- Aug 28, 2019
- Medical Student
A little off topic, but does having a really strong step 2 score help? Happy for everyone who passed today! But just curious if >270 gets you anywhere.
EXCELLENT! hahahaCurrently on a brutal AI on wards and had to wait until now to check my score. Couldn't think about anything else today.
UWSA 1 240
NBME 7 237
NBME 8 256
UWSA 2 249
Free 120 82% correct
STEP 2 CK - 243
STEP 1 - 218
Have to say I walked out of that exam feeling like a complete failure but I am honestly pretty happy with how I did. Of course I wanted a 250 + like most people here but I think the 25 point jump from step 1 score is a huge positive. I scored in between UWSA 1 & 2 so TRUST THOSE SCORES. All in all I cannot complain and I'm happy with where I stand. I'm a pretty average student doing internal medicine (shout out to all my other average med school folks out there)!
My USWAs were similar (242, 244) and I ended up with a 235. Your step 1 is good though; I almost failed. lol230 step 1 // 233 step 2
UWSA 1 and 2 were in the mid 240s. Pretty dissapointed. I'm going EM. What do yall think?
My step 1 was below average, but a healthy pass. I submitted the score recheck form this afternoon. I'm still shocked. And you're exactly right, my score was WAYYYY off the real deal. I had adequate sleep and was focused. This score was all I needed to apply this season. Step 1 and CS done. I'm still puzzled and need to process my feelings and reevaluate. Thanks for your response and for your concern.I’m so sorry, that must be devastating. Below 200 is completely off from your practice scores. I wonder if others had similar experience. It’s even worse not knowing what caused it. Hang in there and don’t give up.
Btw, how was your step 1?
Let us know about your recheck.My step 1 was below average, but a healthy pass. I submitted the score recheck form this afternoon. I'm still shocked. And you're exactly right, my score was WAYYYY off the real deal. I had adequate sleep and was focused. This score was all I needed to apply this season. Step 1 and CS done. I'm still puzzled and need to process my feelings and reevaluate. Thanks for your response and for your concern.
I am sorry to hear that your step 2 score dropped from step 1. I am disappointed by my score which dropped 14 points from UWSA 1 and 2 avg. (I did not do other mock exams). I scored 239. Are you considering score recheck?Feeling devastated, but within range of all of my practice exams so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. The sad truth is whether I take a year to prepare or a few months to prepare, I don't think it would've made much difference in my overall score. It sucks to walk away from 3rd year and 4th year aways with high marks and great comments to be kicked back down by board scores.
Step 1: 233
Step 2: 228
NBME 8 198
NBME 6 205
UWSA 1 237
UWSA 2 220
NBME 7 222
lol are you afraid to say the actual score? I don’t get when people put ranges....NBMEs (chronological order): Psych 20-something!, OB 50-something, Internal-bad, don't remember, Family high 80s, Peds and Surgery ->90. Average = 65%ile
NBME7 ~230-235 (can't recall exactly -one week out)
UWSA1 242 (one week out)
UWSA2 255 (days out)
UW % correct (mostly first pass, did reset after doing some questions spread out throughout entire year) - 76% <-- closest approximation based on (USMLE SCORE CORRELATION) <-- also was true for me for step 1
Real thing: high 250s/low 260s
Take home for me - trust uworld as a learning tool. Trust that overall performance of true first pass much more than you trust any other single metric.
Best of luck to all reading this thread. Med school is long and hard; study harder than you think you can, self-care!, and care about those around you, too.
We are on the same boat, submitted a score recheck. Let’s hope for the best and don’t let this bring us down!Yes, I failed. Which doesn't make sense to me, at all. Took Exam in July.
UWSA 1: 223 (1mos. out)
UWSA 2: 220 (4 days out)
Free 120: 81% (2 weeks out)
Uworld: Did Qbank 4x during 10 months beginning in clinicals (65% avg)
Read MTB x2 with OME
Even went over FA for Step 1 which helped a lot (1 week before)
Real Deal: Below 200
Doesn't make sense to me. I'm going to do a score recheck. I felt decent after taking the exam.
I don't know what the hell happened, I'm going to do a score recheck to be sure. This is a major setback. I'm signed up for the Match this year, all my paperwork etc. is submitted and this is a major blow.
Hopefully this only affects me, I did prepare very well, maybe I did truly earn the fail during the exam... best of luck to everyone else.
Hope you're lives are going better than mine.
Official Step 2 CK Score: 270+Took Step 2 this week and feels like I’ve got crushed by it. Hoping for just a passing score at this point. Flagged more questions than a NFL referee(20+ per block). Finished most sections with less than 5 minutes remaining. Total dedicated time was 4 weeks.
Practice exams were:
NBME 7: 264 3 weeks out
Uworld 1: 268 2 weeks out
Uworld 2: 271 1 week out
In this day and age with a computerized exam, I don’t think the score recheck button should even exist anymore. I think it’s a hold over from the days of paper exams that were scored with a possibility of the grader entering the wrong form in to the scanners. Now that everything is digitized, I have never heard of a score being changed by a recheck.I am sorry to hear that your step 2 score dropped from step 1. I am disappointed by my score which dropped 14 points from UWSA 1 and 2 avg. (I did not do other mock exams). I scored 239. Are you considering score recheck?
Well doneWell, that was a wild ride! Got my score back today, extremely surprised!
