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Connie: My step2 CK: 99/238!
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发信人: lotusconnie (Connie), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: step2 CK
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 08:29:36 2010, 美东)

I got my CK report just now. 99/238. I am grateful.
Thanks a lot for your encouragements. Here are some thoughts to share with others who are going to take the test.

I took step 1 in Jan 2010. March 2010-May 3rd 2010 CS. I tried to study for CK but honestly couldn't focus on it at all.
May 2010- July 25, 2010 CK preparation. I took 2 weeks off to study full time before the test.

The first 2-3 weeks in May: I read IM, Surgery and OB in Kaplan notes. I took 1-2 days off to read 6-8 hours a day. Did a little UW.
The weekend of May 22-23: I kind of crashed and read online novels without stop for 2 days.
May 24 - begining of June: I got anxious and start to take 3 breaks of 45-60 mins at work and went to a nearby library to do UW questions. About 100-150 questions a day every day. I only wanted to finish the first round of UW, so I did 30 questions a block and then briefly read what was wrong and what was the correct one. UW first round, 58%, subject-wise。
June: I started to do NBME form 1 to form 3 every 1-2 weeks. Form 1 520 Form 2 530 Form 3 460.
July 4th weekend: Form 4 500.

07/13-07/26 took days off to study.
I did 6 blocks of 30 questions for about 6-7 days, mixed under each subject, tutor mode. As I did questions under tutor mode every slow, I made a rule that I could not use more than 1 hour on each block. 2 mins each question at most. Most of time I finished 30 questions in 1 hour and 20-30 mins.
Discussed form 3 and form 4 with study partners online over the weekend of July 17-18. Thanks so much to them all!!! Add 789, James, and other friends.
UW sim: 660 on 07/20/10.
CD: 36/36/31, 2-3 days before the exam. That is the time I crashed again. Later I discussed the CD questions with paopaolong and she saved me out of the panic eventually.

Exam Experience;
I drank gatorade and ate chocolate. Did the first block, then took a break of 9 mins. Did the 2nd and 3rd block, then took a break. Did the 4th and 5th block, took a break. Then took a break after every block after that. Had 5 mins left before the last block.
Overall speaking, block 2 and 3 were the most difficult and I did not have time look back to check. Other blocks I had 5-10 mins to check.

One strategy that helped me a lot during the test: As the items were long and I was anxious, I broke each block into 3 parts: The first 20 questions. The last 14 questions. And the middle 10 questions. When I finished the first 20 questions I would look at the watch once, it took me 20-22 mins. If more than that I will get nervous. Then I jumped to the last 14 questions. Then when I had about 15-20 mins left, I will do the middle 10 questions, and will have 5-10 mis left to check over the marked ones. Then although not useful at all, I went through questions from 1-44, about 10 second a question. The only purpose was to make myself feel good, although it was a waste of time as I did not change anything. I did not be able to do that for block 2 and 3, almost no time for marked ones either.

I do use yellow color to highlight the key words. It is very very helpful! Do that even if you have a very sharp memory. Use that to remind yourself of the minor details and to keep us calm.

The difficulty level of most of the questions are lower than UW. Similar to CD or a little more than CD. UW is the most important tool.

PS: One incident though, I choked over some chocolate with nuts badly before the last block when I tried to drink at the same time. I even had stridor. Cannot breathe for a while honestly. Had some wheezes I felt. Some staff went out to pat on my back. During the last block, the only thing I could pay attention is to keep my breathe through my throat without coughing. I have allergies so cannot breathe freely through my noses. Luckily the last block was not the most difficult one.

Things I felt especially useful;
1) In the morning of the test, I did a tutor-mode block of all questions in preventive medicine. Although I did not get a lot of these questions, I felt quite sharp in memory of this subject.
2) I also did subject-wise questions of cardio and some other subjects. I should do a block of MSK system, but I did not and I regret that.
Subject-wise questions at the end helped a lot. So subject-wise, mix, and then subject-wise is what I recommend. I read crash step 3 ( a friend gave me that, not mandatory). It helped me on psychiatry. I felt good about psychiatry during the tess although it is one of the worst I performed on.

One wierd-o thought during the test: Maybe I was too nervous, I always had a tendency to imagine what will happen if I close the computer now whenever I finished one block. I think I was a little paranoid? Too anxious? Psycho under stress? Anyway, I manged to keep from that impulse and got it done:-)

That's all I want to share with you. All first-hand wordy stuff and hope it will help you! And I believe and hope you will get a better score than me!

