Just took my exam today 8-21-13

8/21/2013 8:21:31 PM
having been awake for 48 hours by now my brain is too porous to remember too many specifics but I will say that on average I found the exam to be a lot less tricky that the UWorld qbank. The questions for the most part were fair. If you did the qbank on UWorld you would be able to recognoize the obvious correct answer on the real exam, at least it was that way on the exam that I took. UWorld will phrase multiple answers so similarly that you have to intimately known the disease and it's management in order to feel confident of your answer. On the real exam i took there was often an obviously correct choice waiting to be picked, they really did seem to just want to make sure you knew the basics and could pick out the obvious correct answer and not the answer that a specialist would be expected to know. That having been said there were also plenty of questions were two or more options could easily have been the first treatment choice depending on how you look at it. Also, on the exam I took there was a preponderance of several subject areas that were tested to exhaustion, there was TONS of ob/gyn, there were no fewer than 10-15 questions dealing with sudden onset, transient monocular blindness, there were tons of questions dealing with the myriad presentations and causes of syncope. On the other hand there were probably 20 questions tops on statistics and they tested basic calculations in statistics, they didn't go psycho like they do on UWorld. I will also add that you do have to be a lot more careful with your timing, they love to give exceedingly long stems, much more so than UWorld, particularly with the psych questions. I found myself having to be careful with time and having to rush myself several times or risk not having any time to review. If you have any questions ask away while it's still fresh in my head.


8/21/2013 10:49:06 PM
Thank You for your feedback, it was very helpful... How do you feel about the UWSA? I just took it and did not do so hot but I'm scoring about 75-80 on the regular UW.

Please let me know how you feel, I will use it to target my weaknesses definitely but I am burning out!


8/21/2013 11:00:32 PM
I actually did better on the SA than i did on the overall Qbank. But overall i think it's a pretty well rounded collection and the questions are comparable in difficulty to what i saw on the actual exam. How accurate it is in predicting my actual score I'll have to wait 4 weeks to find out.


8/22/2013 11:16:06 AM
osmo35411290 wrote:
I actually did better on the SA than i did on the overall Qbank. But overall i think it's a pretty well rounded collection and the questions are comparable in difficulty to what i saw on the actual exam. How accurate it is in predicting my actual score I'll have to wait 4 weeks to find out.


i totally agree with you i wrote my exam yesterday and the answers to the questions were really easy to pick and sometimes i thought maybe i am doing wrong cos this cant be so easy but i didn't care i picked the most base and most primary treatment or diagnosis they were asking me i share with u the same idea the exam is much more easy than step 1.


8/22/2013 7:33:25 PM
Hey guys.. thanks for the heads up. I take my exam in about 9 hours...
going to get my beauty sleep now..


8/22/2013 8:38:09 PM
I'm happy for you guys. I took mine on the 15th and I have been depressed since. I was frustrated because my test was mostly statistics and preventive medicine. I felt there was so much I knew and lot better questions I could have been tested on. But for now its just the waiting....


8/23/2013 8:12:43 AM
osmo35411290 wrote:
having been awake for 48 hours by now my brain is too porous to remember too many specifics but I will say that on average I found the exam to be a lot less tricky that the UWorld qbank. The questions for the most part were fair. If you did the qbank on UWorld you would be able to recognoize the obvious correct answer on the real exam, at least it was that way on the exam that I took. UWorld will phrase multiple answers so similarly that you have to intimately known the disease and it's management in order to feel confident of your answer. On the real exam i took there was often an obviously correct choice waiting to be picked, they really did seem to just want to make sure you knew the basics and could pick out the obvious correct answer and not the answer that a specialist would be expected to know. That having been said there were also plenty of questions were two or more options could easily have been the first treatment choice depending on how you look at it. Also, on the exam I took there was a preponderance of several subject areas that were tested to exhaustion, there was TONS of ob/gyn, there were no fewer than 10-15 questions dealing with sudden onset, transient monocular blindness, there were tons of questions dealing with the myriad presentations and causes of syncope. On the other hand there were probably 20 questions tops on statistics and they tested basic calculations in statistics, they didn't go psycho like they do on UWorld. I will also add that you do have to be a lot more careful with your timing, they love to give exceedingly long stems, much more so than UWorld, particularly with the psych questions. I found myself having to be careful with time and having to rush myself several times or risk not having any time to review. If you have any questions ask away while it's still fresh in my head.


hi..seems like u did great at the exam all the best for ur score
can u plz guide me through ur exam prep...which books u did...how many times is uworld to be done...which nbme exams u took to assess ur prep?
edited by komal1988 on 8/23/2013


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