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If you are scoring less than 505 on nextstep and have ONLY taken nextstep exams.... do not believe your score.
It can be highly inflated.

I've found that some people have scored up to 10 points less on their real exam than their NS 1 fl.

If you score around 505 BUT you take EK fl and score >60% on every section, or score >500 on Kaplan/TPR you should be good to go.

I highly suggest taking exams from multiple companies to see where you are at, if you are scoring <505 on NS exams.
 
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I took NS 1-4, never broke a 506.

I scored 514 on the actual test. While I agree that it is important to take tests from multiple companies, I do not believe NS inflates their scores. I focused more on the material than the score, and it paid dividends. And sure, some people are going to score lower on the actual, but most people score higher. Take a look at the database.
 
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I took NS 1-4, never broke a 506.

I scored 514 on the actual test. While I agree that it is important to take tests from multiple companies, I do not believe NS inflates their scores. I focused more on the material than the score, and it paid dividends. And sure, some people are going to score lower on the actual, but most people score higher. Take a look at the database.
Did you take any other exams?
it depends on person to person, but in my opinion a 50% correct should not = 125 for a section
 

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If you are scoring less than 505 on nextstep and have ONLY taken nextstep exams.... do not believe your score.
It can be highly inflated.

I've found that some people have scored up to 10 points less on their real exam than their NS 1 fl.

If you score around 505 BUT you take EK fl and score >60%, or score >500 on Kaplan/TPR you should be good to go.

I highly suggest taking exams from multiple companies to see where you are at, if you are scoring <505 on NS exams.
How far above 60% on EK? I scored between 501-507 on next step exams 1-6 and scored 62% on EK 3 and a 61% EK 4--I hope these combined scores can help me reach a 507 on actual
 

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If you are scoring less than 505 on nextstep and have ONLY taken nextstep exams.... do not believe your score.
It can be highly inflated.

I've found that some people have scored up to 10 points less on their real exam than their NS 1 fl.

If you score around 505 BUT you take EK fl and score >60%, or score >500 on Kaplan/TPR you should be good to go.

I highly suggest taking exams from multiple companies to see where you are at, if you are scoring <505 on NS exams.
This is one of the best posts on this forum. NS scores only make sense after a specific threshold. Otherwise they can be terribly misleading. I've seen people do < 50% on sections like verbal, see a 125 from NS, and feel they are okay for the exam.
 
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How far above 60% on EK? I scored between 501-507 on next step exams 1-6 and scored 62% on EK 3 and a 61% EK 4--I hope these combined scores can help me reach a 507 on actual

If you are improving on nextstep exams, then you are probably ok. For example, if your last 2-3 exams have been >505 you should be good. Try to get around >65% on examkrackers with every section >60%. No section should be in the 50s and then you should take aamc fl to judge your actual score. Nextstep fl 1 is too easy to be that inflated. Yeah, I got a 503 on it a month ago but I wasn't studying right and it was my first fl. I looked back on it today and that exam was too easy to be that inflated. I'm going to take nextstep fl 3 on the 31st of this month and I'm hoping to get ~508 after a month of "real" studying. I might take NS 4 and then go to EK fls which are way more representative of how you will do on the real exam.

Your aamc fl score should be within 3 points of what you will score on the actual exam. Good luck. :)
 
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This is one of the best posts on this forum. NS scores only make sense after a specific threshold. Otherwise they can be terribly misleading. I've seen people do < 50% on sections like verbal, see a 125 from NS, and feel they are okay for the exam.
yup. There was two people who posted a while back about nextstep fls and their actual score.
One of them had these scores on NS fls: 505, 501, 500 and ended up with a 493
Another one averaged 503 and ended up with a 496

They have highly inflated scores if you are averaging below 505 on their exams. BUT if you are averaging ~507+ you will most likely do at or above.
They really inflate scores for people who are performing poorly for some weird reason
 
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The thing that worries me about telling people studying for the MCAT about "inflated grades" is that I see a lot of people thinking they're ready to take the MCAT when they're getting 503's and 505's and stuff.

