Senior Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 22, 2003
Attending Physician
I recently took the USMLE Step 1 and admit to knowing almost nothing about Step II, but I am surprised that there isn't a sticky here with basic information about the test for people to get a quick heads-up. From a discussion with an M4 I understand that it's more about clinical management of diseases than Step 1 (the CK portion), but what is the other essential information about this test? Are Step 1/Step 2 scores comparable, or what is the mean and SD of Step 2? What are the main resources people use, eg, what is USMLE World? Is Step 2 harder than Step 1? How long do people usually study for this test? Maybe we can get all the important info in one thread for future students. Here is a link to the NBME website:

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