Help!!!! Advice concerning drops in NBME scores.

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  1. DocKat

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    Hey guys

    I really need some advice because I am feeling a little lost and desperate...I took NBME#2 10 days after I started fulltime studying and got a 230 and I was very happy because at that point I was 5 weeks out from the test.

    I have been working my a** off for the past two weeks and just took NBME #3 today and my score dropped to a 216. I am only three weeks out from the test and I am really really confused...why did my score drop 14 points after 2 weeks of hardcore/full time studying?

    During these two weeks, I have shown significant improvements in my USMLE World scores (from average around 55 to 65%) and have devoted my energy towards meorizing FA. if my World score can has improved 10%, why did my NBME scores drop so much? Please help me as I am very desperate and do not know what I should do. Is there something wrong with the way I am studying?
     
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  3. Cards21aceking

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    Just off the cuff, I'd say that the general trend here is that NBME 3 is tougher than 2, and may be the toughest one of them all. Trust the improvement in World, keep studying and try taking NBME #4 (heard by some that that's a better predictor of scores). Gl.
     
  4. gouda

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    Just keep up the hardwork and try to stay as emotional unattached to the scores as possible because in the end there is no true predictor of the test. Although I do feel taking the NBMEs are worthwhile, I think enough variation exists that you shouldn't feel bad about dropping a couple points.
     

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