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Anyone else freaking out about boards????

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Biscuit799, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Okay, so I've got 54 more days until I take boards. I took 30 Kaplan questions, and got a 49%. I'm scared that by the time classes end, I won't have time for enough studying to significantly boost my grade. :scared:
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  3. SoCuteMD

    SoCuteMD 10+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    No more rounding!
    Once I'm done with classes I've got 35 study days on the calendar. For now, I'm just trying to wrap up my 2nd year classes as best I can - focusing on learning this material and reviewing for my finals and such. Since sooo much of the boards is path, I figure the best thing I can do is solidify the year's worth of path I've spent cramming into my head. Once finals are over, I'll turn to studying for the boards.

    I've heard that QBank can be a bad gauge of your potential performance on the boards. If you really want to know, take one of the NBME forms.
  4. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    lol, i haven't even been accepted to i've got 2 years. the day i'm accepted i'm ordering step 1 review books (I've taken courses in biochem, 500 level physio and immunology classes, so i'll be able to make good use of them hopefully before i start school in the fall).
  5. 91Bravo

    91Bravo Frank Netter's Love Child 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Umm...yeahhh You get right on that. Pre-M1's are so insightful.
  6. lil pook

    lil pook Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2002
    dude, really....chill... you got lots of time.

    set a schedule and stick by it..just like in school.

    if by the end of the day, you're not on track, then work harder the next day.

    freaking out will only make your life worse

    you got in all under control...keep tellin yourself that..YOU WILL BE FINE
  7. naegleria brain

    naegleria brain 2+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    ive been havin panic attacks too - i just woke up from a 6hr nap, the first time i slept for more than 3 and a half hours all week.

    you're not alone
  8. LuckyBambooGirl

    LuckyBambooGirl Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    You really don't need to get that high a percentage of Q-bank questions to feel good about passing! This is the advice the current third years gave our class: "If you score above 60% on Q-bank, you can feel good about passing. Shoot for 65%. People who are averaging around 70 usually end up with scores over 230." My test date is less than 2 months away and yes, I'm nervous, but I also feel like I have adequate time to prepare. Like the previous poster, right now I am just focusing on finishing up second year. Just try to relax about it, make a study schedule, and then study!
  9. AmoryBlaine

    AmoryBlaine the last tycoon 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2006

    My story (for your comfort, not to brag).

    Avg score on Qbank 2 months before Step1 = 42%
    Actual Step1 score = 250+

    Qbank is hard. That is because Kaplan has a vested interest in your panicking and frantically shelling out $2K for a review course.
  10. mjl1717

    mjl1717 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 24, 2003
    yes get right on that is correct. only thing is that you'll decrease your "youth
    time" (whatever thats worth) but will probably wind up a good fighter.
  11. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Fine, two months before. How about the week before? I went from 50% to somewhere around 75-80% right before the exam.

    Some dude from Kaplan talked to our class. His advice was, if it's two weeks before the exam and you still can't get over 50% on Qbank, don't take the exam because you won't pass.
  12. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Thanks for all your posts. I guess it's pretty standard to just wait until classes end, study for a month, and take the bi#ch. Glad to know I'm not alone in this boat.
  13. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
    hmMm. sounds Certainly familiAr, thaT does . . .
  14. AmoryBlaine

    AmoryBlaine the last tycoon 7+ Year Member

    May 1, 2006
    Fair enough, but the OP had mentioned "54 days."

    That advice from the Kaplan guy seems pretty reasonable actually.
  15. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Ah, missed that part, sorry.

    54 days puts his/her exam somewhere around the end of June/early July? I wonder why more people don't take the exam earlier, especially at schools where they give you more than a month to study. I took mine in the first week of June and cruised for a month. It was great.
  16. bjackrian

    bjackrian Senior Member Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    Denver, CO
    Nice to hear someone else who did that and did fine. I'm taking my exam June 2. We finish our finals on May 4 and start rotations July 2 and can take the Step anytime in that block. The school insists that we need to take almost the whole time to study or we won't pass. I decided that four weeks was enough and anything more would be counterproductive for me. We'll hope I'm right. :)
  17. werd

    werd Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2004
    you'll be fine, everyone starts out low. btw, it's not possible to get 49% on a test with 30 questions....

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