I have searched all over this forum, and I am having a real problem coming up with an answer for when to take step 2. I keep reading that some programs will not interview you without a step 2 score, but then others say no one cares. My step 1 is just barely above the radiation oncology average (241/99), and I am wondering if taking it late would make a negative impact on my application. I would need to drop an away in order to take it in time for interview season. I would like to get in 3 away electives, but obviously if I need my step 2 score early than that would take precedence.