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hi everybody!!

I took my step 2 CK exam a few days back.. and am back now with my experience!

TIME - I took step 1 in December and started reading for CK seriously from Feb. So it took me 2.5 to 3 months. Yes, it is possible!

RESOURCES -
1. Kaplan lecture notes. No substitute for these. They are awesome!!
2. UWORLD Qbank. Great resource..u have to do this. (75% aggregate random timed mode all blocks)
3. First Aid - on n off...just few topics. but u can omit it if u don't like the book coz it is great for step 1 ..but does nothing for step 2.
4. FRED questions. they are close to the actual exam. but slightly easier I guess.(85%)

Didn't Do:

1. MTB, DIT and other books.
2. Kaplan videos. none. thou I heard that Conard Fischer cardio is good. so if u have the time go through it.
3. Kaplan or usmle consult or other qbanks- I didn't do it. but u can. I didn't have so much time. but of course practicing questions is the key.
4. NBME's
5. Any other self assessment like UWSA

Number of reads - I read Kaplan 2 times completely and a 3rd time for subjects I disliked and found it difficult.

Question Distribution - I'd say about 60-65% were medicine. 10-15% obgyn. 10% peds. 5%surgery and psych/ethics each. read medicine very well. If u score well on that chances are you'll b fine.

1 week before the exam - solve questions, as many as possible even if they seem repeated, but follow up by reading explanations. they solidify your knowledge, even though I would do the questions fast on uworld in the real test I barely finished 5 mins before the block ended.

The exam - if I use one word to describe it then it was exhausting! a lengthy exam, very tiring, by the end of it I was so exhausted that I didn't quite understand what the question was asking...(I figured once I went throgh the marked questions again..and thank God for that.) but was I happy once it got over...hel ya!!!! I was planning what I'd do in the next few days to chill.

My advice - Don't panic. It is just one of the exams you are taking. You are a doctor. You have taken many more difficult exams believe me this is easier. (but not easy..there is a difference btw easier and easy!) and carry an analgesic..that is the best u can do to avoid back pain, neck pain or headache during the exam. just pop in one, just one ppl, after 4-5 blocks..it helps!!

The comparison - step 1 tests your facts. It is more about the dx. step 2 is about diagnosis and management. What is the next best step. So if u do plan to take CK before step 1 go ahead. but I guess you'll need a bit more time than 3 months.


Any questions ..fell free to ask..I'll try and help answer them.
am waiting for CK result and meanwhile starting to gather info on CS. CS date is June end!!

Thanks to the wonderful members and staff for not letting anyone of the questions on the forum unanswered.

Good job guys!!
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Good luck
thanks for this thread very helpful
I want to ask u in the last month before your exam what did u read books or only doing questions ????
and when u start UW was your score high ??????
My exam will be in 23 May (1 month ) remain I don't know if I have to delay it to June
because when i start uw & my score was in 1st week between (40-50) and 2nd week in 50% but iam in day 18 uw and in the last 4 blocks idid a,my score between (65-68 %)but icant do only 2 block with one block reading explanation
per day so what do u advise me after ending uw (remain for me 21 day) b4 exam to do???
i have also uwsa q and i plan to solve it after uw
and u write

do u mean panadol or which drug??
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Congratulations on taking that monster off your way!!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience in USMLE Forums.

We really wish you all the luck and do let us know when you get the results

See in the CS Forum!
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very good ! Good luck for result !
ok, tell me when u have used the uworld q bank , one month before exam date is okay or during reading of kaplan notes ?

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which one is good -mtb for 2 ck or first aid?
hey dude thanks 4 such helpful post .doing nice job
thank you very much 4 sharing your experience it will help a lot
best luck 4 ur result
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which one is good -mtb for 2 ck or first aid?
hey dude thanks 4 such helpful post .doing nice job
thank you very much 4 sharing your experience it will help a lot
best luck 4 ur result
Dude, did you read what he said!
He said that he did not read MTB and that he found FA useless.
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thanks for the detailed description....and best of luck for the result....one qn- how long did u take to finish uworld.....
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I strongly support carrying an analgesic in the exam! I used one too! So true!

Wish you all the best!
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Good luck
thanks for this thread very helpful
I want to ask u in the last month before your exam what did u read books or only doing questions ????
and when u start UW was your score high ??????
My exam will be in 23 May (1 month ) remain I don't know if I have to delay it to June
because when i start uw & my score was in 1st week between (40-50) and 2nd week in 50% but iam in day 18 uw and in the last 4 blocks idid a,my score between (65-68 %)but icant do only 2 block with one block reading explanation
per day so what do u advise me after ending uw (remain for me 21 day) b4 exam to do???
i have also uwsa q and i plan to solve it after uw
and u write

do u mean panadol or which drug??


hi miss patho
in the last month i did read kaplan but just topics i found difficult and was doing uworld simultaneously coz i just studied for 2 n half mnths.
when i started my score was on the lower side.slowly i managed to increase it.are are doing fine in my opinion.just read the explainations too.
and if u do have time left after doing uworld just go thru the marked and incorrect questions again.that is helpful.alot of the uworld concepts are tested.
i dint give uwsa.so no idea abt that.

i mean any painkiller. ibuprofen/pcm combination.like fleexon,crocin,combiflam.(dnt knw what is available in ur country)

good luck! dnt panic.
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very good ! Good luck for result !
ok, tell me when u have used the uworld q bank , one month before exam date is okay or during reading of kaplan notes ?

Thanks.

i guess it is ok.i solved questions along with my 2nd reading.all the best!
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thanks for the detailed description....and best of luck for the result....one qn- how long did u take to finish uworld.....
i took abt 1 mnth and 10 days.
i started with one block a day ..then towards the end i did 2 blocks a day.finished uworld a week b4 the exam n revised the marked questions
all the best!
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congrats on being done and good luck for the results!
How many '"What would u do next?"" questions were there?
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Hi...what is your opinion of KLN for paeds...are they good...and do we need all that detail or would you suggest doing it from a review book mainly??
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@add1-lots of those.dnt exactly knw how many but close to uworld blocks.


@docsur- i agree kaplan is very extensive for peds.but i dint read any review book so i cant comment on that.mayb you cud just read once and re-read the imp things again.
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