Originally Posted by Schmee
The VAST majority of what you need to know for the exam is covered in FA/Uworld. The rest of the stuff comes down to you as an individual in my experience. Your ability to think critically about answer choices and weed out the distractors and make educated guesses is FAR more important than combing through textbooks in order to get you 1-2 extra questions. No one ever talks about it, but if people focused more on test taking strategies and higher level thinking as opposed to cramming minutia from 6 resources they would do a lot better in my opinion. The problem is, it takes months to years of practice to learn how to properly take tests and some people unfortunately may never get it. The thing we need to remember is that the real world is not a multiple choice test and although your ceiling on the USMLE may not be that high, don't get too discouraged. That being said, the best advice I can give is to think about the purpose of each question and what you think is trying to be tested. Then try to figure out whether or not this is a straightforward question or tricky (the vast majority are straightforward).
Not sure if what I said makes sense, but I strongly believe that you only need FA/UW. I have testaments from many of my classmates who scored in the 260s that this is all they used.
So in honing your skills for the exam, do you mean using Qbanks like UWorld, USMLERx, and Kaplan or more along the lines of multiple practice exams?
How would one systematically approach improving the test taking skills and what resources would be optimum?