Should I take Step 2 CK before Step 1 because of my recent exposure to clinical practice?
After coming out of your internship year (house surgency), itís a great feeling to finally be working on a clinical level. Because your clinical knowledge is fresh, itís tempting to take the Step 2 CK exam first. Although it may be counter-intuitive, we still recommend taking Step 1 first, and hereís why: Step 2 CK has continued to evolve to include more and more material previously
relegated only to Step 1.
If you begin reviewing Step 2 CK first, youíll inevitably find that your basic science foundation is weaker than you realized, which can slow down your preparation as you backtrack to review Step 1 information. This could eventually cause you to miss important Step 2 CK questions on the exam.
Examines tend to score higher on Step 2 CK after having taken the Step 1 exam first.