I was just curious. I tend to recheck everything I was unsure of when I finish a test, so I often end up leaving right before the official test time is finished. What about you guys?
I'm so glad to hear this - I'm almost always the first one out. On shelves I have finished 30 min to an hour before anyone else. I've just never been one to dwell I either know it or I don't - no need to obsess. I was wondering if it would carry over into the Boards and I'm very glad to hear it will. How awesome would it be to finish the boards early!I can't stand to be in the room for a really long time, so I'm usually one of the 1st ones out. I think I was generally about the 5th to finish most exams. I also finished Step 1 in about half the time allotted.
Some of us are just fast readers and really good test takers. Not sure why its just skills you sort of are lucky to pick up on over the years. I've tried to teach people and have failed so I'm not sure what it is exactly.It never makes sense to me why people leave with time left on the clock. We spend so much time studying, is a few extra minutes on game day really gonna kill you? I suppose I can understand if you're one of the people who can't resist the urge to double guess yourself even when you're intially pretty sure about an answer. But otherwise, it never makes sense to me, especially on standardized types of tests with long vignettes when you really need the time if you're going to read all the questions through.
Pretend I wrote this also, because it pretty much describes exactly how I feel.Wow it's good to find some brethren around here. I'm first out usually 90% of the time and very close to that if not. People ask me about it during exam week and I say what's been said above..."if you don't know it in the first five seconds it isn't going to magically come to you." Although I'm going to start going Ricky Bobby on people..."if you ain't first you're last."
I go through the test once and mark answers I'm not sure of. After I eliminate/guess/whatever on those I'm done. I stopped checking over a few years ago and my grades didn't go down because any stupid mistakes I fix are canceled out by second guessing right answers and changing them to wrong ones.
I think if I was REALLY careful I could possibly eliminate the stupid second guesses and POSSIBLY earn myself another point or two on every exam. However, this would take 30 minutes per exam and I just don't care about my grades that much anymore. The difference between a 85 and a 87 in medical school is so small it's not worth the effort.
Ditto to just about everything you just said. I was going to respond, but you already said it all.Some of us are just fast readers and really good test takers. Not sure why its just skills you sort of are lucky to pick up on over the years. I've tried to teach people and have failed so I'm not sure what it is exactly.
At least thats me. I read through tests fast and on every question I either know the answer immediately or I don't. 12 years of elementary/secondary education, 4 years of college and a year and a half of medical school has taught me I never change any answers - even my guesses. Answers don't magically come to me if I sit there for another hour doing nothing. So really there is no point.
I go through it once, will go back to past questions if a different questions gives away the question to an old question, but otherwise I go through once. Then I run through the entire thing really quickly to check that there is no miss-bubbling, I estimate the worse case scenario grade (assuming I got every guess wrong) and call it a day.
Whats not to understand. Its not about saving time on game day - its about not wasting time when there is nothing else you can do.
I guess it would depend on why you finished early. The earliest I've ever finished was 20 minutes in a hour-long test and that was because I had no clue what was going on. It doesn't take long to guess. Don't remember the grade (this was undergrad) but I know it horrible.I wonder if there's any correlation between being done early and performance.
Haha, I must be an outlier, then... I'm usually one of the first 5-10 people done with exams, but I'm about 95% sure that I'm headed to Internal Medicine or one of its many subspecialties (heme-onc, GI, or endo). I tend to read quickly and think quickly, and I've taken enough tests in my life to know when I simply don't know an answer and when the answer will likely come to me by the time I'm done with the test. (This happens a lot, haha.)I have this theory that the test dwellers are going to go into internal medicine type specialties and the once-through kids are going to go surgical / EM / anesth.
Depends on what your questions are. I'm not sure how you figure that the number of questions gauge the difficulty of the test. If they are giving you a long clinical scenario it takes longer to read. If you have a lot of matching or whatever else it isn't a problem. All of our path tests are 100 questions and we have three hours. This last one took me a little less than two hours and that seemed slower than usual.how do you guys have time to recheck all your answers. Each of our system exams are 150 Q's within 3 hours. I usually only have time to answer the questions with maybe 10 minuets left. You guys should be happy that you have such easy tests.
Drop the "easy" versus "hard" mentality. Any test is easy if you are well prepared. Read what many people have written, not that their tests are easy but that they either know the material or they don't know the material.how do you guys have time to recheck all your answers. Each of our system exams are 150 Q's within 3 hours. I usually only have time to answer the questions with maybe 10 minuets left. You guys should be happy that you have such easy tests.