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just had my step 2 ck exam 2 days ago...it is really one of the hardest and toughest exams ever ...the time was so tight and the questions were really long...all the blocks were 44 questions...it is nothing compared to UW blocks...for my preparation i did MTB 2 & 3...Kaplans...And some subjects from Medstudy...My first Uworld pass was 71 % and did not do any of the NBME...

I m really afraid that i gonna fail...so if anyone can share his/her experience especially if took the exam recently...
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I confirm that. I took mine two days ago and,oh man! What a long long and tough exam it was. In every single block i was struggling and fighting with the time, i had only a few seconds remaining in my clock. There were 7 blocks with 44 q, and only 1 the last one with 42 in which one was contained the abstract. Just one friendly advice for people taking this exam soon, try not to loose time in any question!not a single sec! You should have very very fast reading skills to beat this beast! Dont try to read everything carefully and thoroughly. Too many useless and desruptive information, just have a good read of the first and last sentence and a quick look of the rest. Anyway i have faith in our nbmes and uwsa. Dont panic and have faith!
Still it was one of the toughest -hardest things, making step 1 testing day looking a piece of cake. On the other hand step 1 preparation was a lot harder ,but the test itself seemed a lot easier.
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Congrats to both of you, it sounds like you feel like most people do after their exams do. I hope all the best for both of you.

I was hoping you could give me some input on biostats.
Someone on another forum recently told me basically biostats was huge on his test (he claimed more than a full block worth of biostats Q's) which i hope hes just exagerating.
Anyway did you guys have a lot and what type were they?
Was Uworld enough for them?
Thanks and goodluck
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just had my step 2 ck exam 2 days ago...it is really one of the hardest and toughest exams ever ...the time was so tight and the questions were really long...all the blocks were 44 questions...it is nothing compared to UW blocks...for my preparation i did MTB 2 & 3...Kaplans...And some subjects from Medstudy...My first Uworld pass was 71 % and did not do any of the NBME...

I m really afraid that i gonna fail...so if anyone can share his/her experience especially if took the exam recently...

Why didn't you take any NBME? if not NBME, did you take uwsa?



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I confirm that. I took mine two days ago and,oh man! What a long long and tough exam it was. In every single block i was struggling and fighting with the time, i had only a few seconds remaining in my clock. There were 7 blocks with 44 q, and only 1 the last one with 42 in which one was contained the abstract. Just one friendly advice for people taking this exam soon, try not to loose time in any question!not a single sec! You should have very very fast reading skills to beat this beast! Dont try to read everything carefully and thoroughly. Too many useless and desruptive information, just have a good read of the first and last sentence and a quick look of the rest. Anyway i have faith in our nbmes and uwsa. Dont panic and have faith!
Still it was one of the toughest -hardest things, making step 1 testing day looking a piece of cake. On the other hand step 1 preparation was a lot harder ,but the test itself seemed a lot easier.
What were your assessment scores going into the exam?
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What were your assessment scores going into the exam?
Uw first pass 81%
Nbme 6: 540/246 (1 month before the exam with 25% uw completed)
Nbme 4: 640/267 (a week before)
Uwsa : 263 (100% uworld completed)

There were a lot out of the world situation management and crisis mnagement questions.I dont think you can prepare enough for this kind of stuff, no matter what resources youll decide to pick. As for Biostatistics i remember an average of three to four questions in every block.Sorry but i dont think uworld step 2 ck qbank was enough for me, i found my step 1 preparation a lot more helpful ,and kaplan biostats/epidemiology notes priceless. I still think though,for these kind of questions you should try to find and solve as many cases as possible.It is all about understanding,from my point of view.Whenever you deeply understand these concepts you should be able to answer 85% of biostats q correctly afterwards, i think
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Uw first pass 81%
Nbme 6: 540/246 (1 month before the exam with 25% uw completed)
Nbme 4: 640/267 (a week before)
Uwsa : 263 (100% uworld completed)
Given your assessment scores, I think you'll be just fine. And yeh, even i came across a handful of questions which I couldnt have been prepared for even after countless reads of uworld, mtb, and kaplan notes. I had 2-3 biostats questions per block... nothing out of the world.
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So do I. But lets all await for the 24th of September to be sure. Step-step did you also give your ck recently? Ok i may have exaggerated slightly, with this 'out of this world' phrase. Still i found some questions extremely difficult and unprepared for them. The biggest matter is indeed how to handle your time taking this test.
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Why didn't you take any NBME? if not NBME, did you take uwsa?





