I posted a similar question in the "USMLE" thread but was hoping to get more informed opinions here. I am an MSIII who has a 205 Step 1 and am looking to match at a decent IM program in CA (Cedars, UCI, Kaiser LA, etc). My question regards when to take Step 2. I have heard that the score is automatically released if taken before Sept 1, whereas you have the option of withholding it if taken after Sept 1. Thus I'm planning on taking it right after Sept 1, hoping that the score comes back by late Sept/early Oct. Would this be in time to help me get interviews, or are interview offers made right when ERAS comes in on Sept 1? Would a good Step 2 score even help me secure interviews that I might not otherwise have received with just my Step 1 alone? And lastly, does anyone recommend taking Step 2 earlier than Sept 1? Thanks for reading; I appreciate any advice.