USMLE - Official 2017 Step 2 CK Experiences and Scores Thread

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  1. Jesus1

    Jesus1 2+ Year Member

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    Since there's no thread for the 2017 Step 2 CK, I figured I'd go ahead and create one. Happy new year in Step 2 CK land.
     
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  3. spartanike

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    Thanks for creating this post.

    Did anyone get result yesterday? (A lot of anxiety but been helpful reading about how most of us attest to the clueless or better still educated guess experience of the test)

    I took my test January 31, when should I expect score back? Thanks
     
  4. BlueMedic

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    Took it 3/30. Got my score today. Step 2 ck: 250 (Got a 250 on step 1 last year).

    UW 1st pass 70% (during M3). UW 2nd pass 84% (during dedicated).
    UWSA1=252 (3 days before exam)

    I walked out of that exam feeling like I straight up failed. I remember about 15 questions that I got wrong and numerous others that I was uncertain about. Had trouble focusing and sleeping the past 3 weeks due to constant reminders of things I may have messed up on during the exam. It was terrible. Felt much better coming out of step 1 than step 2. In the end, score turned out way better than I was expecting.

    I valued reading other people's experiences on this forum (that did bring me ease at times). Overall, it is absolutely normal to feel terrible after this exam and many in fact do.

    I am so glad this is over.
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  5. plasmodium

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    Congratulations!

    Taking my exam June 7. Anyone else taking theirs around this time? Just took NBME 3 a few weeks ago to see where I stand, but can't find much conversation about its utility and accuracy as a predictor online. Seems many people defer taking this practice exam, is there any particular reason?
     
  6. congratulations

    What material did you use?
     
  7. MudPhud20XX

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    Hi all, so looks like the average goes up in step 2 ck compared to step 1. Does that mean it's easier? I am almost toward the end of my clerkship and feels like I am still not really prepared at all.
     
  8. W19

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    Will be following this thread closely... I am taking my CK very late.
     
  9. blueforest

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    Hey everyone, just found out I passed step 1 yesterday so I'm extremely motivated to tackle the next beast. I'm stronger in clinical sciences but I haven't really been doing anything for CK since I just finished step 1. I'm not sure how much time I need or even what resources to use. I did fairly well on shelf exams (I'm a final year student US-IMG) and used OnlineMedEd (loved it). I guess the plan is to buy Uworld? OnlineMedEd videos and supplement with Step-Up?? I wish we had a UFAP type of thing for this exam.
     
  10. BlueMedic

    BlueMedic 2+ Year Member

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    Uworld, SUTM (had IM before exam), and glanced over MTB and FA.
     
  11. lana62

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    Hi everyone,
    First, I’m very thankful to all participants of 2016 Step 2 CK Thread for valuable advice and sharing their correlations. It helped me tremendously!
    I scored 275, received my score yesterday around 11 am EST
    Background: IMG, have already done a residency in my home country, step 1 score 254
    Preparation time: 6 months, reading books – 3 months, Qs + SA – 3 months
    Study materials:
    onlinemeded lectures, Emma Holliday shelf review videos
    Medicine: SU2M 4th ed.
    Peds: Blueprints Peds 6th ed.
    OB/GYN: Blueprints OB/GYN 6th ed.
    Psych: FA for the Psychiatry Clerkship 3rd ed.
    Surgery: Surgery: A Case Based Clinical Review
    Qbanks done random timed:
    Kaplan 69%, SA 1 74%, SA 2 83%.
    UWorld first pass 81%. Second pass – only incorrects.
    Assesments:
    NBME 4: 258 2 months out, before UWorld
    NBME 6: 262 1 month out, after UWorld
    Clinical mastery series:
    Neuro 1 (44/50) 2 (45/50) 3 (43/50) 4 (43/50) = 87.5%
    Medicine 1 (47/50) 2 (44/50) 3 (43/50) 4 (47/50) = 90.5%
    OBGYN 1 (43/50) 2 (47/50) 3 (45/50) 4 (47/50) = 91%
    Peds 1 (42/50) 2 (47/50) 3 (43/50) 4 (48/50) = 90%
    Surgery 1 (44/50) 2 (41/50) 3 (45/50) 4 (45/50) = 87.5%
    Psych 1 (42/50) 2 (44/50) 4 (42/50) = 85.3%
    Free 120 3 wks out 86%, found them hard
    NBME 7: 264 2 wks out
    UWSA 1: 267 (85%) 1 wk out
    UWSA 2: 259 (80%) 3 days out
    Good luck to everyone!
     
  12. teehees

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    Very impressive, great work!

    Did you find doing all of the clinical mastery series helped? I don't think i'll have enough time to do them all so wondering which would be of most value
     
  13. lana62

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    Thank you!
    I found them very helpful. CMS questions seemed harder than in NBME, but were not as twisted as in UWSA. I've learnt a lot from them. If I had to choose, I wouldn't do Neuro ones (I don't remember a lot of them on the exam), Surgery (Qs on this topic were easy for me on the exam), but definitely do Psych ones. It may be wise to decide according your own strengths and weaknesses.
    By the way, UWSA 2 contains at least 5 Qs from Surgery form 4, few CMS Qs are also scattered across Uworld Qbank.
     
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  14. Lunzio

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    Were the CMS exams done during your board preparation or throughout the year? Also, is there any reason why you did not take NBME 3?

    Congrats on the score!!
     
  15. lana62

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    Thank you!
    I was doing CMS exams during the last month of my preparation between NBME 6 and 7. I haven't taken NBME 3 because there isn't Expanded Feedback for this form. For me there isn't any sense in taking practice exam if can't find out which Qs I got wrong. For my wrong Qs in CMS and NBME I googled the topic and tried to figure out the right answer. So I used them not only as an assessment but also as a learning tool.
     
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  16. Lunzio

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    Looking back, would you have reordered any of your practice exams?
     
  17. lana62

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    No, this order worked just perfect for me. It should be mentioned that I did CMS randomly 2 per day. And NBME 7 is not that scary after all CMS forms ))
     
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  18. plasmodium

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    Congratulations on your awesome score!

    Any reason you didn't do NBME 3? Also, do you think using a "comprehensive" review book (ie, MTB, FA) matters? Or QBanks are adequate if you did well on step 1?
     
  19. lana62

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    Thanks!
    It's funny that I asked for your advice 6 months ago at the beginning of my prep, and you never answered ))

    I didn't find MTB "comprehensive" at all. I knew that cholesterol guidelines changed in 2014, and compared this topic in SU2M and MTB. Than I compared couple topics more, and every time MTB was inferior, IMHO. I didn't mind to read a little bit more books. I graduated long time ago, and needed relevant and up-to-date information. If you are a student, and your med school teaches you well, maybe QBanks are all you need. Can't say anything regarding FA, never opened it.
     
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  20. plasmodium

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    Really? I haven't taken (or even started studying for) Step 2, so I'm not sure how I could have helped, but where/when did you ask for my assistance?

    EDIT: I see your message now - so sorry that I didn't respond! I really can't think of any other reason why I didn't, other than that I really don't have much advice to offer about the test since I haven't taken it, and thus have such minimal experience with it! Anyway, thanks for responding and again congratulations on your fantastic score!
     
  21. lana62

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    No hard feelings ))
     

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