There is the old adage: Study 2 months for Step 1, 2 weeks for Step 2, and 2 hours for Step 3. While the statement may sound overly generalized, more or less it makes sense. Last week I took my Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) exam, and while I studied a little longer than 2 weeks, relatively the test isn’t as time consuming as Step 1. Here are some take-aways from studying for the exam.
- It is longer than Step 1. It’s 8 blocks, a total of 320 questions. It takes all day. You may want to remind yourself how to sit for an exam for that long (i.e., take 2 practice exams back to back with timed breaks).
- You’ve been studying for this exam during year 3. Every shelf you take is preparing you for Step 2. Most of the studying I did was review my notes and do practice questions. There was no new material.
- If you’re early in your third-year, I suggest you take time to make thorough notes and do as many practice questions as possible. It makes reviewing for Step 2 that much easier.
- When you get to dedicated period, focus on practice questions and tests. Any topic you notice is difficult, then you should go back and read/watch a video/teach yourself. Otherwise, UWorld explanations are sufficient.
What do you think? What has worked for you?