The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) is designed to test medical students on their clinical science knowledge and patient care skills. Most students take the USMLE Step 2 CK in June, July, or August (for Cram Fighter customers, July is the most popular month to take the Step 2 CK). Additionally, according to our customer data, a medical student will study for the USMLE Step 2 CK for an average of 63 days prior to the test.

All of this means it’s time to start studying!

The most stressful part about studying for board exams is planning an effective schedule.

Burk Schaible, Western University of Health Sciences

With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to review some of our most popular USMLE Step 2 CK resources.

Everything you need to know about the Structure of Step 2

Before taking the Step 2, it’s important to be familiar with the structure and the topics covered on the test.

In this post, we first go over the structure of the test and the 3 basic types of questions that you will encounter. This post also goes over the breakdown of topics you will encounter on the test with percentages included.

What are the Top Resources for the USMLE Step 2 CK

Most medical students agree that combining a question bank with a supplemental textbook works well for preparation. However, many students need new study materials to adequately prepare for the USMLE Step 2 CK. There can be some substantial differences between what you need for the Step 2 CK exam versus Step 1. In this post, you’ll learn the exact resources that other medical students like you are using to prepare for their Step 2 exams.

Why You Need a Schedule to Study for the USMLE Step 2

According to Burk Schaible, a medical student at the Western University of Health Sciences, “the most stressful part about studying for board exams is planning an effective schedule.” In this post, you’ll learn exactly how a study plan can make your studying more efficient and help increase your final score on the USMLE Step 2 CK. Throughout this post are interviews with medical students in your position who used a study plan to achieve a great score on their exams.