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Hello All,

I am an IMG Looking for IM and FM community program, Here is my situation and I need your help in making a decision.

Step1: 202
CS: Pass
CK: Giving Exam on 23rd September, score will be out on October 14th.
USCE : 4 months (2 US LOR's)
2013 Graduate.
No need of Visa, Have EAD.

I know that my step1 score is very low and having low chances of match compared to all other high scorers. I want to make sure that I don't miss on an opportunity.. For CK, I consistently Got 240's in NBME's and UWAS. I am targeting for 235 to 240 which seems pretty realistic to me and I would like to be optimistic about it :-). Please answer the below questions,

1. Should I go ahead and apply with Just Step1 and CS or Wait for my CK Result and then apply as I have a low Step1 score? Will this increase my chances?

2. Whats the risk on Applying early with Low step1 vs applying late with high step2?

3. I am aware of how filtration works, I am applying for programs that have cutoff for step1 200, If I apply now, what are the chances that I pass the Filter and still they never get to see my CK score even though I score high?

4. Is there a different strategy for my current situation other than the above two?

Please kindly suggest.

Thank you all.
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Hello All,

I am an IMG Looking for IM and FM community program, Here is my situation and I need your help in making a decision.

Step1: 202
CS: Pass
CK: Giving Exam on 23rd September, score will be out on October 14th.
USCE : 4 months (2 US LOR's)
2013 Graduate.
No need of Visa, Have EAD.

I know that my step1 score is very low and having low chances of match compared to all other high scorers. I want to make sure that I don't miss on an opportunity.. For CK, I consistently Got 240's in NBME's and UWAS. I am targeting for 235 to 240 which seems pretty realistic to me and I would like to be optimistic about it :-). Please answer the below questions,

1. Should I go ahead and apply with Just Step1 and CS or Wait for my CK Result and then apply as I have a low Step1 score? Will this increase my chances?

2. Whats the risk on Applying early with Low step1 vs applying late with high step2?

3. I am aware of how filtration works, I am applying for programs that have cutoff for step1 200, If I apply now, what are the chances that I pass the Filter and still they never get to see my CK score even though I score high?

4. Is there a different strategy for my current situation other than the above two?

Please kindly suggest.

Thank you all.
That is a tough situation to be in. If ck result was a week or two after September 15th, then I would have said its best to wait and apply with ck score. But I think applying early with a low step 1 score and without ck score might do more damage as IMGs will never be considered interviews without ck score (unless they have connections or an excellent profile). However, I don't know if applying on October 14th would be too late as many programs would have started the review process and start reserving slots for interviews. Some people I know who were in a similar situation last year applied early and after the cs/ck score, they got in touch with each program requesting them to look at their updated application. There is no concrete answer I can think of and maybe others from last year could provide better answers.
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Default Apply Early with Low Step1 vs Apply Late with High Step2

Thanks Saxo, I agree with you on applying with low step1 scores without CK would do more damage. I am looking at applying late with good CK score just to check my luck. I am mentally prepared for next year along with Step3 and externship at a hospital that could offer me an interview.

Anyways, I will wait for others to reply.

Thanks.
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