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Feb 18, 2018

What Uworld percentage should we be aiming for 255?



I'm currently in dedicated study period and scoring in the 80s (sometimes low 90s, sometimes high 70s). Just wondering what first pass % we should aim for for a 255?

Feb 19, 2018

It's definitely understandable to want to glean prognostic info from all possible sources, but I actually would not read into your UW average too much. The most important thing is to see steady progress over the course of your dedicated study period (for example, I started out scoring in the 50s, then was in the high 80s to 90s by the end of 7 weeks). If you are using UW as a learning tool (as I recommend), the point of UW is to learn from your incorrect answers, not to necessarily get questions right when you take UW blocks (especially in the beginning).


Be sure to do your UW blocks as timed (not tutor) and completely random (not by specialty or subject). If you are not doing random timed blocks, your % correct will be falsely inflated and you will pick up bad habits (answering questions too quickly because you expect to see the answer right away, and expecting a hint from knowing the subject area of the question).


That being said, the scores you have so far are excellent and make me optimistic that you will reach your goal score, if you are doing random and timed blocks. I would take NBME 13 ASAP to establish a diagnostic baseline (this will likely under-predict your score slightly).


The most important thing is to score 10+ points above your target on UWSA2 one week or less before your exam. NBME 19 has an extremely harsh curve, so I would not worry too much about scoring low on that.

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