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hello i am an FMG preparing for step 2 CS. i hear all these mixed reviews about the kaplan live course that have confused me exceedingly. some students who have taken the course say it is not worth, while some say it is. the ones who have not taken the course suggest that it is not atall worth it and that a book and study partner will suffice.

My worries about the live course are that

1 it are very costly
2 it is only offered in three cities, none of which are close to where i live. so that would mean i'll have to rent a place to attend the course.

i am willing to make adjustments if the course is really worth it, but the question is, is it worth?

what about the online course?

or are the book and a study partner enough to pass CS?

pl give me your opinion and advise. thank you.
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i am willing to make adjustments if the course is really worth it, but the question is, is it worth?
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hello i am an FMG preparing for step 2 CS. i hear all these mixed reviews about the kaplan live course that have confused me exceedingly. some students who have taken the course say it is not worth, while some say it is. the ones who have not taken the course suggest that it is not atall worth it and that a book and study partner will suffice.

My worries about the live course are that

1 it are very costly
2 it is only offered in three cities, none of which are close to where i live. so that would mean i'll have to rent a place to attend the course.

i am willing to make adjustments if the course is really worth it, but the question is, is it worth?

what about the online course?

or are the book and a study partner enough to pass CS?

pl give me your opinion and advise. thank you.
i am also looking for the answers to the same questions. Is it really worth all the trouble?
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hello i am an FMG preparing for step 2 CS. i hear all these mixed reviews about the kaplan live course that have confused me exceedingly. some students who have taken the course say it is not worth, while some say it is. the ones who have not taken the course suggest that it is not atall worth it and that a book and study partner will suffice.

My worries about the live course are that

1 it are very costly
2 it is only offered in three cities, none of which are close to where i live. so that would mean i'll have to rent a place to attend the course.

i am willing to make adjustments if the course is really worth it, but the question is, is it worth?

what about the online course?

or are the book and a study partner enough to pass CS?

pl give me your opinion and advise. thank you.

Hey i took the Kaplan course and passed the exam in first attempt.
I would say for me it was really worth it. Kaplan made me very confident. There notes was all I studied. I know it's very expensive and u have to find a place to live too.
My weakness was that I wasn't very confident with the communication part but that course makes u practice a lot.

But then again I know a few people who took the course but didn't pass the exam. So i think it really depends on each individual.
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Hey i took the Kaplan course and passed the exam in first attempt.
I would say for me it was really worth it. Kaplan made me very confident. There notes was all I studied. I know it's very expensive and u have to find a place to live too.
My weakness was that I wasn't very confident with the communication part but that course makes u practice a lot.

But then again I know a few people who took the course but didn't pass the exam. So i think it really depends on each individual.
Thanks for your input. I want to know how soon before your real exam did you take this course? How much time do you recommend we need to prepare on our own after this course?
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Thanks for your input. I want to know how soon before your real exam did you take this course? How much time do you recommend we need to prepare on our own after this course?
My exam was almost 20 days after my course. That was because I couldn't get any date earlier.
One week is enough to practice and revise after the course as it's still fresh in the memory. Don't delay too much after the course.
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hello i am an FMG preparing for step 2 CS. i hear all these mixed reviews about the kaplan live course that have confused me exceedingly. some students who have taken the course say it is not worth, while some say it is. the ones who have not taken the course suggest that it is not atall worth it and that a book and study partner will suffice.

My worries about the live course are that

1 it are very costly
2 it is only offered in three cities, none of which are close to where i live. so that would mean i'll have to rent a place to attend the course.

i am willing to make adjustments if the course is really worth it, but the question is, is it worth?

what about the online course?

or are the book and a study partner enough to pass CS?

pl give me your opinion and advise. thank you.


Short answer: YES.

Long answer: To be on the safe side, take something. It does not necessarily have to be the live prep with kaplan although that is probably the best. USMLE world has some options for CS preparation so does goldusmlereview.
It also depends on your skill level; If you went to a good school you might be able to practice with another student (who also has not taken the exam) and feel ready for the exam.
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