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USMLE - Official 2017 Step 2 CK Experiences and Scores Thread

Discussion in 'Step II' started by Jesus1, Feb 15, 2017.

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  1. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    tOSU class of 2013!! Buckeyes really ARE everywhere haha
     
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  3. IllinoisHopeful

    IllinoisHopeful 2+ Year Member

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    Got the e-mail around 10am EST, saying that my score will be up after 11am.

    UWSA1 1.5 wks out: 255
    UWSA2 3 days out: 238

    Step 2 CK: 243

    edit: Took exam 8/26
     
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  4. tonic-clonic

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    Thank you for taking the time out to reply. I really appreciate it.
     
  5. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    No problem! The way I look at it is this...yes I may spend some money but that beats taking the next year to do whatever. I would rather take my chances!
     
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  6. yrmd

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    Congratulations to everyone. No matter what score you got today, you worked hard and deserve to be proud of the hard work you've done! Thank you sdn for keeping me calm numerous times throughout my med school career :) next stop: step 3
     
  7. sss2g2

    sss2g2 2+ Year Member

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    Hi can you do a write up of how you studied? Congratulations!
     
  8. DocWho1091

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    did you get your score?
     
  9. GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Scores should be up, I got mine and I took it 8.21.

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  10. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Question is....should JTB be benched??

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  11. BuckeyeMD17

    BuckeyeMD17

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    not the best score but still content with it 229
     
  12. Target CK

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    Hi everyone. I am asking for a little help here. If someone of you have already taken their exam but still have a week of uw subscription left, can I use it? I would be very thankful if anyone of you guys can help. I'm a little low on budget so needed a little help.
    My uw expired a while back and I can't buy the full new subscription.
    Thank you
     
  13. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Still better than the buckeyes performance this past weekend.

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  14. Dr27th

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    Hi, i have 2 weeks left of my uworld subscription and i've taken the exam.
     
  15. Dr27th

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    Hi, i have 2 weeks left of my uworld subscription and i've taken the exam.
     
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  16. Target CK

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    Can you please check your inbox
    Thank you
     
  17. NeurologyHopeful2018

    NeurologyHopeful2018

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    What were your practice scores?
     
  18. BuckeyeMD17

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    UWSA 1 243
    NBME 7 235
    NBME 4 and 6 222

    Real Exam: 229
     
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  19. yrmd

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    I also have like two months of uworld subscription for whoever needs it!
     
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  20. nycmed16

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    Long time lurker here. I first want to say that reading this forum really helped calm me down during the score waiting period. Thank you to all who have previously shared their experiences.

    NBME 6 188 (2.5 weeks out)
    UWSA2 232 (1 week out)
    UWorld 65% avg
    Other resources: read Step 2 Secrets and select chapters in MTB

    Real Exam: 230

    I walked out of that exam seriously thinking I failed. I marked more questions than I ever had in a practice exam and felt as if I was randomly guessing for at least half the test. To those who are struggling and had a similar experience, I will echo the advice of others here: trust your UWSA!
     
  21. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    That's a pretty darn good improvement from your first to your second practice exams! Congrats on the score!

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  22. GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    I also felt the same way and ended up doing fine, so I echo this!

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  23. jw3600

    jw3600 2+ Year Member

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    I don't think you have any thing to lose by applying? Keep in mind it may be tough and have a backup plan.

    Edit: other than time and money.
     
  24. bluemagik5

    bluemagik5 2+ Year Member

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    No score yet. I took it on 8/23. What is going on here??!!!
     
  25. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    I think there was another member who had the same issue..not sure if he got his score yet..took mine the 21st of Aug and got mine at 11 am.

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  26. bluemagik5

    bluemagik5 2+ Year Member

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    I wonder what is going on over there with their servers.
     
  27. Dr.Acidic

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    can you please check you inbox.Thanks
     
  28. pacman2018

    pacman2018 2+ Year Member

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    Just got my score. Please listen to the people who say all you need is UWorld (at least until there's something better out)... That's all I used and did fine.
     
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  29. NSV

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    UWSA1: 228 (early July)
    UWSA2: 243 (early Aug)

    Step 2CK: 228 (Aug 22)

    Pretty disappointing, UWSA isn't as predictive as people say
     
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  30. Hippocampal

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    UWSA1: 270
    UWSA2: 260
    Step 2 CK: 263 =]
     
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  31. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Beastmode!

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  32. GrandBuckeyeOH91

    GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Not sure, must be super overloaded? I've heard some people won't get them until this afternoon sometime?

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  33. GrandBuckeyeOH91

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    Agreed, I skimmed step 2 secrets 3 days before the exam but didn't feel like it helped me get a ton more points.

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  34. ILoveFoodAlways

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    Step 1: 253
    UWSA1 (baseline- 3 weeks before) 253
    UWSA2 (2 weeks before) 258
    NBME 4 (1 week before) 280

    Real CK: 255; Relieved because I walked out of that thing feeling so defeated. Counted over 15 super easy gimme questions that I am sure I would've gotten any other day. Remembered a crap ton of questions that I wasn't sure about. Towards the end of the test, I stopped marking because it was just too much.

    What I regret: Using First Aid CK. I wasted way too much time on it.
    What I wished I did: Stick with a super barebones text like MTB and annotate it with whatever I found on UW; really memorize the charts/flowcharts. Also wish I went over the USPTF guidelines more thoroughly. Step 2 Secrets was good for last minute review.

