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My name is Shaheryar Ali Jafri and I am a 2013

graduate of Allama Iqbal Medical College. I took


step 2 ck before step 1. Step2 ck on 23 October 2013
and Step-1 on 2nd April 2014. Here are my both
experiences…….

Step2 CK= 264 Step-1= 261

MY EXPERIENCE STEP-2CK (264)

Assalam-o- alikum. I would like to share my experience about taking USMLE


exam... It was the most toughest, most interesting, most conceptual and the
longest exam of my life... in short USMLE takes exam in a way that it can extract
the best from you.... you can do it easily only if u have full control on ur nerves,
proper time management and build concepts and mcqs practice... During exam i
just kept 1 thing in my mind.. i have to do... I have to complete this block before
time... remember in step-2 try to complete block atleast 10 mintues before by
doing proper time management b.c u get many lengty questions including Study
abstracts and drug adds questions which take ur much time.... sitting 8 hours in
front of computer in time pressure and doing the very very lengthy questions is a
hectic task but remember, U CAN DO IT... just concentate on basic concepts and
do mcqs practice as much as u can... U.WORLD IS A GREAT STUDY TOOL... do it as
much times as u can... i did u world along with my friend and we did combine
study and completed u.world atleast 6 times... REMEMBER: USMLE EXAM IS
DONE ON SPINAL LEVEL,; BRAIN IS NOT WORKING DURING EXAM... SO YOU HAVE
TO MAKE YOUR SPINAL REFLEXES OF DOING MCQS AS MUCH AS U CAN....
and one more thing i want to share.... A concept of Reading is very famous among
many ppl doing usmle prep... its fine.. reading books is good, but doing MCQs is
the BEST... so read the books but do mcqs daily daily daily... no compromise on
doing mcqs as they make ur reflexes.. as Conrad fischer said "THE REAL ESSENCE
OF STEP-2 IS TO PUT U IN A SITUATION WHERE U HAVE TO CHOSE BETWEEN A
TEST AND A TREATMENT"... Most of the questions ask WHAT IS THE NEXT BEST
STEP IN THE MANAGEMENT?............ so most of the times u get confused
between TWO options in every mcq and u have to chose 1 single best.....
Remember, this problem can be overcomed by just doing mcqs practice... even a
minute before opening my Result Card, i was not sure how much i would score ,
even i thought i will fail becoz most of the answers i marked with my background
knwledge b/c same problem that i got confused b/w 2 options in each mcq. but ur
spinal reflexes will save u from this problem as i already told k brain is not
working during those hectic 8 hours... and in the end NBMES….. I did NBME-4 , 3
weeks before exam and scored 258, and UWSA 2 weeks before exam and 265….
But NBME-4 IS THE BEST FOR ASSESMENT AS FAR AS I THINK…..

MY EXPERIENCE STEP-1 (261)

Assalam –o-Alikum. I want to share my experience as many ppl said me to upload.


Regarding STEP-1, it is the exam of ur knowledge, and precisely speaking the
exam of ur concepts. The most important thing in preparation which I found is to
have a study partner and practice multiple choice questions as much as you can.
The single most important source of practicing mcqs is the U-WORLD. Do it as
much times as u can because it will help u control over ur nerves and builds ur
picking power of questions. And 1ST READ, 2ND READ, 3RD READ…. I have already
mentioned in my C.K experience that the number of reads can never assess ur
performance in exams. If u r satisfied with this Read phenomena then go ahead
with it, but I assure you that if you start practicing mcqs from the very 1st day,
you will ace the exam in a very little time frame. And rest of the books, FIRST AID,
KAPLAN, GOLJAN (I read only those topics from Goljan which I came across in u-
world) and listened just pathoma video lectures. Make 1st AID as a
comprehensive book and note all the important things making sticky notes from
all these sources including u-world. U-WORLD is somewhat deficient in CELL
BIOLOGY, MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS so you might need KAPLAN-Q-
BANK for these. And for the exam day as Dr.Steven Daughtery says “QUESTION
STEM IS YOUR FRIEND AND ANSWER CHOICES ARE YOUR ENEMIES” , so hide the
answers 1st, read the question stem and make the answer in your mind while
reading the stem, look that answer in choices, if ur answer is there, mark it and go
ahead. The main thing is the picking power from the question stem, and this
power can only be mastered by practicing as much mcqs as u can esp from U-
WORLD. I did combine study with my friend for about 4 months after taking c-k,
BUT u must gauge urself to judge how much time frame u need to master
everything. And must take NBME-13 AND16 ONLINE ALONG WITH UWSA. If
someone asks me to describe USMLE EXAM IN SINGLE WORD- I WOULD LIKE TO
SAY PRACTICING MCQS (esp from u-world) AND MASTER UR PICKING POWER. If
anybody has any specific questions, u r most welcome to ask me anytime.
Remember me in prayers & especially pray for my C.S

MAY ALLAH HELP YOU ALL

NOW, IT’S NOT TIME TO SPARE YOURSELF, YOU CAN REST LATER.
WORK HARD AND SUCCESS WILL BE YOURS. SKY MUST BE THE LIMIT.
INSPIRATION IS ONE THING AND YOU CAN’T CONTROL IT, BUT HARD
WORK IS WHAT KEEPS THE SHIP MOVING, GOOD LUCK MEANS WORK
HARD. KEEP UP THE GOOD LUCK.

By: Dr.Shaheryar Ali Jafri