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Search For all those “what are my chances?”/”Should I continue?” posts.

Every visitor to this forum has encountered many times in many posts something like “What are my chances to match into _______ residency with ___ score in step 1/2CK?” Well, nobody knows the answer, this is not a forum of program directors. And even if it was, nobody would still know.

Same goes to “Should I continue with this score?” posts. Nobody is going to tell you the answer you’re looking for because everybody has a different story, background, CV, and tons of other factors to consider. And, in the end, it depends 100% in you.

This post is meant not only to tell all this people to please stop asking that sort of questions and criticize those posts that, for obvious reasons, rise on Wednesday, but also to provide resources to guide you.

If you want to see how other applicants with your same scores did on previous year’s matches, go here:


In this documents, you’ll be able to see the “Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2013 Main Residency Match” for US seniors, independent applicants, and IMGs. Both in general and per preferred specialty. They're the latest editions of both.

Numbers and statistics say more than a couple other students and users of this forum. If you can’t find appropriate guidance by taking a look at those documents, nobody here will.

On the other hand, let those “experience” posts keep coming. Personally, reading other test takers experiences, especially what they did and what they would’ve done differently, is something incredibly useful. Regardless their 190 or their 280, kudos for all of them.

Best of luck for everybody,

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