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Exam-Results Scored 255/88!

I just got my step 1 scores online. It says "Pass", then 255 and then 88.

I thought 255 is a great score. But why only 88 percentile??

I have seen many get 235 to 240 for 99 percentile. Is this a new scoring system?? Is my score an average one or a good one or a great one?

Please let me know. Or where can I get more information about it??

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just say to yourself,,,it's a great score. . .
and what were your scores in nbme?and how many times have you done FA?
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Okay, here is what I got from visiting different pages -

1. They have changed the comparison between 2 and 3 digit scores keeping 75 (in 2 digits) as the pass mark (whatever that is in 3 digits). So with the same 3 digit figure those who took exams before will get higher 2 digit score than those who took it later (probably after october 01, 2011).
2. 99 is now probably impossible.
3. They will only use 3 digit scores for comparison between candidates. This means a 245 now is equal to 245 then although it is no more a 99 now.

Here is a useful link: http://www.usmle.org/announcements/?ContentId=81

So probably my score is OHHHH YEAAAAAHHH....
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Yes its a new scoring system. According to the usmle website, you'll see that now they lowered the 2 digit score associated with a 3 digit score(perhaps they decided to make that value the percent of questions one got right) However one important point to be noted is that you should not give any importance to your 2 digit score. your 3 digit score is what counts. Even on the usmle website, it stated that one should use their 3 digit score to compare themselves to 3 digit scores of students taking this exam even years ago. Long story short, your 255/88 is better than someones 230/99 in the past. Hope this helps

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I just got my step 1 scores online. It says "Pass", then 255 and then 88.

I thought 255 is a great score. But why only 88 percentile??

I have seen many get 235 to 240 for 99 percentile. Is this a new scoring system?? Is my score an average one or a good one or a great one?

Please let me know. Or where can I get more information about it??

Thanks.

Niloy
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heh. looks like you already posted the info a min before me.
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Okay, here is what I got from visiting different pages -

1. They have changed the comparison between 2 and 3 digit scores keeping 75 (in 2 digits) as the pass mark (whatever that is in 3 digits). So with the same 3 digit figure those who took exams before will get higher 2 digit score than those who took it later (probably after october 01, 2011).
2. 99 is now probably impossible.
3. They will only use 3 digit scores for comparison between candidates. This means a 245 now is equal to 245 then although it is no more a 99 now.

Here is a useful link: http://www.usmle.org/announcements/?ContentId=81

So probably my score is OHHHH YEAAAAAHHH....
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just say to yourself,,,it's a great score. . .
and what were your scores in nbme?and how many times have you done FA?
Thanks!! I took 3 NBMEs. Form 6 was 238, form 11 was 242 and form 12 was 240. I would have been happy if I got those. Thanks to Almighty, I got more.. which is excellent!

I did buy FA but at the end of my preparation and didn't have much time to read it. I basically did Kaplan several times and Goljan (with lectures), did the UW. I read selected topics from Lange microbiology, physiology and pharmacology and from Lippincott's biochemistry, very selected topics from Robin's pathology and some basic stuff from Emery's genetics (cause i really knew nothing of genetics before). I got few notes on behavioral science at the end cause i was getting very little in that.. but didn't work... i got borderline in BS. I took me a long time (almost 2 years), but probably it shouldn't take so long, my approach wasn't planned or focused.

Anyway, time to get started with CK now!
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For God sake, Its an excellent score. You should be proud of yourself. In old scoring system your score would have been 99 but don't worry no one looks at 2 digit score anymore. cheers!!
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