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Well i didnt have the time to i just finished the Uworld Question bank 1 day before the exam and had to review some topics...For the biostat, i confirm that kaplan notes are the best and there was 2-3 questions in every block.and they will ask to do calculations as well as read an abstract...
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So do I. But lets all await for the 24th of September to be sure. Step-step did you also give your ck recently? Ok i may have exaggerated slightly, with this 'out of this world' phrase. Still i found some questions extremely difficult and unprepared for them. The biggest matter is indeed how to handle your time taking this test.
Yeah gave mine couple of weeks ago. I couldn't sleep for 2 days after the exam because so many of the questions were going thru my mind and I kept pulling the tablet out from under the pillow to Google them. I wish there wasn't a delay... But have to wait for 24th. Someone should make a thread for 24th sept exam results lol.
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Well i didnt have the time to i just finished the Uworld Question bank 1 day before the exam and had to review some topics...For the biostat, i confirm that kaplan notes are the best and there was 2-3 questions in every block.and they will ask to do calculations as well as read an abstract...
Wow, you're a brave man going into the exam with zero assessments.
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Wow, you're a brave man going into the exam with zero assessments.
Well my friend I did not do it as there is a new pooling for the questions, so these assessments are not that accurate and need to be modified.also many of my friends did these assessments and got high marks and finally their scores were unfortunately low !!!! So I didn't want to feel overconfident in the exam...
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I keep hearing about this "new pool" of questions or "changed questions"... Was there an announcement or its just an assumption based on high assessment and low real exam scores of some (not all) test takers.
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I keep hearing about this "new pool" of questions or "changed questions"... Was there an announcement or its just an assumption based on high assessment and low real exam scores of some (not all) test takers.
They officially announced it...you can find it on the official website...and because of this new pool the scores of people taking the exam during this month is actually delayed to 24 th of September !!!
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I havent given step 2 yet but im pretty sure the new pooling is something they do every year for both step exams and it doesnt make nbmes irrelevant at all.
Also why would nbme just release a new nbme form 7 if it would be obsolete in a couple months.
I specifically remember taking my step 1 after the new pooling period and the exam was still very similar to previous peoples experience so I dont think you should assume that all the questions will somehow be completely different.
The main tested concept are expected to be very much the same with a few additional concepts or questions being tested.
Thats my impression anyway.
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That was kind of long-winded...

All I wanted to say was that the pooling issue is a ROUTINE thing, so anyone reading this considering whether or not to take an nbme because of it please take your assessments.
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I havent given step 2 yet but im pretty sure the new pooling is something they do every year for both step exams and it doesnt make nbmes irrelevant at all.
Also why would nbme just release a new nbme form 7 if it would be obsolete in a couple months.
I specifically remember taking my step 1 after the new pooling period and the exam was still very similar to previous peoples experience so I dont think you should assume that all the questions will somehow be completely different.
The main tested concept are expected to be very much the same with a few additional concepts or questions being tested.
Thats my impression anyway.
Makes sense to me.
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I havent given step 2 yet but im pretty sure the new pooling is something they do every year for both step exams and it doesnt make nbmes irrelevant at all.
Also why would nbme just release a new nbme form 7 if it would be obsolete in a couple months.
I specifically remember taking my step 1 after the new pooling period and the exam was still very similar to previous peoples experience so I dont think you should assume that all the questions will somehow be completely different.
The main tested concept are expected to be very much the same with a few additional concepts or questions being tested.
Thats my impression anyway.
All what matters is how you do in the real thing...and for nbmes i m gonna give a look tomorrow to their exams as one of my friends have the offline versions and do some comparison
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That was kind of long-winded...

All I wanted to say was that the pooling issue is a ROUTINE thing, so anyone reading this considering whether or not to take an nbme because of it please take your assessments.
I had my step 2 ck on 13 th of august after they applied their new pool and i took UWSA, NBME 4 & 6...I finished Uworld completely and the real exam was far so difficult than these assessments.

These assessments can tell you if you prepared well but does not necessarily mean you will get a high mark in the exam as there was a huge difference in the length of questions and difficulty.Besides, UWSA does not focus that much on the Biostat & ethics and believe me in the real thing these 2 subjects are really tough.Thus, i am inclined to believe that our books as well as these exams are really outdated...

Bottom line is that BE CAREFUL WITH THESE ASSESSMENTS and use them only to explore new ideas !!!

Good luck and I hope i get a great score
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I had my step 2 ck on 13 th of august after they applied their new pool and i took UWSA, NBME 4 & 6...I finished Uworld completely and the real exam was far so difficult than these assessments.

