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Default Want to give step 2CK before step 1...Need guidance

I want to take some guidance regarding taking step 2 ck before step 1. I am an IMG from KEMU Lahore Pakistan. As my 4th yr of MBBS is gonna end and i have my full final year to read step 2 ck and i can give step 2 immediately after my final exams. I have asked people. Some say its a great plan if u have full one year of prep, sum say that its not good as step 2 includes alot of knowledge of step 1 (atleast 30 percent questions) ...So kindly guide me in this regard. Have a nice time.
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I would recommend you to take the Step 1 first. Why?

First, as you said, there are some questions in Step 2 which need previous knowledge from Step 1, particularly in pathology, immunology, biochemistry and biostatistics. So, if you want to get those questions right, you will expend more time reviewing those subjects for step 2 and when you are preparing for Step 1 you will review them again because you will forget them, so it is a waste of time.

Second, the PREPARATION for step 1 is more difficult for Step 2. However, it doesn't mean that the Step 1 EXAM is harder than Step 2... both exams are difficult. Step 1 preparation is harder because you have to study subject that you studied years ago, such as biochemistry and immunology. Step 2 preparation is more related to your studies in the last years, so you will feel it easier.

This is my perception of these exams. Keep asking experiences so you can have more elements which help you in your decision. Maybe your circumstances are different to those who took first the Step 1 and it would be better to do step 2 first.

Good luck
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thanks alot....
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