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http://www.usmle.org/Scores_Transcri...onversion.html

So for recent examinations in:
Step1 99(+229) 75(188)
Step2 99(+226) 75(189)

This shows that the range of scores for step2 is shorter than for step1.

If we compare this to what we had 2 years back, then 99 used to be around 235.

1. So if a person with a 99(235) who got it 2 years back and a person with a 99(226) who got it recently both apply at the same matching year, would it make a difference to the program since they will be only considering the 3 digit score?

2. Does this mean that now the tests are harder than before? If they are, how can you judge these 2 candidates based only on their 3 digit scores, when both have the same 2 digit scores which also happen to be the lowest value of 99 at that particular time when the test was taken?
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1. I think they try and standardize the scores as much as possible (reason behind 3 digit score, reason behind each question being weighed differently etc.), I think PD's know about this, and will gauge it accordingly.

2. Yes, the exam is getting more and more difficult, as a result people with high 220's are also getting 99's. Although no one really knows for sure how it is scaled.
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1. I think they try and standardize the scores as much as possible (reason behind 3 digit score, reason behind each question being weighed differently etc.), I think PD's know about this, and will gauge it accordingly.

2. Yes, the exam is getting more and more difficult, as a result people with high 220's are also getting 99's. Although no one really knows for sure how it is scaled.
Indeed it is getting difficult. So getting in the high 220s these days is almost like getting it in 230s some 2 years back, but would the PDs consider it or just judge according to the 3 DSS, which I think they would.
On the other hand, being an old grad has it own disadvantages as some programs have the 3 or 5 year post grad limit.
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