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USMLE Scores Does the variation in score will be different according to the score zone

I mean if someone with score 210 will be far distant from someone with score 200
Which means it is considered big difference by program director?
But if someone gets 250 it will make no big difference from a score with 240
I mean the 10 marks difference is translated a huge gap in lower score zone and vice versa??
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ya, 210 is definiely different from 220 but if you are 250 + , it doesnt really matter what your exact score is
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Asked a program about ranking and score.

230+ gets 6/5
220+ gets 5/5
215+ gets 4/5
200+ gets 3/5
pass gets 2/5
failed and passed gets 2/5 if 230+ if lower gets 1/5

for all steps.

If CS passed on first attempt 5/5. if not on second 2/5, if not than 1/5.

LOR's US-Hand on gets maximum 5/5., but will 6/5 if known faculty
research 4/5 maximum if good.
non us 2/5.
some programs need US lors.

PS = 5/5 if excellent but 6/5 for specific and excellent
CV = 5/5 if excellent f US-Hand on Exp, 6/5 if specific for specialty.
research valuable if no US-Hand on Exp.

for a sum of 40-45
IV is 55-60

out of 100 you will be ranked by the system.

Also you can get DNR [Do Not Ranked].

My advice have 230+, 4 month USCE, at least 2 US letters, and pass CS on first attempt
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Default So above 230 the same??

Good job anyway
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Individual programs do things differently. Some use a numeric method to take into account different parts of an applicant's profile, such as the one shima describes, but it isn't always completely mathematical. It will depend highly on the program.

And no, above 230 is not necessarily the same, but in the higher ranges (240/250/260) the differences are actually smaller. E.g. the difference between a 265 and a 270 is actually pretty small, maybe even technically nonexistent.
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Individual programs do things differently. Some use a numeric method to take into account different parts of an applicant's profile, such as the one shima describes, but it isn't always completely mathematical. It will depend highly on the program.

And no, above 230 is not necessarily the same, but in the higher ranges (240/250/260) the differences are actually smaller. E.g. the difference between a 265 and a 270 is actually pretty small, maybe even technically nonexistent.
very true.
I know of Ped program who uses what the residents say about an applicant towards ranking. For instance if the residents in social the night before and tour and luncheon like you they will favor you more. Also same program does not care for USMLE marks but cares more for interpersonal skills and USCE.
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Good job anyway
This holds true for majority but there are programs who will rank on IV performance only, I say these are the Pre-match programs, but I can be wrong.
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I think scores are more important when deciding whether or get an interview and how high/low you'll be rank (to a lesser extent). Whether you're not ranked or will have more to do with your interview since everyone they are inviting are "rankable' candidates on paper.
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