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Hi everyone. I just started studying for step 2 ck. I have to take exam in April. Cannot afford more delay because of family reasons. My step 1 score was average. I really want to score good in this exam. Question. Do i HAVE to do uworld twice or doing it once with MTB and SU2M is enough? Please help...
 

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Hi everyone. I just started studying for step 2 ck. I have to take exam in April. Cannot afford more delay because of family reasons. My step 1 score was average. I really want to score good in this exam. Question. Do i HAVE to do uworld twice or doing it once with MTB and SU2M is enough? Please help...
No you dont HAVE to do UWORLD twice. But it helps to learn the material and answer questions close to your exam to stay fresh, MTB is alright...i didnt like it though, step up 2 medicine is brilliant just a little too dense. Monitor your progress with NBME's and UWSA's, because "Enough" depends on the individual. Try OME if you havent already, doesnt work for everyone but i liked it. Good luck.
 

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Heyy. I took step 1 6 months back too. Now prepping for CK. How was your step 1 score? What resources are you using for step 2ck?
Just start Uworld and Online Med Ed sprinkled in for structure. Try to do Uworld ASAP and at least 3 times. Step 1 was good. Step 2 CK was same. Now applying for residency.
 

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Hey guys, just wanted to update you all.

So my wife took the exam on December 13th. Her permit disappeared yesterday afternoon. At the time the fsmb website did not allow her to proceed with registration (she's taken and passed step 1 and CS). This morning it allows her to proceed with an application. I'm not completely sure but I'm assuming this means she has passed the exam?
 
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Hey guys, just wanted to update you all.

So my wife took the exam on December 13th. Her permit disappeared yesterday afternoon. At the time the fsmb website did not allow her to proceed with registration (she's taken and passed step 1 and CS). This morning it allows her to proceed with an application. I'm not completely sure but I'm assuming this means she has passed the exam?
I just attempted to register for step 3 and it worked for me as welll
 
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Currently preparing for ck. How good or bad is scoring 75% in first round of UW?
Aiming 250+
Would also like to know how to improve surgery and obgyn . I feel I'm pretty much weak in these subjects ..
Kindly suggest
 
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Just got my results back 254 thank you God! Extremely happy with my score , I felt exam was brutal and really similar to NBME 7. I actually got the same score as NBME 7.
wow congratulations!! an amazing score! can you please help me a little? what were your study sources? and how long did you study for ck?
 
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I PASSED MY DUDES!!!
2wks dedicated while interviewing for residency.
UWSA1 (2wks out) - 241
UWSA2 (1wk out) - 241
Actual Step2 CK - 243

I honestly felt like I failed this exam and was anticipating a low 200s. Keep your heads up my dudes.
 
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I PASSED MY DUDES!!!
2wks dedicated while interviewing for residency.
UWSA1 (2wks out) - 241
UWSA2 (1wk out) - 241
Actual Step2 CK - 243

I honestly felt like I failed this exam and was anticipating a low 200s. Keep your heads up my dudes.
Congratulations!!! I'm using only uworld for my prep, do you think thats enough? or should I add MTB?
 

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I PASSED MY DUDES!!!
2wks dedicated while interviewing for residency.
UWSA1 (2wks out) - 241
UWSA2 (1wk out) - 241
Actual Step2 CK - 243

I honestly felt like I failed this exam and was anticipating a low 200s. Keep your heads up my dudes.
What were your Uworld averages? I’ve been averaging between 60-75 on untimed 40 Q blocks and have an overall average of 66. Trying to get 240-255. 6 weeks out
 
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Just got my results back 254 thank you God! Extremely happy with my score , I felt exam was brutal and really similar to NBME 7. I actually got the same score as NBME 7.
Congrats,
can I ask when was the date of you exam? mine was Dec 17th and I haven't received my score yet.
 

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wow congratulations!! an amazing score! can you please help me a little? what were your study sources? and how long did you study for ck?
I only used OnlineMedEd and Uworld. In the beginning, I did Kaplan videos but honestly, the only one I recommend is the OBGYN videos. I did Kaplan videos from April - June and then started doing OnlineMedEd. But that was like 4-5 hrs a day, around October is when I started studying for 8-12 hrs daily and started doing Uworld. I did Uworld twice. out of all the NBME's I believe the most accurate and predictive for me was NBME 7. UWSA 1 and 2 were over predictive for me.
 
