USMLE Step 2 CK and CS

Scoring well on USMLE Step 2 CK bolsters your residency application, especially if your Step 1 score wasn't ideal. Even if you did do well on Step 1, a strong performance on Step 2 CK demonstrates consistency and clinical excellence.

USMLE Step 2 CK and CS


Step 2 is taken during the third or fourth year of medical school. It consists of two parts: Step 2 CK, Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 CS, Clinical Skills. Step 2 CS is a one-day, 8-hour clinical skills exam that consists of a series of patient encounters in which you see standardized patients (actors) and investigate their medical complaint. You will have 12 patient encounters, and 15 minutes for each. Step 2 CS is graded on a pass/fail metric.


Unlike Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK is graded on a competitive numerical scale. Step 2 CK is a one-day exam administered in one 9-hour testing session. The exam is divided into eight 60-minute blocks, with each block having a maximum of 40 questions. The total number of items on the overall exam will not exceed 318. In contrast to Step 1, Step 2 CK is a more clinically-oriented exam, and covers medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychiatry. Step 2 CK tests your ability to apply medical knowledge, skills and understanding of clinical sciences to deliver patient care, health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and management. Beginning in June 2020, Step 2 CK will include an increased number of questions that test systems-based practice, patient safety, legal/ethical issues and professionalism.


A strong performance on Step 2 CK bolsters your residency application significantly, making you a more competitive candidate for prestigious residency programs, especially if your Step 1 score wasn't ideal. Even if you did do well on Step 1, a strong performance on Step 2 CK demonstrates consistency and clinical excellence. 


The minimum passing score for Step 2 CK is 209, and the national average is a 243, with a standard deviation of 16. Competitive specialties such as dermatology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery expect residency applicants to perform well on Step 2 CK. In 2022, the USMLE Step 1 is scheduled to transition to a pass/fail metric -- when that change takes place, your Step 2 CK score, which will still be a numerical score, will be even more important.

Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY

Personalized Learning


We invest the time to assess your personal needs and pair you with the tutor who will be a perfect fit. All tutoring sessions are customized for you: lesson plans, study schedules, test-taking drills, and homework. All sessions are emailed to you to maximize your learning and retention. 

Real Doctors


Our team is made up of actual, practicing physicians who have trained at the top hospitals in the country. Our team is unrivaled because our daily practice of medicine allows us to understand the current state of medicine, residency, and admissions -- and use our expertise to help you excel.

Proven Results


We have helped over 500+ aspiring doctors achieve their goals on high-stakes exams. Many of our students return for tutoring for subsequent exams as they realize the value of our services. We are confident that your performance will significantly improve after working with us.

What to Expect

At Medlearnity, Students Come First. We understand preparing for a high-stakes exam or career prospect can be intimidating and deeply personal (to say the least). Therefore, we approach every student's situation with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, or simply want to make sure you are on a path to success, our team is available to share our perspective. We know you will feel the 'Students First' mentality at Medlearnity from the quality of your sessions and expertise of our team.

What to Expect

  • A tutor who is an expert educator who has scored exceptionally well on the USMLE examinations (90+ percentile, ~250+)
  • We meet with you on an easy-to-access online platform that allows us to write on the screen like a whiteboard. All session recordings are emailed to you after the session in HD quality, so you can review them on 1.5x or 2x speed at your convenience. This helps to maximize your learning and retention for each tutoring session.
  • Constant communication and scheduling via email and phone in-between sessions. We will make sure your daily schedule is extremely efficient so that you can get the highest score possible on test day.
  • Test-taking advice and drills. During your sessions, you will do intense drills with your tutor to make sure you have no weaknesses on test day. You and your tutor will work through high-yield content, test-taking advice, and study strategies that are tailored to your particular situation.
  • Optimal study strategy. We utilize unique methods like spaced repetition and active recall to help you understand foundational material and memorize information. Study time is precious, and we want to make sure you are being optimal, and studying correctly and effectively.

