USMLE Step 2 CS is a very unique exam which requires a unique way of preparation. It is an examination that assesses you as a medical doctor before you get to practice in the United States. USMLE Step 2 CS tests you on 3 components: ICE (integrated clinical encounter), CIS (Communication interpersonal skills) and SEP ( spoken English proficiency).
The "ICE component" encompasses the data gathering and patient note skills. Most of the ICE component gets graded by the physician who corrects your patient note and the physical exam component gets judged by the Standardized patient (SP). The CIS and SEP part are entirely judged by the SPs. USMLE Step 2 CS pass requires you to pass all three components. Even if you fail in one component you still fail the USMLE Step 2 CS exam!
The USMLE Step 2 CS exam appears to be an easy exam especially after all the efforts you have taken for the USMLE step 1 and USMLE step 2 CK exam. So most students take it for granted and just glance at a few books /forums/ask their seniors how to go about it before they take this expensive exam. Unfortunately those resources alone are not sufficient. There are nuances to the USMLE Step 2 CS exam that are overlooked by many students until they have taken it several times. The examinees then search for reasons why they failed the exam because the result comes as a shock to them though they asked all the questions and recall being nice to their patients during the exam!
Target USMLE has created a very comprehensive, thorough and well thought out game plan for cracking the step 2 cs the first time in the form of 7 Easy steps 2 cs. It is a self study program from home with a 24 hour access for 30 days. Please don't start practicing cases before you know you are doing it the right way. We have had many students who failed step 2 cs pass with this program even after their 3rd or 4th attempt using other resources. It is the first of its kind - an online teaching program with short video lectures and demos that covers A-Z of the USMLE Step 2 CS exam at very nominal prices (1/10th of live coaching rates). You get to watch these videos at your own free time! By going through our step by step program for USMLE Step 2 CS you are all set to practice with your study partners the right way. Step 2 cs Do it once. Do it right!