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How to best use my course if I am testing in 3-4 Months

How should I use my course with 3-4 months to study?

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Updated over a week ago

If you are testing in 3 to 4 months, we recommend choosing an accelerated course that alternates between meeting once and twice per week so that you will have 2-4 weeks between the end of the course and your test date for focused review and Full Length Exam practice. When you first start studying, focus on content and strategy with frequent short bursts of practice. As you get closer to your test date, transition your focus from content to test-like practice. Your Blueprint study plan is designed around this progression and slowly shifts from heavy module and Qbank assignments at the beginning of your course, towards lots and lots of practice, including AAMC questions and exams at the end of your course. If you have limited time, the study plan may not include enough practice early enough for your needs. So, take a look at your study plan and adjust it if necessary!

You want to have a good idea of what you’re scoring about a month before test day, so you can make good decisions about whether to go forward with your exam. That means you’ll want to have taken 3-4 full length tests by the month before you take your exam. In your final month of studying, plan on taking another 4 exams, spaced around 5-7 days apart. If your study plan doesn’t currently have that many full lengths assigned and sufficiently early, you’ll need to add some exams by clicking the plus on the days where you’d like to add those exams, and putting them into your study plan. You’ll want to do this very soon, ideally today, so you can build your study plans around those full lengths.

If you’re testing soon, you also may be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework. Don’t worry! You have the ability to test out of content modules with those assessments! So, take a look at your module assignments as they are, and shift them around to give each day a more even balance of modules you feel confident in vs ones you struggle with. This should help you balance out to a more even amount of studying per day. Don’t skip those strategy modules though - having a mastery of many effective strategies is going to help you get more points on test day than having memorized any single topic! This is also an approach you can adapt on a week by week basis depending on your stress level.

If you realize at the start of the week you can’t complete your study plan commitments, don’t panic! Sit down, take 15-30 minutes, and reallocate your time, focusing on balancing modules to make the week more manageable without overloading your future self. We all fall behind on occasion - it’s how you manage that situation and get back on your feet that defines your success!

Good luck! You can do this!

Blueprint Team

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