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Warning! CK has become really difficult.!!

I took my exam a couple of days back and It was horrible.!! The questions seemed sssooooo confusing and lengthy.. I regret hurrying up with my prep. I prepared for 4 months. I did Uworld and MTB 2 and MTB 3 and some topics from Kaplan notes.. I don't think I would pass this exam.. The questions were not at all like USMLE world and MTB was not helpful at all.. I think I should have revised once more.. I think USMLE does cover some of the important concepts but these days the USMLE is kinda asking weird questions which require mastery of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengthy that I missed 4 questions in the first block.. So I regret hurrying up and should have given atleast 3 more weeks to revise everything once again..
My average in USMLE world 71%,
NBME 2-> 228
NBME 4-> 238
UWSA-> 238
My advice to everyone:-> Master all the important concepts before you step in for the exam.. This exam is not wat it used to be an year back.! I think they have already started changing the question pool which is full of confusing questions....
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I think thats a great news. woww
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tuff exam = Less expectations
even if u score lil low, u ll be happy.
simple concepts #Expectations Hurts
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I took my exam a couple of days back and It was horrible.!! The questions seemed sssooooo confusing and lengthy.. I regret hurrying up with my prep. I prepared for 4 months. I did Uworld and MTB 2 and MTB 3 and some topics from Kaplan notes.. I don't think I would pass this exam.. The questions were not at all like USMLE world and MTB was not helpful at all.. I think I should have revised once more.. I think USMLE does cover some of the important concepts but these days the USMLE is kinda asking weird questions which require mastery of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengthy that I missed 4 questions in the first block.. So I regret hurrying up and should have given atleast 3 more weeks to revise everything once again..
My average in USMLE world 71%,
NBME 2-> 228
NBME 4-> 238
UWSA-> 238
My advice to everyone:-> Master all the important concepts before you step in for the exam.. This exam is not wat it used to be an year back.! I think they have already started changing the question pool which is full of confusing questions....
Were the conditions rare? In what sense were the questions confusing? I'd understand the exam wouldn't be easy on one, and deep focus and ability to interpret labs and PE details along with other details are required to get the answers. And this would depend on how far one would work-hard and cover the material. If you guys saw something abnormal, please do clarify it in a way agrees with the USMLE rules and regulations. I saw multiple threads complaining about such problem, maybe there are new questions.
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tuff exam = Less expectations
even if u score lil low, u ll be happy.
simple concepts #Expectations Hurts
Wasn't directed at you mate. Hence I didn't quote you. It was for the thread starter who conveniently has just one post and decided to join this forum just to spread fear. There's a word for those who 'spread fear'. For the sake of being politically correct I don't think I should mention it.

Also, there have been a spate of such posts off late on this forum. Most started by newbies. All of them have common themes. Repeating cycles, anyone?

EDIT - The guy says he studied from UWorld and MTBs for 4 months and says they were useless (corroborated by another newbie on another thread), yet he says he wishes he had studied for 3 more weeks. From what? Same resources? How would that have helped him??? He also says the exam wasn't what it was like a year ago - pray, dear splenectomy, how do you profess to know what it was like back then???

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July-August 2013 Step 2 CK exam takers

here are genuine review by teona.
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Yeah. I read that. Its a very accurate and fair review. Unlike these 'Ck will screw you over' threads. I know enough people who've taken the exam in the last 2-4 months and scored well. No reason that we can't as well. Chin up everyone reading this. You've worked hard. Don't let threads like this get you down. You'll all ace the beast.

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I took my exam a couple of days back and It was horrible.!! The questions seemed sssooooo confusing and lengthy.. I regret hurrying up with my prep. I prepared for 4 months. I did Uworld and MTB 2 and MTB 3 and some topics from Kaplan notes.. I don't think I would pass this exam.. The questions were not at all like USMLE world and MTB was not helpful at all.. I think I should have revised once more.. I think USMLE does cover some of the important concepts but these days the USMLE is kinda asking weird questions which require mastery of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengthy that I missed 4 questions in the first block.. So I regret hurrying up and should have given atleast 3 more weeks to revise everything once again..
My average in USMLE world 71%,
NBME 2-> 228
NBME 4-> 238
UWSA-> 238
My advice to everyone:-> Master all the important concepts before you step in for the exam.. This exam is not wat it used to be an year back.! I think they have already started changing the question pool which is full of confusing questions....
It is true. i 100% agree with you. But now expect a lot of critic in your address from those who took it in the past, because they don't want acknowledge that their exam was easier than yours and they "achieved" their scores because the exam was easier. It hurts their self image and makes people who took the exam later look better than them.
But Step 2 ck really has become a lot harder now. The Qs are really tougher and more vague than before. But, again, expect to be bombarded by those who took it earlier and are for some reason are still here to criticize you. Some of them are real test takers (who may failed their exam)and some are forum moderators who may truncate your posts to make this forum look better. Cheers.
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It is true. i 100% agree with you. But now expect a lot of critic in your address from those who took it in the past, because they don't want acknowledge that their exam was easier than yours and they "achieved" their scores because the exam was easier. It hurts their self image and makes people who took the exam later look better than them.
But Step 2 ck really has become a lot harder now. The Qs are really tougher and more vague than before. But, again, expect to be bombarded by those who took it earlier and are for some reason are still here to criticize you. Some of them are real test takers (who may failed their exam)and some are forum moderators who may truncate your posts to make this forum look better. Cheers.
Hey! I took the exam 2 days ago and I didn't feel that 90% was information out of the UW and MTB. Stop scaring people! I so miss Step 1 thread when I was preparing for that exam. Everyone was eager to help you, not discourage you.
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Hey! I took the exam 2 days ago and I didn't feel that 90% was information out of the UW and MTB. Stop scaring people! I so miss Step 1 thread when I was preparing for that exam. Everyone was eager to help you, not discourage you.
I hope you did pretty good!
And regarding your post this has been the trend for the past couple lf months, we really dont know where these people came from and they are really hurting this forum, when i was studying for my exam there were a lot of helpful and awesome people, sadly most of them are gone now.

