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Im not sure if this is a fair question to ask...but here it goes.

For those that have taken the exam... can you say what you thought was more "low yield" than you originally thought going in to the exam?

exam in a few weeks so the nerves are at a max
I wouldn’t say anything is low yield because you will most likely get different qs than I did. I did flash cards for some difficult to memorize subjects and nothing really came up on the exam so....
 
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Im not sure if this is a fair question to ask...but here it goes.

For those that have taken the exam... can you say what you thought was more "low yield" than you originally thought going in to the exam?

exam in a few weeks so the nerves are at a max
Things not covered in any up to date high yield resource tend to be low yield.
 
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I wouldn’t say anything is low yield because you will most likely get different qs than I did. I did flash cards for some difficult to memorize subjects and nothing really came up on the exam so....
thanks guys! i know it was somewhat of a dumb question... at the point of studying where ive been through UW twice, now im going over the content second time around and memorizing, and find myself thinking... like are these crazy brainstem lesions going to be tested, am i really going to see the malaria lifecycle, how tough are these biostats questions going to be... haha stuff like that... just trying not to panic and realize that I wont know every fact about every single thing... tough pill to swallow
 

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Wanted to give a rundown of my experience for this exam. I benefited from reading how others studied, felt, and scored, so hopefully this helps someone out there. I studied for slightly less than three weeks. I was planning on doing four weeks, but felt really acutely stressed and decided to move it up by like 9 days. I was feeling intense anxiety and thought that it was better to take it earlier and have time to come down from it before starting my next rotation, which is something I am really interested in.

I did finish UWorld, but went through the last 600 odd questions in three days; just zipped through them without too much thought. During the first part of my study time, I went through the online med-ed sections that I felt were most "high yield" (pulmonary, cards, GI, endocrine, and renal). I subscribed for one month because I felt like it was good content and I wanted to support it, but I didn't use any of the notes or extra resources.

Test day sucked. I was feeling so anxious that I couldn't eat anything the day before or the morning of. I took a break after every block, tried to gulp down water and a few almonds or literally anything. One or two blocks felt good (felt confident about 70-80%), most of the other blocks felt medium (felt confident about around 50-60%), and the last two block destroyed me (felt like I knew <40% for sure). I "guessed" (narrowed down to two or three and was torn and eventually just picked one) on a lot of questions, like a lot. Like more than 50%. I came out of the test feeling like I might have failed (really--I had to keep deleting my phone and internet history because of how often I was searching for "step 2 ck terrible", "feel like I failed step 2", etc etc). I really truly thought that there was a good chance that I had failed--for all of you thinking that, I promise that I felt it too.

By the numbers:
Step 1: 246
UWorld: 86% correct (went through it once prior during the course of the year during 4th year) untimed, tutor
Grades during 3rd year: mostly As (which doesn't mean much at my school honestly), with a little variation
UWORLD1: 269
NBME6: 263
Step 2 CK: 263

Today, I got an email at 11:00 that my score was available. And that sent me into a fit of terror. I was on rounds, trying to think about if or how I could check it. And then at 11:04 my resident rushed up to me, elated, because the 15 year old patient I have been following was getting a f*#king heart transplant. A HEART TRANSPLANT. She had recently gotten back from the OR for another procedure and wasn't doing well, and she was bumped up the transplant list. She is the nicest kid, guys. She needs this so much and will be so happy that she has a new heart when she wakes up. That moment was such a contrast, such a relief, and such a moment of clarity. There I was, terrified of a score on a test, and there she was, there her parents were--finding out that she was getting a heart. That she would be able to play and run again, that she wouldn't have to drag her milrinone around, that she could go to prom. I want everyone here who clearly cares so much (about scores, about residency applications, about grades, and mostly about being good, smart, kind and passionate physicians) to remember that these numbers are numbers, they are boxes to check on the way to something much, much more meaningful. Don't let them overtake you, define you, or discourage you. They are not everything. They're not nothing, but they're not much. I got a score, she got a heart. I got a score, she got a heart. Remember that she is the point of this, of all of this.
 
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Wanted to give a rundown of my experience for this exam. I benefited from reading how others studied, felt, and scored, so hopefully this helps someone out there. I studied for slightly less than three weeks. I was planning on doing four weeks, but felt really acutely stressed and decided to move it up by like 9 days. I was feeling intense anxiety and thought that it was better to take it earlier and have time to come down from it before starting my next rotation, which is something I am really interested in.

