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Default Why we don't get 100% on UW?

I wrote a comment few days back and it made me think of starting a thread,
As a physician we have been taught to critically analyze each case we face, implementing the factors that influence it and excluding others that are impertinent, I always had an ongoing question whenever I fail to solve a question either on NBME's or UW or even Kaplan WHY did I get it wrong ?
And How to not repeat the same mistakes again ?

These exams aren't designed to test your IQ- and my reference here is my background in actually preforming IQ test such as WASI, MATRICS etc- they are analytic in terms of how this info you got is implemented in real life as well in the exam with that said I have recognized four reasons to fail any question :
1- Language Barrier
2-Understanding the Big picture
3- lack of info
4-overthinking the question

please share your comments below upon your experience
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I don't understand how is this even a question?

Because humans err

Because you can't know everything
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I don't understand how is this even a question?

Because humans err

Because you can't know everything
I totally agree on your point, my point is in what I wrote excluding Human error which is expected what are the other reasons that makes you and I fail a question?
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I totally agree on your point, my point is in what I wrote excluding Human error which is expected what are the other reasons that makes you and I fail a question?
Okay, assuming that you have the sufficient *knoqledge* to answer the question

lack of reading comprehension

Not taking enough time to properly digest the question

Fatigue (60 minutes is a lot of time to be concentrated IMHO, most tests we take are 30 minutes long)
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Okay, assuming that you have the sufficient *knoqledge* to answer the question

lack of reading comprehension

Not taking enough time to properly digest the question

Fatigue (60 minutes is a lot of time to be concentrated IMHO, most tests we take are 30 minutes long)
Great points especially Fatigue I recall from my step 1 experience my last block I was so burned out I finished in 27 mins, what brings to my mind upon your experience what techniques did you do to ease fatigue and keep your mind focused ?
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Great points especially Fatigue I recall from my step 1 experience my last block I was so burned out I finished in 27 mins, what brings to my mind upon your experience what techniques did you do to ease fatigue and keep your mind focused ?

Try to do 3-4 blocks often to build stamina during your preparation

Learn to relax in between blocks (i take a few minutes or say a few prayers)

Sleep well the night before the exam and maybe take some coffee to the examination center.
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I hate practice exams...dont know what it is about them but always f*** them up....highest practice exam for step 1 was 20 points then my actual score...get more nervous during them then i did for my actual exam!
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I wrote a comment few days back and it made me think of starting a thread,
As a physician we have been taught to critically analyze each case we face, implementing the factors that influence it and excluding others that are impertinent, I always had an ongoing question whenever I fail to solve a question either on NBME's or UW or even Kaplan WHY did I get it wrong ?
And How to not repeat the same mistakes again ?

These exams aren't designed to test your IQ- and my reference here is my background in actually preforming IQ test such as WASI, MATRICS etc- they are analytic in terms of how this info you got is implemented in real life as well in the exam with that said I have recognized four reasons to fail any question :
1- Language Barrier
2-Understanding the Big picture
3- lack of info
4-overthinking the question

please share your comments below upon your experience
well i think u r IMG physician as me...and for some type of clinical cases we have different type of thinking...especially on question regarding biostat or ethics..also even in MTB mentioned that there is different clincal situation when ur practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge will differ..at least to answer on that particular question..

also overthinking
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