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Hello everyone..

I searched a lot about thalis in the forum but could not find a proper answer so am asking this question again:


What exactly is a LOW score in Step 1?


Some have said its 220, some say programs filter at 200 etc so I would really appreciate if any forum veteran could give a detailed answer plz.
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I dont know any cutoff for low score .... but 220 is an average score.If 230 + is considered a good score then 220 is an average and also most of the people who post their scores here are those who score high so if you compare it to 250 it certainly is less than that but then again 250 is not that common. I think if you see the official data you will have a better picture.If you are considering being invited for an IV with 220 that I can't say but statistically its an average score for sure.On a side note don't let this step1 score stop you from a high score in CK.
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Ahan.. Thanx for ur opinion mate..

Anyone else??
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Ahan.. Thanx for ur opinion mate..

Anyone else??

I would say it depends on whether you are aiming for peds, IM, surgery etc... check the recent stats for the match.
I think for IM 220 is good, for Peds 230, surg 240... just a thought.
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I would say it depends on whether you are aiming for peds, IM, surgery etc... check the recent stats for the match.
I think for IM 220 is good, for Peds 230, surg 240... just a thought.
Thank you .. but isnt the Peds score supposed to be lower than IM??
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I would say it depends on whether you are aiming for peds, IM, surgery etc... check the recent stats for the match.
I think for IM 220 is good, for Peds 230, surg 240... just a thought.
i m confused about this.....so just passing step 1 means no possibility?i mean stop trying?
why people say: i passed it thanks god...
i mean it shows we may survived with low score?
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i m confused about this.....so just passing step 1 means no possibility?i mean stop trying?
why people say: i passed it thanks god...
i mean it shows we may survived with low score?
Think of medicine as a race, like those F1 car races you see on TV. Passing step 1 is like qualifying for the race. The score you get dictates in which position you start in the race. So if you get a high score, you start in 1st place, if you get a low score, you start in last place. Now can a person who starts in 1st end up being last, and vice versa? of course! You can get a high score in step 1 and end up not matching (i.e. terrible LORs, crappy Step 2 score, terrible interview, etc...) at the same time, you can get a bad step 1 score and still end up with a great residency (i.e. connections, superb LORs, amazing step 2 score, research, publications, etc, fantastic interview, etc...)

The point im getting at is that passing step 1 opens up all possibilities for you, the score you get, however, dictates how much easier, and thus how likely it is, to get your chosen residency. If you have a score of 200 and want to do surgery, you can do it, but its gonna take a lot more work and a lot more time than a guy who got a 260 trying to go for surgery. You may not match for several years, you may have to do some research and other activities to make your application look more appealing, you may have to network and make connections, but if you really want to become a surgeon and are willing to put the time and work in, there is a way.

That's why people say thank god I passed. Yes, passing with a low score isnt ideal, and in most cases you will have to rethink your chosen specialty but atleast you have a chance, regardless of how slim, to become a practicing physician as opposed to failing in which case you cant even attend the race.
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Think of medicine as a race, like those F1 car races you see on TV. Passing step 1 is like qualifying for the race. The score you get dictates in which position you start in the race. So if you get a high score, you start in 1st place, if you get a low score, you start in last place. Now can a person who starts in 1st end up being last, and vice versa? of course! You can get a high score in step 1 and end up not matching (i.e. terrible LORs, crappy Step 2 score, terrible interview, etc...) at the same time, you can get a bad step 1 score and still end up with a great residency (i.e. connections, superb LORs, amazing step 2 score, research, publications, etc, fantastic interview, etc...)

The point im getting at is that passing step 1 opens up all possibilities for you, the score you get, however, dictates how much easier, and thus how likely it is, to get your chosen residency. If you have a score of 200 and want to do surgery, you can do it, but its gonna take a lot more work and a lot more time than a guy who got a 260 trying to go for surgery. You may not match for several years, you may have to do some research and other activities to make your application look more appealing, you may have to network and make connections, but if you really want to become a surgeon and are willing to put the time and work in, there is a way.