I did finish UWorld, but went through the last 600 odd questions in three days; just zipped through them without too much thought. During the first part of my study time, I went through the online med-ed sections that I felt were most "high yield" (pulmonary, cards, GI, endocrine, and renal). I subscribed for one month because I felt like it was good content and I wanted to support it, but I didn't use any of the notes or extra resources.

Test day sucked. I was feeling so anxious that I couldn't eat anything the day before or the morning of. I took a break after every block, tried to gulp down water and a few almonds or literally anything. One or two blocks felt good (felt confident about 70-80%), most of the other blocks felt medium (felt confident about around 50-60%), and the last two block destroyed me (felt like I knew <40% for sure). I "guessed" (narrowed down to two or three and was torn and eventually just picked one) on a lot of questions, like a lot. Like more than 50%. I came out of the test feeling like I might have failed (really--I had to keep deleting my phone and internet history because of how often I was searching for "step 2 ck terrible", "feel like I failed step 2", etc etc). I really truly thought that there was a good chance that I had failed--for all of you thinking that, I promise that I felt it too.

By the numbers:
Step 1: 246
UWorld: 86% correct (went through it once prior during the course of the year during 4th year) untimed, tutor
Grades during 3rd year: mostly As (which doesn't mean much at my school honestly), with a little variation
UWORLD1: 269
NBME6: 263
Step 2 CK: 263

Today, I got an email at 11:00 that my score was available. And that sent me into a fit of terror. I was on rounds, trying to think about if or how I could check it. And then at 11:04 my resident rushed up to me, elated, because the 15 year old patient I have been following was getting a f*#king heart transplant. A HEART TRANSPLANT. She had recently gotten back from the OR for another procedure and wasn't doing well, and she was bumped up the transplant list. She is the nicest kid, guys. She needs this so much and will be so happy that she has a new heart when she wakes up. That moment was such a contrast, such a relief, and such a moment of clarity. There I was, terrified of a score on a test, and there she was, there her parents were--finding out that she was getting a heart. That she would be able to play and run again, that she wouldn't have to drag her milrinone around, that she could go to prom. I want everyone here who clearly cares so much (about scores, about residency applications, about grades, and mostly about being good, smart, kind and passionate physicians) to remember that these numbers are numbers, they are boxes to check on the way to something much, much more meaningful. Don't let them overtake you, define you, or discourage you. They are not everything. They're not nothing, but they're not much. I got a score, she got a heart. I got a score, she got a heart. Remember that she is the point of this, of all of this.
Wanted to give a rundown of my experience for this exam. I benefited from reading how others studied, felt, and scored, so hopefully this helps someone out there. I studied for slightly less than three weeks. I was planning on doing four weeks, but felt really acutely stressed and decided to move it up by like 9 days. I was feeling intense anxiety and thought that it was better to take it earlier and have time to come down from it before starting my next rotation, which is something I am really interested in.

I did finish UWorld, but went through the last 600 odd questions in three days; just zipped through them without too much thought. During the first part of my study time, I went through the online med-ed sections that I felt were most "high yield" (pulmonary, cards, GI, endocrine, and renal). I subscribed for one month because I felt like it was good content and I wanted to support it, but I didn't use any of the notes or extra resources.

Test day sucked. I was feeling so anxious that I couldn't eat anything the day before or the morning of. I took a break after every block, tried to gulp down water and a few almonds or literally anything. One or two blocks felt good (felt confident about 70-80%), most of the other blocks felt medium (felt confident about around 50-60%), and the last two block destroyed me (felt like I knew <40% for sure). I "guessed" (narrowed down to two or three and was torn and eventually just picked one) on a lot of questions, like a lot. Like more than 50%. I came out of the test feeling like I might have failed (really--I had to keep deleting my phone and internet history because of how often I was searching for "step 2 ck terrible", "feel like I failed step 2", etc etc). I really truly thought that there was a good chance that I had failed--for all of you thinking that, I promise that I felt it too.

