Feb 25, 2014
Would an applicant who took the MCAT once and got a 33 with a retake of 36 (14 PS/13 BS/ 09 VR) and a 3.75 GPA with good research (multiple pubs) have a decent shot at a good MD/PhD program or is the 9 in VR and the fact that they retook a deal breaker?


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Jul 10, 2014
MD/PhD Student
As others have said, you should be fine. Remember the MCAT is just one piece of the application; your research LORs are much more important in getting programs to consider interviewing you. Your overall MCAT will at least get you looked at!

I know this is just my own anecdote, but I also applied with a 9 on VR and interviewed at most of the "top" MSTPs on the US News list (for what it's worth). I also didn't submit my application until July and wasn't complete until mid-August due to waiting on LORs. Still, it's a good idea to try to get in your application as early as possible!
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Jul 6, 2008
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Of course "on time" implies a timely application- I frequently post that mid-July is a good goal. Mid-July should be a personal deadline to have your AMCAS submitted in full & ideally already verified. I am not aware of an additional benefit to applying the first day/week the cycle opens.
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