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USMLE Step 2 CK 2023 Exam Dates and Costs

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A focused medical school student taking her USMLE Step 2 CK exam in a computer room.


What is the USMLE Step 2 CK Exam?   USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) is an examination conducted by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in the United States. It is one of the steps required for medical licensure in...

Hindsight Advice for Building a Strong Med School Application

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A premed student working on his med school application, sitting in front of a laptop.


Ready for the understatement of the year? Medical school is tough to get into. The Med School application process is no joke.   Look, the unfortunate truth is that getting good grades and smoking the MCAT won’t automatically get you one of those coveted medical school acceptances. It’ll help, but...

The Ultimate USMLE Step 2 CK Study Plan


The Elite 4-Week USMLE Step 2 CK Study Plan is Here!   Do you have a USMLE Step 2 CK study plan? Our experienced Step 2 CK tutors came up with this free study schedule in order to help guide students on their Step 2 prep journey. With 4 weeks...

The Ultimate COMLEX Level 2 Study Plan

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A DO student customizing their COMLEX level 2 study plan on a daily planner.


With only 4 weeks left until your upcoming COMLEX Level 2 exam, it’s time to get organized and crack down on studying. We’ve got you covered with our Ultimate COMLEX Level 2 Study Plan!   This study plan can serve as a perfect template and jumping-off point for you to...

Two New CCSSA NBMEs Are Coming for USMLE Step 2 CK

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A medical student taking a USMLE Step 2 CK practice test in a library un front of a computer.


The NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) is releasing new CCSSAs (Comprehensive Clinical Science Self-Assessment) forms this spring on May 22nd, 2023.  What do two new Step 2 CK NBMEs mean for your study plan?    There are a few different factors that can be helpful in predicting your Step...

7 Ways to Ace Your Psychiatry Shelf Exam

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A medical student studying for her psychiatry shelf exam, wearing scrubs, in front of a laptop and textbooks.


After surviving a notoriously more rigorous clinical rotations like Internal Medicine and Surgery, many students find some relief in knowing that they are able to take a little breather on their Psychiatry service. The hours are more regular and your psychiatry shelf exam seems a bit less daunting and easier...

How Can I Differentiate Myself With Other Medical School Applicants

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A premed student at his medical school interview.


If you’re currently applying to medical school to become a student, you probably know that you need a competitive GPA, MCAT score, and good extracurriculars to get in. But a few thousand people applying probably know this too…   So how do you stand out as a medical school applicant?...

What Does Medical Residency Advising Include?

A medical residency applicant meeting with her advisor over a video chat meeting on her laptop.


The time has finally come – you are approaching the end of medical school and are preparing to apply for medical residency, and you are considering residency advising! While exciting, this time can also be fraught with unknowns and uncertainties. Everyone has their own unique journey to getting into residency....

Step 3 Percentiles and Placing in the Top

A doctor holding his MD certification after having passed USMLE Step 3.


Grant yourself a moment to take a nice big congratulatory breath! You've thrived (some would say survived) through undergrad, the MCAT, medical school, Step 1 and 2, and the match. That's pretty stellar! What better way to celebrate than another 2-day, ~16-hour exam? In this blog post, we will discuss...

How Common is Remediation in Medical School, & How Can Tutoring Help

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A medical school student meeting with his learning advisor to talk about remediation.


Remediation can be an anxiety-inducing term. The thought of failing a portion of your medical education and needing to formally address it may evoke a sense of dread. However, remediation is quite a useful concept. Rather than viewing it as a form of punishment, it is best to think of...

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