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Question why low 99's on step 1??

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i saw alot of ppl get 99's yesterday..but why is the 3 digit score so low...any specific reason..time of the year or has it bcum difficult just generally??
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There isn't an official explanation, but the logical reason is that the exam has become more difficult in a sense that less people are getting high scores. So when someone gets 228, his/her level is comparable to someone who got 236/99 a few years ago. No injustice is in work here, because the 2-digit score reflects the overall comparative performance. So both of those candidates have an equal performance.
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This has been discussed in depth here
Decreased USMLE 3 Digit Score Equivalent of 99?
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