Ok, I am an American studying in Germany trying to figure out when to take my Step 2 and how long I should plan to study for it. I didn't do so well on Step 1, so I want to do well on Step 2. Part of the problem is that I self-taught myself a lot of it, I didn't have time to wait until I had the classes here. I had planned to study for 5 weeks after my last theoretical final (I would have had all subjects then, right before my final year, my "practical year", which is only in the hospital). My only worry is that although I would have had the material in this case (as compared to Step I), we don't have shelf exams, so I would not have had the American format for very long (or are 5 weeks of UW and First Aid enough, all of you IMGs out there?) Any suggestions? experiences? Thanks guys!