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Old 08-09-2013
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Default Take LOA or settle for bad step 1 score??

I would really appreciate some advice.

I go to a caribbean med school - in 2nd year right now.

Currently I am at about a 210 on my NBMEs and I have my exam coming up in 3 weeks. I am allowed to take a Leave of Absence and postpone my exam for another month, however, all the research I've done so far explicitly states that an gaps in education are highly frowned upon. Also being Canadian, it is more worrisome.

I'm trying to figure out what is better, a leave of absence or a bad step score. I tried talking to my school about it, but they aren't that helpful in this matter and basically said it's my personal decision.
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How long have you taken off allready ? I think, another month would not make much difference if that is what you need to prepare yourself. don't risk your score for just another month.
Also, most carib student take time off, as the school don't prepare them and are not ready to tackle the exam in 2 months right after 2nd year.
I m not sure, however if it looks bad while residency interview face off, but a good score can cover the damage may be
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How long have you taken off allready ? I think, another month would not make much difference if that is what you need to prepare yourself. don't risk your score for just another month.
Also, most carib student take time off, as the school don't prepare them and are not ready to tackle the exam in 2 months right after 2nd year.
I m not sure, however if it looks bad while residency interview face off, but a good score can cover the damage may be
Thanks for the reply..

I've had 3 months so far, but pretty much took a month off because of health and stress issues..

The problem is, just for another month of studying I'm going to state that I took a 6 month LOA. Retarded reasoning but it's for financial aid issues I suppose. Like I honestly think going with a 210 or even let's say 220 by the time my exam comes (I'm assuming), I'm not sure if it'll be wise...

I'm just trying to figure JUST how bad taking a 6 month LOA would be..and how good my score would have to be in order warrant it.
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anyone? I'd really appreciate more advice
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In my eyes, a good score is more important than months taken off.
I think the gap time programs frown upon is primarily after graduation.
The main reason for this, though, is, that programs "filter" the applications they receive by score. So if you get a higher score, they will look at your application. If you don't but you don't have a LOA, what is your gain?
I'd rather take an extra month, but that's just my opinion!
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Hey Val7,
if u graduate midjune and start work
early september is that considered a GAP in cv?
goal is to do the cs before working since some places
dont give time off for travelling to USA for the CS
thanks alot
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