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Change in the number of Items in the Step 2 CK Exam
by usmlemission 06-09-2012, 05:18 AM

Starting in early August, 2012, the number of items on the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination will change. Although the change will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where this takes longer to complete.
The overall transition period should last approximately 6 weeks. Please note that:
The length of the testing day will not change. The test day will continue to be divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one nine-hour testing session. The number of items per block on a given examination form will vary but will not exceed 45 items. Examinees should check the number of items that will be displayed at the beginning of each block. The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed 355 items.
Scores on examination forms taken before and after the change as well as scores on forms with different numbers of items will be comparable; the possible variation in the number of items per form will be accounted for in scoring the examination results.
Score reports for Step 2 CK are usually available within four weeks of testing. However, because of the change described above, as well as routine modifications to the test item pool, score reporting for most Step 2 CK examinations administered in August will take longer.

The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing in August is Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Reference:
http://www.usmle.org/announcements/d...x?ContentId=97
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Old 06-09-2012
 
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are you serious??! what does this mean!! delayed scores?!!!!! seriouslyyyyyyyyyyyyy. am screwed
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Would we be able to have scores ready to apply for 2013 match if we get result by then?
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Old 06-09-2012
 
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Can anyone please shed a light on the implications of this delay in scores?I am planning to give my Step 2CK in August which is my last step to clear. Should I prepone it running the risk of getting a low score?
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I can't believe this...
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hi

Can anyone please confirm what do they mean by early August? I am planning to take my CK in first 10 days of August. Will I be able to get my result in 4 weeks? this is really sick from USMLE is now screwing everybody.
First they change CS pattern and now the CK...what the hell they want us to do?
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Can anyone please confirm what do they mean by early August? I am planning to take my CK in first 10 days of August. Will I be able to get my result in 4 weeks? this is really sick from USMLE is now screwing everybody.
First they change CS pattern and now the CK...what the hell they want us to do?
No, this change effectively means if you take your exam anytime in August, you'll get your results on Sept 26th 2012. Loss of 8 days on overall application time frame.
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If it is any consolation... my own relative applied towards the end of September last year for Match 2012..he had to wait for his papers, ect for it to get in so he can submit, among other issues...but even with that whole mess, he was able to land interviews late October and in November, only one in December..anyway..at the end he matched in Arizona IM. Oh..and I remember he was super nervous about applying late ..but it's a good thing he didn't let that discourage him.
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if i take my exam on 1aug? then wil i b able to get my reslt wtin time?bcx 6 weeks will still b before 15 sep....
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fuuuuuuuuuu

this means a two month period to report score or what???i don't get it?
there should be some sort of fixed reporting time right?

and 355/ 46 = 7.7 , this is 106 q increase than the old system???? how come in the same time frame?????

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this means a two month period to report score or what???i don't get it?
there should be some sort of fixed reporting time right?

and 355/ 46 = 7.7 , this is 106 q increase than the old system???? how come in the same time frame?????

hey, in ck we have 44 Qs per block, and total of 8blocks, i.e 44*8= 352, but now there may be 2-3 q extra in some blocks, i think.
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seems legit

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hey, in ck we have 44 Qs per block, and total of 8blocks, i.e 44*8= 352, but now there may be 2-3 q extra in some blocks, i think.
ah ok! now it seems legit, but still i don't understand the delay in reporting period, will we have a fixed period like 3weeks reporting period, or we will have fixed dates as in CS ?

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can any body tell me the exact date frm wch ths new pattern will b applicable?i mean any specific date of aug before v shd take ck to get our result before match?thnx in advance.....
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ERAS opens 2 weeks LATER this year.

ERAS opens 2 weeks LATER this year.
ERAS will start September 15th, 2012
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dude i thnk u didnt get wt i am asking,i knw eras will open on 15 sep,bt now thy said that those who will take thr ck in aug thre rezlt wll be after 6weeks on wed 26 sep.so my question is that if i take my exam on 1aug then after 6weeks mean my rezlt shd b on 12 sep or no???
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eras will open on sep 15 bt rezlt wll be on 26 sep.does it make any sense to u guys?
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HI
Do you think 31st July is safe??? it is in week result of early August
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dude i thnk u didnt get wt i am asking,i knw eras will open on 15 sep,bt now thy said that those who will take thr ck in aug thre rezlt wll be after 6weeks on wed 26 sep.so my question is that if i take my exam on 1aug then after 6weeks mean my rezlt shd b on 12 sep or no???
Not according to what was posted in the bulletin.

Atleast that's what the majority have interpreted that as. If you take your exam anytime in August, you will get your results on Sept 26th.
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bt they also mentioned that the rezlt will be after 6 weeks..so if u take exam on 15 then after 6 weeks = 26sep,bt if u take exam on 1 aug then 6weeks =12 sep,wt do u think guys?
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Old 08-23-2012
 
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just took step 2 ck aug 22nd

It was like an experiment in terror. I used USMLE World only and was getting 70-80's sometimes 90's on the exams. A good 10-15 points higher than the national average so I thought I was okay. I was finishing these test questions in 35-45 seconds and studied the explanations in detail, took 180 pages of my own notes and still feel like I failed. There were 45 questions in 5 of my blocks. the other blocks had 43 and 42 questions - that is over the amount of questions they said would be on there. By the last block you feel like you want to give up. They seem to be very hung up on how to manage very difficult patient situations. BTW, my personal opinion on the drug ad's is that they are time wasters.

This was my 2nd time taking it. I took it before they changed the exam and it seemed much easier. I studied for a week and a half for the first exam and almost passed it.

It seemed 10 times harder than the IM shelf exam.

Has anyone used UW, done similarly and passed step 2? I'm pretty freaked out right now. Do they throw out some of these questions?
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