I've been studying since I passed the CBSSA back in mid september. I took a 7 week kaplan course and tried incorporating most of the high yield notes into FA. The class ended mid november and I've been studying again starting december. I figured that the kaplan class must have helped me, even though I felt that most of the material they've gone over I already know, so I decided to give myself 30 days to finish UW and prepare myself for the steps, hoping that I would improve at least 20 points by the end of the 30 days (5 points per week). It was time to measure how far I need to go, and how much I've learned from kaplan, so I planned to take a simulated exam each week to see how much I improved from last week. I took the 1st UW simulated exam, and guess what, I actually managed to decrease my score from my 192 on the CBSSA to a 190. I thought that must have been a mistake, and I got a 195 on the 2nd UW sim next week. I then took the NBME 6 a week later and landed myself a 198, now a week before my scheduled test I got the same score last week, a 198 on NBME 4. What the hell? I mean shouldn't have Kaplan gave me a review of everything I learned? Shouldn't weeks of doing questions on UW at least give me a larger gain? Since I started at the end of november, I've done almost 1000 UW questions, plus 5 200 question exams during this month, so about 2000 in total. Why have I only gained 3 points from way back in mid september? Am I lacking in basic fundamentals and should I go back to the books? Do I need to read RR path, and all the kaplan notes again to refresh my memory? Do I just need to do more questions after question until I run out of UW and kaplan Qbank? Have I hit the "ceiling" of my capabilities and simply cannot improve anymore? I'm going to extend my test until January 27th, that gives me about 5 weeks to study this the right way. I still believe that doing question is the right way for me (see my previous post) and that I should finish both UW and Kaplan Qbank before even to attempt this test. What I've been doing so far everyday is listening to goljan audio with his notes for each 1 of my weaker subjects on the practice exams before I start on 50 UW questions on that subject, styled after FA systems with anatomy and the 3 P's, then review them for about 4 hours. After I finish goljan audio, I can do about 100 questions per day, with 2 hours of questions in the AM and 6-8 pure hours of reviewing them in the PM. Perhaps I can increase the number of questions later on when I finally catch on. Then a week before the test, I read FA all over again with all my annotated notes inside, goljan HY notes, and pharm flash cards. I don't plan on taking this test until I get a 230, and if I have to study for 3 more months, so be it. How far behind a 230 do you guys think I am? Is it probable that after months of trying, not getting any higher score, that I will improve 30 points in 5 weeks? Are my methods of studying simply not effective? What do you guys think, and how should I improve my study? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all for listening, and I apologize if that sounded too much like a rant.