Which Step 2 CK NBME (CCSSA) Should I Take First?

Which Step 2 NBME (CCSA) Should I TakeThe following question was submitted to our Academic Advising Team by a third year medical student.

Question: I'm trying to decide which Step 2 CK NBME (CCSSA) to take first to determine my baseline and make a study plan. I see there are a total of 4 Step 2 CK assessments currently available, forms 3, 4, 6 and 7. Which one would you recommend to start with and in what order I should take them?

Answer: We recommend students take the NBME Assessments from oldest to newest. The newest ones will have the most up-to-date information. We recommend starting with NBME Assessment CCSSA form 3, then 4, 6 and finally 7.ng to decide which Step 2 CK NBME (CCSSA) to take first to determine my baseline and make a study plan. I see there are a total of 4 Step 2 CK assessments currently available, forms 3, 4, 6 and 7. Which one would you recommend to start with and in what order I should take them?

Extra NBME tidbits:
The Step 2 CK NBME (CCSSA) forms cost $50 each. The Step 2 CK NBME (CCSSA) expanded version with expanded feedback cost $60 each. According to the NBME website, the expanded version allows students to see the number of items they answered incorrectly by the content category, the average amount of time spent on each incorrect item, and the percent of incorrect items marked during the assessment. They may also review the text of the items they answered incorrectly. Expanded versions are only available for 4, 6 and 7. Click here to view a sample profile from the NBME website with expanded feedback.

NBME Assessment form 2 has been retired and NBME Assessment form 7 has been added.  We recommend you take as many assessments and work on as many QBank questions as you can prior to your USMLE Step 2 CK exam.

NBME self-assessment website

https://nsas.nbme.org/nsasweb/servlet/mesa_main

For additional information about the NBME self-assessments (CBSSA)

http://www.nbme.org/Students/sas/sas.html

It’s important to have a strategy for what and when you will study. Many students find the structure of the Doctors In Training USMLE Step 2 Review Course beneficial to their exam preparations. Our course presents the high yield information you need to know and is updated annually to reflect student feedback.


About DIT Advising Team

The Doctors In Training Student Advising Team offers many advisory services including the following: customizing individual study plans for USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2, advising students with respect to combating everyday stress and test anxiety and preparing students for the residency application process.
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