USMLE Question banks and Averages

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    I am sure this has been answered on here before but perhaps not in one location.

    Let's say for example my goal is a 230.

    What averages should I be looking to achieve in Rx, Uworld, Kaplan, etc. to indicate I might be close to that goal?

    I know everyone keeps throwing out their averages but I have no real idea what it correlates to. Would appreciate a fair estimate for those that have been doing this for some time.

    Thanks.
     
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    The experiences thread has multiple personal accounts with all this information.

    Those who've been doing what, correlating their averages? Everyone gives the exam just once. There are two or three correlation formulas on various websites that will give you some idea, but those are based on the data they have collected from all the people that contribute their scores, so they're only as accurate as their most recent contributors' data.
     
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    Yeah, basically if you average 60% you can expect around a 220. That sort of thing. I wanted a better way than just read many examples. The link I found is what I want except for not having Rx.
     
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    Use NBMEs for estimating. Use the Banks for learning.
     
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    For me, up to this point, that table is overestimating my score on qbanks compared to my scores on nbmes.

    Like addy said, use your qbanks for learning, not assessing. All your qbank % is really going to show is how much you knew before you did the qbank. The important thing for you score is going to be how much you know after you finish the qbank.
     
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    Yeah, I know the actual practice exams are better and more representative. I just wanted an idea of where I was at in practice along the way.
     
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    I guess a 65-70% near the end would mean I might be safe in UW.
     

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