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    Nice!!!! Thanks for sharing your info. Good luck throughout your rotations and residency.

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    nice congrats on passing its a great feeling

    and the 2 digit score is not a percentile..its a conversion of the 3 digit score. a 217 is roughly in the 65% percentile not 90th.

    enjoy the day drink and look forward to repeating that day 4 more times (2days for step 2 and 2days for step 3)
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    So we know all know that 90 is not the percentile, but could you please tell us where you came up with 217 being 65th percentile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seminole View Post
    So we know all know that 90 is not the percentile, but could you please tell us where you came up with 217 being 65th percentile?

    its my own best guess because the books, including first aid, say that a passing score on the usmle is approximately getting 60% of the questions right. if you take 184/350 you get 53%..then books also say they throw out a few questions because they are experiemntal and you get a rough 60% equivalent if they toss about 20 questions. so a 217 if they kept all the questions is 62%

    i don't know if the nbme has ever said what a score relates to in percentile i haven't looked it up but i was bired enough after taking step 1 that i came up with that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seminole View Post
    So we know all know that 90 is not the percentile, but could you please tell us where you came up with 217 being 65th percentile?

    I was wondering that myself. My best guess is that it depends on the pool of people who took the test at/around that same time period.

    I know someone who got a few points less and their two digit score was aprox. 84. So the 65 is off as far as I can tell. That said his score may not translate to 90 but I would be very very suprised if it was 65. It would not shock me if his score was in the 90th percentile (+/-) of that pool of test takers.
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    A 217 is 50th percentile. When I took the Step 1, 217 was the average score for US and Canadian students, average is 50th percentile. The standard deviation was 20, so as you know from the gaussian distribution that one SD above the mean will be ~82nd percentile, or a 237. two SD above the mean will be a 97.5th percentile, or a 257. Just an idea for you guys to calculate your percentiles. The 2 digit score given is NOT a percentile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thethom View Post
    A 217 is 50th percentile. When I took the Step 1, 217 was the average score for US and Canadian students, average is 50th percentile. The standard deviation was 20, so as you know from the gaussian distribution that one SD above the mean will be ~82nd percentile, or a 237. two SD above the mean will be a 97.5th percentile, or a 257. Just an idea for you guys to calculate your percentiles. The 2 digit score given is NOT a percentile.

    Best of Luck...
    the current mean and SD for step 1 is 222 and 22. It has gone up this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrFraud View Post
    the current mean and SD for step 1 is 222 and 22. It has gone up this year.

    So this means a 217 in 2008 would be ~40's percentile. Keep working guys, its getting more and more competitive...
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