By the numbers:
Step 1: 246
UWorld: 86% correct (went through it once prior during the course of the year during 4th year) untimed, tutor
Grades during 3rd year: mostly As (which doesn't mean much at my school honestly), with a little variation
UWORLD1: 269
NBME6: 263
Step 2 CK: 263

Today, I got an email at 11:00 that my score was available. And that sent me into a fit of terror. I was on rounds, trying to think about if or how I could check it. And then at 11:04 my resident rushed up to me, elated, because the 15 year old patient I have been following was getting a f*#king heart transplant. A HEART TRANSPLANT. She had recently gotten back from the OR for another procedure and wasn't doing well, and she was bumped up the transplant list. She is the nicest kid, guys. She needs this so much and will be so happy that she has a new heart when she wakes up. That moment was such a contrast, such a relief, and such a moment of clarity. There I was, terrified of a score on a test, and there she was, there her parents were--finding out that she was getting a heart. That she would be able to play and run again, that she wouldn't have to drag her milrinone around, that she could go to prom. I want everyone here who clearly cares so much (about scores, about residency applications, about grades, and mostly about being good, smart, kind and passionate physicians) to remember that these numbers are numbers, they are boxes to check on the way to something much, much more meaningful. Don't let them overtake you, define you, or discourage you. They are not everything. They're not nothing, but they're not much. I got a score, she got a heart. I got a score, she got a heart. Remember that she is the point of this, of all of this.
Congratulations for the excellent score!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience that really really helps! Big thanks for sharing the story I am really touched by the perfect ending and can not help crying for the little cute girl and for you!
Hope every one here has a perfect score!
 
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I guys I just got my score and I PASSED!!!!!!! It was exact score frommy uworld Self assessment which was 230. I wouldn’t recommend wasting money on those NBMEs they are not accurate and can freak you out, specially if you lack confidence like me. Trust your instincts and good luck to everyone!! I’m officially ecfmg certified!!!!!!
See!!! Congrats!!! Btw!!! I only have CS left, taking it next month. How did you prepare for it? Any tips?
 

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See!!! Congrats!!! Btw!!! I only have CS left, taking it next month. How did you prepare for it? Any tips?
Thanks! I learned all the cases from FA for Step 2 CS and the differentials. Practice, practice, practice. That is my only advice. Practice will make you feel confident in your performance and the patients will notice that. Of course always time yourself. This is the easiest test imo but still you need to practice.
 
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Thanks! I learned all the cases from FA for Step 2 CS and the differentials. Practice, practice, practice. That is my only advice. Practice will make you feel confident in your performance and the patients will notice that. Of course always time yourself. This is the easiest test imo but still you need to practice.
Thanks!!!
 
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Thanks! I learned all the cases from FA for Step 2 CS and the differentials. Practice, practice, practice. That is my only advice. Practice will make you feel confident in your performance and the patients will notice that. Of course always time yourself. This is the easiest test imo but still you need to practice.
Did you practice solo or with someone else?
 
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Guys, I am literally freaking out!
I took my exam CK on 03/23/19 on a Saturday. I was thinking my result would be posted on the third Wednesday which WAS on 04/10/19... but nothing happened. My permit is still there, but when I click on it, it says exam has been taken or eligibility expired!!!

When I try to to re-register, it says “you cannot register blah blah and that if you have FAILED” all in RED!!! I have been depressed, it has affected my work! I can’t sleep, I can’t get my mind off it.

I feel terrible guys!
I’m sorry for the rant.

Does anyone have similar experience? Does Fourth week Wednesday result equal FAILURE . Pls your response is high needed.

Thank you!
 

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Guys, I am literally freaking out!
I took my exam CK on 03/23/19 on a Saturday. I was thinking my result would be posted on the third Wednesday which WAS on 04/10/19... but nothing happened. My permit is still there, but when I click on it, it says exam has been taken or eligibility expired!!!

When I try to to re-register, it says “you cannot register blah blah and that if you have FAILED” all in RED!!! I have been depressed, it has affected my work! I can’t sleep, I can’t get my mind off it.

I feel terrible guys!
I’m sorry for the rant.

Does anyone have similar experience? Does Fourth week Wednesday result equal FAILURE . Pls your response is high needed.

Thank you!
I believe for Saturday it is almost always the 4th Wednesday as far as it saying you failed Ive never heard of it saying that.
 

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No worries trust the practice scores my friend got it on the 4th Wednesday and he passed. Not by a big margin but he passed.
 
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I guys I just got my score and I PASSED!!!!!!! It was exact score frommy uworld Self assessment which was 230. I wouldn’t recommend wasting money on those NBMEs they are not accurate and can freak you out, specially if you lack confidence like me. Trust your instincts and good luck to everyone!! I’m officially ecfmg certified!!!!!!
Awesome score Mary and congratulations on being ECFMG certified!! This definitely gives me a lot of hope.
Just a random question. About how many questions per block did you mark? Im in my final 3 weeks prep!
 

