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Forget the Two Digit Scores
by StepTaker 08-08-2012, 07:06 AM

I still see many members getting surprised when they see the new scoring of lowered two digit scores compared to previously reported.

The NBME has changed the way they report the USMLE scores in October 2011. They are using a new scale which is significantly lower than before. A 230 score previously reported as 99 is now probably reported as 85.

This applies to all written USMLE exams including Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3.

The best way to avoid the dilemma and to get your mind rest into peace is to just forget about the two digit scores. Just look at the three digit scores.

This is because the three digit scores are still comparable, someone who got 240 in 2012 is like someone who got 240 in 2011 or 2010, no difference.

Not only that, residency programs won't be reported the two digit scores, they will only be looking at three digit scores, so the two digit score does not really matter.

The NBME is transitioning away from the two digit score and will soon stop reporting it.

Let me know if you still have queries about this issue.
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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Well, 85? that low? Didn't know that. So, if anyone gets 99, what would be the three digit score? like more than 250 approx?
Thanks for the info though
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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Finally thank you!!!! Much needed info.
But I still don't get why they are still using 2 digit scores and changing the scale if they don't plan to keep them around?
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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Finally thank you!!!! Much needed info.
But I still don't get why they are still using 2 digit scores and changing the scale if they don't plan to keep them around?
This is because some US universities still put a requirement of 75% score as a passing score.
They did not want to abruptly remove the two digit altogether at once.
They are doing that gradually.
I would think that starting next year, there will be no more two digit scores officially.
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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So when is this going to happen?

I had over 250 in one of my steps, anyway, when I contacted a residency program that required scores above 90 to apply, they're like: no, don't apply. I'm like, yeah..., but this is like a 99 previously but they changed the scoring system...., didn't matter
I actually thought they were not reporting the 2-digit-scores this year!
Any input?
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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hey my friend need your help

Hey i gave my exam step1 and 2 ck in 2010 and 2011 respectively. my score is 224/96 and 219/94 respectively. Could you please tell me what are my two digit score as per new two digit scale?
Thank you for you help in advance. thank you for such a nice post.
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Hey i gave my exam step1 and 2 ck in 2010 and 2011 respectively.my score is 224/96 and 219/94 respectively. Could you please tell me what are my two digit score as per new two digit scale?
Thank you for you help in advance.thank you for such a nice post.
I don't know if anybody can tell you, but I had 254 in step 2 CK and 2 digit was 85. Not sure if that helps.
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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hello

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Originally Posted by hardik221186 View Post
Hey i gave my exam step1 and 2 ck in 2010 and 2011 respectively.my score is 224/96 and 219/94 respectively. Could you please tell me what are my two digit score as per new two digit scale?
Thank you for you help in advance.thank you for such a nice post.
i got 225 so its like 82 am sure that would help and 230 is 83
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again just forgot to mention thats 225/82 in step 1
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Old 08-08-2012
 
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Hey Thank you

Hey I thank you EDDY. I do appreciate that. Best Luck for Match season
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Old 08-17-2012
 
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So when is this going to happen?

I had over 250 in one of my steps, anyway, when I contacted a residency program that required scores above 90 to apply, they're like: no, don't apply. I'm like, yeah..., but this is like a 99 previously but they changed the scoring system...., didn't matter
I actually thought they were not reporting the 2-digit-scores this year!
Any input?
Contact that residency program again and tell the coordinator that they will not get any applicants (or very few applicants) if they keep asking for above 90 score. Or even better send an email to the program director and tell him that they are not following the new NBME and NRMP rules.
Anyway, a program that is such retarded by still asking for the two-digit score does not worth applying for
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Old 08-29-2012
 
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Thank you so much for this thread Steptaker it has really cleared my confusion.
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Old 02-01-2013
 
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Previously, when you get a 2-digit score of 99, it correlated with a 3-digit score of 230+, 85 was probably around 200 and so on.

Now, there is NO correlation. Whatever 3-digit passing score you get, you're 2-digit score will be somewhere between 75 and 99. You can't predict anything else. In other words, your 2-digit score has no meaning other than to tell you that you passed (above 75) or failed (below 75).
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Old 02-03-2013
 
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The NBME announced that the 2-digit score will no longer be reported.

Read the official announcement here
http://www.usmle.org/announcements/?ContentId=111

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Old 04-18-2014
 
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hi,
I have still see many programs in psych posting their step 1 score requirements to be 80(two digit). I get confused whether to consider the 80 after the two digit score replacement or before that .
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Old 06-22-2014
 
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i have got only 238 in step 1 .i have graduated i month before .i amplanning for cs and planning ato apply for match this year ,do i have any chance for match with such a low score.can any body tell me should i continue or forget the dream of going to us?
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i have got only 238 in step 1 .i have graduated i month before .i amplanning for cs and planning ato apply for match this year ,do i have any chance for match with such a low score.can any body tell me should i continue or forget the dream of going to us?
I do NOT understand, how a 238 is a low score and you are enquiring about if you have a chance. This is a HIGH score and I am sure you will match easily given you have just graduated! Even in a university program (unless you have some other 'red flags' in your application)

Its unfortunate that people think that this is a bad score. I know many people come to this form to be encouraged and get a much needed support. The way you wrote this post doesn't help anyone. In fact I think it does the opposite. This simply makes people feel bad about their score and discouraged. So please, for anyone reading this post and thinking - "man if this guy got 238 and he thinks its bad...Then what do I have to say about my lower score" Even you can match! Just work hard and sell yourself in the application.

Sorry about the rant, and I meant no disrespect. I just thought this might help others reading this thread.

Take care, and all the best
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Thank you for this!
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thank you fo rthis
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