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Default 250/256, no visa issues is how much of a competitive combo for IM?

In the current scenario with rising averages, 250/256 is how much competitive combination provided one has no visa issues? Advice would be appreciated.
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i think at present 265+ is called comptative, so try for it..!
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IMG's for a reason think high scores= match in highly competitive program.
thats actually half the story told, people with average score and substantial research, USCE, LOR, CONNECTIONS have a better chance.


What I said above not to discourage you no , but a simple a way to display what they are looking for.
I'll give an example who are the AMG's that earn spots in Ivy leagues;
1-AOA members
2- high scores
3-Very strong LOR
4-honors in rotations
5-MD Phd's
6-publications
how about IMG's;
1-High scores
2-Phd
3-publications
4-Fresh Grad's
5-Connections
6-USCE
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I agree with you! A few years ago one of our seniors got matched at an awesome university because of research experiences at an ivy league and strong Lors with same score combination as mine. Even he needed visa. You are very right score importance is a bit overrated because still I have seen many with 260s matching into community program and some with 240s 230s matching into university ones. But I was a bit confused at people opinion who say otherwise without keeping in view facts and figures. In real sense if you have others things into your CV, 250 or 260 I don't think would be an issue?
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I agree with you! A few years ago one of our seniors got matched at an awesome university because of research experiences at an ivy league and strong Lors with same score combination as mine. Even he needed visa. You are very right score importance is a bit overrated because still I have seen many with 260s matching into community program and some with 240s 230s matching into university ones. But I was a bit confused at people opinion who say otherwise without keeping in view facts and figures. In real sense if you have others things into your CV, 250 or 260 I don't think would be an issue?
my best friend got in the 250's in both of his steps and he didn't match, so yea I agree with what u said
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my best friend got in the 250's in both of his steps and he didn't match, so yea I agree with what u said
Hi yazz.

Thats sad!
Im curious how that happened?
Did he have bad IVs or did he not apply to ordinary programs?
Please tell us if you know.
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