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jp104

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    I am about 2 months out from taking the test and so far I am scoring ~45% on 48 question blocks. Usually the average for the block is about 50-55%. Am I just hopelessly behind?

    I've heard that USMLE World is harder so I am wondering what the score would equal if taken on a different Q bank or even the real exam. Just looking for some feedback from others..thanks!
     

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      This is a bit off topic, but didn't want to start up yet ANOTHER UWorld thread. I just subscribed, and am doing the questions of the topics I read each day. i.e. if I read genitourinary anatomy today, I will do the corresponding UW questions. I then will check the explanations of all, and note down points of interest.

      My question is, am I wasting the Qbank this way? Should I do random questions instead of stuff I just read?
       

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        This is a bit off topic, but didn't want to start up yet ANOTHER UWorld thread. I just subscribed, and am doing the questions of the topics I read each day. i.e. if I read genitourinary anatomy today, I will do the corresponding UW questions. I then will check the explanations of all, and note down points of interest.

        My question is, am I wasting the Qbank this way? Should I do random questions instead of stuff I just read?

        I did that for a little bit but a lot of the questions feel like gimmes if you know what section they're coming from. Dunno how that plays out long term though, I guess you can still learn the material just as well.
         
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          whats up captopril. I would do random questions, finish the qbank, and then after all thats done, then you can go back and maybe do sections that you feel weak on like say renal physio etc.. That way your not wasting the qbank and your still concentrating the weak areas. Thats what Im doing. Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps dude. Sorry for going off topic guys. Good luck
           

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            I did that for a little bit but a lot of the questions feel like gimmes if you know what section they're coming from. Dunno how that plays out long term though, I guess you can still learn the material just as well.


            whats up captopril. I would do random questions, finish the qbank, and then after all thats done, then you can go back and maybe do sections that you feel weak on like say renal physio etc.. That way your not wasting the qbank and your still concentrating the weak areas. Thats what Im doing. Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps dude. Sorry for going off topic guys. Good luck

            yeah the reason I'm doing it that way is because I never really reviewed most of the topics thoroughly, so a random test might just be me clicking random answers for 1 hour without any idea what they are talking about.

            I'm thinking about maybe doing 1k question topic-wise, then doing 1k randomly after I've revised all subjects...that way I can get the best of both worlds. Basically a reverse of what AllUpOnYoMama suggested.

            Thanks for the input guys, and sorry to the OP for completely hijacking your thread.:rolleyes:
             

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              You need use the bank subjectwise to learn material, to solidify what you have just learned, before you start jumping around topics to get the mechanics and rhythm of the test down. Your reverse AllUpOnYourMama idea could work.

              Or you could go with paper sources after each section, QBook, FirstAidQbook, R and C Review of Pathology. Most school libraries have copies that you can use.
               
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              jp104

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                yeah the reason I'm doing it that way is because I never really reviewed most of the topics thoroughly, so a random test might just be me clicking random answers for 1 hour without any idea what they are talking about.

                I'm thinking about maybe doing 1k question topic-wise, then doing 1k randomly after I've revised all subjects...that way I can get the best of both worlds. Basically a reverse of what AllUpOnYoMama suggested.

                Thanks for the input guys, and sorry to the OP for completely hijacking your thread.:rolleyes:

                s'ok...was still useful information :)

                I read through the other thread mentioned on here and it seems like I have a lot of work ahead of me. At any rate, it's good to know just how far behind I am so I know what I need to do. Hopefully 6 weeks is enough time....
                 

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                  I consistently scored 5-10% below the average on UW, but got an average score on the true test. The key is to learn from your mistakes and keep your confidence up, both are very important for surviving the test. So you should be ok unless you want to be one of the people on SDN who boast a 90-99 on the test.
                   

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                    I just started Uworld and its taking me FOREVER to review the answers after taking the test. I am reviewing right and wrong questions and pretty much just reading everything including the explanations for the other answer choices. Also I'm annotating FA while I go. Does this just take forever or will I get faster at doing this?
                     

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                      It pretty much takes forever! I've been at it now for a few months (doing blocks of 25-50 a day - when time allows). It's been a GREAT way to learn thus far. Stick to it - because it will always take a long time to annotate.

                      I found that when I would try and do it faster, I'd skip over something interesting. If I did that , I figured I wasn't using the qbank to it's fullest and was "throwing my money/time away" - that's what I'd tell myself, at least, to slow down and focus.

                      I should finish the whole thing in a few days with a little over a month till my exam to review the info and missed test questions.
                       
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