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Old 03-26-2011
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Kaplan Medical Kaplan harder than UW?

Hello forumists!

I have already done nearly 90% of usmleworld with a 75% average and I recently bought kaplan Qbank.
Is it my imagination, or is Kaplan QBank harder? It actually has some really annoying questions with some really obscure facts... When I am wrong in UW I understand that I made a mistake due to lack of knowledge of a fundamental concept, however when I am wrong in Kaplan I feel like it is more because of a bad written question.
If anyone has done both Qbanks I would be grateful if he/she could share their experience!
However, I agree that Kaplan has a more detailed explanation however not always tailored to the specific question...
Obviously the video tutorials are a plus!
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Arrow Yeah you are right

That has always been the case with Kaplan Qbank, they bring some low-yield rare details that will never be seen in USMLE exam just trying to make their bank looking harder than UW.

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I've noticed the same thing, and even posted about it in a thread a couple days ago (here: Kaplan Qbank .. a lot of difficult questions?).

However, as I am closing in to 50% of the qbank, I've found that my scores are getting better, though I still get that annoying low 60 every now and then. There are some questions that seem poorly written, but UW also had some of these. So I guess it's an issue with all qbanks.

I'm learning a lot from it. I think the scope is much wider than that of UW. Not sure if these stuff is high-yield or not, though. UW seems so empty when compared to Kaplan. I hope this additional info would help us in the exam
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You are right Haisook. As for the scope of UW i do believe is a bit less wide however you learn a lot from each question whereas in Kaplan you learn only one-two things... Anyway, I am glad that you share the same feelings for the qbank because i felt a little bit hopeless... I have left 270 qs of UW though for the end and just forging my sword with Kaplan.
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