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USMLE Scores Why are 2 digit scores relatively lower?

A couple of the people on this forum have posted about their USMLE scores, and what I've noticed is that their 2 digit score is relatively lower than there corresponding 3 digit score when compared with people who posted about their score earlier (e.g. a few months or a year back).

What I mean is, recently, someone got 247/87.

But a while back, I read about someone who got 243/99.

Can someone explain this to me?

Admittedly, I don't know exactly how scores are calculated, but even if there is some slight variation between exams, it should not be so large (e.g. in above example, 3 digit scores differ by only 4, but 2 digit scores differ by 12!).
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As of oct31,2011 only the 3digit scores matter. At this time, the nbme introduced a new 2digit score which is just there for the sake of ppl who cant wrap their heads around just a 3 digit score. In fact i heard this new 2digit system is just temporary and gona be cut out soon so uou only get a 3digit because thats all that matters now.

So stop thinking in terms of 2 digit, its absolete.

3-digit is all that matters.

If in your heart u wana aim for 229 because it used to be a 99, then go for it. But that 2digit score, or the new one, mean absolutely nothing now.

3digit
3digit
3digit!
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@Dr. Nick: LOL! I'm starting to be a big fan of yours! Save this explanation in your hard drive. I have this feeling we'll still be seeing questions like this.
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Not everyone is well informed about these developments, especially if they're not giving the step 1 in the near future. It is also not an intellectual challenge to 'wrap one's head' around the new system. There's no need to be a prick about it.
You're also incorrect in assuming that I would aim for the minimum score to get a 99; I will aim to do my best and get the highest I can.
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Not everyone is well informed about these developments, especially if they're not giving the step 1 in the near future. It is also not an intellectual challenge to 'wrap one's head' around the new system. There's no need to be a prick about it.
You're also incorrect in assuming that I would aim for the minimum score to get a 99; I will aim to do my best and get the highest I can. You mean 'obsolete'
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@Xaquake:

I'm sorry if you have been offended. It's just that we have seen the same question 3 - 5x in the last 24 hours before you posted. Dr. Nick was the only one in this forum who have tirelessly answered those queries. The last one was in another thread 5 minutes before you posted this one. I don't think anyone else would have replied. I was even starting to think someone is spamming the forum with the same question. LOL!

Again, my apologies. I might also have aggravated the hard feelings with my previous post.

Anyway, we need a little bro-mance here. You two kiss and hug! LOL!

I'm just joking.

Good luck in your studies!
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Anyway, we need a little bro-mance here. You two kiss and hug! LOL!
oh you would like that, wouldn't you?
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Not everyone is well informed about these developments, especially if they're not giving the step 1 in the near future. It is also not an intellectual challenge to 'wrap one's head' around the new system. There's no need to be a prick about it.
You're also incorrect in assuming that I would aim for the minimum score to get a 99; I will aim to do my best and get the highest I can. You mean 'obsolete'
Bro...a simple google search could have answered your question...and btw your a little too sensitive.
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3digit
3digit
3digit!
Do you get it?
it rhymes...LOL
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Default New two-digit score meaning

Hi everyone,

I've copied my response from another thread to this one as I think it will answer any future questions regarding the new 2-digit score and what it means.

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The 2-digit score does NOT indicate the level of difficulty of the exam; it is determined by the student's performance on the exam. The 3-digit score is adjusted based on the level of difficulty of the exam taken so that regardless of how easy or hard it was, a 220 on an 'easy' exam is still a 220 on a 'hard' exam, etc.

From what people have been reporting as their 3 and 2-digit scores, I have figured it out to be as follows:

188 = 75 (pass)
Each increase of 5 points on the 3-digit scale = 1 point increase on the 2-digit scale.

Previously it used to be each increase of 1 point on the 3-digit scale = 1 point increase on the 2-digit scale

So for our friend here who got a 223/82 (exactly the same as someone I know who had the test in April making it highly unlikely that both had an 'easy test') [(223-188) / 5 ] + 75 = 7 + 75 = 82
As per the example earlier in this thread, a 247 corresponds to [(247-188) / 5] + 75 = 11.8 + 75 = 86.8 ~= 87

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For my exam I got a 265/90, which still works with this calculation: [(265-188)/5] + 75 = 15.4 + 75 = 90.4

The conclusion is still the same, don't bother worrying about the 2-digit score. It won't be reported to the residency programs anymore, only to state boards who I don't think care very much about the score as long as it is a pass.
I say forget the formerly coveted 99. Look at what the 3-digit scores are for successful candidates who matched into your preferred specialty and try to beat that.
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