Just took step 2 yesterday and boy am I pi$$ed. I was hard as heck. I did first aid (read re-read that several times), crush step 2, all of kaplan q bank (not the lecture notes), 2 tests (360 q) on the nms book, 1400+ questions of the usmle world q bank and I don't think that was sufficient preparation. I scored 67-68% on kaplan qbank at the end, 60% on the nms, and 52% on the usmle world qbank all near the end my of study period. i also got 410 on the nmbe cssa 2.5 weeks before the test and 450 1.5 weeks before the test. here is the breakdown of the real deal:
10-15% peds, 10-15% ob-gyn, 5% surgery, 5% biostats/epidemiology, 10% psyche, the rest 55% medicine. cardiology was a huge part (about 20% of the 55%) of medicine and it was hard. if I had to do it all over again I would not have done more questions but I would have either gotten blue prints or kaplan notes because they are more comprehensive and I could have usedt he extra detail on the exam. I don't mean to dissappoint anyone by stating that the difficulty of my real exam was more difficult that any of the simulated stuff that I took. I start my residency in june and I hope to take this thing again and pass it by then. I just like to warn that I am sure that my experience is not typical and I am sure some of you will find the exam easier.
FYI I scored 205 on step 1 (i know not that hot) I got 65% on kaplan qbank at the end, and 410 and 450 on the nbme tests also (weird how were the same with step 2). i studied much harder for step 2 and I found step 2 to be much harder than step 1 but I pray to god that my test was just harder than the others and that they curve it somehow.
please post questions about the test or test preparation as I am very happy to answer them forthright and I will not let my fustration over yesterday's experience taint my response. please dont ask me to post actual questions because I think that is illegal, i think.