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swtiepie711

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I signed up for USMLEWorld during my last rotation (OBGYN) so I used UW for that. For my step2 studying, I've been doing timed-random blocks (minus OBGYN, since I used up those qs). So I presume my total % on USMLEworld is somewhat accurate, albeit maybe the OBGYN % was slightly inflated given I was studying & on that rotation at the time.

Anyways, I'm narrowing in on the last 10 days or so before my test, and I know I need to re-do the OBGYN qs, as it's been a bit since we wrapped up OBGYN. However, I'm hesitant to do it because I'm not sure what happens to your overall percent when you redo questions? Does it keep in mind the original percent & just add this into it? Does it replace it? Anyone have any idea?

The only way to avoid this is to finish the rest of the qbank and then just repeat the obgyn questions at the very end, but I'm hesitant to leave all of OBGYN to the very last couple days before my exam.... Thanks for any thoughts!
 

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Don't let obsession over a statistic get in the way of your studying. While I don't really know if the USMLE percent changes when you redo questions (I'd suspect it does), it shouldn't matter. You're ten days from your exam, and you know there's a topic that you need to review. Review it and don't worry about the number USMLE World is throwing back at you.

If you need the estimate to help your nerves, just jot down where you're at right now. It doesn't move very much once you're far into UWorld, anyhow.
 

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Don't let obsession over a statistic get in the way of your studying. While I don't really know if the USMLE percent changes when you redo questions (I'd suspect it does), it shouldn't matter. You're ten days from your exam, and you know there's a topic that you need to review. Review it and don't worry about the number USMLE World is throwing back at you.

If you need the estimate to help your nerves, just jot down where you're at right now. It doesn't move very much once you're far into UWorld, anyhow.

Thanks for the slap to the side of the head :) Yea, I know it's silly and shouldn't matter in the slightest. I'm about 50% into UW, so I do have 1/2 to go but I guess you're right and what does it matter anyways :)
Thx for the thoughts :)
 

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Totally just realized something - if you've completed a section of world, there's no way to just redo that section.
What I mean is, if you choose
Timed - OBGYN - ALL
You'll get 1 block of ones you haven't seen in a while (great)
When you do it again (Timed - OBGYN - ALL), the 2nd block of 44 will likely contain some from the previous block (it doesn't remember which ones you've done once or twice).
So there's no way to be sure you'll see all the qs again unless you clear the bank, right? Bummer, dude.
Oh well... I guess I should have just reset the bank before starting... just didn't want to pay the extra dough... grrrr....
 

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Yeah, that's sort of the downside of UWorld. There's no really good way of going through questions a second time without starting from 0 again.

I had the thought to just check-mark every single question after I'm done, and then select to do questions with check marks next to them. Then I would uncheck the questions I got right, and would keep going like that until I had none checked off anymore. But it's too much effort, I think.
 

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I had the thought to just check-mark every single question after I'm done, and then select to do questions with check marks next to them. Then I would uncheck the questions I got right, and would keep going like that until I had none checked off anymore. But it's too much effort, I think.

Golding, you are a genius!!! The first 200 qs I did were all OBGYN - so just "resume" those tests, mark them all. Then do marked OBGYn qs, but as I go through them, unmark them. Then each block of "marked" OBGYN qs will be a "new" (albeit, I did them a couple months ago) block instead of constantly recycling some. :thumbup:

Thanks so much for all your thoughts on this thread & others. I've got a lot going on in my personal life that's not really relevant to med school but impacts it tremendously and I just want to survive this darn test with a decent score and move on. I really appreciate the insight! Current plan: finish UW and maybe skim Crush? who knows...

Thanks again!
 
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