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Discussion in 'Step I' started by smalley, May 7, 2007.

  1. smalley

    smalley 7+ Year Member

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    my uw scores are really fluctuating
    sometimes its in thirties and next time its in sixties......all random unused timed/untimed
    any suggestions on improving?
     
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  3. blz

    blz Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    have you covered all the material?
     
  4. smalley

    smalley 7+ Year Member

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    yes once
     
  5. soeagerun2or

    soeagerun2or Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

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    How does UW correlate to step I? They do give your percentile, is this consistent with the real thing?
     
  6. blz

    blz Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Well, a good place to start is to look at the questions you got wrong and really ask yourself WHY you got it wrong. Was it because you forgot details (solution: study more), was it because you couldn't reason through the question (solution: do more questions, pay attention to the greater picture, etc.) or was it because your testing technique was poor (taking too much time to answer questions, skimming questions too fast, making dumb mistakes, etc.) Doing well on any standardize test requires knowing the tested information plus knowing HOW to take the test. I think the verbal section of the MCAT exemplified this skill well. I sucked at verbal when I first started (score 8s) but when I went through every question and asked myself WHY I got questions correct or incorrect, I started to notice trends, improved my technique, and became a better guesser (yes, this is a skill that can be improved on as well) - end result was an 11V on the real thing - not a 15 or anything, but it added well to my science scores. The usmles are a little more forgiving because having a strong knowledge-base takes you far, but getting better at answering questions pushes you over the edge - don't forget to study that skill too.
     
  7. smalley

    smalley 7+ Year Member

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    thanks blz
     

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