The goal should be to aim for the highest score possible. Consistent 508+ means you're ready, but hoping to magically jump from a 503 on 510 test day is a bit of a stretch. At least my personal opinion.
 
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The thing that worries me about telling people studying for the MCAT about "inflated grades" is that I see a lot of people thinking they're ready to take the MCAT when they're getting 503's and 505's and stuff.

The goal should be to aim for the highest score possible. Consistent 508+ means you're ready, but hoping to magically jump from a 503 on 510 test day is a bit of a stretch. At least my personal opinion.
I think the reason is because some people just want to go to DO medical school.
But yeah, I'll prob void my exam on Sep 1st if I get less than 125 on physical sciences section on AAMC fl. Physical sciences and CARS are my hardest sections. I've heard physical sciences are easy to improve, so I've just been doing loads of practice problems. Hopefully it helps haha
 
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Also, I feel like people want to rush the process. I've learned a lot from these forums. This isn't a race. I know some people who are 3-4+ years out of college on this site studying for the mcat and are getting great scores.
There's some people that rush to take the exam and fail it, and decide to go to caribbean/chose a different career path. These 1-2 years are gonna mean nothing at all in the future.
"Just because you took longer than others doesn't mean you failed"

I just graduated from my university, but I know that I am not going to take this exam until I am 100% confident and ready for it. I feel like if every premed had that mindset and they can get into med school.
 
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The biggest mistake i've noticed is people being overconfident and think that they're going to be 100% on their sh-- during test day, so they just study for 2 months or something and end up getting 27's and stuff. Even if they do good the second time, the first time takes a toll on their app.
 
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Can you post your NS scores vs scored?
 
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OP I completely agree that NS is inflated. I dropped a full 10 points on the scored AAMC sample full length. While I was getting pretty much the same percentage of questions correct on NS sections and AAMC. I've decided to cancel my test and take it in January.
I can guarantee you were scoring <504 on nextstep if that happened to you. Nextstep needs to fix this problem right away for low scores.
 
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I can guarantee you were scoring <504 on nextstep if that happened to you. Nextstep needs to fix this problem right away for low scores.
Yea I was to be honest.

Can you post your NS scores vs scored?
Sure, but I just wanted to say my mcat studying has been taking NS practice exams 1-7 (so far) and reviewing the solutions to all the answers. No real content review.

NS 7: 499
AAMC Scored: 489
 

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If you are improving on nextstep exams, then you are probably ok. For example, if your last 2-3 exams have been >505 you should be good. Try to get around >65% on examkrackers with every section >60%. No section should be in the 50s and then you should take aamc fl to judge your actual score. Nextstep fl 1 is too easy to be that inflated. Yeah, I got a 503 on it a month ago but I wasn't studying right and it was my first fl. I looked back on it today and that exam was too easy to be that inflated. I'm going to take nextstep fl 3 on the 31st of this month and I'm hoping to get ~508 after a month of "real" studying. I might take NS 4 and then go to EK fls which are way more representative of how you will do on the real exam.

Your aamc fl score should be within 3 points of what you will score on the actual exam. Good luck. :)
I took the 7/8 just trying to predict my score somehow in the meantime, I got a 507 on NS 5 and then 503 on NS 6 (killer bio section otherwise the other sections were consistent)
 
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I took the 7/8 just trying to predict my score somehow in the meantime, I got a 507 on NS 5 and then 503 on NS 6 (killer bio section otherwise the other sections were consistent)
what did you get on the aamc fls?
 
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Yea I was to be honest.



Sure, but I just wanted to say my mcat studying has been taking NS practice exams 1-7 (so far) and reviewing the solutions to all the answers. No real content review.

NS 7: 499
AAMC Scored: 489
I would suggest doing content review for 1-2 months and then starting practice problems/fls
 
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Very insightful post and is certainly accurate. Also high scorers NS> 510 tend to be deflated. Kind of strange how that works. Only thing I might disagree with is the >60% for EK for every section. I got low 60s on the C/P for EK 1 and 2 and this was weeks after content review and my first MCAT plus taking a bunch of practice tests. EK C/P is stupid hard for 1-3 so I think getting 50s on that particular section isn't the end of the world.
 
