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Default need advice for step 3

hi i am starting on step 3, its been a year since i gave my ck.
i am planning to do uw subject wise and than random. should i do uw step 2 ck or not? would it help? my time line is 2 months of prep, but if i opt to do uw step2 ck than it can go up to 3 months. your valuable advice is highly appreciated. thanks
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Default Step 3 breakdown based on USMLE content booklet and UW

Hi there,

I am not an expert of Step 3, but based on the content booklet published on USMLE's website for the exam following is my assessment of breakdown of the exam.

Day 1: Foundation of Independent Practice (FIP) 233 MCQ's, 6 blocks, 38-40 questions per block.

Biostatistics and Epidemiolgoy, and Social Sciences make about 14-18% of the questions, which comes to about 32-42 questions.

Out of the remaining 200 questions, 60% most likely to be IM, it makes sense to focus on the major IM systems. Based on this, I suspect 15-20% peds, 15-20% ob-gyn, and psych.

Although, people report a lot of basic science questions on their exam. It can be recall bias, because according to USMLE general principles of foundational science is about 1-3%.

Day 2: Applied Clinical Medicine (ACM), 150 multiple choice questions, 6 blocks total (30 questions per block). ACM has to be mostly about IM (60%), some peds (10-15%), ob-gyn (5-10%), psych (5-10%), and ethics (5%).

According to UW CCS makes up of 25% of the total exam/score.

Bases on the information provided by USMLE and UW, it is safe to say that 40% of exam (points/score) is based on biostat (14-18%) and CCS (25%).

You might want to review CK peds and Ob-gyn once you are done with UW.

I personally think, it is better to invest energy/effort/resources in biostat and CCS because it can yield a higher score. These topics are easy to master/keep track. Of course, its just my opinion

Good luck on the exam!!!
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I think USMLE WORLD STEP 3 is very difficult, if you to do it properly. A lot of Biostats is coming in the exam,but all that is coming is from UWORLD , Step 3 focuses management and further management and investigation, and step 2 ck qbank focuses more on risk factors,causes and diagnosis,so you are one step ahead now. it is worth giving time to uworld than any thing else,if you have only three months,lot of people are failing this exam do not take it easy.Please review step 1 books for foundation stuff ,as alot of foundation stuff is coming in the exam, They are about 10 %,but you cannot ignore them.I am tutoring step 3, if you need any help, Please contact me, i am in eastern time zone,My skype id is sj.usmle.

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thank you for your valuable advice.
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