7+ Year Member
- Jan 30, 2012
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MCAT (10,8,12) PS, VR, BS
This is a point that re-takers seem to forget. We know this too! We know that you have seen a version of the test, become accustomed to the test site and had a chance to review for the next try. The advantages you have in the re-take means that you are expected to get a much higher score compared to those who lacked these advantages.I have already taken it once... so this will be review (for the second time I suppose?)
As long as you apply early, broadly, and smartly...you have a good chance of being accepted to a MD school. That's more than can be said for a lot of applicants who come here looking for advice so be happy about that.
You should submit your AMCAS in early June 2015. Start pre-writing your secondaries in June and try to submit all your secondaries by July 31 2015. Apply to at least 12 schools though preferably you should apply to 15-18, just to be on the safe side. When I say apply I mean submitting both primary and secondary applications.
I think you do have a shot at UMass though I will let others on SDN answer how strong of a shot you have at that school. You should definitely apply to mostly new and low-tier MD schools since your MCAT is below average for MD matriculants. Here are some of those schools:
1. Hofstra- Northshore
2. Western Michigan
7. Virginia Commonwealth
8. Rosalind Franklin
11. Oakland University William Beaumont
I'm sure others in SDN will chime in with their suggestions too. Make sure your PS is polished and appealing. Make sure your LORs are strong.
I included hofstra-northshore because it's a new school. I have heard from several sources that jefferson is low tier.
My reading of the MSAR indicates that about 40 of their matriculants had scores like yours (out of 1002 IS applicants).
We don't know how many IS applicants with your scores were interviewed, only the number of matriculants (about 40).Very much appreciate the wisdom, gyngyn. But to clarify, you mean to say out of 125 matriculants instead of applicants, right?
This would mean that my numbers would qualify me for a position, but it's up to more subjective things and the interview that mainly decides whether I get in, right?
We don't know how many IS applicants with your scores were interviewed, only the number of matriculants (about 40).
Generally speaking, lower stat applicants have a compelling reason to be considered, though. MA only matriculates 17.8% of its IS applicants (almost as bad as CA at 15.6%!).
I do not recommend re-taking an MCAT consistent with success. Most re-takers get scores that do not help them. Sometimes they are hurt, badly. There is a reporting bias on SDN for those who do score much better.That's unfortunate to hear. But changing the topics a little, one of my advisors told me that if I retook the MCAT and got a more balanced score (11,10,11) perhaps, then that could help me. Do you think that's accurate, or would schools be willing to overlook an 8 in verbal for other things?
I do not recommend re-taking an MCAT consistent with success. Most re-takers get scores that do not help them. Sometimes they are hurt, badly. There is a reporting bias on SDN for those who do score much better.
As long as you were healthy and scored within your practice range, the odds that a re-take will outweigh the opportunity cost are small.
What you lack in MCAT points can easily be accommodated by strategy as long as you are also a good interviewee.