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Time needed for medical graduates to prepare for USMLE Step 2 CK?

  • < 3 months

    Votes: 50 11.7%
  • 3 - 6 months

    Votes: 253 59.3%
  • 6 - 9 months

    Votes: 93 21.8%
  • 9 - 12 months

    Votes: 17 4.0%
  • 1 - 1.5 years

    Votes: 7 1.6%
  • 1.5 - 2 years

    Votes: 4 0.9%
  • > 2 years

    Votes: 9 2.1%
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In addition to voting in the poll above please post your reply with details so that we get a grasp of the real situation.

Please note that this poll and thread is for graduates (mainly IMG Grads) and not for medical students. For medical students please see this poll http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s...-needed-medical-students-prepare-ck-exam.html

Please follow this format (which is a true example of my CK experience)

Time needed: 5 Months
Average study hours per day: Six
Scored: 239/99 (u can leave blank if you don't want to tell)
Years since graduation at time of test: 3 years

Also check these links for the other steps
Time needed for Step 2 CS preparation
Time needed for Step 1 Preparation
Time needed for Step 3 Preparation

 

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my score

step 2ck score-99/254
time needed to prepare-3 to 4 months
average hours of study-8 to 10hrs
time since graduation-immediately after graduation
usmle world average score-77%
usmle self assessment-237[590]..... 1 month before exam
usmle free sample test-85%....15 days before exam
nbme form 1- 710[263]......8 days before exam

i haven't taken step1 yet...

all the best......:)
 

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step2 can be taken b4 step1 ?!!!

step 2ck score-99/254
time needed to prepare-3 to 4 months
average hours of study-8 to 10hrs
time since graduation-immediately after graduation
usmle world average score-77%
usmle self assessment-237[590]..... 1 month before exam
usmle free sample test-85%....15 days before exam
nbme form 1- 710[263]......8 days before exam

i haven't taken step1 yet...

all the best......:)
i haven't taken step1 yet...:eek::eek: really?
ppl told me that step 1 should be taken b4 step 2 !!! is this true?
by the way, u did great ,,, the best to you too :D
 

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Dont worry...

i haven't taken step1 yet...:eek::eek: really?
ppl told me that step 1 should be taken b4 step 2 !!! is this true?
by the way, u did great ,,, the best to you too :D
Dear Aisha,

I too had the same problem and confusion....but its not a big deal :)....
you just need to know some pathology, pharmacology and to the least anatomy stuff.
you will learn those things while you read Kaplan and mainly during ur USMLE world work out.... or if not ur satisfied still.....I can give u another solution read mechanism of action and side effects of important drugs in those books u have learned during ur preclinical curriculum daily for an hour as far as u can, that will do and help a lot.

In short do as best u can, people will try to confuse you as much as possible...let the positive ideas dwell in you...:)
 

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HOW ?!!!!!!!!!!

Just an important question that keeps haunting me.
HOW IN THE WORLD can anybody finish the CK in 4 months or less & get 99 ??????.
I'm working on CK myself now & I'm telling you guys,it's no picnic,there are a lot of stuff to memorize,a lot of lap values & other stuff that just takes a long time just to read,not memorize,just read plus the videos,C'mon 4 months, really?
Besides,I have offline UW questions ,so after I'm done with a system in IM for example the Cardiovascular,I study the offline question of the Cardio which are over 130 questions,I realized that the questions are totally different from the stuff mentioned in kaplan & first-aid,a lot of stuff are not even mentioned in the notes & asked about in UW.:eek:
So,please somebody answer me this,WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? CAUSE TO ME IT LOOKS LIKE THE INTERNAL MEDICINE ALONE IS GONNA TAKE 4 MONTHS:toosad:
 

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Just an important question that keeps haunting me.
HOW IN THE WORLD can anybody finish the CK in 4 months or less & get 99 ??????.
I'm working on CK myself now & I'm telling you guys,it's no picnic,there are a lot of stuff to memorize,a lot of lap values & other stuff that just takes a long time just to read,not memorize,just read plus the videos,C'mon 4 months, really?
Besides,I have offline UW questions ,so after I'm done with a system in IM for example the Cardiovascular,I study the offline question of the Cardio which are over 130 questions,I realized that the questions are totally different from the stuff mentioned in kaplan & first-aid,a lot of stuff are not even mentioned in the notes & asked about in UW.:eek:
So,please somebody answer me this,WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? CAUSE TO ME IT LOOKS LIKE THE INTERNAL MEDICINE ALONE IS GONNA TAKE 4 MONTHS:toosad:
You've been answered here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-step-2-ck-forum/5812-how-did-you-finish-ck-prep-only-4-months.html
 
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