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Discussion in 'Step I' started by CALLR001, 04.28.12.

  1. CALLR001

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    I am about half way done with Uworld with a 78% but still have about 6 weeks till the real deal. I really enjoy doing questions and have already finished kaplan. I have been told that Uworld should be saved for last, but I didn't expect to be going through it so quickly. I was wondering if I should stop Uworld and start usmlerx and then restart and finish Uworld in a couple of weeks? Is usmlerx worth it or should I just continue to power through Uworld and go through it twice? By the way my goal score is 240.
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    If you're getting 78% on UW and you're shooting for 240, you might as well take the exam tomorrow. :D

    But more seriously... I went through a similar quandary a few weeks ago (except with a lower score). I was enjoying the questions, so I was doing a lot of them. The problem that arose after a while was that my scores didn't seem to be improving much from doing that many questions. So I dialed back the questions to 25-50 per day and started focusing more on primary studying. With the extra time, I was able to get through FA/Pathoma/DIT much more quickly/effectively and I saw a significant increase in my UW/Kaplan scores.
  3. CALLR001

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    Thanks for the response. I guess I can put more time into FA/Pathoma and maybe do less questions per day. Unfortunately, I find that much less stimulating. I have also noticed that doing a lot of questions hasn't really increased my performance much. I have been sitting at about 78% since I began uworld, granted that was only a week and a half ago. Do you think plateauing is a legitimate concern? Should I consider moving up my date a week or two? I know these are questions that I ultimately have to answer myself but any input would be appreciated.
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    this

    if i was gettin 78% i would take it asap, but thats just me. Can't hurt to go over the material one more time like FA, pathoma, and Uworld. Good luck man!
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    Hey,

    Long term lurker here. Made an account just because I am in the same situation as you and wanted to see what you decide to do? I am around 70% complete in UWorld with an 81% (powering through because initially planned to go through it 2-3x) with 8 weeks left to go.

    Have you taken any NBME practice tests yet? If not, take a NBME practice tests to see where you stand (take 2 or 3 to make sure the previous scores were not just a fluke). If you're happy with your score move up your test date. This is what I'm doing. I've taken 3 so far scoring 250-260's. I'm going to take one more this week, and if I score around there again, I'm going to move up my test date.

    Best of luck! Let us know here what you decide and I will do the same.
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    Thanks for the helpful response!
    I took one NBME practice test and scored in the high 250s. Since I am also doing fairly decent on Uworld and I would be happy with anything above a 240 I moved my test date up a little more than 1 week. I now take it May 28th. That still gives me time to repeat Uworld and go through FA again. Although I am still torn on whether to repeat Uworld or to start a new qbank.
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    Cool!

    Yeah, I took another practice test and its within range. I will probably move my test date as soon as possible. Kinda want a vacation haha

    Best of luck with everything!

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