Please help!!!

7/27/2012 1:28:42 PM
Hi,
I did kaplan lecture notes once few months back. after long break started with MTB once and did UW almost twice. I was planning to give the exam end of august. I gave NMBE 1 yesterday and the score was very low 190/158.

Could anyone please advise me on what to do?
Is kaplan lecture notes 2007-2008 edition okay or should I buy new ones.

I am nervous and worried, Please do advise me and throw in some idea about the study plan. I really appreciate anyone for their time and advise.

Thanks in advance.


7/27/2012 3:44:53 PM
Hi ALL,
16 views and no one has anything to say.....

please guys some advise....

Thanks a lot!!!!!


8/1/2012 5:05:05 PM
why do you think you got such a low score? u think it was more about the time? u being stressed?
Most of the people i spoke with said that UW and MTB or first aid is more than enough...maybe u need to do the UW self assessment or another NBME exam when u are relaxed and see what your result will be...one bad score in an exam doesn't matter(unless it was the real exam )


8/10/2012 2:04:40 AM
I think you need 3 passing scores between nbmes and uwassessment before you predict a pasing score. dont worry bout using the old kaplan books because you have mtb to fill in the updated info. Also people have found mtb 3 helpful for the subspeciality subjects.


8/16/2012 1:09:12 PM
Dont worry, first of all reschedule your test for atleast 8 weeks. Check your answers on some websites, if you google NBME Step 2 CK answers you find many, then you can check all the anwers and then see where you may have gone wrong. Make a note of that, it may be helpful.
Read all the kaplan notes, 2007- 8 notes. I did the same and recently scored 236, so its not that bad, didnt even do mtb.
Do a rigorous round of questions with 7-8 blocks everyday, it helps if you read some topics and do the questions the very next day. (Because u did UW twice already i wonder if you should switch to kaplan q bank, check with someone on that.) Condition yourself so that u get 70-75% correct everytime comfortably. Do all these within 2-3/4 weeks. Then do a NBME 4. Then see how to go about from there.


8/23/2012 3:59:52 PM
Hey mena3,Luja n Guku....

Thanks a lot for the advise. It s very valuable and it is helping me to go about the step2ck. I am working on the materials n UW as per what you all have said.
Once again thanks a lot for the time n advise. I appreciate that.


8/23/2012 4:13:23 PM
Hey Guku,
As u said If I do 7 blocks per day , I can only do that and possibly review some of the incorrect answers. I wont be able to read the books.
My question is usually how do people do it. Just stick to UW only for a month or 15days and no books. I am finding it hard to manage books and UW...And I also want to practice longs hours of doing test so that i can sit in the exam for 8hrs.I am not sure on how to plan that.
I have postponed my exam to end of September. I have taken sep-0ct-nov eligibility. So that's my time frame , so please let me know how to do it q bank alone, books alone or together ......

At present I have 900 qs left in uw 2nd round mixed timed. I am reading internal medicine kaplan and MTB , for gynec only MTB3 , Paeds MTBS n few topics from kaplan and PSych only MTB2n3 and surgery MTB3. please advise whether to finish all these with 900 qs and give. after all that again how to go about uw 3rd round, uw fresh again , what i should do . Only uw 7-8 blocks lke u said and review incorrect and no books.

Guku kindly advise me on my plan whether it is right or wrong.

Thanks a lot for your time and advise.
Thanks so much!!!


8/24/2012 5:04:26 AM
Hey RaGo,

This is what I am suggesting
READ-----UW qbank 6-7-----READ NEXT TOPICS----UW .....If you get 70-75% correct overall then you are doing great,even if you repeated the qs (but make sure u dont repeat the qs you did 1-2 hours ago, try and repeat the whole test that you have done earlier that way you can avoid immidiate repeats) once you are done, do a quick review (2-3 days) using a quick review book (FA mostly+ selected areas on kaplan/MTB)....Then do your NBME. Depending on your stronger and weaker areas you should device a plan for yourself, do it on a excel sheet and keep updating as you go.

I completely understand what you are going through.
looks like you have all the information but freakin out because of one bad score. All you gotta do is complete everything once, quite quickly but thoroughly and then do another NBME within the next 3-4 weeks. Now do it like your whole life depends on the next NBME, do it like your next NBME is totally the real CK and NOT just a practice test. Trust me the same thing happened to me 2 weeks before my scheduled CK date. I did exactly what I recommended you, rescheduled my test for another 2 weeks and took NBME form2 (10 days before the new date) got a 530 and then was ready for the final. It worked. Just one NBME can either ruin or boost your confidence. My score 236.



