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there are 4 official practice tests put out by the NBME (the ones you buy for 45$ each)....I've read a lot of posts about how there are differences in content and difficulty b/w the exams and that certain forms are more representative of the real thing......most people use these guage how they're gonna do on the real thing and to get used to the real style of questions asked..wtf are you talking about?
would anyone mind giving a quick run-down of the differences b/w the 4 forms and generally preferred order of use...thanks a lot
so your score on form 1 might be a lil inflated?This is how I did it:
First: Form 1 (Easiest of the 4 forms)
Second: Form 4 (very heavy on molecular/cell Biology). I thought this one was the hardest (wierdest) of them all. I had no idea how I would score on it while doing it. I was just hoping to pass it, but ended up scoring a 460
Third: Form 3 (good balance of easy, moderate, difficult questions)
Fourth: Form 2 (same difficulty level of Form 3)
I thought Forms 3 and 2 were the closest to the real thing so try to do those as you get closer to your test date. I scored 209 and 216 on Forms 3 and 2 respectively. My actual Step 1 score was 203.
I thought forms 3 and 2 were the most representative, Form 4 was the hardest with lots of molecular bio that was similar to my exam. If you know that you will be doing all four forms, I would do them in this order:
Form 1 - easiest, similar to the released Q's
Form 4 - hardest, useful if you look up answers to hard Q's
Form 3 - these two were the most representative.
If you'll only be doing one or two of them, do Form 2 and 3. There is an alleged "answer key" out there (try the valuemd website) from someone who got an almost perfect score (800) on these exams so that you can compare your answers. I scored around 80% on these exams when I did it during my last week of studying and that correlated to around the 230's.
could someone explain these tests to me? are they computer version only? do you get a copy after to review answers?