Welcome to the AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment
Western Atlantic University School of Medicine
Take the AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment from 2 -7 May for free (value $39). Receive a 3-digit score and recommendations to help you succeed on exam day.
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Take the Step 2 CK Self-Assessment
Warm up for exam day with a faithful replica of the actual NBME® exam.
Receive a Full Score Report
Gauge your Step 2 CK knowledge with a predicted 3-digit sore and breakdown of your performance.
Adapt your study plan
Course-correct with study recommendations specifically selected to meet your needs.
Just like the real thing
The AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment is a practice version of the USMLE® Step 2 CK exam, simulating both its structure and scoring. It consists of four question blocks of 40 questions each, presented in the NBME®’s official timed format. After completion, takers will receive a score prediction, performance analysis, and personal study recommendations.Sign up now
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical students across the nation attest to its rigor and exam-day accuracy
“AMBOSS’ self- assessment was a great transition from passive step studying through classes to focused dedicated study period. This exam gives you a taste of test day and a baseline of where you are going into dedicated...It's really hard to find good questions with good answer explanations, but this self-assessment has them!”
Aaishwariya G., class of 2023
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
“The self-assessment was the perfect first step in getting ready for dedicated studying; not only were questions well made and the test at the perfect time to give me a "baseline" of where I was at knowledge-wise, but also, the in-depth explanations (linked to the AMBOSS library) provided an unparalleled review depth and integration after receiving the score report.”
MD-PhD Graduate Trainee (GS-1)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine
"Being able to see a percentage correct really helps [you] see progress as the exam fatigue can set in, but it is a similar length to the NBME practice exams so the session still feels accurate. Being able to stop the test easily also helped reduce my own anxiety. I find that the AMBOSS explanations are the best across the multiple banks I’ve used and the incorrect explanations are just as useful."
Aleah S., class of 2022
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Go beyond a self-assessment
Understand the why and how
Read up on the explanations behind each question you encountered in your completed blocks.
The next step in your prep
Break down your Step 2 CK strengths and weaknesses with a detailed self-assessment performance analysis.
Ready to conquer on exam day
Manage your remaining prep with detailed study recommendations based on your personal needs.
The Step 2 CK Self-Assessment Week timeline
Reserve your spot and get your classmates to join the big event.
It begins! You've got until May 7 to complete all four blocks.
The self-assessment ends! Use your access to dive into our Step 2 study plans.
Receive your 3-digit score, performance analysis, and study recommendations.
AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment Week Access & Dates
The AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment is a simulation of the USMLE® Step 2 exam. It consists of four question blocks of 40 questions each and is presented in the NBME®’s official timed format.
You can take the self-assessment exam from May 2-7, 2023. You’ll have unlimited free access to AMBOSS during this time, as well as for a few days after it so you can review your score report.
You can sign up for AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment week on this page. Then, you will receive an email from us once the self-assessment is live on May 2, 2023.
You can begin the Step 2 CK Self-Assessment within your account if you signed up during the registration phase. Once you follow the link, you’ll be directed to create an AMBOSS account if you don’t yet have one. Once your account is created, you can start the self-assessment. If you do have an account, you will be directed to the start of the assessment within the platform.
The AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment week will begin on Tuesday, May 2. You will receive an email on that day that will prompt you to begin the exam. We’ll also make it available to start in your AMBOSS account, making sure you don’t miss out!
The scoring of this exam replicates that of the actual Step 2 exam. It’s the only time of the year when the assessment and its unique questions are available. Over 75% of the Step 2 cohort will join and receive a score report on May 10. It will not be possible to take the self-assessment after Sunday, May 7 at 11:59 pm PDT.
You can check out what time our self-assessment ends in your time zone here.
Our self-assessment is free to take if you register to it on this page. The event is only available from May 2-7, 2023. When you sign up, you’ll have unlimited free access to AMBOSS throughout this time, and for an additional few days after, so that you can review your score report which will be released on May 10.
Our self-assessment is not available before or after the stated timeframe. However, you’re welcome to sign up for it on this page and take it then.
Yes, you’ll need an AMBOSS account to access the self-assessment. If you don’t have an AMBOSS account yet, create yours for free here. It only takes a few minutes to verify your email address and complete your profile.
Taking the AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment
You will receive an email from us on Tuesday, May 2, with a link to access and begin the self-assessment. It will also be available to start in your AMBOSS account. Please just make sure you sign up before then on this page!
