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Hi,
I am new to this forum.
Am preparing for Step 2 CK since 2 months.
I have read Kaplan notes, and done Uworld Qbank.
My Uworld score is 71%, done 87% of questions.
I took NBME 4 last week, got a score of 310 (which will be 188 in actual exam).
Am too depressed and worried, what should I do now?
Planning to revise Kaplan notes again, and also finish remaining 13% of Uworld questions.
Was thinking if I should do kaplan Qbank as well?? Want to take exam in month of June 3rd week..
Forum members, plz suggest me what should I do, plz...
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you mean ...u finished UW and kaplan in 2 months????
great speed .....and 71% in UW i guesss God like..which is for good score i guess..but your NBME score doesnt correlate.....may be you were not in the mood at the time....try another NBME form....
if its okay...u go for it....
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Warning! Don't take the exam

Postpone the exam, finish UW and the do Kaplan Qbank (all of it), UW is not too much better than Kaplan Qbank, many recent takers said that Kaplan Qbnak is closer to the exam, also see this poll
What is the best USMLE step 2 CK online Qbank?

After you finish Kaplan Qbank, do another NBME.

When you get more than 400 in NBME, go take the exam.
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Wow. I think we all would have different advice for you, so make sure you tailor it to how you know yourself.

I just took the test yesterday and didn't find it anywhere close to Kaplan. (I did all of UW and 1/2 of Kaplan.) I thought people said the length of Kaplan questions was closer to the real thing (maybe true) but I didn't find the material of Kaplan anywhere close. From my experience Kaplan is 10 times more specific than the real thing. It tests a lot of nit picky stuff that just isn't on the real thing. I got so frustrated with the Kaplan assessment that I quit half way through it. It was asking a ton of stats questions which I knew were way more detailed and complex than they would ever ask (and I was right, the real thing kept to the basics.)

If Kaplan Qbank makes you more confident, do it, but not because the material is a better representation of the real thing.

I woud echo the suggestion to do another NBME. If you're getting a 70% on Kaplan, I can't imagine you having problems with the real test.

Good luck!!!
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Hey this was my 2 reading for kaplan notes.. i read it earlier during end of 2010.. and few things here and there in couple of months of 2011. seriously started since march 2011.

was considering to do kaplan questions only becoz it will give me more exposure to different form of questions.. what i found during NBME was the questions were very different from UWorld.. during uworld, even before i reach to the answer options, i was able to knw the diagnosis.. this happened with almost 50% of the questions.. but with NBME that was not the case.. I just could not get to the diagnosis..

planning to revise my kaplan notes, and UW notes which I made, and also complete the UW questions.. and will take NBME again in 2 weeks.. I already took form 4.. any suggestions on which form should I take now..
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Hmmm...I know what you are saying about the NBME questions (I only did 1 and half of form 2) seeming to come out of the blue. I remember that feeling of exasperation as well.

Maybe Kaplan would be good. The way you are describing the UW questions is how the CK questions felt--like I could tell what they were getting at without finishing the question. Maybe that's because I did a lot of Kaplan as well. It's hard for me to say. I hardly felt like anything on CK (except for a few exceptions) was outside the realm of MTB. Maybe that was just my exam.

You also might want to give consideration to your multiple choice test taking strategy. I did the Distractor Avoidance (you can google it) questions and found their advice on how to approach questions to be helpful. It's important to remember that there is a lot of skill involved in answering questions that you don't know the answer to. A lot of times just by looking at the answer choices, you can determine the right answer, without knowing anything about the material.



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Hey this was my 2 reading for kaplan notes.. i read it earlier during end of 2010.. and few things here and there in couple of months of 2011. seriously started since march 2011.

was considering to do kaplan questions only becoz it will give me more exposure to different form of questions.. what i found during NBME was the questions were very different from UWorld.. during uworld, even before i reach to the answer options, i was able to knw the diagnosis.. this happened with almost 50% of the questions.. but with NBME that was not the case.. I just could not get to the diagnosis..

planning to revise my kaplan notes, and UW notes which I made, and also complete the UW questions.. and will take NBME again in 2 weeks.. I already took form 4.. any suggestions on which form should I take now..
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10 days before CK exam with low UWSA (188) and 59% in UW
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Dear friends,
I have done form 3 today and got 380.This is 202 in the test,right?And the %?
I am also concerned! So far doing good in the tests.And this happened to me for step 1 ..I did better in the real test.got 97% in step 1.Thanks
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According to the USMLE correlator your real test exam will be 187 and 76%, however this may vary from person to another. My opinion is postpone the exam at least one month and solve the Qbook or Qbank if you have it.
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HI there,
I have done de nbme 3 yesterday.Found it very difficult! Got 380. I was very sad and decided to take form 2 today and got 510. Do you think that form 3 is really more difficult?What would you do ? my test in within 8 days...thanks
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it means u will get 78 %
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Sorry I got confused:
From what I read from this table you have posted 78% of the aproxx corrected answers and a 92 (2digit score),right?

At the end of the NBME they give you a correlation which is not the same as this one.They say 380NBME = 202 step 2 ck and 510 NBME= 236 step 2 ck. Which one to take into account?
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Sorry I got confused:
From what I read from this table you have posted 78% of the aproxx corrected answers and a 92 (2digit score),right?

At the end of the NBME they give you a correlation which is not the same as this one.They say 380NBME = 202 step 2 ck and 510 NBME= 236 step 2 ck. Which one to take into account?
yes u r right i was going to write 92 % i am sorry
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i did nbme form 4...got 380...really freaked out...
i did kaplan bks twice n complete uworld...
got around70% in uworld bt nbme score is frustating..
should i do kaplanqbank now?
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hello dear friends i am going to have my exam on 15th of december so bit nervous i did uworld : 78% then i gave USWA on 25th november n i got 263 3 digit but when i gave form 4 nbme it was 540(means 239 on 3 digit) n am bit confused that which is the better one n i am planning to give another nbme on 12th or 13th of december bfr 15th so i can know how am i going to do n yes uworld questions are easier but they are more conceptual well please pray for me and any guidance will be appreciated...........
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Sorry I dont have solution to your problem as I am also in the same boat but can please tell me how many incorrect responses u made or %correct response ?

This will be of great help. Thanx

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i did nbme form 4...got 380...really freaked out...
i did kaplan bks twice n complete uworld...
got around70% in uworld bt nbme score is frustating..
should i do kaplanqbank now?
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First of all All the best of your exam and I think you are doin pretty well. As per the experiences of others I have noted that People score more than their NBME score usually in Actual exam. Dont worry u gonna Rock.

I need help in one thing Can you please mention your No of Incorrect Responses in NBME 4 ? It will be of great help. Thanx and all the best once again

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hello dear friends i am going to have my exam on 15th of december so bit nervous i did uworld : 78% then i gave USWA on 25th november n i got 263 3 digit but when i gave form 4 nbme it was 540(means 239 on 3 digit) n am bit confused that which is the better one n i am planning to give another nbme on 12th or 13th of december bfr 15th so i can know how am i going to do n yes uworld questions are easier but they are more conceptual well please pray for me and any guidance will be appreciated...........
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Than dear but i did nbme form 4 without expanded feed back and even though i need to find out that which mistakes i did make so if someone have nbme form 4 plz post me anyways lets see its just 3 more days.
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