And to the eternity guy or whatever, you just cant let it go dont you? Way to justify an eventual failure in case you score bad.. The example you give is dismal.

And as long as you keep saying that before the exam was easier (how can you know did you took it a year ago?) i will be here saying you are a liar
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THE BOTTOM LINE IS we should study smart and learn from the experiences of those who have given it. And should use the most HY sources. And those who make this exam make sure that May exam takers dont suffer anymore or less than november exam takers no matter how hard or easy the exam. Ck was always hard and it is bound to stay that way. My exam is in 3 days and scaring myself shitless wont help me atleast! So lets be positive and hope for the best. Thanks all you guys for sharing your experiences. Really helped. And thankyou Xpaez especially because your experience truly helped
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THE BOTTOM LINE IS we should study smart and learn from the experiences of those who have given it. And should use the most HY sources. And those who make this exam make sure that May exam takers dont suffer anymore or less than november exam takers no matter how hard or easy the exam. Ck was always hard and it is bound to stay that way. My exam is in 3 days and scaring myself shitless wont help me atleast! So lets be positive and hope for the best. Thanks all you guys for sharing your experiences. Really helped. And thankyou Xpaez especially because your experience truly helped
Yup, exactly thats what I have been saying all along!
Good that my experience helped, as long as you are confident and feel sure of what you studied, you will do fine! Just give your heart
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Yup, exactly thats what I have been saying all along!
Good that my experience helped, as long as you are confident and feel sure of what you studied, you will do fine! Just give your heart

Totally agree!! I have started not paying attention to these posts anymore. I think whoever studies and gets the common concepts from proved resources is bound to do well.. no matter who says what!!! Good luck to all of us..peace out
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Off late there have been many threads on the difficulty of CK blah blah.. I think everybody who have exams coming up please study and don't waste your time replying / reading every thread. Bottom line like how most reliable exam takers have told- its not an easy exam but also not impossible to crack it. The feeling of stepping out of the exam center and feeling weird and confused about what just happened for 9 long hours is a general feeling of all exam takers, I felt the same too. Just focus on what is to be studied and do it for the next few days. NBME is not reading these threads and will definitely not change the difficulty of exam because people are complaining. So please go back to your books and think of the exam and the upcoming match. Any genuine concerns forum members are always here to help you. Good luck to everybody
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I took my exam a couple of days back and It was horrible.!! The questions seemed sssooooo confusing and lengthy.. I regret hurrying up with my prep. I prepared for 4 months. I did Uworld and MTB 2 and MTB 3 and some topics from Kaplan notes.. I don't think I would pass this exam.. The questions were not at all like USMLE world and MTB was not helpful at all.. I think I should have revised once more.. I think USMLE does cover some of the important concepts but these days the USMLE is kinda asking weird questions which require mastery of all the concepts.. The exam was so lengthy that I missed 4 questions in the first block.. So I regret hurrying up and should have given atleast 3 more weeks to revise everything once again..
My average in USMLE world 71%,
NBME 2-> 228
NBME 4-> 238
UWSA-> 238
My advice to everyone:-> Master all the important concepts before you step in for the exam.. This exam is not wat it used to be an year back.! I think they have already started changing the question pool which is full of confusing questions....

3 reasons why you should flush this post down the dirtiest toilet

1. This is a forum newbie. This is his/her first post.
2. How did he/she know the exam is not what it used to be a year back? does that mean this is the second attempt? If so, then we can all understand why it was so difficult for him/her
3. Trolls don't waste time in bashing MTB. If this is a marketing stunt, this punk will return in 3 weeks and claim to have scored a 260. Then he/she will reveal his study materials and talk about a wonder book/qbank


Conclusion: Fear not. The step 2ck is a STANDARDIZED exam.
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Right now. I dont feel confident AT ALL! And this forum is not helping either. but Ill give it my best. And im outta here. Keep up the good efforts and the helping people out here.
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Yup, exactly thats what I have been saying all along!
Good that my experience helped, as long as you are confident and feel sure of what you studied, you will do fine! Just give your heart
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