2+ Year Member
- Jun 4, 2016
- Medical Student
Thank you. I definitely think there is an element of luck involved when you get into the higher score range. I may have missed the 260s by just a few questions on the real deal. Preparation is 95% of the equation. The rest is a constellation of variables that are not totally in your control on test day -- anxiety, fatigue, unlucky mix of questions, etc etc. That said, I honestly believe that if I had studied for an extra 6 months or so, I could have achieved a 260-something regardless of these wildcard variables. It might sound crazy, but my only regret is that I didn't start Step 1 studying on the first day of M1. I firmly believe that there is virtually no such thing as over-preparing for this test. Though vast, the topics are finite, as are the ways of testing them. The level of sacrifice required to brute force your way to a high score will vary as a function of innate intelligence, with the most gifted people being able to get away with only studying for as little as a few weeks during dedicated. Others may need a full 2 years of focused Step 1 studying to get to the point where they can reliably score a 260+.@Foot Fetish now that you've seen your score, and given that you are one of the hardest working people on this forum, I know you were trying to prove that someone could score >265 with enough hard work and intelligence. Do you still feel like that is the case or do you think there is a certain amount of luck when people are scoring over a certain number?
By the way, great score, congrats.
In the end, I know that I gave it my all for 12 months nearly nonstop, so I can't beat myself up too much over my preparation. I aimed for the stars and landed on the moon, as they say.