Finally got my step 2 result today
Here is my experience
Scores and Resources
Step 1 score 250 (April 2019)
Step 2 score 256
Prep time 2.5 Months (80 days exactly)
UWorld 1x 75% followed by mistakes and marked (didn’t have time for a second run I recommend at least 2 runs cause you need to master UWorld)
UWSA1 259 (10 days out)
UWSA2 252 (2 days out)
No NBME, No CMS, and No free 120.
Uworld was my entire prep, I used FA for Biostat only.
2 things I want to mention for everyone
1- I felt so lost during my prep. never felt I had a full grasp on all the content (unlike when I was studying Step 1) this is normal to feel just keep on studying.
2- After the exam, I felt that I shit the bed even worse than what I felt after step 1. I had 15+ questions marked with every block. It’s all right to feel that way just trust your progress and assessment.
Good luck to everyone
Dr. Yaman M. Almerstani
Q – Was time an issue during the exam or were you able to finish early in each block?
A – I trained myself to only spend 1 min on each question and if I still don’t have a clear answer I would choose the most likely choice, mark the question and move on.
Always had 10-15min at the end of each block to revisit marked questions and get a fresh look at them again.
Time was never an issue for me but you need practice. and each has their own approach so find what you are comfortable with.
Q – I was planning to write ck before step 1, is it a bad idea? Please share your thoughts
A – I definitely prefer doing step 1 first. But I don’t think its a deal breaker to go for step 2 immediately.
Though, It would be best if you ask someone who did step 2 first and see their experience
Q – how can u do it in 2.5 months??? How to grasp 1st round so fast??
A – honestly, being short on time is what pushed me
I started off doing 6-8 hours daily about 2-3 blocks. With taking notes of important points.
Last month I did 12 hours daily which is about 3-4 blocks.
I finished UWorld about 15 days before my exam which is not enough time for a 2nd run so I reviewed the notes, mistakes, marked and my weak areas.
Did assessment which was in my target range.
Then a few days later did another assessment which again was in my target range
So I went for it.
Q – how much percentage score was your UW first round?
A- around 75% maybe a bit higher