Step 2 CK Changes the Number of Question


  • Beggining on July 10, 2016 the Step 2 CK will be reducing the number of questions from a maximum of 355 to a maximum of 318!
  • The exam length is unchanged with 8 blocks of questions each having 60 minutes to complete. 
  • The scores on the exams before and after the number of question change will be comparable.
  • There will be a delay in reporting the scores but the target date for reporting will be September 14th 2016 in time for the match!


What does this mean for me?

This kind of reduction in questions has also happened in step 1 and is not surprising. The difficulty and complexity of the exam questions continues to increase over time.  As the exam questions gradually get more difficult, they have been reducing the number of questions... effectively giving you more time to complete each question.  With less total questions, each question will carry more weight.

It should not affect your preparation at all.  You take the exam when and where you are most prepared to get your best score.  Great scores open doors!  Hodor!!!


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#7 John Barone MD 2016-06-28 20:58
Quoting Carlos B:
Dr Barone, when do you recommend taking the test, before or after July 10? :sigh:

They have done this several times in the past and It doesn't seem to make a
difference if you take it before or after the change. So take it when you
are most ready to get your best score!
#6 Carlos B 2016-06-28 02:16
Dr Barone, when do you recommend taking the test, before or after July 10? :sigh:
#5 Beshoy B 2016-05-27 23:56
Thanks Dr. John Barone for keeping us updated let's slay the dragon
#4 Andres S 2016-05-27 00:36
Hodor :lol: John Barone u rock! Thanx!
#3 Roze-ann B 2016-05-27 00:35
Again, thanx alot doctor Barone
#2 HD 2016-05-26 16:43
The Hodor part was just cruel... :cry:
#1 Eti 2016-05-26 05:02
You are awesome Dr Barone :lol:
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