90 days out from your board exam, you'll receive an in-app message inviting you to transition to Dedicated Test Prep Mode. Once in DTP Mode, the first thing you'll do is take a short diagnostic test which helps us create your Mastery Scorecard. Your Mastery Scorecard provides an accurate and real-time estimate of your knowledge across all subject areas in comparison to other students all over the country.
During dedicated prep, you'll use your Mastery Scorecard to identify your weak areas and choose which subject to focus on each day. We'll create a task full of test-style clinical vignettes (with answer explanations) for you to work your way through. At the end, we'll update your Mastery Scorecard based on your performance and create a Refresh Task that helps you remediate your weak foundational areas.
During DTP Mode, the majority of your work will be focused on answering board-style clinical vignettes (CVs) since they will provide the greatest value during your last few weeks. Just as important, though, is getting comfortable with the exam-taking experience you'll see on test day. That's why all of the CVs and diagnostic exams in DTP Mode are presented in a nearly exact replica of the exam-taking experience you’ll encounter on the actual board exam.
For the 2016 boards, there was a stronger correlation between a single 40-question Firecracker diagnostic block than the four hour, CBSSA exams used by medical schools.