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Kaplan Medical Kaplan Step 2 CK Qbank Testing Peculiar Facts!

Hi, people!

Here I’d like to share my impressions of Kaplan Step 2 CK QBank.
Basically, I’d say it’s good. Q-s are well-written and lengthy, which resembles real USMLE, but...

But I HATE it! =(
This bank is really-really hard to me!! NOT because of difficult concepts or complicated reasoning, not at all! But because it extensively tests obscure and peculiar facts, which I can’t find anywhere! I’ve studied KLN-CK and MTB-CK, but still ~ 20% (or even more) Q-s are “Never heard before”-type! It annoys.
At first I’ve tried to do it in all-random timed mode, but barely reached 60% average correct. Now I’m doing it in subject-wise timed tutor manner and still my result hardly exceeds 70%.

But what really impressed me is “% of students got it correct”
These odd and obscure questions – 70-80% of students get them correct! Where do they know it from???
On the other hand, Q-s which seem to me relatively simple, which require elementary thinking and simple logics - <50% get them correct… WTF?!?!

This bank is really-really strange. I don’t understand it. And I’m afraid of things I can’t understand.

What do you think about this bank? What could you advice me?

(P.S. Nevertheless, I’d say it is very good learning tool… )
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Yup, absolutely agree with you.

These people at Kaplan seems that they cannot rise to the IQ level of UW question maker, ie they can't make twisted questions with high level of reasoning such as those in UW so instead they come up with some rare (low yield) topics and make questions about them.

I found an article talking about this here
Kaplan and UWorld; the race goes on

That article was written two years ago! it seems the problem still exists!
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