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I took my test on the 28th of march ( a thursday ) should I be expecting it this Wednesday?
 

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Have you guys with permits gone tried to apply for Step 3 or the FCVS trick to see if you passed? It should work for you either by now or by 1am EST tomorrow.

DrDeath, assuming you get results tomorrow, would you mind please confirming that you got them on here. I also took my exam on a Friday and my results are due dangerously close to graduation, so I'm desperate to get confirmation that I will get them on that 3rd Wednesday after my exam date. Good luck and thank you!
 
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Took my test on the 28th. Got my score back today.

Uworld 1st pass (during 3rd year): 75%
Uworld 2nd pass: 82%
UWSA 1: 265
UWSA 2: 257
No NBMEs

CK: 263

I thought I scored in the low 250s when i walked out. Happy to say that UWSA 1 was the best predictor for me. Trust your practice tests!

I used Uworld and OME. I think the best way to prepare is to study hard during 3rd year and do well on shelf exams.
 

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Took my test on the 28th. Got my score back today.

Uworld 1st pass (during 3rd year): 75%
Uworld 2nd pass: 82%
UWSA 1: 265
UWSA 2: 257
No NBMEs

CK: 263

I thought I scored in the low 250s when i walked out. Happy to say that UWSA 1 was the best predictor for me. Trust your practice tests!

I used Uworld and OME. I think the best way to prepare is to study hard during 3rd year and do well on shelf exams.
we took the exam on the same day, I wonder why I haven't received mine yet.....
also congrats on an amazing score
 
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Got my score back last week, super unexpected and super stoked at the same time.

5.5 weeks studying total
UW first pass: 72%
UW second pass: 85%
UW1: 246
UW2 (1 week out): 246

Real deal: 263

My real exam was not that similar to UW in my opinion, but I do think I learned what I needed to from UW and used that knowledge to answer my test questions the best I could. UW and OME were the only resources I used
 
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Hey everybody! IMG here.

I m 4 weeks out from my test and I 'm trying to schedule the dedicated period in my head. However I 'm in a bit of a dilemma so I figured I will ask here..

My main books so far are S2UM and MTB3, I 've took notes on them over my 3month part-time prep.. I m on my 1st pass of Uworld, so far getting a cumulative score of ~82%, with 1/3 of it completed.

My question is' with the pace I'm going(80 questions/day) I can finish the qbank like 2 days away from my test.
Should I just leave maybe 300questions in favor of reviewing or should I totally 100% finish Uworld and do no review at all?

Thanks for any advice!
 

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Does anyone know how old the NBME exams 6, 7, 8 or the older ones like 3, 4 are? Wondering how useful they are likely to be. Anyone who's taken the real test, did you feel like they were worth the pain of trying to find explanations?
 
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Hey everybody! IMG here.

I m 4 weeks out from my test and I 'm trying to schedule the dedicated period in my head. However I 'm in a bit of a dilemma so I figured I will ask here..

My main books so far are S2UM and MTB3, I 've took notes on them over my 3month part-time prep.. I m on my 1st pass of Uworld, so far getting a cumulative score of ~82%, with 1/3 of it completed.

My question is' with the pace I'm going(80 questions/day) I can finish the qbank like 2 days away from my test.
Should I just leave maybe 300questions in favor of reviewing or should I totally 100% finish Uworld and do no review at all?

Thanks for any advice!
You need to finish and review Uworld notes, this is the most important thing .. you can download Uworld cards or tables as PDF and add them to your schedule
 

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Does anyone know how old the NBME exams 6, 7, 8 or the older ones like 3, 4 are? Wondering how useful they are likely to be. Anyone who's taken the real test, did you feel like they were worth the pain of trying to find explanations?
They are definitely useful!
 

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Anyone know any good source of explanations for the NBMEs?
 
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Hi, I got 250 in uwsa 1(10days before)and 258 in uwsa 2(4 days before exam) result next week. what should i expect.
 
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Got my score back last week, super unexpected and super stoked at the same time.

5.5 weeks studying total
UW first pass: 72%
UW second pass: 85%
UW1: 246
UW2 (1 week out): 246

Real deal: 263

My real exam was not that similar to UW in my opinion, but I do think I learned what I needed to from UW and used that knowledge to answer my test questions the best I could. UW and OME were the only resources I used
Congratulations. can you tell how you found the test. and what caused this amazing increase??
 

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Congratulations. can you tell how you found the test. and what caused this amazing increase??
Thanks dude, go gooners!

