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I'm Indian med grad. 2010. I failed step 1 last December. Again appeared and got 231. Kindly advice further chances to get match next year. I'm much confident scoring above 245 in CK. But i want to know how much this attempt will affect my chances. I m from a middle class family. Can't spend much money blindly. If my chances are reduced to 10% or 20% then i can't proceed due to waste of money. If I still have many chances then only I can proceed.
I have read all other posts about failed attempts. But kindly advice me on my personal case. If I have chance then How can i boost my chance? Plz advice A to Z.
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U need high step 2ck , high step 3 plus no more fail Plus US clinical experience plus strong US Lor plus Visa status ( so getting residency also depends on these factors too after score) ..... So it is really tough to predict chances for residency on the basis of only your step 1 score with attempt ..... Many program require to pass all exam in 1st attempt even in step 3 ..... In that case , you may have a bit lower chances in comparison to others with no attempts .......... But people with attempt also match if they have high score and strong CV and USCE and US lor plus connection ....
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It's difficult to predict the impact of your failed attempt on the chances of matching because as FSUSTC mentioned there are several other factors playing important roles.

However, if I have to speculate on the basis of this factor alone then I'd say your chances are dropped from 40% to around 10%. (40% being the crude chance for any IMG as each year 10,000 apply and only 4,000 get in).

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buddy lot of people will suggest many things.. but all i want to tell you is also prepare well for the indian exams as well as doing what everyone is telling you. I hope u get residency but i have seen many struggle with even good scores.

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thanx 2 all of u 4 rply. Ya im also preparing 4 my indian pg exam. I dnt relay on usmle only as its unpredictable.
I knw my chances r reduced, bt if i apply for low profile colleges then can i say my chances r more? I heard that 99 with 2nd attempt is far better than 80 in 1st atmpt. Is it so? 2nd thing, wht abt connection? I mean my uncle's best frnd is usa citizen. Billionare. Many american specialists knw him. Can it help me in any way?
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is it true that 2nd atmt high 99 is better than 80 in 1st atmpt for matching ?
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