Still toiling away, gripped by fear as my test date approaches. I took another NBME Self Assessment this weekend and unfortunately, I seem to have gotten dumber since the last practice exam, scoring a 194, which is just barely a pass – I’m talking skin-of-the-teeth. Needless to say, it was very discouraging, so much so that I decided I’d rather clean the basement than deal with any more review on Saturday. However, I created a new intensive study schedule and looked at the historical data (which one can see if one has taken two or more NBME self assessments) so that I could focus this week’s efforts on the weak spots. The good news is that I’ve improved in physio, pharm and micro; and am doing much better with renal and nervous systems-based questions. The bad news is that I’ve been getting steadily worse at reproductive and endocrine system questions, gross anatomy and embryo and I pretty much suck at cardio. それから、this week will be heavy on those areas. I also need to improve in the nebulous category of General Principles of Health & Disease* so I’ll try to focus on that as well.
There is a question I remember from the practice exam that sort of makes me question whether I’m really getting my money’s worth for these tests (more…)