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Computer Slow PN Practice Software!

HI THERE,

I'VE NOTICED THAT THE SOFTWARE FOR CS PRACTICE FROM USMLE.ORG IS KIND OF SLOW TO SHOW THE LETTERS BEHIND OUR TYPING. IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN ON THE ACTUAL TEST AS WELL? I MAKE MORE MISTAKES WHEN TYPING BECAUSE OF IT!!!

ALSO, THIS SOFTWARE RUNS OUT OF SPACE IF WE PRESS ENTER SEVERAL TIMES(AS WHEN WE'RE PUTTING THINGS IN A LIST). DOES THAT HAPPEN IN THE REAL THING?

THANK YOU, ANYONE WHO'S DONE WITH THE CS, PLEASE.
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the software is not slow. It could be some problem with your browser. Try to change comp or browser to make sure so that you don;t have any issues in the actual test. and yes pressing Enter repeatedly will make you run out of space.
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Thanks for answering kdm,
So i guess using the list style for the PN is not a good idea 'cause you run the risk of running out of space.
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yeah i would think so but honestly never tried myself
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Good to know. Thanks!
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There's a limit of 15 lines so if u press enter too many times u ll run out of those lines.. It's best to write HPI in short incomplete sentences like " 29yo m c/o cough, fever, denies sob, sputum- tsp, yellow, no blood or odor".. At least I m planning to write that way.. Saves time and space... Any suggestions?
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seems fine but how will you write the details of the symptoms separately..eg duration etc of fever and cough? wouldn't it make more complicated?
but having said that, if it works for you this way, it's all good. we need to recognize our comfort level and what strategy suits us.
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There's a limit of 15 lines so if u press enter too many times u ll run out of those lines.. It's best to write HPI in short incomplete sentences like " 29yo m c/o cough, fever, denies sob, sputum- tsp, yellow, no blood or odor".. At least I m planning to write that way.. Saves time and space... Any suggestions?
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I think the best combination is a mix between list and history teling-style of writing pt notes.

You will have more space on the actual test, as lines are larger than in the practice software.

It is almost virtually impossible you run out of space during the real exam unless you dont know any mnemonics at all.

Keep practicing and you will be fine.
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Thanks Xpaez
But I guess they'll give us enough room under the Physical Examination section, where things are better organized in a list, right?
.. e.g:
-GA:
-VS:
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don't worry about that part. there is enough room for the detailed physical exam.
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