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USMLE Step 2 CS SP Challenges Challenging situations presented by the Standardized Patient (SP) during the the USMLE Step 2 CS Encounter.

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Question Is true they discard two cases out of the 12 CS cases?

Is it true that they don't score 2 cases out of the 12 cases in the CS Exam? are those the ones that we score lowest in?
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Info Yes there are experimental cases in the CS Exam

Yes, it's true. There are up to two (sometimes one, sometime none) cases which are experimental.

These experimental cases are newly (pilot) introduced cases. They put them first and see how students and SPs perform, if they see consistent results and no technical/content problems with it then they approve it.

However, these are not necessarily your worst cases. They are randomly introduced and you'll never know which were the cases that were experimental.

Nevertheless, we can argue that "usually" they are the lowest performance cases, because, since they are "newly introduced", it's likely that the case has some wrong settings as it's not yet tweaked and modified or standardized. For example, if the SP was unusually angry and non-compliant, perhaps, that was an experimental case as they later on tell the SP to level down his degree of anger and non-compliance as they discover that all students are failing that case.
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