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USMLE scores are critically important because they are the only uniform measure in the world of student/physician quality.
They compensate for the variability between transcripts and grading systems between schools.
Some places have cutoffs, some don’t and like money, more and higher is better.
1. You CANNOT hide previous attempts at taking the test.
2. If you feeling weak and your Qbank averages are low. it is MUCH better to delay your test.
3. Yes, the later the application, the harder it is to get interview spots, but a failing or low grade is something you will not be able to repair later. That goes for everyone. If you are applying in Ophtho, a delay makes it harder, but a score that is low can eliminate you altogether
4. Good scores are based on what you are applying in.
Average score to get pediatrics is 205 but the average for OB/GYn is 220 and the average for orthopedics is 245.
5. Now is the time to obsess on studying. You are going to live with the resulty for a long time. Do more prep.
the average score on USMLE has been going up more than a point a year.
in 1992 the average score was 200,
in 2008 the average score was 221
Visa holders need higher scores than non visa holders.
If you have a good step 1 score (>90) then apply with JUST the step 1 score and take more time to prep step 2.
IF you have a poor step 1 score (<80) do not apply. YOu may have your application inactivated.
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