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    Comprehensive Exam

    Just wanted to know if anyone else having a hard time with the comp exam from AUA? And the people that past the COMP exam this past semester, can you please advise how to study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsatrap View Post
    mp4pk - please never compare AUC to AUA. AUC takes in students with the highest GPAs and MCAT scores in the caribbean. AUA takes in students with high school diplomas. Not to undermine AUA since I benefitted from it's education but AUA generally doesn't weed students out. Students in AUA suffer either by the cheating scandals which totally obscures the bell curve or the loan situation. AUC on the other hand is very cut throat, students get weeded out and only the BEST are allowed to take comp shelf. Maybe take that into consideration when AUC gives it's comp shelf takers a break. Also, we don't know how AUC curves it's shelves or whether it curves them at all. AUA's grading policy is the most shady grading scheme there can be. When I was there, students' grades and shelf scores were inflated to the max and their step 1 scores didn't really reflect. Also, AUA is very shady in revealing how it curves its shelfs.

    I also know MUA doing the kaplan comp when it had a similar cheating scandal to AUA and YES MUA used 70 as it's passing on comp shelf. And MUA is no different than AUA in standards (infact MUA might have better standards than AUA).
    "Shelf scores were inflated to the max and their step 1 scores didn't really reflect"

    Are u kidding me? Just MAYBE there was no inflation and these high scores had something to do with students in the old curriculum were cheating and using old files in order to pass their shelf exams? Just a thought.
    And as far as our KAPLAN shelf/comp assessments go...WE RECEIVE OUR SCORES IMMEDIATELY.
    For shelf exams, we get access to every single question/which ones we got right/which ones we we got wrong. And it tells you how many you missed out of 50 and this score is made into a % out of 100. ZERO grade inflation.
    For the comp, you ALSO get your grade report back IMMEDIATELY with a breakdown of the % questions you got right for each system. SO because our scores pop up instantaneously...that leaves very little time for AUA to hack into kaplans systems in order to "inflate our grades". Do you see what I'm saying??? AUA is not adjusting any of our grades so please stop making up facts based on something you know nothing about.

    Maybe rather than constantly bashing it with these stupid lies that you are trying to pass off as the truth, get off of valuemd and study for a little, do well and continue on with your education... and then maybe our school's reputation will begin to improve. Because all of your pessimistic posts are definitely not helping anyone or our school bc they are more annoying than informative if anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdsoon1 View Post
    Just wanted to know if anyone else having a hard time with the comp exam from AUA? And the people that past the COMP exam this past semester, can you please advise how to study.

    Which one are you talking about the one on the Island (Kaplan), or the one in the states? If I'm not mistaken, the exams are different and the Kaplan is supposed to be slightly easier.

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    good luck on step 1!
    Last edited by pepsatrap; 08-14-2013 at 10:21 AM.

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    AUA definitely getting harder. Just got an email stating that students now have to pass the NBME's Clinical Comp with a score of 70 or better in order to be eligible to sit for Step 2CK. Don't know if this is necessary and will be useful or a cynical ploy by AUA to pump out more cash from its students (fail them, make them pay more fees, delay them in clinical rotation purgatory, etc.).

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    Ouch. Never even heard of an NBME Clinical Comp. They really need to get rid of all these unnecessary tests. We are all grownups. Nobody needs to be forced to study, and if they do, that's going to catch up with them eventually anyway. Students in clinicals should have the freedom to study specifically for the Step 2 in whatever way is most effective for them. They shouldn't have to waste time studying for another test that doesn't matter. Get with it, AUA. This is foolish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancelot View Post
    AUA definitely getting harder. Just got an email stating that students now have to pass the NBME's Clinical Comp with a score of 70 or better in order to be eligible to sit for Step 2CK. Don't know if this is necessary and will be useful or a cynical ploy by AUA to pump out more cash from its students (fail them, make them pay more fees, delay them in clinical rotation purgatory, etc.).

    That's exactly what I am trying to get across to these students about to take step 1. Rather than coming up with excuses comparing Kaplan and nbme, just study and try to get as high as possible on the Comp so you can breeze through step 1 and step 2. I hardly met caribbean grads who excelled on comp (nbme or kaplan) but did poorly in clinicals and step 2ck. To all current AUA basic science students about to take step 1 - know that "cheating" will only help you short term. The longer you stay at AUA with the gaping holes in knowledge the more you will get screwed. Best is to ace step 1 and STOP COMING UP WITH LAME EXCUSES and STOP BLAMING OLD CURRICULUM STUDENTS OR THE AUA FACULTY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsatrap View Post
    That's exactly what I am trying to get across to these students about to take step 1. Rather than coming up with excuses comparing Kaplan and nbme, just study and try to get as high as possible on the Comp so you can breeze through step 1 and step 2. I hardly met caribbean grads who excelled on comp (nbme or kaplan) but did poorly in clinicals and step 2ck. To all current AUA basic science students about to take step 1 - know that "cheating" will only help you short term. The longer you stay at AUA with the gaping holes in knowledge the more you will get screwed. Best is to ace step 1 and STOP COMING UP WITH LAME EXCUSES and STOP BLAMING OLD CURRICULUM STUDENTS OR THE AUA FACULTY.
    Wow! Thanks Pepsatrap for an honest assessment of the school. Yes, I do agree cheating happens everywhere but this is bad! I mean looks like majority of the students and faculty are guilty of cheating. Hope the school doesn't go down hill.

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    If you're struggling with your comprehensive exam preparation, first of all, have no worries. Think positive and start preparing in advance to give yourself more time on learning the material. Avoid typical distractions such as social media, watching TV or listening to music (unless the last one helps you to concentrate). Focus on your exam topic and take notes to simplify the memorizing process. In case you have some troubles, feel free to ask your professor for help. And never cheat on exams if you don't want to have serious problems in the future.

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