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I'm trying to figure out if I am blowing smoke up my own behind by doing a second-pass at UWorld. I did not do random blocks for my first pass of UW, because I used it to learn. Reset at ~95% complete, and now starting from scratch I am hitting high 80's mid-90's on completely random/mixed blocks. Currently at an 88% correct; (UW 1st pass was 70% correct, but I had just studied a given topic before hitting a topic-specific block).

Sometimes I recognize questions and roughly am able to recall the answer, but a lot of the time I don't. I'm wondering if I am blowing smoke up my rear and patting myself on the back for hitting high scores on these blocks, or does the 1st-pass / 2nd-pass approach really give an index of how prepared you are for the material?
 

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Second pass percentage means nothing even if you don't recall some questions since you know it in your "unconscious" mind or "gut".
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If you want to know where you stand then you might want to try an earlier NBME (Form 12-15) leaving the later one's for dedicated.
 

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I wish I'd done a second pass to help certain things stick better. But don't go by percentage, as it is quite unreliable as an indicator on any number of passes, go by NBMEs.
 
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