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USMLE Score Cut-offs

Discussion in 'Neurology' started by GopherBrain, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. GopherBrain

    GopherBrain MARK IT ZERO!!
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    Oct 17, 2003
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    Does anyone have any specific knowledge of the Step 1 score cutoffs used by various programs?

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  2. islander

    islander Junior Member
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    Apr 1, 2004
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    As far as I know, no real cut-offs for any but the top 4 or 5 programs (Columbia probably has a cut-off, but I can't even swear to that). It's still a small enough field that most diligent PD's will read (almost) every app they get unless the Step I score or transcript is abysmal. LOR are far more important in neuro.
  3. Pundit

    Oct 29, 2014
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    You can start with Lavinia Snyder: [email protected]

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    I am appealing to the Board of Psychology to revisit and review the examinees’ results for 2014, and reverse the decision for all those who scored over 70, be declared “PASS” instead of making them retake the exam. Clearly there have been changes in the CPSE because the passing rate was around 90% in the past; however the most recent statistic is a 52% pass rate in September, 2014. After years of education, rigorous requirements for a dissertation, 3000 supervised training hours, and passing the challenging EPPP, this is very problematic.

    Beginning in 2014 the CPSE exam has a cut-off criterion that has resulted in about a 30% drop in the pass rate. This is inequitable and discriminatory compared to the requirements for our colleagues historically. On a personal note, I found the questions were poorly worded and convoluted.

    Here is a link to the official exam statistics: http://www.psychology.ca.gov/applicants/exams/statistics.shtml
    2010: 95%; 2011: 86%; 2012: 86%; 2013: 80% 2014: 61%; September 2014: 52%

    Once again, I sincerely urge the BOP to revisit and reverse the decision to declare "PASS" to the candidates who scored above 70.

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  4. AlternateSome1

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    Aug 2, 2002
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    Wow. Talk about resurrecting a dead post with a non sequitur. The board of psychology has nothing to do with neurology residency or the USMLE.

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