whats the actual deal with test day difficulty


Membership Revoked
10+ Year Member
Oct 6, 2008
seems like on some recent test dates, people say its on par with expectations, and on other days, people say it's suicide.

is the general consensus that some dates (random/unpredictable) are miserably hard (hopefully better curve) and some dates are somewhat easier (but with a more difficult curve) ?

or are all test dates usually the same in terms of difficulty ? what do you guys think?

go lakers

Senior Member
10+ Year Member
Apr 5, 2006
  1. Fellow [Any Field]
took it twice and on both days the test seemed harder than any practice test (esp BS). but curve worked itself out in the end.

its all about keeping your head on straight during the exam and reminding yourself that you (should) know everything you need to know to answer the most obscure passages.
About the Ads


Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Jan 8, 2009
  1. Medical Student
The general consensus seems to be that while test day is harder to some degree than the practice tests, the variation in difficulty between actual test days is at best negligable, and at worst, compensated by a more lenient curve. It wouldn't be fair (or an objective metric) otherwise.
This thread is more than 12 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.