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The USMLE-Step 2-CK ("Clinical Knowledge") is the multiple-choice portion of the second part of the United States Medical Licensure Examination. Assesses clinical knowledge through a traditional, multiple-choice examination. In contrast to the USMLE Step 1, the focus is much more on clinical application of medical knowledge. The USMLE Step 2 is generally taken during the 4th year of medical school by medical students.


The exam is a nine-hour single-day computer-based test composed of eight 46-question sets (368 multiple-choice questions in total). Each section is one hour long. The test taker is permitted 45 minutes, in total for the whole day, for the purpose of breaks that can only be taken between sections. There is a 15 minute tutorial at the beginning of the exam, which the test-taker can choose to skip, and have the time added to the break time. If the taker finishes any section before the alloted 1 hour time limit, the remainder of the time is added to break time. The test is administered at the Prometric testing sites around the world. Scoring is reported in 2 digit and 3 digit scores. Student is required to get 75 and 184 scores to pass the exam in 2 digit and 3 digit scores respectively.


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