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Kaplan Full Length Simulated Exam - Fustrations

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vtrain

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After a month of prep, I just took the Full Length Kaplan Simulated exam and ended up with a whopping 59% cumulative. It's as if I didn't even study at all :(
I've been doing qbank and getting ~70-75% which ist all that bad (maybe not that good according to SDN standards), but this latest score has really put a dent in my confidence and placed a big question mark on whether I'm ready for the exam (in another 3 weeks). It just seemed like the simulated exam asked alot of nit picky details that I just couldn't see the USMLE asking. Anyways, did anyone have a similar experience with this exam? How seriously should I take this mark? Do you think there is a correlation b/t this mark and real score or should I stick to the NBME scores (haven't taken those yet).
 

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I just finished my full length kaplan and had almost the exact same experience. I was getting 70-75% on random Qbank and then got in the low 60's on the full length. hopefully I can fill in the knowledge gaps over the next two weeks.
 

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Don't take it to heart because that test is definitely harder than the NBME, and most likely harder than the 50 question Qbank sets you've been doing.
 

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hey vtrain, how are you taking your exam on the 4th of Aug? What hospital did you get assigned to, must have been a NY one since you probably wouldnt get your scores back in time for a NJ placement at Barnabas.
 
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