Low Step 1 score, chances to Match?


My stats are below:

Step 1: 203
Step 2: 224
CS: first attempt

I just finished my cs and might participate in SOAP, but if SOAP doesn’t work out, do I have a chance to match? Anyone have any advice??


I believe that is you prepare well (strong rec. letters and PS) you do have a chance. I have seen friends with minimum passing scores who match last year. Good luck :slight_smile:


thank you!!! :joy:


You definitely have a chance to Match! But it also depends on specialty, your grad date, immigration status, and the number of LORs you have from the US.

DM me if you need additional advice =)


I need some advice with matching in residency! I also have low avg scores 219/231/ cs pass first attempt/ 216 in step 3 . I applied last year couldnot match, how could I improve my cv and chances of matching?

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My step 1 score is 192 in 2016 step 2 score is 216 in 2017 and passed CS 2018
i also have 2 years of US clinical experience …I am going to apply for IM residency programs this year.
What are my chances to match?and how many residency programs should i apply to?i really need some advice… thank you


I have following credentials-
Step 1- 216
CS- passed on first attempt
step 3- 216 YOG-2014
this is my second year of applying i have worked on improving my CV since last year including USCE, I have applied broadly but no positive luck… Emailing programs as well any suggestions?


I am IMG but living in Canada , here I have given 2 of canadian exams and passed them. I passed cs in first attempt and passed ck with214. I did shadowing in Canada with different family doctors. Is there amy chances to get residency in FM in US ??
I ll really appreciate your help

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There isn’t a formula to calculate your chances. If you get fresh US hands-on clinical experience and obtain good LoRs and an impressive personal statement you will have a better chance.


drtooba : what specialty did u try to match into ?