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I dont know how many of you took NBME before you started studying, but if you did, or if you took some other test that estimates your level at that time such as Kaplan/Uworld/Blueprint/Whatever/ Shelf-exams, how much did your score change and in how many weeks?



I took a baseline NBME before I started studying. After studying for 19 days straight, 14 hours a day, I took another NBME and scored 25 points higher than the original. I then took step 1 19 days after that (I studied in the interim for ~12 hrs/day) and my true score was lower than the second NBME, but higher than my original (prestudy) NBME by 19 points.

So, in summary, 38 days of studying upped my score 19 points above my baseline.


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i think its useless to take a baseline nbme and waste resources like that, try to save up your nbme for towards the end
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