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Study Material

MTB-2
Kaplan Lecture Notes (except for the book on ethics/psych)
USMLE World Q-bank
Kaplan q-bank
MTB-3
Step 2 CK First Aid.

Study Time
3 months

In hindsight...

-MTB-3 was really not useful at all. I was told that the minor subjects like gynae/obs were best done from this book, but really, Usmle World covers all of them superbly. I wouldn't waste my time on it again since it's really just MTB-2 with a few modifications.

-Step 2 CK First Aid: During the last week I skimmed through many of the FA tables and side-notes, and was pleasantly surprised. It has a lot of clinical detail and I think I would have done just as well using FA instead of MTB 2. I recommend that you go through at least the tables on fractures and nerve injuries.

-I did Kaplan Lecture Notes once, and I am convinced that was quite enough. Annotate your review book as you read the lecture notes.

-Kaplan Qbank: An absolute waste. I tried to drudge through half of it but couldn't. Do not do this qbank unless you have a lot of spare time, and enjoy learning minutiae that are highly unlikely to be tested in the USMLE.

-USMLE World: I love this qbank. I was impressed by the quality of the questions during my Step 1 prep, and this time was no exception. The explanations are outstanding and really help you consolidate all you've read. However. . . it's still nothing like the actual exam! More on that later.

Any way, I did not do UW from the beginning. Instead, I used it to test myself after about 9 weeks of preparation. I took 12 days to solve the entire bank in timed, random, unused mode. I would do 4-5 blocks a day, and go through the marked/incorrect questions. I did not read the explanations for questions I found easy.

The Big (Bad) Day

-The actual exam was weird and irritating. Questions were vague and overly long. Most of the stems had an outrageous amount of irrelevant information. To further compound the difficulty, at least 2 of the answer choices often seemed equally reasonable. I found myself going back to the oh-so-long question stems several times to find clues to steer me in the right direction. That definitely did not help, and I wound up going with my gut instinct.

-Medicine made up about 40% of the exam. Around 40% was split between paeds/gynae/obs/surgery, and 15% between psych/ethics/biostatistic. The rest was drug ads/research abstracts - I had 2-3 of those per block.

- I had one block of 35 questions. It was the hardest of them all! The rest of the blocks were 43/44/45 questions long.

-I ended the exam mentally exhausted, and was frankly devastated. I had walked into the test center expecting well made UW style questions (the step 1 lesson had faded away apparently) and instead had to solve frustatingly long and vague exam. Oddly enough, many concepts were tested several times, sometimes within the same block! I think they did that deliberately, trying to psych me into picking an incorrect answer.

Stats
UW (once, timed, random, unused): 82%
Free 150 (1 week before exam): 89 or 90%.
UWSA (4 days before the exam): 265/800
Step 1 score: 262
Step 2 CK score: 273

Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, fire away. And if you are one of those people who left the exam center sad and disappointed, don't worry! If your UW and UWSA scores are good, you most likely just aced the exam!
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congratulations on such an amazing score..how did you manage so many resources with 3 months of preparation.. what do you think works best for the minor subjects..??
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Congrats!
How did you study for the drug abstracts Qs? thanks
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congratulations on such an amazing score..how did you manage so many resources with 3 months of preparation.. what do you think works best for the minor subjects..??
Well, I only read MTB-2 and Kaplan LNs properly. The LNs I read once only. I did all of UW, but other than that, the rest was looked through in a superficial way. I did the surgery and gynae parts from MTB-3, so three months was quite enough.

UW, Kaplan LN, and MTB-2 are enough for the minor subjects. Overkill even. Feel free to toss MTB-3.
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How did you study for the drug abstracts Qs? thanks
I didn't specifically study for the drug abstracts. I got some practice from UW and I don't think there really is any thing else you can do to prepare for these questions.

A tip: Read the question first. It'll help you focus on the relevant information in the ads/abstracts.
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Conrgrats man! Solid step 1 and CK credentials
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Congratulations man on the Amazing scores! Did u find any question source other than Uworld which helped u? What did u do after completing Uworld?
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How about time management ?
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Congratulations on the great scores and thanks for sharing the experience.

Now I know I have to read quickly and comprehend the question first time.
I hope UWorld update accordingly, I'm still struggling to complete their Q's on time and it seems that won't be good enough.
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How about time management ?
I had some difficulty managing time with the first couple of blocks, with only 2 or 3 minutes let at the end - that was a big factor in zapping my confidence. I couldn't revise any of the marked questions I was unsure about.

I changed my strategy in the remaining blocks and started saving 10 minutes on average. Any questions I found difficult I'd skip and solve in the end.

Don't worry you guys, it's actually very doable. There were lots of simpler questions as well, but of course since there was nothing memorable about them I could only recall the twisted ones.
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Congratulations Your scores are amazing!
Thank you for sharing your experience.
It gives me hope that I can get a good score with only 3 months of preparation.
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Congrats dude, great freaking score!!!
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Congratulations man on the Amazing scores! Did u find any question source other than Uworld which helped u? What did u do after completing Uworld?
I went through MTB-2 and then did UWSA.

UW is all the qbank you need. I tried kaplan qbank, a major waste of time.
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wat abt nbmes (4 mainly ) in CK .are thy still good predictator .
i want to gve nbme before UWSA ,which one i should take.?
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Could you please elaborate as to what you mean you had 2 to 3 drug ad / abstracts every block? Do you mean full length....whole page?

