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    hopeful77 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Help, I failed step2 what should i do!!!

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    i just found out that i failed step2. i don't know how since i studied like crazy and was getting 60-70% on the kaplan qbank and 50-60% on usmleworld. i di poorly on step 1 also. i have extreme testing anxiety so somehow always end up doing poorly on these type of exams yet passed all classes and exit exams on 1st go round i guess because the steps basically predict the direction of my life, therefore making me anxious. I am applying for IM residencies and am a DO student applying to both allo and osteo programs. I applied to 25 programs, just submitted my eras last wk, and l aready got 2 rejections. i fear that i may not get any interviews and may not even match. If anyone has gone thru this or knows of someone who has,pls. HELP-am i doomed!!!!! !!!

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    Sorry to hear about your step scores.

    I don't believe many DO's frequent these boards; FMG/IMG's may not be able to give you any valuable perspective, at least pertaining to osteopathic residency chances.

    Try SDN...and good luck.

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    thank you for taking the time to respond and thanx for the advice-i appreciate it.

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    from what I know, most DO's don't really need these usmle's. But, if you need it, then you study again and retake it. See where you went wrong, take some xanax and attempt the exam, believing you'll pass it this time.

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    You still have a chance for residency

    My friend also failed step 2 and he actually got a prematch in IM. Hang in there.
    Anyways, we pretty much narrowed down why he failed.
    1: He also gets quite nervous for exams
    2: He did not do enough questions, you may think kaplan and usmleworld are enough but if you have a weak base knowledge as proven from step 1 you have a lot more to work on. So you need to focus on your weak areas. The best way to do this is to keep track of which questions you are getting wrong for at least 3,000 or so. Go back and redo only those you got wrong and keep track of those again. After finishing this 2nd cycle repeat all of the ones you continue to get wrong on the 3rd cycle. This took him about 1.5-2 months. Oh, and don't worry you will not recognize the questions because after doing so many the concepts tend to repeat and they kind of sound the same. I would suggest you do the NMS book as well. After you get through all of this you must take the NMBE exams to see where you are. If you are getting around 210 or so you should be ready.

    Remember to stay positive because there is hope. My friend actually applied in mid-november and got >12 interviews. Apply to both Family and Medicine.

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    usmleworld > kqb

    The advice I been getting is that kaplan qbank for step2 is easier than the real thing. USMLE world is better.

    So according to the OP, a UW score of 60% wasn't good enough going into the exam.

    Yeah "NOW YOU TELL ME".

    So for the next time, don't go in until you get at least 75% on USMLE world.

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    barring some EXTREME circumstance, a 60% on UW has shown to be more than adequate for passing. i suspect you hsve some very high test anxiety have you looked at getting help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yipeee View Post
    After you get through all of this you must take the NMBE exams to see where you are.
    NBME exams are highly recommended. My husband was freaking out prior to the exam and almost postponed it again, however once he took the NBME exam he scored well and felt confident to take the actual exam. It was a pretty good indicator, as he scored pretty close to what was predicted.

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    no xanax- if you have anxiety before a test a beta blocker would probably be better and do the nbme tests my two tests it always predicted my scores within 5 points, an experience shared by most
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