How to Get Started with Step 2 Tutoring

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Sign up for our one-hour free trial session. You'll receive an email or phone call from us shortly thereafter for some more information so we can understand your particular situation and assess your personal needs to pair you up with the tutor that's a perfect fit. This way, we're off to a very productive and personalized start, right from your very first session.

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You'll receive an email introducing you to your new tutor, and instructions on how to join your first trial session and reserve your session time. During this first trial session, your tutor will review content and discuss study strategy. You can email your tutor beforehand if there is any particular content you want to cover or if you have any questions you'd like to address.

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After your trial session, we'll send you a feedback report with next steps, our recommendations and a recording of your session so you can review any material you went over with your tutor. If you decide you'd like to continue working with us to achieve your goals, we'll set you up with a tutoring package that works best for you.

Book Your Free One-Hour Tutoring Session

The trial session is completely free, so that you can experience the high-quality tutoring we provide. We know that the high-caliber of our services is truly unmatched, and we want you to experience it yourself without any obligation.

Dr. Goel is an amazing tutor and he will bring out the very best in anyone with whom he works. His services will be a remarkable asset to any exam preparation plan and he has the experience and results that attest to this.

I am a US medical school graduate who has a very difficult time with standardized testing. So much so that initially, I did not pass the second part of the USMLE exam (STEP 2 CK.) I found out about Dr. Goel's tutoring through a friend who used him for her USMLE test preparation. During our initial meeting, I knew he was the perfect tutor for my needs. He was able to accurately assess my strengths and weakness based on our personal interaction rather than assume what I needed according to my previous score. This was essential to the services he rendered because he quickly determined that I had a wealth of knowledge suitable for this exam but my test-taking skills were the source of my issues.

Dr. Goel created a plan that accurately and efficiently addressed the weaknesses in my testing skills. His program included optimizing the use of Anki, which is an electronic note card program, a special strategy to approach the multiple choice questions on USMLE boards, and reviewing material from common board prep question banks. He also designed a pacing system to help me stay on track with timing for each question and he would select various topics for us to discuss the pathophysiology, diagnostic workup, and treatment in order to ensure comprehensive understanding of key medical presentations even beyond the board exam.

Overall, Dr. Goel's support and interest in my immediate and long term goals were exemplary. With his strategic and specific approach, I was able to pass STEP 2 CK with a score that increased by more than 30 points. The results speak for themselves! Dr. Goel is an amazing tutor and he will bring out the very best in anyone with whom he works. His services will be a remarkable asset to any exam preparation plan and he has the experience and results that attest to this. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Goel and I enthusiastically recommend him as an integral component to your medical exam study plan!

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M. P.
USMLE Step 2 CK Student

I ended up passing CK with a score that I was really happy with and matched into residency.

I was having a lot of difficulties with USMLE Step 2 CK. I had reached a point where I had thought that I had peaked since my practice scores weren't improving after having already completed UWorld. Akshay helped me with my approach to the questions and taught me methods to better retain what I was learning over longer periods of time. He even helped me prioritize my learning and continued to work with me to create an adaptive study schedule that fit my lifestyle. It really improved my confidence with my knowledge which was reflected in the scores I was seeing. I ended up passing CK with a score that I was really happy with and matched into residency. I never hesitate to recommend his services to anyone I think might benefit.

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Michael Y.
USMLE Step 2 CK Student

Thanks to his guidance, my CK score was 30 points higher than my Step 1 mark! I strongly recommend Medlearnity!

I worked with my tutor for my Step 2 CK for the past 4 months. Throughout the process, he completely changed my way of approaching questions! Even though there was an adjustment period, his techniques proved to be extremely helpful and useful. He was also extremely patient and understanding throughout the entire process. His explanations of medical concepts and problems were very clear and thorough. He was also motivating with his frequent check-ins, which ensured that I gave my maximum effort on a daily basis. Thanks to his guidance, my CK score was 30 points higher than my Step 1 mark! I strongly recommend Medlearnity!

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Oliver Y.
USMLE Step 2 CK Student

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