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Default Is it me or is 240+ the new cut off?

Hey there guys!

My question: I scored 234 on Step 1, and I know it's above the mean. That said, I've consistently seen that now, for some reason, programs want way more than that. I get that looking into forums to predict how match season is going, is not very effective, but I do notice the trend of only being granted and interview if your scores are above 240 and for other programs, above 250. I think realistically, with my 234 I'll be filtered out by many many programs. Considering also that I'm a 2010 USIMG. I do have potential to score way above that, but I cut myself short on a few subjects that I didn't even look at because I wanted to rush to apply this season- bad move. Anyway, have you also noticed this on some programs only inviting those 240+ for interviews?

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Hey there guys!

My question: I scored 234 on Step 1, and I know it's above the mean. That said, I've consistently seen that now, for some reason, programs want way more than that. I get that looking into forums to predict how match season is going, is not very effective, but I do notice the trend of only being granted and interview if your scores are above 240 and for other programs, above 250. I think realistically, with my 234 I'll be filtered out by many many programs. Considering also that I'm a 2010 USIMG. I do have potential to score way above that, but I cut myself short on a few subjects that I didn't even look at because I wanted to rush to apply this season- bad move. Anyway, have you also noticed this on some programs only inviting those 240+ for interviews?

Thanks.
It's more competitive definitely. But there's always been programs that invited only those with really high numbers. There are plenty of people who have gotten IVs with scores like that and the chances are much higher if you're a US citizen.
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