The step 2 CK exam is considered to be the final hindrance before the match. Marking the end of medical school, the USMLE Step 2 CK exam is not that tough especially when MOKSH is by your side. Honestly speaking, there are some people who choose to take Step 2 CK early and make up for shortcomings in the USMLE Step 1 while others decide to delay USMLE STEP 2 CK until the late fall of their 4th year. The reason behind doing the latter is that they don’t want their good score of USMLE STEP 1 to be tarnished by their poor performance.
To start with, let us discuss USMLE exam eligibility. You may choose to appear in USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK provided you have completed the first 2 years of MBBS from an ECFMG approved University. Landing to the challenges, USMLE STEP 2CK can be both a boon as well as a bane to you. We are here to convert every challenge of USMLE STEP 2 CK into opportunities, provided; you keep following what we say.
Challenge no.1: Syllabus is huge
Constant study habit and a solid foundation of basic knowledge is one thing which you must not overlook. However, when we are next to you, you may rest assured. You might have heard this cliché about how medical schools are called ‘marathon’ rather than a sprint! But this is not really true. See the trick is simple if you wish to excel in academics in the medical field or even USMLE for that matter, you have to play clever so as to ensure a good score and with us, you will never have to burden yourself.
Challenge no. 2: Synchronizing study habits and clinical rotations
So when you pass USMLE STEP 1, you face a dilemma because you have an option. You can either take USMLE Step 2 CK or you may go for Clinical Rotations in US/Internship in India and then take USMLE Step 2 CK. We submit that the practical exposure during Rotations/Internships adds substance to your Step 2 CK prep, so, it is better. If you choose to utilize this equation, you will have to strike a balance between your Clinical work and your preparation. This is where our role becomes pivotal. We will not only help you in mastering the subject content but also help you utilize your practical exposure constructively. Most importantly, during the USMLE STEP 2 CK, you are supposed to focus on 2 major things:
- Gain as much clinical knowledge as possible and further reasoning to function at an intern level
- Keep on practicing the MOKSH USMLE PREP COURSE so as to ensure a high score.
Challenge no. 3: The amount of practice needed is humungous
The extent to which the magnitude of practice matters can’t be put into words here. You must seek a prep course that has enough questions for you to keep practicing till you are through. We have designed our curriculum in such a way that you can find numerous questions on each specific topic if you search on our platform. Furthermore, this will save your time which you might waste by scrounging on the web. In fact, Question sets offered by us are sufficient in numbers to lead you to a reasonably high score, provided you practice these questions again and again.
Challenge no. 4: Very few NBME self-assessments, so planning is needed
Similar to the USMLE STEP 1 preparation provided by us, the NBME self-assessment is the best way to track your progress. In total there are only 4 of these tests. So make sure you practice well from your 3rd year itself in order to build a strong baseline so that, each of these tests can add to your already substantial knowledge. Again, we are always there to make things easier for you.
Challenge 5: Exam Day Challenges
You might be aware that any exam day in USMLE is long – Step 1 – 8 hrs; Step 2 CK – 9 hrs; Step 3 – 2 days – 1st day – 7 hrs, 2nd day – 9 hrs. It’s all about pacing. Therefore, we recommend you plan way ahead. For any test, for example, take up 1 block at a time. Another tip is to try to move out for a short break, this will help you to forget all of those questions that you spent agonizing over.
It is commonly believed that USMLE Step 1 is the toughest of the 3 steps of USMLE. But, the above account will lead you to understand that Step 2 CK is also not something to be taken lightly.