Hey everyone, I started my 3rd year rotations in August and I'm just curious how long you all took to study for the step 2 ck. I'd like to take 6 weeks or so to study for the exam, is that reasonable? My last rotations ends July 29th and it happens to be surgery unfortunately...
SGU SOM 2012
Why would u do it before surgery when u have no time to study hard core.
I would suggest u do it in beginning to mid September instead.
yeah, esp if GS is what you want to do...bad step score and you can kiss GS goodbye...
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I was under the impression that all materials/scores should be in to ERAS by Sept 1, so taking CK in mid Sept is not a good idea since interviews will be given out before the score comes back? I have a compressed schedule as well and wondering what I am going to do to get my file complete by Sept 1 when I won't be done with cores until August. I know Deans letter comes out later but everything else should be in, incl CS, CK right?
The lesson I learned this year (as did many other people I know, and they learned a harder way than I did) is you want to submit your application on September 1st even when it's incomplete. Decide on where you'll apply beforehand, so all you're doing on September 1st is paying to get it done.
More important than getting your CK score in before September 1 is doing well. If you don't think you're ready in August, don't do it. The USMLE folk made the decision easy for me, because they had delayed all scores from mid-August to mid-September until somewhere in October. There was no added benefit to taking the exam in mid-August, so I took it in mid-September and I feel my score improved because of that extra time. While I waited for the scores, interview offers were already coming in. Granted, the offers got sweeter after the CK score came in, but I attribute that more to the actual score than the timing.
But I would definitely suggest you do the CS first. It's an easier test that requires substantially less preparation time, and the time it takes to score is way longer.
To answer your question simply, I did 2 weeks for Step 2CS (which is 1 week more than most people I talk to). I did 3.5 months for Step 2CK, with one month being particularly intense (because I wasn't doing rotations by that time). That's about 2 months longer than most people I've talked to. If you want to do a field that's pretty competitive like GenSurg, I'd suggest taking more time to ensure you get it as right as you can. Like rok said, a low score (or God forbid, a failing grade) will close doors on you.
Last edited by Golding; 12-26-2010 at 12:45 PM.