    Looks like I'm set to apply diagnostic rads!
     
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  35. ladyelizabeth

    ladyelizabeth 5+ Year Member

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    Hi friends!

    Long time lurker here. I took my exam on 8/21 and felt okay during the exam, but afterwards was consumed by questions I knew I got wrong (as we often do as med students). I knew I wanted to improve because my Step 1 was less than stellar (204).

    NBME 7 228
    USWA 2 230

    Step 2 CK 233

    I used UWorld and MTB for studying! I found UWorld to be the most helpful.
     
  36. Joanna1987

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    Guys, do you have any experience how PDs look at drop from Step 1 to Step 2?
    I seriously wish my Step 1 was lower now lol
    Step 1: 239
    Step 2: 231

    No of points wise it's not that bad but Step 1 I'm above average and 2 - below.

    How do I explain this during the interview (if I get any lol)? I know it was no sleep for 2 nights before but I can't use an excuse even if it's legit.
     
  37. Joanna1987

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    Thank you :)

    Onlinemeded and Uworld.

    I loved OME. Since I graduated a few years ago I remembered ZERO from surgery or Ob/Gyn. OME fixed it.

    I did Uworld only once, wish I did twice.

    UWSA 1: 243 (before reading Ob/Gyn)
    UWSA 2: 243 (1 week before)
    Free 120: 90%

    I believe it was lack of sleep (zero sleep) that caused a drop. Will still say UWSAs are very predictive.
    I had to use eye drops during the exam to keep my eyes open.

    So, MAKE SURE YOU SLEEP, GUYS!
     
  38. ILoveFoodAlways

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    I don't think you'll have any problems getting interviews especially with those scores. I've always been told that as long as my CK score was around the general vicinity of my step 1 score, it would be okay. There are so many things that could go wrong on test day so I'm assuming PDs would understand that bad days happen every once in a while.
     
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  39. Joanna1987

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    Thank you so much for these words! I really appreciate it and will stick to it! :)
     
  40. mj2323

    mj2323 2+ Year Member

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    During my Med School interview I was brutally honest about why there was a certain red flag in my application and what caused it. I explained to them how I learned from my mistakes and how in the future I would use those lessons to not repeat it. Guess what? I got in because I was ballsy enough to be tell the truth. The truth is a very powerful thing. I would be honest because what you are saying is not an excuse, it's legit.
     
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  41. Joanna1987

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    Totally! I'll definitely be honest.
    Will not get anything from lying. This is how it is and I'm just gonna say it.
     
  42. NeurologyHopeful2018

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    I am going to play Devil's advocate here..
    239 Step 1 (0.5 std dev above mean) to 231 step 2 (0.75 std dev) below mean is a huge drop in performance. You scored 47 points above passing in Step 1 to now only 22 points above passing.

    Your lack of sleep is also a poor excuse. Most people that I know did not sleep well before either exam and they perform at their capabilities. Don't believe me? Do a SDN forum search and see how many other people didn't sleep yet they did not have any decline in their performance.

    231 is a respectable score as it is >230 - but whether or not it hinders you depends on your specialty choice now.


    P.S. your bigger red flag is why you graduated so many years ago and only applying for the match now??
     
  43. Joanna1987

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    Well, I'm aware lol.

    There is nothing I can say about it, though.
    Passed Step 1 well, had good UWSAs, performed not as well. Nothing to add :)
    I agree, I slept 3 hours before Step 1 - passed well. Slept 0 hours before CS - passed.
    Slept 0 hours before CK - passed not as well, so I did not affect my performance before.

    I'm applying for Peds/FM/IM
     
  44. NeurologyHopeful2018

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    Yes for those specialties your scores are fine. The bigggest red flag is why you graduated so many years ago but just applying for the match now? What have you been doing in this time?
     
  45. Joanna1987

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    Working in my home country and doing research in NYC.
    I passed all my exams this year.
     
  46. NeurologyHopeful2018

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    That is fine as well - do you have recent LoR obtained from USCE?
     
  47. Joanna1987

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    Yup. Have 3 LORs from this year, hands-on and observership from Cleveland clinic.
     
  48. NeurologyHopeful2018

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    That is excellent. Are you from a 3rd world country (China/India..etc) or 1st world (Canada/Europe..etc). Believe it or not it makes a big difference.
     
  49. Joanna1987

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    Europe... Am I scre***wed? :p Thanks for your input! :)
     
  50. asut

    asut 5+ Year Member

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    Step 1 - 242
    Did all UWORLD questions for each clerkship except psych questions (used Lange) and read 1 text for each rotation throughout MS3 for shelf study.
    NBME 4 - 256 (after 3rd year and sub-i)
    UWORLD - reset qbank, averaged mid 80s in tutor and timed modes, had about 200 questions left when I took Step 2 CK.
    NBME 6 - 241 (1 week out)

    Step 2 CK Actual - 265
     
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  51. your step1 is above average. your step2 is below average. Together, you are an average applicant, scores-wise. Also keep in mind that step1 has traditionally been given more value than step2, simply because everyone must have a step1 (or comlex if you are a DO) when you apply to residency.

    I wouldn't lose sleep over your step2 score. Your scores won't keep you from getting interview invites. Other aspects of your application could.
     
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