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Originally Posted by Layla.K View Post
So I took NBME 17 yesterday and scored 250 which translated to 175 USMLE.
My first NBME was Form 16 in December in which I scored 190 which translated 163 USMLE.

I havent had my dedicated study time yet. I'm not from the States so between December till now, I have placements. I usually study using DIT after placements everyday but haven't covered micro, bio, pharm and immunology in deep details. I do UW on the weekends.

Before I took NBME 17 I was aiming for a passing score yet I still failed.
It showed that I didn't have a great improvement the past three months.
Wondering if I should still take my actual Step 1 in September.
(My ideal aim is 250 USMLE)

My plan from now is to study for my final exam and OSCEs which will finish in May. Then I'll have a 3 month summer hol which I plan to study my butt out. But I'm still doubting myself of achieving 240 - 250 USMLE score in the actual exam after failing this NBME

Should I postpone my exam?
Hi there!
Your 250/175 on NBME doesnt mean anything to me right now because you have not finished not even your basic stuff by now. My opinion is that you should focus on covering the basics by june (by covering I mean to know them in a good level). Then you can start your dedicated,UWORLD and NBMEs.
DO NOT do NBMEs if you have not covered your material because
1.the result can NOT show anything could use these NBMEs properly later during your prep where they will give you a good measurement of where you stand
3. You see a low performance, which makes you feel bad (when there is absolutely NO reason..)
When you start your dedicated you should evaluate how your prep is going and then decide if you should postpone..
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