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Default Cons of taking step 1 in more than 3 months of studying?

How will it affect someones chances of getting residency if someone after completing basic science took 2 years to study for step 1 whatever the reason maybe?
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who cares if your score is 260!!
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your YOG is more important. My school was 6 years, I took step 1 and the rest of the exams while in the 6th year of my school. During IVs none asked why I took step1 when I was in 6th year of med school. They look at scores and YOG period. All the best!
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Thank you so much for responding guys and clearing up my confusion.

I completed my Basic science in 2012 so thats not me graduating yet right? Its after I do my clinicals and get actual diploma right?

It would be a dream come true if I get a 240-260 but seems impossible, but I'm trying.....
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nobody will ask you that! but in 2 years things in step 1 change so much, new data, new questions, new pathways, new genes... im not sure what are you planing to study for 2 years but you'll go crazy just staring at those books! 6 months maximum!
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I agree with petra. I don't have any empirical evidence or anything but I have noticed at my school, looking at the scores of about 20 students (not nearly enough to make a definitive conclusion but I had to work with what I have) the ones who took more than 6 months tended to do a lot better than those who took longer. After a while you start forgetting things.
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not after a while: immediately you'll start forgetting!
condense and do it in few months. anybody with a bit of brain can pass only by memorizing FA. everything is there, but scor will be lower. but still pass!
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in my above post o meant to say those who took LESS than 6 months did better
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