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Old 11-15-2015
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Default My Step 2 CK Experience: 251; tips on Step 1 --> Step 2CK transition

I'm an IMG, graduated in June of last year (2014), did my Step 1 this year on June 25 (got a 246, you can read about it here), and I took my Step 2 CK on October 20.

Score was released last week on November 11 (always 3 Wednesdays later between 9 and 10am EST), and again I was very pleased to find I got a 251.

I prepped from mid August to mid October (3 months), around 2-4 hours per day.
My study materials included Master The Boards 2015 (read around 33%, selected chapters), Step 2 CK secrets (skimmed around 40%, selected chapters), Uworld qbank, and practice tests. BUT i referred to First Aid for Step 1 a lot for some knowledge recall.

Definitely having taken Step 1 recently made it easier to study for it. I did the entire qbank in random timed mode and then repeated incorrect Qs.
I averaged 71% on the qbank. I started out with scores between 60-75% till the last 10 or so exams when I started breaking 80% and not going below 70%.

The major gaps I had to cover from Step 1 to Step 2 CK were in OBGYN, ENT, and Emergency Medicine. The rest was pretty much a minor adjustment from applying the same content covered in Step 1 to a new style of questioning (but the knowledge from Step 1 is sufficient to cover ~75% of the material for Step 2 CK).

I found the greatest issue I had transitioning from Step 1 to Step 2 CK questions was that there were less "tricky questions", but also less "obvious answers". Question stems were longer and more tiring to read. You'll find more answers can be achieved by elimination on Step 2 CK questions (i.e. you're not sure of the answer but you are sure all the other answers don't work), compared to Step 1 where you have to either know the answer or know how to reach the answer (i.e. the right answer is an exact fit).


Below are my practice test results with some comments.

UWSA: 248 (16 days out); Felt very difficult with "wtf, who knows that? are we supposed to know that?" type of questions (and marked ALOT with little time to review)
NBME 4: 246 (10 days out)
NBME 6: 256 (8 days out): Easy, high yield questions
NBME 7: 233 (6 days out); known to underestimate by a lot
NBME 3: 233 (3 days out); useful exam but some questions are outdated and the answers would have changed under today's guidelines, so keep that in mind
USMLE STEP CK Sample Practice test (Fredv2): 89% correct (1 day before the exam); Easy, high yield questions with lots of redundancy with NBMEs.

All my exams were done online, and i corrected my mistakes and looked for offline answer keys.

Timing was an issue and I had to cheat by abusing pause on some of the practice tests.

The real exam was most similar to the UWSA. It felt weird while taking it. It felt as if all the studying was for nothing because the questions were very detailed to specialties, or very vague. I was marking half the exam and barely having 1-2 minutes to review.

As it always is with these exams though, your score is not a reflection of your absolute performance on the exam (i.e. % correct) but rather reflects your performance relative to others. So keep in mind when it comes to both your prep and test taking, it's all with respect to a standardized curve.
So prep well and test confidently no matter what kind of questions you get!

Good luck to all!

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Below are my practice test results with some comments.

UWSA: 248 (16 days out); Felt very difficult with "wtf, who knows that? are we supposed to know that?" type of questions (and marked ALOT with little time to review)
NBME 4: 246 (10 days out)
NBME 6: 256 (8 days out): Easy, high yield questions
NBME 7: 233 (6 days out); known to underestimate by a lot
NBME 3: 233 (3 days out); useful exam but some questions are outdated and the answers would have changed under today's guidelines, so keep that in mind
USMLE STEP CK Sample Practice test (Fredv2): 89% correct (1 day before the exam); Easy, high yield questions with lots of redundancy with NBMEs.


Good luck to all!
You are bad-ass! Congratulations man! Well-done

For someone 3 months is enough to get 250 - someone can spend years and still can't hit 240 !
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Congrats! Good luck for the future
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