I thought it was the testing pool for 3 months at a time?It does not matter where you take the exam. They compare the scores to recent US students takers (last six months). This is true no matter where you take the exam whether USA or any other country.
Also, another public myth that I want to dispel. It does not matter which state, city, or time of the year you take the exam. They always have the same standard to which they compare your performance and it's not related to who took the exam with you geographically or in chronology.
The Step exams are not curved, neverBut 1 other thing to make you go hmmmmm, it seems most foreign students take the exam after Sept and they all seem to get 99 (or that's what they say) and if you are curved and don't get 99, then where does that leave you? somebody has to fail the exam. they only allow a certain amount to pass in a year.
"They do not have to fail people, but they can make some pass that would not."The Step exams are not curved, never
They do not have to fail people, but they can make some pass that would not.
Got to stopp thinking like that.
If you can get 70% of exam questions correct then you will not fail no matter when you take it.
USMLE exams are not luck, its hard work and getting the questions right.
Yes there is a % correct, in fact I will guarantee that anyone who answers more then 70% correct will never fail and currently 65%"They do not have to fail people, but they can make some pass that would not."
thats called curving and if they do it one way, then they most certainly do it the other.
ANd there is no clear cut % right in order to pass. nobody knows what the exact % you need right in order to pass.
The graph was made before the new passing score and its an estimate, it will not be "Bang on" but the way this test is graded for Pass/ fail is not Dead "On" either.that is a nice graph to guide you. I don't doubt that if you score 70 or heck, even 75% right you will pass. But that guide is also misleading, it is not dead on, in fact my 2 digit score doesn't correlate with the 3 digit score, so right there means its not accurate.
there are other threads on here that say the same thing I am saying.. nobody knows what you need to score in order to pass because the exam is so guarded. But your graph does give people people to shoot for a number.
If things were cut and dry as you say they are then there is no reason for waiting 3 to 4 weeks for a score. In fact they should be able to give you the score right after the exam, but they don't.
Which means in order to keep their nice bell curve they have to doctor the results no matter how big or small.
But I understand what you are saying so I respect that.