Originally Posted by MrBeauregard
Congratulations on finishing the exam!
Thanks for the report back as well. I just have one other question. You said a few times that they wanted you to understand concepts on a really deep level but that First Aid and UWorld were enough. I feel like physiology and biochemistry are examples of two subjects that need to be understood on a deep level because there are so many ways they can tie concepts together. Is this what you're referring to? If so, what other resources do you suggest in order to develop that solid base we need?
Thanks, and again, congratulations! Now just kick back and wait for the news.
Yeah, i think i am contradicting myself by saying "deep level" and "just first aid and uworld." I didn't TOUCH another resource and neither did many of my friends who scored very highly on the exam, that is why I say they are enough. i definitely think picking up another text book would help you understand things on a deeper level, but its just not high yield enough to do for the exam. unfortunately, the only way for you to find out how deep you understand something is to have a difficult question on it. there were many times when i thought i understood a concept really well and then they asked a question which took it to an even deeper level of understanding. this happened on a couple of questions on the test but i really think there is very little you can do about it.
ultimately, doing very well on this test is mainly about how good of a test taker you are and how your critical thinking is, NOT how well you memorized first aid or even uworld. you need to have those resources memorized to get the "gimme" questions and buzz words, but for the questions that will separate you from the other scores, its really up to you as an individual and how you think... the only way i can see one improving on those skills is by doing more questions and in that regard i would opt for Uworld + all NMBE tests as opposed to kaplan qbank, but thats just me. i was too lazy to do more than what i did and i was pretty burnt out by the end of studying.