 73% = 200, that so bad score, I ll do my UWSA tomorrow, do you know how predictive is the UWSA? its my last chance to pass the exam...
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just did UWSA
scored 240
which is 65.5%

i did nbme 4 2 weeks ago and scored 78% which was 217

man these self assessments are so messed up lol
My UWSA was 216 ~62.5% lol
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from what i read from another post, uwsa is +/- 5 so your passing dude!!! Keep it up, brush up on the topics you score lowest in, thats the best way to increase the score.
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changed my exam date

moved it from 28th up to 24th
3 days left!
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changed my exam date

moved it from 28th up to 24th
3 days left!
and that is for ?? good luck anyway
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and that is for ?? good luck anyway
i have to fit CS in before the 7th so need time to study for that! lolol
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Finally done with the wretched exam. Damn, I thought it would never end. It was definitely not out of nowhere like some recent posts have suggested. I've never had problems with time during any of the exams I've ever taken, but with this one I was just barely managing to finish each block on time! The stems were really long. I had to answer a lot of questions by excluding options rather than the correct one just being obvious. My blocks had 42-45 questions. The last one was particularly horrible, my brain was fried and I couldn't focus. I was feeling alright while I was doing the exam but I dunno, I don't feel so great right now. Anyways, good luck guys! UWorld and MTB will get you through it!!!
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A child with chronic PSGN presesnts with signs and symptoms of URamia for 4 weeks , LIke fatigue, loss of apetite . His BUN is 50.He had APSGN 2 years ago
Exam shows no abnormalities
WHat will decrease his progression of renal failure

fluid restriction

dialysis

protein restriction
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i have to fit CS in before the 7th so need time to study for that! lolol

well Good luck in both
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just did UWSA
scored 240
which is 65.5%

i did nbme 4 2 weeks ago and scored 78% which was 217

man these self assessments are so messed up lol

If only 65 percent correct IN UWAS translates to 240, that means there are lots of hard qs.

What did u feel doing the exam.Did u make silly mistakes or its just that most the qs are very difficult to solve with the concepts of q bank
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Just finished with UWSA. Got 740/260. Exam in 4 days
please can u share how many percentage q uou got correct. In Step ! I was 77 percent correct and got 252.
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Done with CK. Well its an exam of your staying alert for 9 hours. Uworld and MTB covers almost 80-90 percent of the exam. But most of the questions are vague and it becomes difficult to choose the right answer and you are not 100 percent confident of that answer. Question lengths are just like UW qbank. Abstract questions were very tough and I had to quickly select the answer blindly due to shortage of time at the end of the block. Multimedia questions very easy. Drug adds were easy too. I am just back to my home and not feeling satisfied though. Having a feel that I had a bad exam day as compared to my self assessment performances Just hoping that I achieve my target score of 250+.

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UW random timed 77 percent
NBME2 246/540
NBME4 246/540
UWSA 260/740
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please can u share how many percentage q uou got correct. In Step ! I was 77 percent correct and got 252.
84 percent.
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If only 65 percent correct IN UWAS translates to 240, that means there are lots of hard qs.

What did u feel doing the exam.Did u make silly mistakes or its just that most the qs are very difficult to solve with the concepts of q bank
felt more vague and the questions werent as concise as the qbank, sometimes i was like dude, both these answers can be correct or dude, what do you even mean?
but hey, people say UWSA is closer to your score than nbme so lets hope so! lol
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A child with chronic PSGN presesnts with signs and symptoms of URamia for 4 weeks , LIke fatigue, loss of apetite . His BUN is 50.He had APSGN 2 years ago
Exam shows no abnormalities
WHat will decrease his progression of renal failure

fluid restriction

dialysis

protein restriction
not fluid restriction
if he has an indication for dialysis in the question (ie. uremic pericarditis), then dialysis.
if not, protein restriction.
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Last day!
bout to hit this free 150 and then revise all day
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i) UWSA 9th aug: 257
ii) NBME 2 and 3 together on 13th aug: 256 and 248
iii) NBME 4 and 6 together on 16th aug: 263 and 259
iv) NBME clinical mastery forms were good and I did them in between self assessments: PEDS (80), OBGY (82), Psych (82), Surg (85), Neurology (77) and Internal Med (96).
v) Fred 132: 84

Ck exam day:
Well I went into the exam feeling good. I heard a lot from people to manage my time well, which I felt I did. I had ten minutes on average at the end of a block to revise the marked q's. But now the issues, I marked 30 % of q's, I just was not confident about so many q's. The practice tests mostly had clear cut options, not the case in the exam, many q's had more than one answerable options. The drug adds and abstracts were tougher than what I had practiced. Overall I felt uneasy coming out of the center, but from what I have heard this is a norm.
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Last day!
bout to hit this free 150 and then revise all day
leggoooo
Good luck man! Let us know how the 150Q's went and how the real thing was
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wrote it yesterday
it wasn't even that bad guys
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it wasn't even that bad guys
How'd the 150 go?
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wrote it yesterday
it wasn't even that bad guys

at least you feel free now ,

how was it , did you have alot of drug ads, experiment , EKG ,??how about time and its management ,

and the 150Q

thanks in advance and good luck in CS
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it wasn't even that bad guys
ohh thanks for saying it
Best of luck .
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at least you feel free now ,

how was it , did you have alot of drug ads, experiment , EKG ,??how about time and its management ,

and the 150Q

thanks in advance and good luck in CS
Hahaha Free they say! Nah, the wait is the worst!!! Studying for the exam is easier than waiting for the results!

On my exam, there was only 2 drug adds but from some other forum websites, they say there getting 3 now. has 1 abstract on my exam. Time management is tough but just stay focused and dont ever lose hope. Thats important because by the time i got to 5th or 6th block, i felt like i was failing.

got my results back and got 221... tho not legendary, i think it's still a pretty good mark.
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does anybody here have any idea about when will be the result out if i plan to take my exam on a 16th or 17th sept?that is a monday and a tuesday.. will it probably come out on 2nd oct or 9th?? will the wednesday after 17th counted?
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Sorry guys, just as i was making a new thread for my exam experience yo share with ya'll my laptop died :/
Need to get it fixed
Ill try to give u guys a full review And stuff when i do

Otherwise this exam felt like a practice nbme, nothing new or out of the blue, less ob and surg and neuro than i expected, more psych than i expected. 3 drugs ads, 1 abstract. Time management is a skill, i have it and if u dont u need to develop it, so that shoul not be of any concern to you once youve developed that skill. Long stems, but again, u should have that skill. Otherwise it was just tiring bcuz its 9 hrs but the exam itself was fair.
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Sorry guys, just as i was making a new thread for my exam experience yo share with ya'll my laptop died :/
Need to get it fixed
Ill try to give u guys a full review And stuff when i do

Otherwise this exam felt like a practice nbme, nothing new or out of the blue, less ob and surg and neuro than i expected, more psych than i expected. 3 drugs ads, 1 abstract. Time management is a skill, i have it and if u dont u need to develop it, so that shoul not be of any concern to you once youve developed that skill. Long stems, but again, u should have that skill. Otherwise it was just tiring bcuz its 9 hrs but the exam itself was fair.
Awesome. Hope you get the score you want!
Btw, stats and scores would be nice. I'd like to see how everything correlates to each other.
Good luck on the CS!
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