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Old 12-24-2013
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Question Does the center matter?

Does the center really matter? I am planning to give at Philly in march...
Should I try Houston? Please guide... I heard max people pass only at Houston?
Anybody who has given at Philly? Please reply soon..Thank you
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Ideally all centers should have same difficulties and should be standardized in their grading. That said, being this exam scored by human beings, at least in the CIS component, it might be that the subjective grading scale used by SPs might be affected by the overall average performance. That is, if you are the only IMG in a group of AMG coming all from Harvard and Johns Hopkins (both closer to philadelphia than to houston) your performance could look at SP's eyes lower than that of other candidates and thus result in a lower grade in the CIS. Regarding ICE, I have no reason to believe that the score might be affected by the center's location since it should be based on checklists.
Hope this helps.
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