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to take the self-assessment before the advertised dates. The AMBOSS self-assessment is designed as a community-based event that is available for a limited time only. The unique self-assessment questions—that are representative of the exam distribution—are available on the platform only during the stated week. You will receive your score report on the advertised date, the same time as everyone taking the assessment with you.
Yes, our self-assessment reflects the relative distribution of topics on the actual USMLE® exam. Like last year, Professionalism, Ethics, and Quality & Safety questions feature more prominently on the exam, and the Step 2 CK Self-Assessment reflects that.
You will have 60 minutes to complete each question block, so make sure to give yourself enough time to complete one before you sit down to take it. If you need to pause the exam for some reason, you are welcome to do so.
That said, we recommend you complete the entire block in one sitting so that you are able to most effectively simulate the actual Step 2 exam.
You can, but you don’t have to. You can split the self-assessment up into chunks and take each block at any point throughout the stated time. That said, we recommend that you complete the exam in one sitting, since this is the best way to simulate the actual exam and build your stamina.
Our self-assessment multiple-choice questions are based on discipline and system, and will not cover physician tasks and competencies content.
The self-assessment exam is made up of four blocks, each including 40 questions. After answering all 40 questions in a block, you will have the option to review the completed block’s correct answers and explanations or to continue with the rest of the exam.
You will also be able to go back and see your completed blocks and review your answers at any time while the self-assessment lasts.
Yes, you’ll be able to access and review your completed self-assessment question blocks for some time after the event is over, as long as you have access to AMBOSS. You won’t be able to change any of your answers, but you can review your recommended articles and start a Qbank session based on those or your relative strengths & weaknesses. Your score report will stay in your account for one month after it is released, making sure you have time to delve into all the topics!
The self-assessment is not available on the mobile apps. Although it is possible to take it on the web browser of your mobile device, we strongly recommend taking it on your desktop device.
We recommend taking the self-assessment on a desktop because it will then better mimic the real testing environment of the USMLE® Step 2 CK exam, which will not be available on mobile devices.
The questions were previously in our Qbank as dedicated Step 2 CK questions, however, we removed them from the Qbank over a year ago to ensure that students who take our self-assessment will be able to test themselves with fresh questions. Because of this, if you started preparing early, it may be possible that you see some of the same questions.
Most of the questions are the same as the previous self-assessments. This is to make sure that you are getting the most accurate prediction possible and because we are confident that these are the most representative questions of what you will see in the actual exam.
That said, there will be some differences as our team is always updating our questions. This year will also feature questions focusing on diagnosis and management to reflect the Step 2 CK topic distribution.
Score Report and Analysis
You must complete all four blocks of the self-assessment by the end of Sunday, May 7 at 11:59 PM PDT, to receive your score report. The report will be delivered via email no later than May 10, 2023, and will also be accessible within the AMBOSS platform. Once you finish the assessment, a performance report will be available, so you can start to review your relative strengths and weaknesses while you wait for the 3- digit score report.
Yes! As long as you complete all four blocks of the self-assessment by the end of Sunday, May 7, 2023, 11:59 PM PDT, you will receive a 3- digit score report.
The 3- digit score report will include:
• A 3-digit score prediction that complies with the USMLE® scoring system
• Personalized study recommendations that address your self-assessment performance
• Your strengths and weaknesses broken down by discipline and system
The AMBOSS Step 2 CK Self-Assessment scores are calculated using the performance of self-assessment-takers that are within weeks of their actual USMLE Step 2 CK exam date as a calibration reference. The calibration is performed using the official USMLE Step 2 score distribution, and our questions are tested and have been scrutinized by students in prior years.
We’re confident our questions are high-quality and representative of what you will see on the actual exam. Our chosen questions also reflect the relative distribution of topics on the actual USMLE exam.
Yes, you will receive a 3-digit score prediction that complies with the USMLE® scoring system, along with a detailed explanation of your assessment, and personalized study recommendations that address your self-assessment performance.
You must complete all four blocks of the self-assessment by the indicated deadline to receive your report. If you do not complete all four blocks, you will not receive a 3-digit score prediction, however, you will still be able to review your study recommendations and strengths and weaknesses broken down by discipline and system.
The completed self-assessment will be available in your account for one month after the Step 2 CK Self-Assessment Week has ended, and you’ll be able to go back to it as long as you have access to AMBOSS.