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Hi XpaezX .
As you also plan to take step 3 to boost your application, would you please give me some advice when is it better to take step 3?
I am an IMG, ECFMGcertified, old graduate. Planned to take step 3 in August, but with my new job (I live outside the USA) with having almost no free time to study it is impossible to get better than average score if I will take it earlier than late September. I have planned to take a month of observership in my subspecialty, which may be funded. How do you think, is it better to take step 3 early to have it passed in application ready when applying on first days already or is it better to take it later, like end of September, beginning of October to have a better score (mentioning in the application that I am going to take it on end September). Also, I wouldn't have to travel twice if I were successful to have an interview in November (with observership in October, I would stay for a month and have good reason for leaving work for a month, otherwise I would have to travel twice for exam and for observership separately). How do you think, is it better to have step 3 just passed early in application or have better score which will be visible later in application perhaps when most interview slots would be filled already, but have better score (who knows if I would be considered for an interview even without step 3 but considered as a future resident if I would have Step 3 ready on late October).
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Yes they would consider your application in latter dates because invites are given all the way to december and sometimes january.

It is better to wait so you can have a better score and also because of your travel plans, I would be safe If I were you and dont rush it.

Remember Step 3 can be a double'edge sword, it either helps you a lot or screws you up (if you fail).

Good luck!
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Yes they would consider your application in latter dates because invites are given all the way to december and sometimes january.

It is better to wait so you can have a better score and also because of your travel plans, I would be safe If I were you and dont rush it.

Remember Step 3 can be a double'edge sword, it either helps you a lot or screws you up (if you fail).

Good luck!
Thank you for advice. You told just what I thought would be better but was in doubts. As my scores are not much higher than 50th percentile, 225 and 214, my hope is step 3.
Good luck for us all.
Hope to hear a good news from you.
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