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8 in verbal... workable?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by AbujaMan, May 26, 2008.

  1. AbujaMan

    AbujaMan 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    verbal.. how i hate you so!

    anyways i go to a SUNY school in NY

    3.95 science gpa, 3.93 total gpa.
    MCAT- 31R -11 PS 12 BS 8 VR

    pretty solid ec's- research, volunteering in hosp, tutoring (vol and for pay), community service stuff, leadership positions, summer premed shadowing internships..

    the 8 certainly annoys me but i was only averaging 9 so oh well
    I'm looking at suny med schools and mid tier private schools in ny, pa and ma

    So my first question is obviously: am i ok? Im hoping my gpa ec can make up for my 8.

    Second- how successful are 8s in verbals in general? I know we're in an age where medical schools are caring more about the broad applicant and not the straight science students but 8 is sort of a gray zone.. a 9 is fine and a 7 is a most likely retake.. so anyone have success or failure stories?

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  3. AbujaMan

    AbujaMan 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
  4. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    If you don't think you can improve it to a 10, don't bother retaking. The 11 and 12 are pretty volatile scores, and a 31 overall is just fine.

    Your list has quite a few reaches on it. You might trim some of those unless you really want to go to all of them. Also, add some more schools within your range like SLU, Tulane, and some of the VA schools.
  5. AbujaMan

    AbujaMan 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2008
    It is more likely that I can get a 9 on verbal but who knows i may get another 8. I figure its smarter for me to apply early than to retake it for a realistic increase by 2 points. I didnt want to go too far from home and i figured i might as well apply to all the ny schools.. i know columbia cornell and brown are pretty big reaches but i should be ok for state schools at the very least, right? especially with my gpa?
  6. funkydrmonkey

    funkydrmonkey They Call Me Dr. Funkmonk 7+ Year Member

    May 10, 2007
    In the Frozen Tundra
    Apply to Wayne State. They forgive you if you have a low score in one section, but a high GPA, good LORs and good EC's, which is why I am sure you would get in...
  7. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    I don't see why not. The 8 isn't so disparate from your other scores that it'll raise eybrows. I agree about Wayne State, though. That's a good one to add.
  8. nwitek


    May 26, 2008
    Advice please!

    I am in a similar situation: I got a 31: 8 vr 10 Phys and 13 Bio Q. I don't know if I should retake it

    I speak English as my primary language. I didn't take any Physics classes bc I took the AP test, but I was hoping to do better on phys as well. I have 3.9, neuroscience research, lots of volunteering, and two international medical trips. My dream school is Mayo, but I am willing to go to other schools, should I retake?

    Side note...I took the test at the Prometric Testing Center in Chicago and got stuck in the stairwell on the 16th floor before verbal. Every door was locked and I had to run down 16 flights of stairs, take an elevator back up, then sit in line to get into the testing room. I tried to take a few deep breaths to calm down... but verbal was a blur. VR was always my weak point, but I sometime scored 12,13,11 on practice tests... I really do not want to retake, because I plan to apply early and I don't know if I can reproduce a 13 in bio.

    p.s. if you are wondering why I was in the stairwell during the MCAT: My friend who got a 38 T had "walked-off" each section in the stairwell to focus completely on the next section.
  9. nu2004

    nu2004 5+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    Los Angecagoveland
    gah... dude...

    ps - i don't see the need for either of you to retake. just apply early and broadly.
  10. darkelven29

    darkelven29 7+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    my verbal was 7, overall 31R nonscience and science gpa both: 3.86

    from CA
    12 interview invites (Suny Downstate declined)
    attended 9 interviews (UVM, Miami, Vandy, UC Davis, SUNY Buff, UIC, Drexel...)
    5 waitlists (even Vandy in small pool waitlist a top 20 school!!! but 2 postinterview rejections (probably because of low verbal/mediocre interviews)
    2 acceptances (all middle tier schools)

    So with verbal 7 or 8, you are at significant disadvantage but be REALLY prepared to defend why you have low verbal score in your interview/application (I rocked in humanities classes/publications was my excuse)

    Also you are likely to be on waitlist even if you rock the interviews so apply broadly.
  11. ilikefudge

    ilikefudge spongebob squarepants 2+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    somewhere over the rainbow
    ditto. i got in with an 8
  12. Ihateverbal

    Ihateverbal 7+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    I got a 6 on verbal and got into med school. It's doable....but its not a pleasant ride.
  13. vapremed

    vapremed 2+ Year Member

    May 25, 2008
    I got a 25 Q overall, 8 BS, 8VR, 9PS and didn't bother applying. I'm scheduled to retake on saturday :0

    Could I have gotten in anywhere with that score? I have 3.75 BCMP, good LORs and LOTS of experience. A WHOLE LOT from research to ER scribing to 100s of shadowing hours

    Im trying to get into Med college of Virginia (MCV) or U of cincinnati
  14. bawer234

    bawer234 ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    I also got a 7 in VR. I ended up 7VR, 12PS, 13BS, P writing. 32P overall with a 3.7Overall GPA and 3.5BCPM.

    I got 5 interview invites (SUNY Downstate, UVM, Drexel, UofA, & VCU).
    I have 2 acceptances, Drexel and VCU, and waitlists at UVM and SUNY Downstate. Just write a great PS, and good EC's.
  15. majik1213

    majik1213 7+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    i got into temple with an 8VR (10PS/11BS/WS:T)
    the T helped but so do ECs and the interview is crucial (overall performance) also apply IS .. it's your best bet if you want to go allopathic .. do not rule out osteopathic paths they're great .. some are even better than some other allopathic schools
  16. disorder

    disorder isrdero 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    i'm pretty much in the same boat as you
  17. EkLiLiaN

    EkLiLiaN MDLilY 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2004
    where my heart is
    I got into top 10 schools. if other aspects look good, then you should be fine. Make sure your PS is superb!
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2008
  18. disorder

    disorder isrdero 7+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    this is just about the greatest thing i have heard all day. thank you.

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