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An MS3’s Guide to Tackling Step 2 

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Here are some resources and tips for Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS exam preparation.

Attend a Step 2 Information Session
A Step 2 information session will take place on March 22nd from 11 am – 12 pm in MS B26 on the Indianapolis campus.  More details on live streaming to come!  

How do I start creating a test plan? 

  • Contact your Lead Advisor to develop an individualized test plan.  

When should I schedule my Step 2 exams? 

  • Exam slots fill up quickly, especially for the CS exam, so we recommend scheduling as soon as possible but no later than May 31, 2018. 

Why should I schedule by May 31? 

  • We want you to have the best options for location and scheduling of your exams.  
  • Fewer than 15% of testing appointments will be available by May 2018, the earlier you schedule, the more options you’ll have.  

When should I take my Step 2 exams? 

  • We recommend taking your exams prior to July 14, 2018 for CS and mid-August for CK.  This will ensure you have scores by the ERAS upload date of September 15, 2018. 
  • The school deadline for taking your exams is Nov. 1, 2018. 
  • More residency programs report using Step 2 scores to make interview decisions, so taking your exams earlier can improve your application.
  • Many students report that taking the exam closer to the end of their MS3 clerkships, while the knowledge is still fresh, improved their performance on the exams 

How do I prepare for the Step 2 exams?
Taking advantage of the online practice materials from USMLE is a crucial part of your Step 2 CK and CS preparation plan! 

  • Step 2 CK 
    • Practice exam: Your lead advisor will be sending you a Step 2 CK practice exam voucher after Jan. 2018. This exam is a helpful way to identify any areas you should emphasize studying, so we recommend taking the exam two months prior to your scheduled Step 2 CK.  
    • CK study tips 
  • Step 2 CS 

Other important test notes 

  • Save a copy of your score – IU School of Medicine can’t provide a copy. 
  • When registering, choose “015010 – Indiana University School of Medicine”.  
  • MS3 financial aid includes resources to pay for Step 2 CK and CS. 
  • We recommend completing of ALL MS3 clerkships before taking your Step 2 exams.  
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