I am currently a third year medical student and am trying to better my chances of doing well in the match as well as figure out the next 1.5 years. My grades during the first 2 years were fairly good and during the third year so far, have been quite good. I have also done some volunteering and have served on student assembly, etc. The worst part of my app is that my Step 1 score was not very good. I scored in the low 200's (I have always sucked at standardized testing). I have heard that I should take Step 2 early to compensate and I would like some advice on that. I was planning on trying to start doing some studying now in conjunction with studying for my rotations. Do you think taking the test in early October after studying for all of September would be good enough or should I plan something even earlier? Also, any tips on what I can do do improve my score even though I really did study very hard for Step 1? What else can I do to strengthen my candidacy? (I don't yet know what I would like to go into). Thanks for your help!