The USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) tests medical students on their knowledge of the clinical sciences and their patient care skills. The exam emphasizes prevention and health promotion. Medical students typically take Step 2 at the end of their third year. Below we explain the structure of the exam and list the distribution range for content areas tested on Step 2.
Step 2 CK is divided into 8 blocks of multiple choice questions. The number of questions may vary between blocks. You will always be told how many questions are in a given block before you begin. You have the option to take a 15-minute tutorial prior to taking the exam. Break time may exceed 45 minutes if you finish early on one or more blocks. Below is a breakdown of the time and number of questions allotted on Step 2 CK.
|Total Testing Time||8 hours and 45 minutes|
|Time per Block||60 minutes|
|Break Time Allotted||45 minutes|
|Total Multiple Choice Questions||No more than 355|
|Questions per Block||No more than 44|
There are 3 types of questions on Step 2: Single-Item Questions, Sequential-Item Sets, and Matching Sets.
For examples of the above question types, see the USMLE Step 2 CK’s Sample Questions.
|Blood and Lymphoreticular Systems|
|Nervous System & Special Senses|
|Skin & Subcutaneous Tissue|
|Renal and Urinary Systems|
|Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium|
|Female Reproductive System and Breast|
|Male Reproductive System|
|Multisystem Processes and Disorders|
|Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Interpretation of Medical Literature||1%-5%|
|Physician Tasks and Competencies||Range|
|Medical Knowledge and Scientific Concepts||10%-15%|
|Patient Care: Diagnosis||40%-50%|
|History and Physical Exam|
|Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies|
|Patient Care: Management Health Maintenance and Disease Prevention||30%-35%|
|Systems-based Practice and Patient Safety|
Cram Fighter maintains a list of the most popular Step 2 CK textbooks, lecture series, question banks, and flashcards. Below we answer frequently asked question regarding Step 2 CK test preparation.
According to Cram Fighter’s statistics, most students study for Step 2 CK for 63 days.
The most popular period among Cram Fighter users for taking Step 2 CK is June-August. For a complete list, visit our page on the most popular months for taking Step 2 CK.