提醒一句,考场温度只有65F-72F,我刚问了我要去的考场。可能各地都差不多。多穿
一些衣服。今天上午我打算看一本总结性的书,内科部分。


谢谢shine,谢谢add789。没办法,还是被认出来了。你们都稍微延期了,剩下我一个
人孤军奋战:-) 说真的,很孤独,很惶恐。。。

清早,一位尚未谋面的好友信中劝我,the dead pid fears no boiling water!看完
以后心情好了一些。

嗯,等看完这一段内科总结,我就去过CD上面的题。如果有人也做了一起过的话就好了
。如果有,请站内联系。
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发信人: omyh (mmbb), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 10:15:23 2010, 美东)

我的感觉,(我也做了nbme),首先分析一下你做的错题,看看是怎么错的,我的一个
block里,错了10道,1/3是看书没看到或者记忆不牢固,2/3是因为想快速完成读题,
但肯本就没读明白题意,或者遗漏了题干中key words。这种情况咋办?如果发挥好,
能上99,如果紧张就立马跌进80后。如果你也是这种情况,这些日子多做些题,找好做
题的节奏是关键,适度放松,建立自信,好像只有这样了。当然,如果你错了10道,2/
3是因为没看到的知识点,这说明你看书欠缺,但这种情况几天内也很难有大的提高。
总的感觉,你能考上95.
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发信人: lotusconnie (Connie), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 12:41:17 2010, 美东)

omyh,谢谢你。借你吉言了。希望如此吧,但是心里很没有底,觉得自己能考到90就谢
天谢地。我觉得很多知识点还不知道,从CD就可以看出来。但是你说的把握节奏这一点
对我同样很重要。不知道的知识点犯错,看漏key words也犯错,两相结合,错的只有
更多。

从模拟题就可以看出来。我考前似乎想的好好的,每道题都把重点词句用黄色划出来,
然后做完前20题就做35-44题,因为后面题目可能更长更容易慌张。同时把疑惑的题mark
上,有时间回头再看。结果发现,一做题完全不是那么回事。根本不想划重点词句,只
想快快读完题,于是记忆容量不够,漏掉重点信息,有些重点信息视若无睹。还有,要
么一开始太谨小慎微,几乎隔一题就mark一道,前20题就花掉25分钟,左思右考。然后
急急往前赶,也不记得要更换答题次序了,结果发现题目是越来越长,越来越没有底。
于是到了三十几题就感觉力不从心,恨不得草草“猜”完了事。至于说比较各个答案选
项,用排除法,有些题有用。有些题根本不知道在说什么,排除来排除去,只是看心里
对哪个方面/因素有侧重,就倾向了那个答案。所以,还是对知识点了解的不够,不够
多,或者不够清晰。

你说的也对,就算是这种情况,短时间内也很难提高。注意做题节奏,读懂题,注意不
要遗漏重点信息,注意选某个选项一定要有合理的根据,而不是靠第一感觉去猜。理想
情况下,我希望自己第一遍选答案就要仔细,选自己最有把握的可能性,而不是靠检查
,靠“后面有时间慢慢想,慢慢比较”。真不知道,就果断放弃,mark上,后面有时间
再说。如果可能,还是划重点。如果记得,还是先把后10题做了。

谢谢。现在只希望能稳定点情绪,看多少是多少了。
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发信人: seeker9 (seeking for dream), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 12:57:28 2010, 美东)

Hi, Connie,
I think real test is more like UW-style, instead of NBME style. In my case,
my UW sim score were much better than my NBME scores for both step 1 and
step 2.It turned out I did very well in step 1.
So as I have said, UW sim seems to be very accurate.Trying to spend more time
on UW explanation should be a good idea.


发信人: omyh (mmbb), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 13:41:33 2010, 美东)

我认同你的感觉,因为我也有。所以我们得保持一种节奏自始至终。我知道说得容易做
得难啊!每个block开始别太拘泥,后面别太慌张。我和一位双99的大牛聊过,他说如
果你读完几句就能觉察到出题人的意图那你就找到99的感觉了。可惜我很少有这种感觉

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发信人: sfkitty (sfkitty), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 18:43:17 2010, 美东)

看一看4个NBME共同的lower performance 是什么,如果是妇产科,小儿科,或外科,
短时间通过看书可以有很大提高。
还有就是,高分可以帮助match, 但是两者毕竟不是一回事。我们的目标是match! 只要
能找到residency,分数高点低点有区别吗?

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发信人: lotusconnie (Connie), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 21:40:27 2010, 美东)

谢谢大家。刚才看了一下自己NBME的分科,精神、行为、妇产、部分内科部分最差。今
天做了一些UW,正确率还是很低。觉得继续做UW似乎很重要,但是犹豫要不要把精神科
的video听一听。
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发信人: sfkitty (sfkitty), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Re: step2 CK: 就要上架子烤了发泄一下
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jul 22 23:49:30 2010, 美东)

个人认为精神科的提高属于low output,如果时间有限,可以先强化其他容易提高的部
分,最后有时间再提高精神科。
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