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    What exactly happens if you don't pass the COMP on the first try?

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    I am a little worried about not passing the COMP for the first time. I heard that something like about only 30% of the class actually passes on the first try.

    My question is how does this affect the future for students? Does Ross schedule Cores based on the Comp, or the Step? Do residencies take into account if you failed the Comp the first time? Anyone have any insight into this matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideswipe View Post
    I am a little worried about not passing the COMP for the first time. I heard that something like about only 30% of the class actually passes on the first try.

    My question is how does this affect the future for students? Does Ross schedule Cores based on the Comp, or the Step? Do residencies take into account if you failed the Comp the first time? Anyone have any insight into this matter?
    The Comp is just an internal filter for the school to give you permission to take the USMLE.

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    Even if residencies did see your comp score which I doubt, the only thing they care abaout is your board scores and GPA in that order. They could give a flip about some asinine internal exam that Ross makes you take.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sideswipe View Post
    I am a little worried about not passing the COMP for the first time. I heard that something like about only 30% of the class actually passes on the first try.

    My question is how does this affect the future for students? Does Ross schedule Cores based on the Comp, or the Step? Do residencies take into account if you failed the Comp the first time? Anyone have any insight into this matter?
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    I would retake the comp anytime or as many times as I could to make sure Im ready for when it really matters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnabel View Post
    I would retake the comp anytime or as many times as I could to make sure Im ready for when it really matters
    Well it really matters the 3rd time you take it, because if you don't pass it in 3 tries you're kicked out.

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    Try as much as possible to pass it on the first try cause it's a pain in the but to take it again. Plus the increased stress of the possibility of failing it on a 3rd attempt and getting kicked out. Long story short, take the COMP seriously and don't just blatantly fail it. I understand how hard it is to review the 2yrs of basic science in 3.5 weeks after leaving that island. I was in the 1st class who was given the option to take it in MIA. I failed the first time and passed the 2nd time. This journal article below somewhere states that the 2nd try is the most predicative in terms of USMLE performance. Despite this, try passing it in the first try cause the group that took the CBSE it in this study were not under the pressure of having to pass it in 3 tries.

    ACADEMIC MEDICINE - Fulltext (PDF): Volume 72(12) December 1997 p 1097-102 Relationship between students' performances on the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination and the USMLE Step 1: a longitudinal investigation at one school.

    My Step 1 score was exactly dead on the same as my 2nd COMP score. I was surprised that it predicted my score this way.
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    I heard that on the second try almost 90% of the people pass. How true is this? And, would it be better to just stay on the island and take it and get it over with ? can you do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMedStudent View Post
    I heard that on the second try almost 90% of the people pass. How true is this? And, would it be better to just stay on the island and take it and get it over with ? can you do that?
    Not anymore..unless you plan on taking 5th in Dominica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMedStudent View Post
    I heard that on the second try almost 90% of the people pass. How true is this? And, would it be better to just stay on the island and take it and get it over with ? can you do that?
    This was not true for my class. I passed the second time, but I had friends who had to take it a 3rd time. They mentioned that about 45 % of the 3rd time examinees were the same people from the 2nd exam attempt.
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    During his talk to 4th sems on monday, Dr C said that somewhere between 30-50% pass the COMP on first try (didn't know any stats about whether the pass rate was different depending on where you do 5th) and was more around 75% for second try. He didn't say anything about the 3rd attempt.

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