New "no watch" rule for CS

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  1. hardyharhar

    hardyharhar Junior Member
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    I hate this new rule. How is anybody supposed to be able to keep track of time without getting docked for "losing eye contact"?
     
  2. DwightKShrute

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    It's not a new rule. Not allowed to bring watches into the testing center for any of the Step exams.

    I use the 5 minute warning. I should be halfway through the PE at that time to leave enough time for patient counseling.
     
  3. jiy76

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    When i heard the 5 minute warning i stopped everything i was doing and ran out of the room screaming. Still passed so there u go.
     
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    I attended C3NY. Dr. Swartz at C3NY said that one guy was recording the conversations using his/her watch. The guy messed up. No more watch in the exam. Dr. Wolfe at Kaplan said there is a clock on the wall in each room. I put a clock on the wall in my room to practice. But it is not easy to look at the clock, though. When I practice, I set a timer at 8 (end of history), 13 (end of PE), and 15 (final) min. You can feel when you should move on to the next. Hope it will be helpful to you. But I am still worried about running out of time for the closing (the most important thing in this exam). Should I write down time plus 7 min and plus 12 min on my paper when I look at the clock in the room? I will try it in my practice. Let's see if it works. Does anyone have any other good idea?

    GATO.
     
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    I write down the time plus 7 min and plus 12 min on my paper when I look at the clock in the room. This works.

    GATO.
     
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    lollll
     
  7. Abram Hoffer

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    Yeah, one Harvard med student I met during my CS "encounter" (haha) said he got cut short and told his pt that he had a medical emergency (as he ran out of the room while the buzzer went off). He passed too. :D
     
  8. rox

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    I know another dude who said to the SP: "I got paged and I have to go!" when the buzzer went off while he was still performing the physical exam.
     

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