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What score does the AAMC Self Assessment Translate to

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by volcomx, Mar 25, 2013.

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  1. volcomx

    volcomx

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    I recently took the AAMC self assessment. I don't have any official AAMC practice tests to take (I took them all 2 years ago on my first MCAT attempt). My self assessment scores are:

    Physics: 95%
    Gen Chem: 91%
    Biology: 88%
    Orgo: 85%
    Verbal: 92%

    Most of my mistakes in physics and gen chem were careless errors. For bio and orgo, there was some content that I was not familiar with, so I'm going to focus my studying on that for the next 2 weeks. My first MCAT was a 34, so I'm hoping to get at least a 38. How am I looking?
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    Mehd School Dale DOback

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    Obviously, those scores are excellent.

    Do you have a 2.6 gpa or something? Why are you retaking a 34 that has not expired?
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    Chalupa Batman Mr. McGibblets

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    It doesn't translate to a score
    Its just additional questions not equivalent to an actual test.
    But since you are doing well on the assessments you pretty much have the material down. Now just work on your timing.
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    Chalupa Batman Mr. McGibblets

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    ya dont retake a 34 unless its expired..
    its >90 percentile.
  5. volcomx

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    3.9 sgpa

    It was two years ago. I'm thinking I can do much better, and after talking to advisers, former interviewers, and admissions deans, I think it's actually a good idea. My MCAT wasn't the reason why I didn't get into medical school 2 years ago, and I've addressed the reasons (more volunteering, more clinical, more research).

    I know a 34 will get me in somewhere. But a 38 will no doubt be better. There is a significant difference between the top 10 percentile and top 1 percentile. Also, it may perhaps give me a shot at an academic scholarship. Considering my state school probably won't take me, it's worth a try.

    Anyways, I am going to retake - it's happening in a week and a half. I'm just curious as to whether I'm in good shape based on the assessments.
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    You have very similar scores (higher than my physics, lower than my ochem) to my self-assessments, and I was scoring 40s on all of my AAMCs. I think you're in good shape.
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    Thanks sp808 (Hawaii?). Have you taken the real thing yet?
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    Yep to both (I don't go to school there though). Just took it on Saturday so I don't know my score. You'll be able to get a 38 easily though.
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    nice, same. When you took the real thing on Saturday, did it feel the same to you as the practice tests? When I took it two years ago, I was scoring 36-39s on the practice, but when I took the real test I knew I wouldn't be getting in that range. I think I was lacking on content, and just got lucky on the practice tests. This time around, for phys and gen chem, I did the full EK1001, which I think helped. I started doing it for bio, but there are so many mistakes and many of the answers are questionable. Also, it doesn't solely test on pure content, which is what I need. I definitely should try to do some of the orgo EK1001.
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    volcomx and sp808 can you guys update with your scores on the real thing? it would be interesting to get a sense of the correspondance between your scores on the self assessment and the actual MCAT
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    Sure. 14/12/15 = 41 on the real thing. Here are my assessment scores with my AAMCs as well:

    AAMC 3 (3/3/13): 12/11/13 = 36
    AAMC 4 (3/8/13): 15/12/14 = 41
    AAMC 5 (3/10/13): 14/11/15 = 40
    AAMC 7: (3/13/13): 15/11/15 = 41
    AAMC 8: (3/15/13): 14/11/15 = 40
    AAMC 9: (3/17/13): 15/12/15 = 42
    AAMC 10: (3/19/13): 14/12/14 = 40
    AAMC 11: (3/21/13): 14/12/14 = 40

    Biology Self-Assessment = 90%
    Organic Chemistry Self-Assessment = 99%
    Chemistry Self-Assessment = 92%
    Physics Self-Assessment = 88%

    Hope that helps.
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    Very helpful, thanks! Did you buy the Verbal assessment as well? If so, do you remember how you did? Thanks and good luck with your apps!
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    92% on verbal is insane. However verbal is largely about timing, if you timed the verbal section and did it in 3 hours, then I'd say you're in range for a 12+. But if you didn't time it then the 92% is likely inflated and misleading.

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