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Hey guys,

Just passed step 2 , to be honest was borderline score , I have heard people who do step 1 after step 2 score high, is it an urban legend or is it something real?
and if we're taking step1 after step2 whats the preparation time needed to score well , is FA and world enough?

thanks a lot
this time i am aiming 220 higher

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Generally speaking your second exam is easier than the first exam whether you do Step 1 or CK first, it does not matter.

The reason being, Step 1 has lots of clinical stuff and CK has lots of basic science stuff, so they are inter-related.

So if you were reading pathophysiology when you prepared for the CK then you'll find step 1 easier to prepare.

However, personally, I think the reverse. If you do CK after Step 1, it's better than Step 1 after CK. It's a build up of knowledge from foundations up, if you do it reverse it won't be good.

In med school, they don't teach you clinicals before basic sciences!

Also read here
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Agree but the thing is I studied step 1 stopped and took ck (for personal reasons) now I have to take step 1 yet yes I studied major pathophysiology

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