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I took 6 weeks dedicated study time. Like I stated before I felt really bad coming out of the test, the exam was really vague and I had difficulty with time, had lots of biostats I can remember at least 20 questions were biostats only. Everything else was a mix of everything. I really think OnlineMedEd and Uworld are enough. For OBGYN Kaplan was really helpful. My first pass of Uworld I averaged around 75% and second pass I averaged 92%.

Step 1: 237
Step 2 CK: 254

NBME6: 265 ( 6 wks before exam)
UWSA 1: 262 ( 5 wks before exam)
NBME 7: 254 ( 3 wks before exam)
NBME 8: 267 ( 1 wk before exam)
UWSA 2: 264 ( 4 days before exam)
Free 120 Q's: 90% ( 3 days before exam)
 
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I took 6 weeks dedicated study time. Like I stated before I felt really bad coming out of the test, the exam was really vague and I had difficulty with time, had lots of biostats I can remember at least 20 questions were biostats only. Everything else was a mix of everything. I really think OnlineMedEd and Uworld are enough. For OBGYN Kaplan was really helpful. My first pass of Uworld I averaged around 75% and second pass I averaged 92%.

Step 1: 237
Step 2 CK: 254

NBME6: 265 ( 6 wks before exam)
UWSA 1: 262 ( 5 wks before exam)
NBME 7: 254 ( 3 wks before exam)
NBME 8: 267 ( 1 wk before exam)
UWSA 2: 264 ( 4 days before exam)
Free 120 Q's: 90% ( 3 days before exam)

congrats thats an amazing score. Did u do any of the CMS questions?
for biostats is uworld enough?
 

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congrats thats an amazing score. Did u do any of the CMS questions?
for biostats is uworld enough?
yes I did do CMS questions, I did Surgery, OBGYN and Peds.

I cant really tell you about biostats, since its always been one of my weakness, I just did I Uworld and hoped for the best.
 
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yes I did do CMS questions, I did Surgery, OBGYN and Peds.

I cant really tell you about biostats, since its always been one of my weakness, I just did I Uworld and hoped for the best.
do u think CMS helped? i am a week out of exam i am wondering if i should continue with CMS or just do uworld
 

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Congratulations!!! I'm using only uworld for my prep, do you think thats enough? or should I add MTB?
I used Uworld during my rotations and I reworked blocks of specific topics that I struggled with. I ended up getting about 400q's into a second go around of Uworld.

In addition to Uworld, after taking that last UWSA2 I focused only on reading "Step 2 Secrets" which gave me about 5 gimmes on the exam that I would have questioned. I highlighted crap I knew I would forget the first read through, and then I took another day to re-read it focusing on my highlighted areas and skimmed the rest. So my resources were: Uworld, OME (some flashcards - I wish I would have done more OME flashcards but the vids were good to get a baseline), and Step 2 Secrets (read once through and second time skimmed during the week before the exam).

Seems like what I did was pretty much what most people ended up doing -- which is probably why I scored average. I'm insanely excited about my score, but I understand that it's an average score and I'm thrilled to be done with that. :D
 
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What were your Uworld averages? I’ve been averaging between 60-75 on untimed 40 Q blocks and have an overall average of 66. Trying to get 240-255. 6 weeks out
I had about the same Uworld averages. During my second pass the averages of course went up. With 6 weeks you should be set. In short, most people are doing Uworld, OME, and Step2 Secrets. You should be set man. Just don't let up because no matter what, that exam is going to make you feel terrible.
 
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I only used OnlineMedEd and Uworld. In the beginning, I did Kaplan videos but honestly, the only one I recommend is the OBGYN videos. I did Kaplan videos from April - June and then started doing OnlineMedEd. But that was like 4-5 hrs a day, around October is when I started studying for 8-12 hrs daily and started doing Uworld. I did Uworld twice. out of all the NBME's I believe the most accurate and predictive for me was NBME 7. UWSA 1 and 2 were over predictive for me.
Thank you so much! this really helped. I guess uworld with a little bit of help from other sources should be enough. My step 1 score is in 240s so I'm trying to top that and I feel exhausted and worried that I won't be able to.
 
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I used Uworld during my rotations and I reworked blocks of specific topics that I struggled with. I ended up getting about 400q's into a second go around of Uworld.

