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How to Score a 240 on Step 2CK

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A Student using a laptop with a notebook and headphones for USMLE Step 2 CK


The USMLE Step 2CK is the second written medical school board exam and it is typically taken after one year of clinical rotations. With USMLE Step 1 becoming a pass/fail exam this coming January, reaching your Step 2CK score goal may become more important than ever.

Taking USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Back to Back After Rotations

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Medical school student studying for the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 with multiple study books open in front of her.


There has recently been a wave of change where some medical students are opting to take USMLE Step 1 after clinical rotations either simultaneously or back-to-back with Step 2CK. Here are the pros and cons of taking this route.

Best Study Books for Step 2 CK 2023

A medical school student looking for Step 2 CK textbooks in the library.


If you are about to start your dedicated study period for the USMLE Step 2CK, you may be asking yourself, “what are the best study books I should use to prepare for this test?” Well, look no further! Here at EMP, we provide a comprehensive review of the best study books for Step 2CK!

US Doctor Specialties by USMLE Step 2 CK Scores


With the recent change of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 transitioning to an entirely pass-fail examination, more emphasis will likely now be placed on the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (Step 2 CK) score in the residency selection process.   While your Step 2 score is...

UWorld in 30 Days: Making the Most out of UWorld’s Most Basic Subscription

Medical school student studying for the USMLE in a library in front of a laptop, making the most of her UWorld subscription.


Is it worth it to get UWorld’s most basic 30 day subscription? While we certainly don’t advise waiting until a month before your test date to start going through UWorld, it is actually possible to get through one full pass in only 30 days.

Step 2 CK Percentiles and Placing in the Top

Two medical school students on their clinical rotations studying for Step 2 CK in front of a laptop, wearing scrubs.


According to the USMLE, Step 2 CK asks test takers to "apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical sciences essential for the provision of patient care under supervision". They are testing whether you are ready to move on to your next step of training, meaning residency! Placing high on...

How to Score a 270 on USMLE Step 2 CK

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person preparing schedule for USMLE Step 2


Believe it or not, scoring greater than the 99th percentile on Step 2 CK is possible for a select few who prepare well, take care of themselves, and get a little lucky. In this brief article, I’ve included eight steps I personally used to score a 270+ on Step 2 CK.

Best Ways to Use NBME Practice Exams to Prepare for the Real Thing

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The NBME, or National Board of Medical Examiners, writes practice exams for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3. The NBME exams contain questions similar to those found on your step exams and are one of the best ways to practice your test-taking skills for Step 1, 2, or 3. But what is the best way to use the NBME practice exams?

2023 Top 5 Study Resources for USMLE Step 2 CK

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Student using study resources on a laptop for USMLE Step 2 CK


To save other students from stressing over which Step 2 CK study resources to use as I did, here are my five most trusted resources for studying for Step 2 CK. These resources may not work for everyone, but these are the resources that helped me score in the 99th percentile on Step 2 CK!

USMLE Step 2 CK Scoring

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A medical student taking the USMLE Step 2 CK exam.


Scoring high on these exams will open doors for applicants. Scoring high on an exam means understanding what’s being tested and how you’ll be scored.

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