255 – Fawad Khan – USMLE Step 2CK Experience
Hi all, i am grateful to this group for the guidance i received, thus i decided to share a brief summary of my experience with step 2 CK as i have been receiving many requests to share resources and experience.
Real Deal: 255
UWSA1;263 (taken after completing the first round)
UWSA 2: 260 (taken after the 2nd round, and 3 wks before exam)
Took NBME-7= 25 mistakes offline
NbME8= 13 mistakes offline
total prep time; 170 days (6 months)
;UW-CK, CMS, offline Step3 UW (selected subjects)
I had taken my STEP-1 exam on 5, Dec 2018 and i scored 257 in it. i took a break to relax myself as i was Having Cardio rotations so had no time to start CK prep.
i started prep in March by starting Online UW and would spend at least 4-6 hours each day , (average 5 hours) as i was taking the exam in active residency in internal medicine,
with fresh Step-1 prep ,UW-CK is a piece of cake and those who took step-1 recently should be able to finish 1st uworld round within 45-60 days). i found biostat easier in CK-UW and Gyne the most difficult, but it all depends upon your clinical years foundation , if you have strong concepts no subject should feel difficult. after finishing the 1st round i took my UWSA-1 and Halted UW and started to do All the CMS forms, you can do it within 14-20 days.
after finishing with CMS forms i again started UW and did the MArked questions which were about 1400, after finishing them i took NBME-7 and it was a horrible experience as the exam was way too tricky and hard. i made 25 mistakes and my confidence was gone.
nevertheless i started another round of UW and after finishing the UW i took UWSA-2 and it was 260. i took NBME-8 and it was a sigh of relief as i had only 13 mistakes. but NBME 8 is less predictive. By that time in mid August newer forms of CMS i.e Form 5 and 6 became available and i did them too.
with test in 1 week i turned toward offline STEP-3 UW and did cardio, derma, biostat, gyne from it. it was helpful for real exam in biostat and derma and cardio sections.
this exam was a beast, never underestimate it, i was way too confident , but i couldn’t take a good night sleep, guys believe me you never want to be sleep deprived in this exam as the stems are longer and blocks are more than step-1. i kept yawning during the mid and later blocks and got really frustrated. the exam was a bit vague, and had some step-1 like basic questions and few 2 liners or 3 liners MCQS, there were 4 heart sounds, 4 ECGS, and MAny pictures. if you just focus soley on the exam ,with a good night sleep , CK exam wont seem very hard. Biostat quesions were easy and simple , even the drug adds werent too complictaed, just 1 biostat mcq was out of the blue , rest were pretty simple.
well thats what my experince is about the real exam.
would be happy to answer questions, feel free to ask.
hope that helps, BEST OF LUCK