NBME score discrepancy: from 430 to 180 in 2 weeks

1/31/2012 2:31:45 PM
I took the CCMSA Take 1 (the first one) on Jan 17 and got 430. Jan 30 I completed CCMSA Take 2 (the new one) on Jan 31 and got 180. Granted between both of them I was studying the CCS. I heard the 2nd one is tougher and I think I felt a little short on time compared to the first one. However this is a big drop. I even called NBME and they said there were no omitted questions. I completed 55% of UW with 52% average. I took the UWSA around November and score corresponded to about 188 (just below passing.) I have read MTB and kaplan pocket guide and did kaplan qbook.

Thus all my scores make sense except the CCMSA #2. I have taken the nbme for step 1 and 2 and the scores all made sense were quite accurate before. I am dumbfounded by this.


I am planning on taking my exam Feb 6 and want to avoid postponing to avoid taking the new one. (Score delay will start on feb 10 and new exam will start on feb 15.) Another problem I have is that I took step1 close to 7 years ago by the end of this april meaning that to get licensed in most states i will have to retake step 1. i can't afford to fail it.

today i am thinking about taking the usmleconsult scorerealator. I also have the kaplan cd. which is more accurate?

should i postpone the exam. there is a risk if i fail it i will have to retake step 1.


1/31/2012 3:23:25 PM
call me my exam is the same date as ur so that we can quikly go over mtb.skype 1d is step3ison


3/25/2012 3:27:35 PM
SaAd93051843 wrote:
I took the CCMSA Take 1 (the first one) on Jan 17 and got 430. Jan 30 I completed CCMSA Take 2 (the new one) on Jan 31 and got 180. Granted between both of them I was studying the CCS. I heard the 2nd one is tougher and I think I felt a little short on time compared to the first one. However this is a big drop. I even called NBME and they said there were no omitted questions. I completed 55% of UW with 52% average. I took the UWSA around November and score corresponded to about 188 (just below passing.) I have read MTB and kaplan pocket guide and did kaplan qbook.

Thus all my scores make sense except the CCMSA #2. I have taken the nbme for step 1 and 2 and the scores all made sense were quite accurate before. I am dumbfounded by this.


I am planning on taking my exam Feb 6 and want to avoid postponing to avoid taking the new one. (Score delay will start on feb 10 and new exam will start on feb 15.) Another problem I have is that I took step1 close to 7 years ago by the end of this april meaning that to get licensed in most states i will have to retake step 1. i can't afford to fail it.

today i am thinking about taking the usmleconsult scorerealator. I also have the kaplan cd. which is more accurate?

should i postpone the exam. there is a risk if i fail it i will have to retake step 1.


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