I'm taking a year off next year (after third year) to do some neuro-otology research and am a bit confused about Step II. I scored around 250 on step I and was planning on pushing off step II until late in fourth year, but some folks are suggesting I take it immediately before my year off because the info will be fresh. I know there's a chance I may do as well, but there's probably a greater chance I won't score as high (just a guess). Any thoughts on whether taking step 2 before my year off or after applications during fourth year is better? Thanks.