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Hi,
I am IMG 2009 grad. My step 1 score 90/215.
I was planning to give the CS on May and then do CK. But there is no CS date till August 2011. So now am totally confused to start CK or CS preparation.
Is it possible for 2012 match? if yes what dates should I take for CS and CK exams?
Or should I go slow for 2013 get good CK score, externship and LoRS and apply for 2013..
please advise ..
thank you.
Still cant believe no CS dates in all centers till August
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Hello xxmcstu!

There are several issues to consider here. First, it depends what programs interest you. Also, if you are an IMG, know that some programs are requiring ECFMG certification before applying. If you take the CS in August, scores will be reported between October 12 and November 9:

http://www.usmle.org/Examinations/st...ing.html#r2011

This is fine if you pass, but if you don't you may not be able to get a test date before the end of the year. Some have had luck snagging others' cancelled dates, but you have to be tenacious and patient for success. (You could try this for a May date, too.)

If you want to begin applying to programs in September 2011, you need to have both your Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores when you apply, so you should take the exam by early August.

Clinical experience and LoRs are very important to remain competitive, and if you have none it may be wise to wait so you can prep thoroughly thus score higher, gain LoRs, and make sure your application is perfect. You may even get Step 3 out of the way.

Regardless of when you apply, check program requirements carefully so that you know you are a viable candidate when you apply!

Hopefully others will share their experiences.
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If you do the CS in August, you will have very less chances in getting a match in the 2012 season.

I personally believe that a completeness of your profile has higher impact than a one year delay. I explained that here http://www.usmle-forums.com/residenc...apply-not.html

However, you may still have a chance for the 2012 season if you get a CS date before July 17th. Taking the CS before July 17th means you get your CS results on August 17th which is enough for certification by the time ERAS season starts. There's a trick that you might want to follow to get an earlier CS date, read it here http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-ar...exam-date.html

Should that does not happen, then I believe you reset your goal towards 2013 match, that way you'll get time to finish the exams and the critically needed US LoRs.
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If you do the CS in August, that way you'll get time to finish the exams and the critically needed US LoRs.
hey everyone thank you very much for such a nice post.......its very helpful post............u r doing such a nice work man......keep it up.........
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thank you both kaplan medical and step taker ..
both yr advice help me decide ,so here is my paln
i am reading both cs and ck at present . If i get the date in may or june i am gonna do cs and then do ck .But its going to be neck to neck .If not i think i will get ready for 2013 .
but thanks a lot some very good adives you guys r grt ,, keep up the good work ..
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