In addition to Uworld, after taking that last UWSA2 I focused only on reading "Step 2 Secrets" which gave me about 5 gimmes on the exam that I would have questioned. I highlighted crap I knew I would forget the first read through, and then I took another day to re-read it focusing on my highlighted areas and skimmed the rest. So my resources were: Uworld, OME (some flashcards - I wish I would have done more OME flashcards but the vids were good to get a baseline), and Step 2 Secrets (read once through and second time skimmed during the week before the exam).

Seems like what I did was pretty much what most people ended up doing -- which is probably why I scored average. I'm insanely excited about my score, but I understand that it's an average score and I'm thrilled to be done with that. :D
Ohh no its a great score. I've always believed 240s mean you will not be excluded from any hospital because almost none have a filter beyond that. Even the best hospitals have a 235/40+ filter so its a veryyyy safe zone. Good luck to you for the match and thanks for replying man! really helped! :)
 

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Took CK Sunday 12/16. Had high hopes for report today (thought for sure since it’s fully 4 wednesdays) but seems like it’s getting late. Also seems that folks from previous week (eg 12/13) only just coming out today. Anyone else?
 
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Hi everyone. I just started studying for step 2 ck. I have to take exam in April. Cannot afford more delay because of family reasons. My step 1 score was average. I really want to score good in this exam. Question. Do i HAVE to do uworld twice or doing it once with MTB and SU2M is enough? Please help...
My advice based on my experience: uworld at least once and go over every explanation even if you got it right. Focus more on "why is this NOT the answer" than just learning the correct one. I made notes from uworld and read that while commuting. Studied for 1.5 months while doing research and putting together application for this year's match... scored 260+. I personally did not like MTB and never tried SU2M. I would focus more on understanding uworld and doing as many questions as possible than adding other resources.
 
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Well my main resources were First Aid for CK and Uworld. I completed Uworld the first time around with maybe an average of 72 - 75%. Right before exam I would just randomly do blocks of questions I either highlighted or got incorrect, didn't do a complete re run of the whole software and Im not one for resetting the bank. I prefer to review questions I got wrong.
I started studying passively in march, just reading through the book, making notes and doing Uworld questions. I really kicked into gear in the 3 months right before the exam, I read master the boards but not the whole thing, not a very helpful book in my opinion and I don't like how its set up. Everyone complains about first aid for CK but it was much easier for me to read and make notes in. For bio stats I read a little in my FA for step 1 and watched videos online because I'm very weak in it, especially the drug ads and of course I got a few of those in my exam, which I had to make some educated guesses. The exam was very weird and I left not feeling so great, got a lot of step 1 type biochem questions like about carnitine deficiency, some histology, just a bunch of weird stuff and not a lot of the high yield things I had focused on but I'm really grateful for my score especially as an IMG, planning to try match for internal medicine in 2020.

NBME 6 ( 6 weeks before) - 247
NBME 7 ( 5 weeks before) - 247
UW SA 1 ( 4 weeks before) - 251
UW SA 2 ( 3 weeks before) - 248
NBME 8 ( 6 days before) - 245

Step 1 : 238
Step 2 CK Real Deal : 257

NB: Step up to Medicine and Step up to Obgyn is a good book to review if medicine and obgyn are not your best topics and you have some time


Hi. Many congratulations for such an awesome score ..
Please share your experience
 
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Well my main resources were First Aid for CK and Uworld. I completed Uworld the first time around with maybe an average of 72 - 75%. Right before exam I would just randomly do blocks of questions I either highlighted or got incorrect, didn't do a complete re run of the whole software and Im not one for resetting the bank. I prefer to review questions I got wrong.
I started studying passively in march, just reading through the book, making notes and doing Uworld questions. I really kicked into gear in the 3 months right before the exam, I read master the boards but not the whole thing, not a very helpful book in my opinion and I don't like how its set up. Everyone complains about first aid for CK but it was much easier for me to read and make notes in. For bio stats I read a little in my FA for step 1 and watched videos online because I'm very weak in it, especially the drug ads and of course I got a few of those in my exam, which I had to make some educated guesses. The exam was very weird and I left not feeling so great, got a lot of step 1 type biochem questions like about carnitine deficiency, some histology, just a bunch of weird stuff and not a lot of the high yield things I had focused on but I'm really grateful for my score especially as an IMG, planning to try match for internal medicine in 2020.

