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?
 

Atomic1000

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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?
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:
 

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.
 

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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