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Question does it matter how long you take to write the step?

I'm still a student but I've been studying for 11 months now and will the exam next month. Do they look at how long you took to write this exam?
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Of course not! They only care about scores!
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I'm still a student but I've been studying for 11 months now and will the exam next month. Do they look at how long you took to write this exam?
No, they will never know how long it takes for a candidate to prepare for the exam.
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Thank you guys! This makes me feel a lot better..I was getting worried about this fact.
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^ Is this really true? Because I have heard and read that residency directors frown upon any extensive breaks between the academic years.....especially for the USMLE Step 1. I have heard that is almost always brought up during the interviews. I am not trying to be negative here, but if someone can clarify this as well it would be great.
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Yeah, if anyone knows if this issue comes up in interviews, it would be great to know. Maybe we should ask this in the residency match thread??
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Yeah, if anyone knows if this issue comes up in interviews, it would be great to know. Maybe we should ask this in the residency match thread??
Good point, I'll post it on there as well
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^ Is this really true? Because I have heard and read that residency directors frown upon any extensive breaks between the academic years.....especially for the USMLE Step 1. I have heard that is almost always brought up during the interviews. I am not trying to be negative here, but if someone can clarify this as well it would be great.
After you have passed step 1, you are required to finish all of the steps within the average of 7 years. After this period you scores are no longer valid. This is also the requirement of many state medical licensing boards. Other restrictions may including passing exams in no more then 3 attempts etc.
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