Back in June, I went home for a week to relax after completing third year. I had some appointments and responsibilities at home, so I felt that it was a worthwhile trip. I figured I might be able to do some studying for Step 2 CK at home, but I was wrong. After realizing that I had just over a week left to study for such an important test, I panicked and rescheduled my test date. The decision felt a bit rash, but strangely also conservative and safe. I felt better knowing that I would risk having too much time, rather than feeling like I didn’t have enough.
In retrospect, moving my test was probably a very good decision. I gained a lot of ground in my extra few weeks of studying and I’m grateful for that. It was a difficult test, and one I’m glad I didn’t underestimate. However, delaying my test from July 6th to July 26th meant that I fell victim to the dreaded score delay…
Each year, the NBME sends out a bulletin explaining that for test takers during a certain period, scores will be delayed significantly due to new questions being added to the testing pool. I was also affected by the score delay last year when I was waiting for my Step 1 scores, and it was pretty rough waiting well over a month for my scores. This time, it is less painful because I am less terrified of failing the test. But, it is still annoying because if I had kept my original test date, I wouldn’t have hit the delay and I would have my score safely in hand by now.
Fortunately this has been a very busy season for me with lots to do to keep my mind off the wait. High on the list of priorities is finishing my personal statement and working on my ERAS application so that it is ready to submit in mid-September. By the time I’m ready to submit my ERAS, I’ll also be receiving my scores. Only three more weeks to go…wish me luck!