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im preparing for step 2 ck for last 2 n a half months....n only 1 month of my prep time is left, with my exam on 6th oct....

by now i have read KLN, watched some videos on IM only, did most of the kaplan qbank, n have recently started uworld with my 2nd reading of KLN (done wiith paeds only)

in this last month i plan to do 2nd reading, uworld n NBME form 4 atleast....
is that possible?? i need some suggestions on how should i manage things, n when should i take NBME?

n delaying is also not an option...!!
any suggestions would be appreciated...!!
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im preparing for step 2 ck for last 2 n a half months....n only 1 month of my prep time is left, with my exam on 6th oct....

by now i have read KLN, watched some videos on IM only, did most of the kaplan qbank, n have recently started uworld with my 2nd reading of KLN (done wiith paeds only)

in this last month i plan to do 2nd reading, uworld n NBME form 4 atleast....
is that possible?? i need some suggestions on how should i manage things, n when should i take NBME?

n delaying is also not an option...!!
any suggestions would be appreciated...!!

NBME : ASAP
It will help you to get an idea of how are your test taking skills, if you get a low score, try to focus in your week areas and keep practicing questions. If you get a high score, just do a quick review of everything and practice questions.

I have learned from STEP 1 that second readings may be a waste of time because you don't focus in high yield topics. I think you should take NBME, check your weak areas and review them, but not do a second reading of ALL the material. I suggest you to get MTB 2, it is a very good book, at least for IM, and it is useful for reviewing high yield topics for the exam. The key in this exam is doing tons of questions, and review the topics related to those questions.

Complete UW qbank, you may find it is easier than some Kaplan Qbank questions, however, the difficulty is very similar to the exam.

Good luck in your exam
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thanx a lot for ur quick reply....!!!
n i yes u r right about doing NBME asap, because, it will serve its purpose only if i have time to improve my weaknesses afterwards, n if im not left with anytime afterwards,n i score poorly then it will only make me dishearted before the exam...!!

but my problem is that i have heard ppl saying NBME is quite tough n wierd..!! n with my first read only, im quite blank on the subjects i did earlier in the course...!! n as im not done with uworld yet, my morale is not very high...and if NBME gives it another blow, it might shatter at all...lol

so basically im fearing doing NBME before my revision..?? do u still suggest i should do it asap or i can do a quick reading for 10days atleast??
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thanx a lot for ur quick reply....!!!
n i yes u r right about doing NBME asap, because, it will serve its purpose only if i have time to improve my weaknesses afterwards, n if im not left with anytime afterwards,n i score poorly then it will only make me dishearted before the exam...!!

but my problem is that i have heard ppl saying NBME is quite tough n wierd..!! n with my first read only, im quite blank on the subjects i did earlier in the course...!! n as im not done with uworld yet, my morale is not very high...and if NBME gives it another blow, it might shatter at all...lol

so basically im fearing doing NBME before my revision..?? do u still suggest i should do it asap or i can do a quick reading for 10days atleast??
It is up to you.... if you feel more comfortable doing that, do it. However, you should not delay NBME too much.

A piece of advise, don't be so mad in case you get a low score, you still have time to improve it.

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What i understand is that u wont postpone the exam irrespective of your performance on the NBME. In that case, it would be better to continue doing uworld while revising kaplan/mtb simultaneously. and then do the NBME about 15 days before your exam date. That way, it will give a better assessment of ur preparation than if u do it now, plus you'll still have some time to go over your weak areas.
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What i understand is that u wont postpone the exam irrespective of your performance on the NBME. In that case, it would be better to continue doing uworld while revising kaplan/mtb simultaneously. and then do the NBME about 15 days before your exam date. That way, it will give a better assessment of ur preparation than if u do it now, plus you'll still have some time to go over your weak areas.
yes u got it right...!! i cannot postpone my exam because the hospital to which im applying for residency has end of oct as its last date of submission of results...!!
so ill just continue u world MTb n uworld...!!n will take an NBME form after some 15 days, lets c what happens...n thanx a lot guys, both of u have been real helpful...
best of luck...!!
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