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Feb 27

Baseline score, thoughts on preparation?


Did a practice test on 2/15/2019 NBME 18, got a predicted 169.. I had a 515 (95%) on the MCAT. In this test it felt like I just didn't have the facts to choose the right answers, but I swear my test-taking skills are good. Can I turn this around and score well (250+) on Step 1? My exam is scheduled for June 11th... Thoughts?

Feb 28

Thank you for reaching out! It's definitely difficult to score a 250+ with a 169 baseline, and you will likely need more intense studying than your classmates. However, it's not entirely impossible to have that large of an increase, but it usually takes much more than the time you have for students working on their own. My advice is slightly different depending on how you are preparing--have you done any studying yet or were you taking the practice test cold?

Feb 28Edited: Feb 28

I took it cold, no studying. I also didn't fully try during the practice test (ex: I didn't try to process of elim certain questions that seemed too far gone, I just picked what seemed best and moved on), and had about 20 minutes left at the end of each block.

Feb 28

My weakness in studying this material mainly boils down to having difficulty memorizing the endless sea of facts that seem arbitrary and contextless - it makes them hard to remember.

Mar 5

@kentuckyfry2 I see, this is still pretty concerning given your goal score! I see people dismiss practice test scores using this line of reasoning, and it’s something I would caution against. I recommend making a consult call so you can chat with one of us to make sure you have a solid plan to improve your score dramatically. You can book a call here: https://calendly.com/usmle-pro/phone-consult

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