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Are the NBME practice items useful?

Discussion in 'Step II' started by Fermi, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Fermi

    Fermi Senior Member
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    I'm talking about the free, 3-block practice exam provided by the NBME for Step 2 CK, not the paid self-assessments. I'm doing USMLEWorld and getting about a 60% average, so I'm petrified at the prospect of taking the exam this week. But yesterday I did the 3 NBME practice blocks and averaged 90%. Now I don't know what to think!

    Can anyone who did the NBME practice exam compare it to the real thing and/or to the paid Self-Assessments in terms of difficulty?
     
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  3. inositide

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    for the vast majority of people, the nbme paid self assessments are extremely accurate in estimating a person's score on the actual exam. if you are that worried, consider taking one of the paid self assessments. some people say that self assessment 2 is a bit harder so perhaps you should consider taking 1 or 3. however, that is anecdotal.
     
  4. MISTERshortcoat

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    Hello Fermi,

    I'd consider the free 150 questions to be easier than most questions on the real test. USMLEWorld (I would say) is a good bit harder than the real thing, while the paid assessment questions are fairly similar to the actual test. I paid $135 for all 3 NBME assessments, and I don't regret it at all.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Anath

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    Really? I thought the self assessment 1 was the hardest one out of the 3. I did it last, and got a lot lower than what I got on 2 and 3. But I guess everything is different for everyone. THought 3 was the easiest -- part of me felt like they put #3 together quickly to make an extra $45.

    I will say that they were VERY dead on for the real test for step I. Praying they're right on for step II.

     
  6. robotsonic

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    I only took NBME assessment #1, so I can't compare to the others, but I have a feeling like there is no way it is going to be an accurate predictor. It gave me a 770 (266), but the whole thing seemed really familiar after I had done the usmleworld questions. I took the real exam last week, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get anywhere near a 266. But anyway, I guess we will see.

    Another thing is that NBME charges you $45 for each of these. Does anyone else think that is completely ridiculous? For that much I should at least get the answers.

    EDIT: My NBME assessment score was actually pretty close; I ended up with 263 (much better than I thought I had done immediately after the test).
     
  7. Anath

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    darn skippy! Its not like they would lose out by providing answers. it would only be to the detriment of the test taker, not nbme. Down with the system! :mad: :)
     
  8. bigfrank

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    Took the first test yesterday, before I started really studying, and got a 710 (258). I thought it was fairly straight-forward. The questions were truly outstanding and very well-written.

    I'll do the last 2 exams over the next month and will keep you posted.
     

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