Flummoxed by conflicting inputs about the kind of questions that you are likely to encounter in the exams? Outlined below are the types of step 2 ck questions you are likely to face during the exams. The questions will pertain to internal medicine, psychiatry, preventive medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and paediatrics. In multiple choice format, the questions need to be attempted within a period of nine hours with reasonable breaks in between.

The USMLE step 2 ck questions will inevitably present you with an hypothetical situation (medial situation) and demanding you to offer either one or a combination of any of the following :-

  • diagnosis
  • prognosis
  • observation of disease
  • interventional steps in medical care

Sample question (SOURCE – USMLE.ORG)

A 32-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes mellitus has had progressive renal failure over the past 2 years. She has not yet started dialysis. Examination shows no abnormalities. Her hemoglobin concentration is 9 g/dL, haematocrit is 28%, and mean corpuscular volume is 94 μm3. A blood smear shows normochromic, normocytic cells. Which of the following is the most likely cause?

(A) Acute blood loss

(B) Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

(C) Erythrocyte enzyme deficiency

(D) Erythropoietin deficiency

(E) Immunohemolysis

(F) Micro-angiopathic hemolysis 

Note that the question presents you with a situation and you are expected to reply by choosing the answer from the choices provided. The whole format of the exam is more or less the same, and tackling it requires a good grasp of the concepts, in addition to in-depth knowledge of the focus areas as mentioned above.

The exams are conducted through designated Prometric Testing Centres worldwide. The questions will appear on screen in different sets of 40 to 46 questions, with each section required to be completed in one hour.  It is ideal to take sample tests prior to the exam to get a feel of what it is like to actually face the exams, this will take a little bit of the pressure off you.