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what did you get on the aamc fls?
Took the scored twice
5/17 got a 501 (126/123/127/125)
Took it seven weeks later on 7/6 and got a 509 (127/125/128/129)

Don't know what to expect honestly I felt confident about all sections except cars on real exam
 
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Took the scored twice
5/17 got a 501 (126/123/127/125)
Took it seven weeks later on 7/6 and got a 509 (127/125/128/129)

Don't know what to expect honestly I felt confident about all sections except cars on real exam
You should be good. Don't stress too much about it. I feel like you at least got 505+ (taking some points off for retaking the fl)
If you are hitting above 505 on nextstep CONSISTENTLY, you should be good, especially if you want to go to DO school.
507+ is what you should try to achieve on these nextstep exams. I've found that people who score around 507-508 consistently get 510+ on real exam. I agree that it's a small margin, but Nextstep exams are scored very weird. I'm pretty sure you did fine!
rooting for you and hospitalized!! :D haha
 
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^ I definitely find the NS CARS scale to be pretty forgiving (35/53=126). I scored a 509 on the AAMC scored and my next step exams have ranged from 503-508. I haven't really improved on them, but that could just be me. I usually scored around 126 on NS C/P but got a 129 on the scored FL. I thought their exams helped me in realizing where I was weak in certain areas, so I would study that material and that could've been why I jumped up on the Scored FL.
Huh, I got a 39 on NS 1 and it was a 126 which I thought was actually fairly accurate.
 

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cool another depressing thread. thanks

so my 127 in CARS on NS 2 was BS?
 
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cool another depressing thread. thanks

so my 127 in CARS on NS 2 was BS?
No it probably is accurate. He is talking about scores around 125/126 typically. But also I never place any stock in test prep scores for CARS because of how different the AAMC is from it.
 
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No it probably is accurate. He is talking about scores around 125/126 typically. But also I never place any stock in test prep scores for CARS because of how different the AAMC is from it.
What do you mean by different? Different passages? Different questions? Haven't taken the AAMC practice yet
 
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What do you mean by different? Different passages? Different questions? Haven't taken the AAMC practice yet
Different style of Questions and Answer choices, you will see when you do it. It is rather hard to explain. It is mainly the answers though.
 

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My NS1-4 average was 511 and I scored a 512 on my MCAT.

NS is only representative if you are scoring 510+ consistently. People that score in the 510+ range tend to do about the same or better on their MCAT.

However, if you are scoring 505 or lower on NS then your score is not representative at all. (There are a number of people scoring in the 502-505 range that ended up in the 490s on their MCAT.) This is likely because you still have overall content deficits (in addition to faulty logic/reasoning) whereas high scorers are only missing questions due to faulty logic/reasoning alone.

Check the user reported data on reddit
 
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In order:
TPR 1 - 124:125:125:126 500
Kaplan 1 - 125:125:125:125 500
TPR 2 - 125:125:126:125 501
Next Step 1 - 128:125:128:128 509
Kapln 2 - 126: - :128: - (didnt do CARS or Psych) who knows? probably around 504 - 506ish
AAMC OG Half Length 73%:76%:76%(Took Bio section before I did Kaplan 1 for some dumb reason, didnt redo it here, just used that percentage):80% Average 76%
 
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In order:
TPR 1 - 124:125:125:126 500
Kaplan 1 - 125:125:125:125 500
TPR 2 - 125:125:126:125 501
Next Step 1 - 128:125:128:128 509
Kapln 2 - 126: - :128: - (didnt do CARS or Psych) who knows? probably around 504 - 506ish
AAMC OG Half Length 73%:76%:76%(Took Bio section before I did Kaplan 1 for some dumb reason, didnt redo it here, just used that percentage):80% Average 76%
NS says you're ready to go! J/k- keep grinding and stay strong :thumbup:
 

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Thanks I appreciated the encouragement! Hopefully, TBR really helps for the calculation heavy next step exams, still working on that mental math though...