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UWSA 1,2, and NBMEs left

hyrule

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    Got less than 3 weeks left. So far,only taken NBME 5 around 3-4 weeks ago. I'm thinking of doing a a UWSA and maybe 2 NBMEs. Thinking of doing NBME 6 and 7 since they've been tried and tested. Not sure whether to do 11 and 12 instead. Any suggestions? Also is it worth it to do both UWSAs .. AND 2 NBMEs? I mean, seems like overkill to me. But I'll do them if it actually helps in learning .. rather than just showing where you stand.
     

    RySerr21

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      do you guys go over the UWSA? do they tell you which questions you got wrong and provide na explanation? thanks!


      yea they give you questions and and answers and explanations. I didnt find the time to go over them, but would probably definitely help.




      OP, I thought nmbe 6 was a pretty terrible test. Im gonna do 7 tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes, but Ive heard better things about it.

      In general I have liked the UW exams better than NBME exams, regardless of which is better for predicting scores. I feel the questions are harder, more conceptual....they make you think, which is what I imagine the real deal will be like. A lot of the NBME questions are one liners of random factoids that you either know or you dont, that have nothing to do with a clinical presentation. Maybe 7 will be different. I think if you do both UWs and 2 NBMEs, you'll be golden. I dont think its a bad idea to substitute 6 with either 11 or 12.
       
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      hyrule

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        Looking at the Step I experiences thread... and there are so many people that score 250+ on UWSAs and end up with 20 points lower on the real deal. And there are also people who score in the 240s and have ended up with 250+ on the real deal.

        So maybe do it for extra questions... but not as a score predictor?
         

        RySerr21

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          Looking at the Step I experiences thread... and there are so many people that score 250+ on UWSAs and end up with 20 points lower on the real deal. And there are also people who score in the 240s and have ended up with 250+ on the real deal.

          So maybe do it for extra questions... but not as a score predictor?


          Yea. They don't seem to be as accurate as NBMEs, but I think they have better questions. And you can learn from them. I havent taken the test yet, so i can't tell you which ones were more representative. But I would hope they were more like Uworlds.
           

          joecole

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            I'm on the same boat as OP...wanted to ask - whats the deal with NBME 11 and 12? Are they good substitutes for NBME 5,6,7? My exam is before May 17th - which is when I think they are introducing more immunology questions...so is it better to take the older NBMEs (5,6,7) or will NBME 11 and 12 be more helpful?

            Thanks!
             

            RySerr21

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              took nbme 7 today. thought it was a really well done exam. Good distribution of questions, very few one liners, conceptual questions. I think its definitely worth taking. NBME 6 on the other hand, I thought was pretty terrible. So, I would substitue 11 or 12 for 6, but definitely keep 7.
               
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