HTxFrog

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So, our school administers this exam and it is supposed to be like a shorter version of step 1 kind of. On the score sheet, they gave us a 2 digit score and then there is a sheet that tells you what 3 digit score that correlates to on Step 1. I was just wondering, does anyone know how accurate this really is? For example, if you got a 70 (the avg. score) on the CBSE which they say correlates to a 200, does that mean that if you took the test tomorrow, you would get something around a 200, or does it mean that you scored 70th percentile compared to people taking the CBSE right now (many of whom haven't started studying yet), and 70th percentile on Step 1 correlates to a 200?
I may be phrasing this all in a really confusing way, but basically, if you were happy with your score on the CBSE, could you just go take Step 1 tomorrow and get around that score, or is it kind of like, if you keep studying for three months you will get around that score?
 

Waysensei

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It is your predicted score at that period in time. I've heard that most people report fairly accurate predictions of their actual USMLE score with a NBME that they took <1 month before the test.
 
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yea im pretty sure it is basically a measure of where you are right now, if you search the official 2009 step thread you can see how people who took the CBSE progressed, im using the CBSE as a way to see subjects i am specifically weaker in