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how much time for Step 2?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by drlee, Nov 29, 2002.

  1. drlee

    drlee Senior Member
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    Nov 29, 2002
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    I'm about to hit it hard for the USMLE Step 2. I haven't read all that much during my 3rd year cores, as my rotations did not require shelf exams to pass. Approximately how much time should I expect to set aside to study? 2 weeks? A month? Two months??
  2. joelee955

    joelee955 Junior Member
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    Dec 10, 2002
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    A couple of weeks ought to do, although it depends on how well you want to do and how well you did on your shelf exams. If you failed all your shelf exams, would recommend that you study at least two weeks, mabye just doing questions will be enough. If you want to do well because you want to use it when you're applying, then you should study at least a couple of hours a day for a few months. I didn't do great on my shelf exams, studied one week for a couple of hours a day, still did better on Step 2 than I did on any shelf exam.
  3. womansurg

    womansurg it's a hard life...
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    Aug 19, 2002
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    I thought the rule was:

    - 2 months for Step I
    - 2 days for Step II
    - take a number 2 pencil with you for Step III (no longer applicable because of computer format)
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