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Hi I'm scheduled to take Step 2 Ck next weekend, but I don't feel ready. I have 4 interviews lined up this season. I want to take my Step 2 in hopes of potentially getting more interviews, but think I should focus on passing my step 2 first. You guys think it's better I just take my CK when I am absolutely ready instead of sooner in the hopes of getting more interviews?
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Hi I'm scheduled to take Step 2 Ck next weekend, but I don't feel ready. I have 4 interviews lined up this season. I want to take my Step 2 in hopes of potentially getting more interviews, but think I should focus on passing my step 2 first. You guys think it's better I just take my CK when I am absolutely ready instead of sooner in the hopes of getting more interviews?

I think you should take it when you're ready. That said, geez, 4 IVs WITHOUT CK is pretty impressive. Something else is very attractive in your profile. I'm guessing YOG 2014 and perhaps clinical rotations in U.S.? Either way, I would certainly sit for the exam if mocks are hitting >230s. I don't think you'd need more than that.
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Many AMGs will not have their CK exam in for interviews (similar to you). However, many programs will want the scores before they submit their rank lists in February. There is no possible way at this point that your CK score will influence interview decisions (the score will come in way too late). However, you don't want to bomb the exam and have them rank you lower come February. So, I would probably take the exam around late December/early January so the scores are sure to be in during ranking time. There is no rush to take it in December.

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