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Old 02-01-2012
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Computer Is it a CAST (Computer-Adaptive Sequential Testing)???

Hey guys .,

I just got done with the exam ..! I feel horrible about 3 mistakes i made which i am sure no body who ever wrote the exam put wrong . My question is ., can anybody tell me if the exam is a CAST (Computer-Adaptive Sequential Testing) ? As in , do the difficulty of the blocks depend on your earlier performance . Anybody who already had a score can help me out with this one . I am asking this cause i felt my final 2 blocks were super easy . And i am terrified that it is cause of those stupid mistakes i made earlier .. ! Am i just being Paranoid ?
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the usmle is not like that

that is only true for GRE- NCLEX etc..
the usmle doesnt follow that

go n chill out man! you just gave the most difficult test worldwide be proud of urself!

and follow some "SUPRESSION" lol.... let the stress go till the result date.. as it is nothing to change about it now.. so why waste ur days being paranoid n anxious
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Default Is USMLE Adaptive?

I was interested in this after I found few simple questions in my step 3.
I wrote a direct Q to USMLE
I would like to ask if any of USMLE exams (1, 2 or 3) is a "computer-adaptive test" (CAT), meaning that the difficulty of the next block is based on emaminee performance in the previous blocks [1].
Thank you.
They answered
Currently, there are no plans to go to an adaptive model. However, we may explore the possibility in the future.
So dont worry, the test is not adaptive, yet it's difficult to know how you did just based on how you feel after the test...
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