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Not happy with the use of the English language!

Discussion in 'Step I' started by hj0517, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. hj0517

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    I am being increasingly frustrated by question writers who must just write a normal question and whip out their thesaurus! I have noticed it a couple of times in UW and now its in a lot of questions on USMLErx.

    I understand that the examiners are trying to get students to understand descriptions rather than eponymous syndromes but some of the descriptive terms don't fit even though I know what they are trying to say. Now I'm no English expert, my undergrad is in science but I think sometimes the questions are made unduly hard (or the correct answer seems wrong) because of the incorrect use of a descriptive term / term is a loosely associated variant.

    Will this be the same on the exam??

    Ahh thats my rant over two weeks before the exam...

    Anyone else feel this way?
     
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  3. Atomic1000

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    it's "english language". Not "the english language". i dont know about usmlerx (supposed to be a waste of time anyway....) but uworld is reasonable and while i cannot answer quite a few questions correctly, i am pretty sure that it is not becuase of "the english language".

    :rolleyes::laugh:
     
  4. hj0517

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    I apologize for my grammatical error, as stated previously I am not an English major!

    ps. I thought it was "the" because there are >1 languages - is that not correct?

    and as for Rx, I'll give you a verdict after the exam but early indications are that it is - as people say - garbage.
     
  5. doc20

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    i felt rx was perfect to use in the beginning of preparation and like a building stone to more difficulte uworld, granted rx is easy but it does cover major concepts which uworld asks in a much tougher usmle style way
     

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