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When should I take Step 2

Discussion in 'Step I' started by cooper, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. cooper

    cooper New Member

    Nov 14, 2001
    Iowa City
    I want to go into radiology and got a 239 on step I. I know that you don't have to release your step 2 scores but is there anyway that programs can find out you have taken the exam. I am trying to decide when to take step 2 and have heard advantages and disadvantages to taking it early. Any thoughts on my scenerio.
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  3. ckent

    ckent Banned Banned

    Jul 31, 2000
    I'm only a second year, but I have read that if you did well on step I (which you did), you are supposed to wait until a later date to take your step II because you only risk hurting your app with a poor score. If you did poorly on step I, then the recommendation is to take step II early to try to compensate for your score.
  4. I would wait until interviews are over to take Step 2. The general consensus is pretty much what ckent stated above.
  5. touchstonemedical

    touchstonemedical Junior Member

    Apr 7, 2002
    Even though it is true that you received a terrific score, a good score on Step 2 would be a great asset at some competitive programs. If you want to look at your score before you send it to the programs you should take Step 2 right after you submit your application to ERAS. That way they already have your Step 1 score and you can always update your application if you think that you would want to submit your Step 2 score.

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