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Failed MCCQE1, does anyone have an estimation of the raw passing score?


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Hey everyone, 

I unfortunately failed the MCCQE1 on my first write (211/400) and am looking to re-write. I should have prepared much more but a lot of my friends convinced me that it was an easy exam to pass and ended up not preparing as much as I should have. I was wondering if anyone had a rough estimation of what the raw passing score might be. In retrospect, I feel like I maybe got around 50-55% on my first try, just a total guess.

I know it's hard to gauge but just looking for an estimation, how you were doing on practice exams, and what your final score was. 

Appreciate it!

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1. A score of 55% supposedly would get you closer towards the avg passmark which is one std dev below the mean (250) at 226/400 (+/- 24 for each std dev) 

2. with a score of 211, you're about over 1.5 std dev below the mean ... that means when you're looking from the leftmost tail you scored approximately in the bottom 5%tile. 

Putting 1 and 2 together... I have my doubts that you got over 50% 

That said, I do think I found my practice better than my actual exam mark but not by much... just less stress and pressure and feelings of unfamiliarity when practicing on your own. My score however was average. 

- G 

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That sucks. I'm sorry that happened to you.

What I would recommend is reviewing Toronto Notes for some of the major topics (OB/Gyn, peds, and some FM/IM) - do this relatively quickly (ie. 2 weeks). But also use a qbank (ie. amboss, uworld, canadaqbank (this one kind of sucks)) for USMLE step 2 material. Do as many questions as you can on all major topics. Then do a practice MCC test.

You will pass.

I had around 80% on my practice tests and ended up with a 95%tile score on the exam.

 

 

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25 minutes ago, jb24 said:

That sucks. I'm sorry that happened to you.

What I would recommend is reviewing Toronto Notes for some of the major topics (OB/Gyn, peds, and some FM/IM) - do this relatively quickly (ie. 2 weeks). But also use a qbank (ie. amboss, uworld, canadaqbank (this one kind of sucks)) for USMLE step 2 material. Do as many questions as you can on all major topics. Then do a practice MCC test.

You will pass.

I had around 80% on my practice tests and ended up with a 95%tile score on the exam.

 

 

I would disagree a bit about Canada Q Bank.

Take this with a grain of salt - many of my friends and I did just the easy and medium MCQ questions (almost all topics - but less so in peds and IM) and we ended up passing. Our goal wasnt to get the highest score, but to pass, and it proved to be fast method to retain the knowledge needed for most basic questions 

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11 hours ago, GH0ST said:

1. A score of 55% supposedly would get you closer towards the avg passmark which is one std dev below the mean (250) at 226/400 (+/- 24 for each std dev) 

2. with a score of 211, you're about over 1.5 std dev below the mean ... that means when you're looking from the leftmost tail you scored approximately in the bottom 5%tile. 

Putting 1 and 2 together... I have my doubts that you got over 50% 

That said, I do think I found my practice better than my actual exam mark but not by much... just less stress and pressure and feelings of unfamiliarity when practicing on your own. My score however was average. 

- G 

I appreciate your thoughts. Wow, I must have actually done quite poorly. I'm a CMG and being in the bottom of the entire graduating class through Canada has been very humbling. I was wondering where you got 55% for being an estimated average pass mark. That would make sense, it's hard for me to imagine given how hard the exam was that >97% of CMGs would pass on their first go if the minimum passing grade was 65-70%.

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I remember of my former classmates a few saying they weren't going to bother studying much because it was easy... In the end most of us did "the bare minimum" of at least reviewing Toronto Notes and doing a qbank.

You will feel like most of the studying is useless, but as you can see, even if it helps you out for 15-30 questions, that's the difference between a pass and fail.

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On 9/23/2022 at 10:45 PM, rgu12 said:

I appreciate your thoughts. Wow, I must have actually done quite poorly. I'm a CMG and being in the bottom of the entire graduating class through Canada has been very humbling. I was wondering where you got 55% for being an estimated average pass mark. That would make sense, it's hard for me to imagine given how hard the exam was that >97% of CMGs would pass on their first go if the minimum passing grade was 65-70%.

Also 70% is the pass score for a lot of CMGs for our school exams so I guess it’s what we are used to 

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Unfortunately, I don't think there's an easy "raw passing score" since the model it uses is quite complicated (Rasch) which means some question are scored harder than others (and weigh more) which allows different tests to administered and have the same scale reported (in theory).  The scoring function equation uses an estimated Rasch level and a linear equation which I put below for completeness 

Practically speaking, I'd suggest  also using official preparation material (both practice MCQ and full lengths) using results to guide your review and reviewing high yield material like ethics (e.g. https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/education-events/resident-education/additional-resident-resources).  Despite the complicated scoring system, generally 60-65% raw would probably be a passing score.  

There are other threads on the forum that you can check out.  Canada Qbank isn't very good, but if using  try to do the CDM questions too.  I think UWorld is overkill (a lot of material isn't tested on the MCCQE), but it's a good test bank (although expensive).  

https://h5a9c8a9.stackpathcdn.com/media/MCCQE-Part-I-Annual-Technical-Report-2019.pdf

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