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Hi ,

I am not sure about the importance of having step 3 score before residency application.
I am applying in IM and would appreciate if someone could tell me if :
- Step 3 score before application has any affect in no of IVs we get ?
- Giving Step 3 exam before application has any affect in no of IVs we get ?

I dont want to rush Step 3 unless it does boost IVs.
Please give your feedback.

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Step 3 exam score is not needed for matching and program directors do not look for it. They look for Step 1 and Step 2 CK score.

However, if you have Step 3 score (high score) then it might help in boosting your profile. But remember it has to be a high score. If it is a low score then it might hurt.

Therefore, if you are not sure that you are going to score high (like you don't have enough time to prepare) then the best thing is to leave it out as it's not needed and it's absence is not considered a deficiency.

The best time to take Step 3 exam is after matching but before residency (March to June), you will have enough time to prepare for it, you don't need to score high by then just a pass is enough.

Do not delay it after you start your residency because you'll be very busy and Step 3 will be a burden to your residency.

The only exception to the above rules is those looking for H1B Visa, in that case you need to pass Step 3 exam before January.

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Thanks a lot Sabio. I havnt started prep. so probably will postpone to end of this year.

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Step 3 exam score is not needed for matching and program directors do not look for it. They look for Step 1 and Step 2 CK score.

However, if you have Step 3 score (high score) then it might help in boosting your profile. But remember it has to be a high score. If it is a low score then it might hurt.

Therefore, if you are not sure that you are going to score high (like you don't have enough time to prepare) then the best thing is to leave it out as it's not needed and it's absence is not considered a deficiency.

The best time to take Step 3 exam is after matching but before residency (March to June), you will have enough time to prepare for it, you don't need to score high by then just a pass is enough.

Do not delay it after you start your residency because you'll be very busy and Step 3 will be a burden to your residency.

The only exception to the above rules is those looking for H1B Visa, in that case you need to pass Step 3 exam before January.

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Dear Sabio, thanks for your explanation, it is very useful and thorough as usual. Do you think that what you wrote does still apply in 2015 or anything has changed about it?
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