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USMLE STEP 2CK

USMLE Step 2 Tutoring

The USMLE, or, United States Medical Licensing Exam, is a blanket term that refers to a set of three standardized medical exams. Acting as a stopgap between milestones during medical training, the USMLE is intended to assess the knowledge of medical students and ultimately decide if you should be allowed to proceed in your medical studies and anticipated career.

USMLE Step 2 CK is a very challenging test, but compared to Step 1, it carries less weight in residency interview selection and residency matching. However, as average Step 1 scores have risen, Step 2 CK scores have become more important.

USMLE Step 2 CK requires integrating knowledge across many different topics in clinical medicine and is designed to test student’s ability to apply knowledge from Step 1 and clinical rotations to real life situations

Scored on a scale of 120 to 300, the lowest passing score for Step 2 CK is 209. The national average (as of 2016) for Step 2 CK is 242±17.

USMLE Step 2 CK is a one-day exam administered over a 9-hour testing session. There are eight 60-minute blocks of 38 to 40 questions each.

Who Needs a Step 2 Tutor?


At Elite Medical Prep we acknowledge that not every medical student needs a USMLE tutor. However, we strongly urge students to read through the following  situations in which tutoring is recommended. If you identify with one or more of these situations, we highly advise you to contact us as soon as possible for support.


⁃Students who have previously failed USMLE Step 1 should consider a Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed the Medicine shelf exam should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed the Surgery, Pediatrics, or OB/GYN shelf exam by more than 5% should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed more than one shelf exam by any percentage should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who are more than 20 points away from passing USMLE Step 2 CK on their first attempt and have 8 or fewer weeks left to study should strongly consider a tutor.

⁃Students who are more than 15 points below the average score for medical students who matched into their preferred field of medicine should strongly consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor. This is particularly true for students who come from foreign or Caribbean medical schools, and newer schools (less than 25 years in existence). Residency match decisions weigh heavily on USMLE scores, but also on the academic pedigree and familiarity of previous students from their medical school. Alumni links matter!

⁃Students who historically have struggled to stick to a schedule and/or study plan for USMLE Step 1 should consider a Step 2 tutor. Falling behind a little bit on a study plan is quite normal. But being unable to follow through on at least 70% of the intended amount of work for a particular day either indicates poor planning (i.e. too much to do), poor focus (i.e. difficulty with maintaining attention), poor study habits, or a combination of these.

⁃Students who know or have been told that they are poor standardized test takers should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have a general feeling of unpreparedness and/or high anxiety regarding their test date should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have worked successfully with a tutor for Step 1 and found the structure and support helpful should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

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USMLE STEP 2CK

The USMLE, or, United States Medical Licensing Exam, is a blanket term that refers to a set of three standardized medical exams. Acting as a stopgap between milestones during medical training, the USMLE is intended to assess the knowledge of medical students and ultimately decide if you should be allowed to proceed in your medical studies and anticipated career.

USMLE Step 2 CK is a very challenging test, but compared to Step 1, it carries less weight in residency interview selection and residency matching. However, as average Step 1 scores have risen, Step 2 CK scores have become more important.

USMLE Step 2 CK requires integrating knowledge across many different topics in clinical medicine and is designed to test student’s ability to apply knowledge from Step 1 and clinical rotations to real life situations

Scored on a scale of 120 to 300, the lowest passing score for Step 2 CK is 209. The national average (as of 2016) for Step 2 CK is 242±17.

USMLE Step 2 CK is a one-day exam administered over a 9-hour testing session. There are eight 60-minute blocks of 38 to 40 questions each.

At Elite Medical Prep we acknowledge that not every medical student needs a USMLE tutor. However, we strongly urge students to read through the following situations in which tutoring is recommended. If you identify with one or more of these situations, we highly advise you to contact us as soon as possible for support.


⁃Students who have previously failed USMLE Step 1 should consider a Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed the Medicine shelf exam should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed the Surgery, Pediatrics, or OB/GYN shelf exam by more than 5% should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have failed more than one shelf exam by any percentage should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who are more than 20 points away from passing USMLE Step 2 CK on their first attempt and have 8 or fewer weeks left to study should strongly consider a tutor.

⁃Students who are more than 15 points below the average score for medical students who matched into their preferred field of medicine should strongly consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor. This is particularly true for students who come from foreign or Caribbean medical schools, and newer schools (less than 25 years in existence). Residency match decisions weigh heavily on USMLE scores, but also on the academic pedigree and familiarity of previous students from their medical school. Alumni links matter!

⁃Students who historically have struggled to stick to a schedule and/or study plan for USMLE Step 1 should consider a Step 2 tutor. Falling behind a little bit on a study plan is quite normal. But being unable to follow through on at least 70% of the intended amount of work for a particular day either indicates poor planning (i.e. too much to do), poor focus (i.e. difficulty with maintaining attention), poor study habits, or a combination of these.

⁃Students who know or have been told that they are poor standardized test takers should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have a general feeling of unpreparedness and/or high anxiety regarding their test date should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.

⁃Students who have worked successfully with a tutor for Step 1 and found the structure and support helpful should consider a USMLE Step 2 tutor.