For me I thought the test was way different from UW. I finished each block of the UW assessments with seconds to spare mainly bc i felt the questions themselves were insanely long paragraphs and the answer choices were often convoluted. But for my test day, I finished with at least 15 minutes to spare at the end of each block. Questions were shorter and I felt like I either knew it right away or didn't know it at all, which made the extra time in each block super useful.

That was just my experience, I think if you look through this thread enough times you'll find people with exact opposite experiences. But I do think that Uworld and OME is all I needed to prepare and answer the questions for the test.
 
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Need some help, guys..

Exam is on May 24th. I took UWSA1 few weeks ago and got 250 and took NBME 6 today and got 230. That was a big blow to my confidence. Have to go over my mistakes. Does it still look promising to score 250+ by May 24th?
 
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Need some help, guys..

Exam is on May 24th. I took UWSA1 few weeks ago and got 250 and took NBME 6 today and got 230. That was a big blow to my confidence. Have to go over my mistakes. Does it still look promising to score 250+ by May 24th?
take uwsa 2 after 15 days. you look good on course.
 
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I got my score today around 10 am an IMG here.
it was pass (253)
same is NBME 7 253
NBME 8 :245
UW A 1: 252
UW A 2 : 245
the disaster was NBME 6 225 was reading from an offline UWORLD just had half of the qbank done and not motivated in december 17..
then took UWORLD online and just did Uworld till feb 19 , just single read only .
and passed with 257
i think i could have defiantly put more hours by at least trying txt book like step2first aids which i did not touch or check other banks but i did not have time.
my message is it is UWORLD, when you get any Question wrong look into the topic ( use timed mode) and learn the skills of how to approach the Q on the exam , I did not study stats and barely survived screening through the stupid 3 Q2 long drug research topics.
it`s 65 % knowledge and 35% technique , self confidence and ability to read the magic key words connection..
i always felt like i was rushed during the exam.
had nasty panic attack and anxiety. my last block had only less than 5 min to finish the last 10 Qs at 40 Q block.

if any one has any question , i am available to answer
and Question to you guys , why i cant see my performance at each specialty/ part of the exam compared to other. it only gives me an idea about my performance at each discipline against my own score
Hey can you tell me the timeline of your practice exams relative to the day you took the real deal? Thank you. And Congratulations.
 
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Okay, thank you. I will. Should I not be worried about NBME 6?
i didnot take it, just took uwsas awaiting score. but i have seen and read almost all experiences on all forums in last 15 days. uwsas are predictive. avg of both uwsas to be safe.
 
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Hey guys, I took the exam on April 4th and my permit disappeared this morning. I created an account on FSMB and as of yesterday I was ineligible to apply for Step 3 but this morning I can apply and pay, I'm assuming I passed as this is my last exam and a similar situation as @Maryvirginia12 .
If anyone can confirm that would be great and for those waiting for scores please check to see if you could do the same.
 
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Hey guys, I took the exam on April 4th and my permit disappeared this morning. I created an account on FSMB and as of yesterday I was ineligible to apply for Step 3 but this morning I can apply and pay, I'm assuming I passed as this is my last exam and a similar situation as @Maryvirginia12 .
If anyone can confirm that would be great and for those waiting for scores please check to see if you could do the same.
i also took the exam on april 4th and my permit disappeared today. But I have only taken Step 1 yet.
 

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Hey guys, I took the exam on April 4th and my permit disappeared this morning. I created an account on FSMB and as of yesterday I was ineligible to apply for Step 3 but this morning I can apply and pay, I'm assuming I passed as this is my last exam and a similar situation as @Maryvirginia12 .
If anyone can confirm that would be great and for those waiting for scores please check to see if you could do the same.

Most likely you passed! I just received my ECFMG certificate today and I am extremely happy!
 
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Uworld 1st Pass (didn't finish all questions before resetting): ~75% I think
Uworld 2nd Pass: currently at 83-84%
USWA1: 265 (2.5 weeks ago)
USWA 2: 268 (3 days ago)

Step 1: 252

Test date is later this week! I've been averaging the the mid/high 80s-low 90s on the most recent blocks, but now I have gotten low 70s for 2 or so back to back. Not going to lie it is freaking me out a little bit. Anyone have any experience getting some lower scoring blocks close to their exam date?

Edit: I will add that I have noticed that on those blocks in the 70s, about 1/2 of the questions I got wrong were all questions with <50% correct answers (anywhere between 13-47% right)