If you have read all these books then it is not quite the question of lack of information, I read only kaplan, FA and did UW qbank (98% o questions) which was enough. So all you need to do is a quick review of the material and a quick burst of the UW. Repeat everything even if you have already done and do it exactly as you would do for a unused questions.
Looks like you should condition yourself to do the questions more than having to keep reading all the material again and again. Select some topics easier for you and mix them with the problem topics and make up topics sufficient for 6-7 blocks and just go about it. Its difficult to revise (pre-test) if you have too many sources. Stick with something like FA and wrtie all the additional notes in the relevant pages from kaplan/MTB/UW explanations. For many topics I found FA to be the best book (if only you have read the kaplan/MTB very well for those topics). For example I found it comfortable to read FA ONLy for topics like dermat, ID, endocrinology, pediatrics, obgyn etc- and I could get 70-80% correctly. So for topics like these dont have to read kaplan/MTB and other material. Just an hour/topic revision would be sufficient IF you have already read them well in your kaplan/MTB material.
What you should NOT do:
Take another NBME without a COMPLETE preperation. Another low score will not be good for your confidence.

Hope that helps.
Now get cracking on the material.
edited by GuKu32479412 on 8/24/2012
edited by GuKu32479412 on 8/24/2012


8/25/2012 1:07:44 AM
RaGo21985422 wrote:
Hi,
I did kaplan lecture notes once few months back. after long break started with MTB once and did UW almost twice. I was planning to give the exam end of august. I gave NMBE 1 yesterday and the score was very low 190/158.

Could anyone please advise me on what to do?
Is kaplan lecture notes 2007-2008 edition okay or should I buy new ones.

I am nervous and worried, Please do advise me and throw in some idea about the study plan. I really appreciate anyone for their time and advise.

Thanks in advance.


8/26/2012 10:20:41 PM
GuKu32479412 wrote:
Hey RaGo,

This is what I am suggesting
READ-----UW qbank 6-7-----READ NEXT TOPICS----UW .....If you get 70-75% correct overall then you are doing great,even if you repeated the qs (but make sure u dont repeat the qs you did 1-2 hours ago, try and repeat the whole test that you have done earlier that way you can avoid immidiate repeats) once you are done, do a quick review (2-3 days) using a quick review book (FA mostly+ selected areas on kaplan/MTB)....Then do your NBME. Depending on your stronger and weaker areas you should device a plan for yourself, do it on a excel sheet and keep updating as you go.

I completely understand what you are going through.
looks like you have all the information but freakin out because of one bad score. All you gotta do is complete everything once, quite quickly but thoroughly and then do another NBME within the next 3-4 weeks. Now do it like your whole life depends on the next NBME, do it like your next NBME is totally the real CK and NOT just a practice test. Trust me the same thing happened to me 2 weeks before my scheduled CK date. I did exactly what I recommended you, rescheduled my test for another 2 weeks and took NBME form2 (10 days before the new date) got a 530 and then was ready for the final. It worked. Just one NBME can either ruin or boost your confidence. My score 236.



If you have read all these books then it is not quite the question of lack of information, I read only kaplan, FA and did UW qbank (98% o questions) which was enough. So all you need to do is a quick review of the material and a quick burst of the UW. Repeat everything even if you have already done and do it exactly as you would do for a unused questions.
Looks like you should condition yourself to do the questions more than having to keep reading all the material again and again. Select some topics easier for you and mix them with the problem topics and make up topics sufficient for 6-7 blocks and just go about it. Its difficult to revise (pre-test) if you have too many sources. Stick with something like FA and wrtie all the additional notes in the relevant pages from kaplan/MTB/UW explanations. For many topics I found FA to be the best book (if only you have read the kaplan/MTB very well for those topics). For example I found it comfortable to read FA ONLy for topics like dermat, ID, endocrinology, pediatrics, obgyn etc- and I could get 70-80% correctly. So for topics like these dont have to read kaplan/MTB and other material. Just an hour/topic revision would be sufficient IF you have already read them well in your kaplan/MTB material.
What you should NOT do:
Take another NBME without a COMPLETE preperation. Another low score will not be good for your confidence.

Hope that helps.
Now get cracking on the material.
edited by GuKu32479412 on 8/24/2012
edited by GuKu32479412 on 8/24/2012


Hey Guku,
Thanks a lot for taking time and for the advise.
I will definitely do as per your suggestion.
Once again , Thanks a lot!!!! Thank you very much!!!


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