NBME 6 ( 6 weeks before) - 247
NBME 7 ( 5 weeks before) - 247
UW SA 1 ( 4 weeks before) - 251
UW SA 2 ( 3 weeks before) - 248
NBME 8 ( 6 days before) - 245

Step 1 : 238
Step 2 CK Real Deal : 257


NB: Step up to Medicine and Step up to Obgyn is a good book to review if medicine and obgyn are not your best topics and you have some time
Thanks for sharing. You really did an amazing job. I'm currently at my first round of UW and averaging 75%.
Step 1 was 244..
Planning to take ck by the start of May and aiming 250+..
I feel I'm weak in obgyn and surgery.. will try to cover these subjects from step up to as well.
Can you share how many months did you take to prepare for ck?
 
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Just sharing for my wife.
Step 1: 219
NBME 8 220
USWA1 198
USWA2 230
Step 2: 240

for the more average students out there. Since everyone usually just posts all the high scores. The average was 243 with a SD of 17
wow thats an amazing score! what did she do different from practice test to improve score ?
how far out were the practice test to the actual exam?
 

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wow thats an amazing score! what did she do different from practice test to improve score ?
how far out were the practice test to the actual exam?
NBME 8 was USWA1 was 30 days before, NBME 8 1 week, and USWA2 3 days before. She just did uworld alone. She's not a great test taker but just did the questions and made flashcards for what she missed. She was kinda lazy and didn't review all her wrongs but was just hoping to pass at this point. Studied for 30 days. She felt like she was gonna fail the exam when she walked out. So idk lol
 
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hello all, im feeling really confused about how to proceed...

I gave nbme 6 at about 50 % first read of uworld and got 211 in that, and uwsa1 at 60 % and got 247 in that.
I have about 25 % first read of uworld left to do , but its taking wayyyy too much time.
Is there any way to speed this up?
Also, which of these assessments is reliable?
Which one shud i take next to get an idea if i am good to go? NBME 7/8 or UWSA2?
I have to finish ck either at the end of this month or postpone it till march or after.
Is this completely impossible?
I have finished step one and got a 244 for in that. Am aiming for a higher score than that!
 

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My advice based on my experience: uworld at least once and go over every explanation even if you got it right. Focus more on "why is this NOT the answer" than just learning the correct one. I made notes from uworld and read that while commuting. Studied for 1.5 months while doing research and putting together application for this year's match... scored 260+. I personally did not like MTB and never tried SU2M. I would focus more on understanding uworld and doing as many questions as possible than adding other resources.
hi, could you tell us what kind of things we should put together for the application for this year's match?
 
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hi, could you tell us what kind of things we should put together for the application for this year's match?
I don't know if this is the correct forum for this question, you can PM if you'd like more information. I am a NonUS-IMG so my experience does not apply to everyone but basically you need 3-4 LOR that they need to upload themselves, personal statement, make sure your school submits transcript and MSPE, research what programs you're interested in and how many you can afford to apply to, completing your CV through ERAS (more time consuming than you might think), getting a professional portrait for ERAS etc etc
 
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Hey everyone.

do you guys know what it means for FCVS portion for step 2CK : Pass/ Fail to be a blank answer?

It used to say undetermined until today when it became blank. Permit is gone.
 

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Hey everyone.

do you guys know what it means for FCVS portion for step 2CK : Pass/ Fail to be a blank answer?

It used to say undetermined until today when it became blank. Permit is gone.
FFS start a new thread for the 2019 CK.
 

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My advice based on my experience: uworld at least once and go over every explanation even if you got it right. Focus more on "why is this NOT the answer" than just learning the correct one. I made notes from uworld and read that while commuting. Studied for 1.5 months while doing research and putting together application for this year's match... scored 260+. I personally did not like MTB and never tried SU2M. I would focus more on understanding uworld and doing as many questions as possible than adding other resources.
Hey Congrats on the awesome score.
How far out were you from Step 1? I am worried that I have delayed my CK too much. Took Step 1 about a year ago.
 
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Hey Congrats on the awesome score.
How far out were you from Step 1? I am worried that I have delayed my CK too much. Took Step 1 about a year ago.
Thanks! I gave Step 1 November 2017 and CK on August 2018... about 9 months between tests. Focus on uworld and understanding the reasoning behind the answers! You'll do great! And for what it's worth, I felt horrible after the test and thought I would fail hahah trust your assessments and not your post-exam gut feeling
 
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