3.5 weeks dedicated, used only UWorld timed mixed everything, 160-200/day. Reset the bank at the beginning of dedicated, had done about 2/3 of it throughout the year. Managed to do about 2600 of the 3000 questions but somewhat upset that I couldn't finish the bank.
Step 1: 252 (~88 percentile, higher than my best practice test by a few points)
NBME6 (day 0 of dedicated): 235
NBME8 (3 weeks out): 239
UWSA1 (2 weeks out): 257
NBME7 (1 week out): 237
UWSA2 (2 days before test): 255
UWorld: 79.5% second pass(ish, only really did half of UW during the year)
Target Score: 252
Practice exam average: 244.6
Step 2 CK: 268 (93rd percentile)
Really unsure how it happened, I felt awful taking the exam as everyone does. I did not expect to beat practice scores by this margin. Even accounting for the underestimating NBMEs, my average was still about 15 points lower than my real score.
Overall I'm happy with the score, feels a bit anticlimactic since I don't think anyone will actually care about it. I definitely think this test is more a thinking/guessing/"medical intuition" test than Step 1 by far. I was so beyond burnt out from this three week study period I couldn't believe it, it was a truly exhausting slog. I really encourage anyone who takes it to not exceed 4 weeks dedicated no matter how much you think you need it (unless you are ACTUALLY failing practices). I also strongly suggest taking the day before the exam completely off from studying. No questions, reviewing, cramming, no thinking whatsoever. You'll need a well rested brain and attention span to get through. It is a long day and the test feels longer and slower than Step 1.
If I can help anyone or give any advice please ask questions or PM, even if you're reading this in future years.
Congrats to all the people who made it through, and good luck to everyone still waiting!
Nope, but I am concerned that if I plaster a list of specific identifying numbers in association with my account, which is already very identifiable based on having a specific background, coupled with what I'm applying to for residency, I am confident that one could figure out who I am. Which is not something that I want.lol are you afraid to say the actual score? I don’t get when people put ranges....
Yeah totally agree with the second part, but not so much with the first. There's thousands of posts here every year and 2 numbers don't exactly count as identifiers. But you're not the only one doing it so its not a shot at specifically you. I just noticed this as a growing trend or people writing 23X instead of 231. To each their own.Nope, but I am concerned that if I plaster a list of specific identifying numbers in association with my account, which is already very identifiable based on having a specific background, coupled with what I'm applying to for residency, I am confident that one could figure out who I am. Which is not something that I want.
The point of posting is not to advertise my numbers anyway, the point is to show folks that are interested as they prepare for the test what modes of practice/prep were predictive. That way someone can find a post, say, "hey, these practice scores are similar to mine, what'd they end up with?... cool, I feel encouraged."
We have exactly the same step 1 and step 2 score, and I am also applying to gas! What a coincidence. As per the NRMP, we have a good chance of matching. Wish you the best!Step 2 CK: 231
NBME 8 (3 weeks out): 235
NBME 7 (2 weeks out): 226
UWSA 1 (1 week out): 242
UWSA 2 (2 days out): 238
Step 1: 215
I was hoping for a better score, since my practices seemed to indicate I would do a lot better. Applying gas in the match as a USMD, so crossing my fingers that this low score in addition to my bad step 1 and average clinical performance won't set me back too much.
I think it is a skewed population who is posting. I think it's less common for people to post average to below average scores. But statistically, 50% get where you did or below. High 240s isn't bad! You should be proud that you got it over with.Reading everyone’s posts made me depressed and feel like a failure. Looks like everyone is a 250+/260’s, with some even in the 270+ range. I worked my butt off and only got a high 240s
Sorry for the silly question, but what's gas?We have exactly the same step 1 and step 2 score, and I am also applying to gas! What a coincidence. As per the NRMP, we have a good chance of matching. Wish you the best!
Step 2 CK: 231
Nbme 7: 220
Nbme 8: 239
Step 1: 215
Step 2 CS: Still waiting for results...
Hey (wo)man, don't think of it like that. Your score is great also and will get you where you need to go no problem at all! I certainly don't want to make anyone feel like that sharing a "success story", I just wanted to put it out there for people so they can get a sense of what other people have scored given certain practice scores and strategies. These types of posts helped me a lot, I only want to pay it forward for the next group who may be looking around frantically (like I was) right before or even during dedicated to try and get a feel for if their experience is normal. I know it's only n=1 but sometimes when you're stressing over practice tests or progress through the qbank or feeling discouraged it's really helpful to be able to see someone else's path who just went through it.Reading everyone’s posts made me depressed and feel like a failure. Looks like everyone is a 250+/260’s, with some even in the 270+ range. I worked my butt off and only got a high 240s
Lol I’m also obsessively anxiously awaiting to hear about CS. Can’t relax until then.Score update:
Step 2 CK: 258
UWSA 1: 256
UWSA 2: 256
NBME 8: 267
Free 120: 90%
UWorld % 2nd pass (only got about 2/3rds): ~ 79%
About 200 questions in Amboss: % in the low 60's
I'm absolutely thrilled with this result. I knew NBME 8 was an outlier and my score is very representative of how I did on the UWSAs. Like most people, I walked out completely convinced I failed and felt defeated. At least in my case, the UWSAs proved to be very predictive. Now that the wait for CK is over, I can start freaking out about whether or not I passed CS for the next 2 months. Also, those of you who cannot complete UWorld during dedicated? Don't let that freak you out, just get through as much as you can!