Also, what types of drug ad/ abstracts were they about and what types of questions were they asking for each drug ad/abstract?

When you say the last block was hard....what do you mean by that...why did you find them hard? Could you pls provide some examples.....

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions....

You got a great a score...congrats!!!!! Wishing you a great residency ahead!!!!!
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wat abt nbmes (4 mainly ) in CK .are thy still good predictator .
i want to gve nbme before UWSA ,which one i should take.?

I didn't do any NBME's mainly because judging from other test takers' experiences, they aren't all that predictable.

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Could you please elaborate as to what you mean you had 2 to 3 drug ad / abstracts every block? Do you mean full length....whole page?

Also, what types of drug ad/ abstracts were they about and what types of questions were they asking for each drug ad/abstract?

When you say the last block was hard....what do you mean by that...why did you find them hard? Could you pls provide some examples.....

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions....

You got a great a score...congrats!!!!! Wishing you a great residency ahead!!!!!

The drug ads and abstracts were similar to what you see on Uworld, with most of them having two questions each.

The last block had questions that were very long and very vague. I felt like many of them could have been experimental, but perhaps I was just fatigued.

Good luck for your exam!
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hey how many times did you get through mtb2? thanks
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hi congratulations really a wonderful score . thanks alot for the ck prep info,, really you hav done a great job.....i am just done with the step 1 ,, was very tough,,
I want to know where to access the results n wen would the results be ? pls let me knw .
one more doubt ,, can you submit the step 1 cs results later, not at the time of applyin ,,
thank yu so much in advance..
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I went through it twice. The first time around was while reading the lecture notes. The second was after annotating important material from UW.
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hi congratulations really a wonderful score . thanks alot for the ck prep info,, really you hav done a great job.....i am just done with the step 1 ,, was very tough,,
I want to know where to access the results n wen would the results be ? pls let me knw .
one more doubt ,, can you submit the step 1 cs results later, not at the time of applyin ,,
thank yu so much in advance..
Thank you! Step 1 is pretty tough. Step 2 CK preparation is nothing to it! You will be able to access your results through oasis on the 3rd or 4th Wed.
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Study Material

MTB-2
Kaplan Lecture Notes (except for the book on ethics/psych)
USMLE World Q-bank
Kaplan q-bank
MTB-3
Step 2 CK First Aid.

Study Time
3 months

In hindsight...

-MTB-3 was really not useful at all. I was told that the minor subjects like gynae/obs were best done from this book, but really, Usmle World covers all of them superbly. I wouldn't waste my time on it again since it's really just MTB-2 with a few modifications.

-Step 2 CK First Aid: During the last week I skimmed through many of the FA tables and side-notes, and was pleasantly surprised. It has a lot of clinical detail and I think I would have done just as well using FA instead of MTB 2. I recommend that you go through at least the tables on fractures and nerve injuries.

-I did Kaplan Lecture Notes once, and I am convinced that was quite enough. Annotate your review book as you read the lecture notes.

-Kaplan Qbank: An absolute waste. I tried to drudge through half of it but couldn't. Do not do this qbank unless you have a lot of spare time, and enjoy learning minutiae that are highly unlikely to be tested in the USMLE.

-USMLE World: I love this qbank. I was impressed by the quality of the questions during my Step 1 prep, and this time was no exception. The explanations are outstanding and really help you consolidate all you've read. However. . . it's still nothing like the actual exam! More on that later.

Any way, I did not do UW from the beginning. Instead, I used it to test myself after about 9 weeks of preparation. I took 12 days to solve the entire bank in timed, random, unused mode. I would do 4-5 blocks a day, and go through the marked/incorrect questions. I did not read the explanations for questions I found easy.

The Big (Bad) Day

-The actual exam was weird and irritating. Questions were vague and overly long. Most of the stems had an outrageous amount of irrelevant information. To further compound the difficulty, at least 2 of the answer choices often seemed equally reasonable. I found myself going back to the oh-so-long question stems several times to find clues to steer me in the right direction. That definitely did not help, and I wound up going with my gut instinct.

-Medicine made up about 40% of the exam. Around 40% was split between paeds/gynae/obs/surgery, and 15% between psych/ethics/biostatistic. The rest was drug ads/research abstracts - I had 2-3 of those per block.

- I had one block of 35 questions. It was the hardest of them all! The rest of the blocks were 43/44/45 questions long.

-I ended the exam mentally exhausted, and was frankly devastated. I had walked into the test center expecting well made UW style questions (the step 1 lesson had faded away apparently) and instead had to solve frustatingly long and vague exam. Oddly enough, many concepts were tested several times, sometimes within the same block! I think they did that deliberately, trying to psych me into picking an incorrect answer.

Stats
UW (once, timed, random, unused): 82%
Free 150 (1 week before exam): 89 or 90%.
UWSA (4 days before the exam): 265/800
Step 1 score: 262
Step 2 CK score: 273

Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, fire away. And if you are one of those people who left the exam center sad and disappointed, don't worry! If your UW and UWSA scores are good, you most likely just aced the exam!
CONGRATZ on your massive score....good luck for your residencies...
your post was motivating..
I am preparing for CK 1st and hope to take it in 3 months. I have the videos, KLN, MTB2&3 ... I am planning to subscribe for UW within a week to do it in subject mode ... will it Help ... waiting for a reply .
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