Please help!!! advise required. Step 3 in 5 days

8/15/2013 12:03:34 PM
Hello all,

I am completely lost and confused right now. I keep reading how predictive the NMBE assessments are, but when I do those questions I feel they are not like uworld or kaplan. I even believe there to be errors in the nmbe assessments, for example on form 2 for step 3 section 4 question 8 discusses a man on carbamazipine who is having dizziness fatigue etc, and they want to know the interaction with something else he is ingesting. Alcohol is the answer. I thoroughly researched the answer. Yet they states its wrong.

I recently completed CCMA form 2 for step 3 and I received a 310!!!. This has thrown me in to a loop. Last week I completed the Uworld self assessment and received 80/99. My avg on uworld q bank started out at a 70ish% and I now avg in the range of 75 to 90%. Two weeks ago I took the form 3 NMBE exam for step 3 and received a 340. What kills me the most is that items I scored off the charts on 3 weeks ago I now scored as low as one can score.

I have also been doing kaplan for 2 weeks and I'm averaging 75% with no score lower than a 68% and quite a few grades in the 90's.

What am I doing wrong here? Is anyone else having this problem. Any advise? Anything???? Im so lost.


8/15/2013 3:23:31 PM
Hello. I dont think you are lost. From what you said, you are consistently getting an above average in all the different kinds of test that you took. I guess you have enough leverage for passing than most other students. I can understand the feeling of insecurity and a loss of confidence just days before the real exam. If Im getting scores like yours, Ill be more than happy. Good luck in your exam and take that confidence with you to the Prometric. Just like life, USMLE exam is like a box of chocolates," You will never know what you'll gonna get!". Way to go !!!


8/15/2013 5:23:00 PM
thank you so much, perhaps i needed to hear that. Those nmbe;s kill me. I can never seem to do well on them. But in the past they were never that good at predicting my outcome. On Ck i received a 212 and i scored a 540 on the nmbe the week before.

i appreciate you taking the time to answer me

all the best and thank you


8/16/2013 11:53:06 AM
You are welcome. I think you will be fine. Let me know how it goes. I am myself preparing for step 3 and plan to take it by first week of October. I hope I will be prepared by that time. Give it your best shot!


8/26/2013 5:03:51 PM
NeBa91394324 wrote:
inday wrote:
You are welcome. I think you will be fine. Let me know how it goes. I am myself preparing for step 3 and plan to take it by first week of October. I hope I will be prepared by that time. Give it your best shot!


I have the sam problem, got 241/610 on UWSA and low score in nbme for 3 ( the new one) , i am confused! please advice me!


8/28/2013 11:48:31 AM
NeBa91394324 wrote:
NeBa91394324 wrote:
inday wrote:
You are welcome. I think you will be fine. Let me know how it goes. I am myself preparing for step 3 and plan to take it by first week of October. I hope I will be prepared by that time. Give it your best shot!


I have the sam problem, got 241/610 on UWSA and low score in nbme for 3 ( the new one) , i am confused! please advice me!


dont worry. the NMBE exams are nothing like step 3, they are terrible to use and compare yourself too. Literally the worst. Step 3 was nothing like NMBE at all. I can not express enough how **** the nmbe assessments are and how not relevant they are.. they just screw with you. if you got 610 on uworld you are doing great


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