These assessments can tell you if you prepared well but does not necessarily mean you will get a high mark in the exam as there was a huge difference in the length of questions and difficulty.Besides, UWSA does not focus that much on the Biostat & ethics and believe me in the real thing these 2 subjects are really tough.Thus, i am inclined to believe that our books as well as these exams are really outdated...

Bottom line is that BE CAREFUL WITH THESE ASSESSMENTS and use them only to explore new ideas !!!

Good luck and I hope i get a great score

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I think if your nbmes are giving you good scores you will get a good score on the real thing...it may not be within 3 points but the only purpose of nbmes is to give you an idea of where you stand not to explore new concepts. Not to mention people have been stating the questions on the real thing are really long for a good whole year now.
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Please note that changes to the Step 2 CK exam in 2014 resulting from use of the new outlines are minor, and the examination content will be similar to content on previous examinations. One change to note, however, is that the downloadable Step 2 CK practice test questions now include a multi-media item assessing recognition of breath sounds, similar in format to items assessing heart sounds.

I think if your nbmes are giving you good scores you will get a good score on the real thing...it may not be within 3 points but the only purpose of nbmes is to give you an idea of where you stand not to explore new concepts. Not to mention people have been stating the questions on the real thing are really long for a good whole year now.
Thank you fixer and Sam_usmle for enriching the conversation and I highly respect all your points of view about the preparation for these examinations, but guys i started this thread for average people like me who have had the exam recently to share their experience during the real exam as it was really a tough one.

I m really worried , and i bet that there are plenty of people who are worried like me because spending a long time studying and preparing for such an exam is really exhausting.

Now, whether the nbme,UWSA or any other test can predict a range for your score or provide you with a new scope & ideas doesn't really matter anymore for someone who took the test and i m pretty sure that you can find plenty of threads discussing these issues somewhere here.

Again i will highly appreciate if everyone can just share his real exam experience just to let ppl who took the exam in the last few days and found it hard feel that they are not standing alone.

I wish you both the best of luck.
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Thank you fixer and Sam_usmle for enriching the conversation and I highly respect all your points of view about the preparation for these examinations, but guys i started this thread for average people like me who have had the exam recently to share their experience during the real exam as it was really a tough one.

I m really worried , and i bet that there are plenty of people who are worried like me because spending a long time studying and preparing for such an exam is really exhausting.

Now, whether the nbme,UWSA or any other test can predict a range for your score or provide you with a new scope & ideas doesn't really matter anymore for someone who took the test and i m pretty sure that you can find plenty of threads discussing these issues somewhere here.

Again i will highly appreciate if everyone can just share his real exam experience just to let ppl who took the exam in the last few days and found it hard feel that they are not standing alone.

I wish you both the best of luck.
I m really sorry for any inconvenience i made...and i feel you man...the exam was hard and plenty of my colleagues who had the exam said the same thing...the questions were really long and they tested many new concepts especially in biostat, neuro and ethics...

anyway i wish you all good luck and you were really brave to go to the exam without doing any assessment...
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had my exam today...it was so bad..feel like crying..i missed a qs in my last block and one one block i randomly marked the last 2 qs coz i didn't have time...the whole exam was crazy, would just finish the qs at the end of time and was usually guessing most of the answers...crazy exam..i dunno if Ill even make it to a 230
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with all my respect to all of you guys who were finished the exam and complaining severely
what you expect ,,, all question must be answered correctly or 150% of the exam from UW and books ,, and OMG if i faced a 1 or 5 or even 10 hell questions,
the whoooole exam screwed an it is a hell
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Lol reading your reviews, I am expecting a very tough and screwed up exam next month and I am definitely not going to complain afterwards!

It will be great seeing how you guys score. Cuz I have seen many people crying before the exam and scoring in 250s!
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with all my respect to all of you guys who were finished the exam and complaining severely
what you expect ,,, all question must be answered correctly or 150% of the exam from UW and books ,, and OMG if i faced a 1 or 5 or even 10 hell questions,
the whoooole exam screwed an it is a hell
plz calm down and pray to get a good result
Well...if it is for 10 or 15 that are really hard then i will not give a **** for the whole exam...but when you answer 10-15 questions in every block and ending guessing all the other questions then yeeeaaahhh i am gonna complain about the whole thing....

have a good luck and prepare well for it...it is not that easy...
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Lol reading your reviews, I am expecting a very tough and screwed up exam next month and I am definitely not going to complain afterwards!

It will be great seeing how you guys score. Cuz I have seen many people crying before the exam and scoring in 250s!
loooooooool if crying would give me a score of +250 then i am gonna weep until 24th of September 24/7 hehe

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