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Question How to make sure that we will pass the CS?

Hello my Usmle friends!

I hope everything's well with your studies! I would really need your feedback on the CS, Let me tell you my situation.

I have taken step 1 and CK and immediately after step 2 CK I started the step 2 CS prep. I have been studying for about 3h per day for the last 5 weeks and my exam is in 3 days. I have already done all cases of FA with my mother and scored from 66% to 80% on all cases with a guessed average of about 70%.

My SEP is excellent and I never miss any marks on my rapport report and communication skills. I also watch csevideo to get along with the exam style. I really don't have the power of studying any more, because I don't know what else I can study. Also, the CS exam is unique in a way that we don't have NBMEs to know where we stand, and this uncertainty of not knowing if I have taken the right path for the CS is killing me!

Please, for those that have taken the exam, how were you sure that you were going to pass? I know that FA is the standard, but how can we be sure that we are indeed going to pass?

Please, any support is well appreciated. I don't want to have taken the step1 and CK with good grades, and fail on the easiest part, the CS.

Thank you!
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There's no method that can guarantee for you that you will pass 100%. We all felt the same before the CS, it's perfectly normal to feel "unsure of readiness".

However, I can suggest few important points:

- Your English Language Proficiency; I found that most IMGs fail because of that. Are you sure that you "speak", "listen", and "write" fluently. Have you taken TOEFL, did you study in English, can you speak with Americans with ease, do they understand you? This is the single most important factor to gauge your readiness.

- Get somebody who passed recently; If you can get the help of someone who recently passed the CS and get him/her assess you in one or two cases. Feedback from such a colleague is very valuable and it's highly accurate.

- Commercial courses; If you have the money, I suggest you sign up to one of the CS prep courses. They have the ability to assess your readiness in a professional way.
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Thanks very much for the quick reply. I really appreciate it! I am definitely good in English and but I am really worried on the data section... I guess I will "have to live" with the uncertainty!
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Inadditon to what StepTaker mentioned, you need to perform the cs the same way the AMGs do it otherwise you may risk your result. The AMGs have an instruction sheet AKA CS Protocol which I got it from some of them. You may practice the cases from FA and master each senario in timed fashion.

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