That's why people say thank god I passed. Yes, passing with a low score isnt ideal, and in most cases you will have to rethink your chosen specialty but atleast you have a chance, regardless of how slim, to become a practicing physician as opposed to failing in which case you cant even attend the race.
i m sorry if i thank you late..really great notes..you made me happy and cleared me ..i ll keep on trying .good luck and best my friend.
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Think of medicine as a race, like those F1 car races you see on TV. Passing step 1 is like qualifying for the race. The score you get dictates in which position you start in the race. So if you get a high score, you start in 1st place, if you get a low score, you start in last place. Now can a person who starts in 1st end up being last, and vice versa? of course! You can get a high score in step 1 and end up not matching (i.e. terrible LORs, crappy Step 2 score, terrible interview, etc...) at the same time, you can get a bad step 1 score and still end up with a great residency (i.e. connections, superb LORs, amazing step 2 score, research, publications, etc, fantastic interview, etc...)

The point im getting at is that passing step 1 opens up all possibilities for you, the score you get, however, dictates how much easier, and thus how likely it is, to get your chosen residency. If you have a score of 200 and want to do surgery, you can do it, but its gonna take a lot more work and a lot more time than a guy who got a 260 trying to go for surgery. You may not match for several years, you may have to do some research and other activities to make your application look more appealing, you may have to network and make connections, but if you really want to become a surgeon and are willing to put the time and work in, there is a way.

That's why people say thank god I passed. Yes, passing with a low score isnt ideal, and in most cases you will have to rethink your chosen specialty but atleast you have a chance, regardless of how slim, to become a practicing physician as opposed to failing in which case you cant even attend the race.
OMG i loved how you portraited the "USMLE" Dream.
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Think of medicine as a race, like those F1 car races you see on TV. Passing step 1 is like qualifying for the race. The score you get dictates in which position you start in the race. So if you get a high score, you start in 1st place, if you get a low score, you start in last place. Now can a person who starts in 1st end up being last, and vice versa? of course! You can get a high score in step 1 and end up not matching (i.e. terrible LORs, crappy Step 2 score, terrible interview, etc...) at the same time, you can get a bad step 1 score and still end up with a great residency (i.e. connections, superb LORs, amazing step 2 score, research, publications, etc, fantastic interview, etc...)

The point im getting at is that passing step 1 opens up all possibilities for you, the score you get, however, dictates how much easier, and thus how likely it is, to get your chosen residency. If you have a score of 200 and want to do surgery, you can do it, but its gonna take a lot more work and a lot more time than a guy who got a 260 trying to go for surgery. You may not match for several years, you may have to do some research and other activities to make your application look more appealing, you may have to network and make connections, but if you really want to become a surgeon and are willing to put the time and work in, there is a way.

That's why people say thank god I passed. Yes, passing with a low score isnt ideal, and in most cases you will have to rethink your chosen specialty but atleast you have a chance, regardless of how slim, to become a practicing physician as opposed to failing in which case you cant even attend the race.
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Think of medicine as a race, like those F1 car races you see on TV. Passing step 1 is like qualifying for the race. The score you get dictates in which position you start in the race. So if you get a high score, you start in 1st place, if you get a low score, you start in last place. Now can a person who starts in 1st end up being last, and vice versa? of course! You can get a high score in step 1 and end up not matching (i.e. terrible LORs, crappy Step 2 score, terrible interview, etc...) at the same time, you can get a bad step 1 score and still end up with a great residency (i.e. connections, superb LORs, amazing step 2 score, research, publications, etc, fantastic interview, etc...)

The point im getting at is that passing step 1 opens up all possibilities for you, the score you get, however, dictates how much easier, and thus how likely it is, to get your chosen residency. If you have a score of 200 and want to do surgery, you can do it, but its gonna take a lot more work and a lot more time than a guy who got a 260 trying to go for surgery. You may not match for several years, you may have to do some research and other activities to make your application look more appealing, you may have to network and make connections, but if you really want to become a surgeon and are willing to put the time and work in, there is a way.

That's why people say thank god I passed. Yes, passing with a low score isnt ideal, and in most cases you will have to rethink your chosen specialty but atleast you have a chance, regardless of how slim, to become a practicing physician as opposed to failing in which case you cant even attend the race.

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