Debrief Week – Why did you score the way you did on your UFE mock

With your marked response in hand, you received information about how you scored. Now the hard work of figuring out why begins.

If you scored NA

If you scored NA this means you either missed the indicator or ranked it too low to address. Both of these are concerning since an NA is worth nothing and you have lost valuable points. Good debriefing requires that you understand why you received an NA.

Go back to the solution and read and understand why this was an issue and required to be addressed. Next, go to the original simulation and your outline/response. Was it on your outline? If not, figure out why not and if it was then figure out why you didn’t rank it high enough to address. Was your time management bad or was it really a ranking issue? On the original simulation, identify the actual words and sentences that should trigger the issue in your mind. Think about it and understand why this is a trigger. This sounds long and tedious, and it is, but with each time you do it you’ll understand better how issues are triggered and why they are ranked high or low. Eventually you’ll be scoring more Cs and will do less of this as you focus on your NA, NC and RC.

If you scored NC

If you scored NC this is still worth zero points and is not where you want to be. At first you’ll want to bring your NCs up to RCs and then up to Cs by the end of your study period (or hopefully earlier!)

NC means that you identified the issue, which is excellent, but you did not address it appropriately. The way you can think about the NC is that you did not reach an RC which is the way it is presented in the simulation solution. As discussed yesterday, you’ll understand what was necessary to get an RC and C at this point. Again, return to your outline and your original simulation and response. Identify if it was any triggers you missed in the original paper, or was it a ranking issue? Understand why it was ranked that way and what triggered it. Or was it a writing or technical issue, where maybe you aren’t getting your thoughts across clearly? Write down that you’ll need to rewrite this indicator and practice writing the technical out.

If you scored RC

Great! You’ve got some points which will help with Level 1 but you want to get that C. At the RC level you are identifying the issue and having some discussion surrounding it. You’ll be on your way to competence. From your analysis of what is required for the indicator, you’ll see most often that the difference between reaching competent and competent is attempted discussion vs. discussed which might indicate some technical shortfalls, you didn’t discuss enough issues, you ran out of time, and so forth. The problems here can be varied but your approach is the same. Understand why you scored RC and not C from the original simulation, from the solution and from your outline/response. Time and writing issues begin to show up here so figure out where you may have spent too much time and where you didn’t spend enough.

You rarely feel great at this point as things can get ambiguous, this is normal. Simulations are unique and with practice and the debriefing exercise you’ll get a sense of how to allocate time. You’ll learn better of why issues are ranked the way they are and so forth.

If you scored HC

I don’t want to discourage people from striving for honour roll or a medal but an HC can indicate you spent too much time on that indicator if your other indicators are below a C.


In the comments: What kind of issues are you having in your simulations?

Tomorrow: Taking steps to improve.


  1. Great Post. I look forward to

    “Taking steps to improve” post as that is what I am missing.

    Debrifing tells you your weakness : We Know the implication

    What are the recommendations to correct those weaknesses

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