SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) i'm a 4th quarter student with a poor step 1 score (191), and my concern is my residency application might be sifted out due to poor numbers; i'm applying for internal medicine. hence my motivation to take step 2 early (mid september). the hope is that a good step 2 score would deflect some of that doubt over poor step 1 scores and help my application. my question is, should i wait for my step 2 scores to come back before i submit my application? i know that i can go ahead and submit my app and the schools will know that a step 2 score is coming in, but my concern is they will see 4th quartile and poor step 1 score and automatically throw it out without waiting; having a good step 2 score however, when the app is submitted, gives an entirely different impression. i've talked to different people from my med school and i get different answers ranging from "won't matter, just submit your app," to "that sounds like a good strategy." if i take the exam mid sept, my guess is it takes about 3-4 weeks for the scores to come back, meaning i would submit my app early-mid october...that's kind of late though isn't it or is it ok? i'm applying to internal medicine so it isn't super competitive but i'd like to try to get at least a few good interviews to reach schools, or at least maximize my chance to do so.