2+ Year Member
Oct 1, 2014
Medical Student
So i just got my MCAT scores back yesterday and I got a 26 (7V, 9PS, 10BS). I'm really bummed out about the verbal. I have a 3.3 GPA and I'm a senior now. I am NOT a URM.

My ECs are as follow:
-officer in premedical society
-more than a year of undergraduate research in a biological sciences lab on campus
-did a mission trip to a third world country (was an officer in the organization that led the trip)
-in a fraternity (held multiple officer positions)
-peer health advocate on campus
-more than 50 hours of shadowing in the ER (MD doc)

I'm fairly confident that I can bring up my GPA to at least a 3.4 by the time I graduate and start applying. I also am in the process of talking to a D.O. doctor so that I can get some more shadowing in (hopefully around 100 hours) over winter break. I'm also taking a gap year so that I can scribe and get some more clinical experience in. (I would be applying next year so that I could start medical school in 2016).

I'm honestly really worried about my mcat. I was scoring mostly 27s and 28s on my practice exams and I'm really disheartened to learn that I got a 26. I am thinking about a retake but is it really worth it (especially since I'm only aiming for a DO)? The time I would aim to try it would be in January (I really don't want to have to take the new exam) but the nearest testing center is around 300 miles away. Another thing is that I am a fairly busy person and I don't know if I have enough time to dedicate to studying for this exam. If I am going to retake I want to make sure I do at least 3 points better. I'm just really disappointed that I studied all summer long and only have a 26 to show for it. What do you guys think I should do? And what do you think about my chances as of now with my current mcat?


7+ Year Member
Jul 10, 2010
Medical Student
3.3-3.4 and 26 is enough to get into a mid-tier DO school. If you are satisfied with that, do not retake.