My USMLE step 2 CK experience
Step 2 ck experience
Step 1 4 years ago (247)
Recently graduated in February
Prep time : around 3.5 months
Kaplan notes 2014
A valuable lesson I learned from my step 1 is work on your weaknesses !!!!!!!
I decided to start with OBGYN and surgery based on that.
I did the kaplan notes and videos for all subject except IM ( which was my strongest
subject ).it is cumbersome but i did learn a lot during those lectures , if you have the time and
you are struggling with basic concepts go for it .
I studied around 6-8 h/day, having the occasional weekend off , except during thefinal 4 weeks .Due to personal reasons I had to Take CS the same week so i divided my study in half during the final 2.5 weeks .
UWorld : I did random blocks each time just like in the exam .Did max 2 blocks / day
Tried to annotate my MTB with the explanations this is key so you can then review
them later for your final read of MTB
Uworld average 75 % . An awesome qbank !covers most of the concepts for theexam and qs are up to date , enough said .
NBME 4 ( 2 months out ) : 225 was dissapointed so I rescheduled my exam to havean extra 2 weeks .Decided not to take NBME 7 because i didn't want my confidenceshattered . There is a wide margin of error for NBMEs use them wisely not for predictions.
Kaplan Qbank : After finished Uworld felt like i needed more practice Qs (Had 1month left). It did help me gain a little more confidence . But buyer Beware Kaplan is awful compared to Uworld , questions are outdated , interface is sloppy , and explanations aren't as detailed .I did 56% with a 73 % average . I stronglydiscourage you from using Kaplan unless you need extra qs . I also focused on more qs for my weakest subjects.
Uworld Self assesment : 1 week out : 252
Free 150 ( day before ) : 89%
Exam day experience
Took the test in Chicago , prometric there is great and the staff was super nice bought a sub, gatorade and 2 hershey bars for lunch .
What helped me get thorught this exam was the fact that I had already prepared myself for the fact ,that it was no easy task .
I read similar experiences in the forums before saying it is harder than step 1 . I didfind it more challenging then again my step 1 was 4 years ago , and I don't know how the exam has changed since then .
I almost ran out of time with 3-4 blocks , even when in the practice qbanks I usually had 5-10 min to spare.
My last block was the easiest with only 36 qs ( tought i was going to get more abstracts but nope ) , some of the qs were ridicusly easy in this block felt like the free
150 lol .
Everybody can agree on MTB 2 + Uworld covers most of the subjects for the exam.If you dont like MTB at least a baseline book that covers IM should work .As previous forum users have posted practicing more qs is key to this exam , more clinical reasoning is getting tested in this exam , the extra qs will give you some confidence to clinically ambigous situations presented in the exam .
My last advice O NOT underestimate this exam just because you passed step 1 .Expect hard questions and you wont be surprised on exam day.
Real deal 262 ( Couldn't believe UWSA underpredicted me by that much , was super
lucky on exam day I guess ).
Thanks to all users of this forum , your posts have guided me along the way
Any questions are welcome.
Last edited by cgr2000; 05-25-2016 at 02:53 PM. Reason: missing info
I honestly didn't do CMS since I didnt have enought time . I would have tried it for one of my weaker subjects .Based on my experience what I did was enough for the exam .You still need a base textbook for all other subjects except IM as most of Uworld is IM.
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