Originally posted by nuclearrabbit77
i got a 36 and didnt receive an interview from a U.C.
i still got several acceptances however.
I think some lower tier schools are suspicious of students with really high stats. It's my guess that some of these schools reject students with high stats on the basis of "there's no chance he/she is coming here anyway... why waste an acceptance?"Originally posted by ckent
I got a 36 but only got accepted to one school,
And I also know a student who got a 39-45 (he got the highest score, a range score) and was not accepted to his Illinois state schools. A high MCAT score certainly doesn't guarentee you anything. He ended up getting into Wash U though.
True, a lot of people might lie to sound good to others. But it is also highly possible that people who are very good test takers or who are very smart and can get a 39 on the MCATs just never did work in college and so they had a low gpa and/or a weak list of activities.Originally posted by sluox
the more likely explaination is that he bull****ted you about his MCAT score...unless i actually see someone's record, i'd never buy whatever he tells me
Or they went to a school or were in a major where it's very rare to have GPA > 3.5. Or they worked 30+ hours a week while taking a heavy courseload. Or, they had a couple of bad semesters due to family problems.Originally posted by Bonds756
True, a lot of people might lie to sound good to others. But it is also highly possible that people who are very good test takers or who are very smart and can get a 39 on the MCATs just never did work in college and so they had a low gpa and/or a weak list of activities.
Didn't mean to cut the list of possibilities short. That is absolutely true. My point was just that we shouldn't be so quick to assume people lied about their MCAT scores. People with a 39 on the MCATs can be denied admission for other reasons (gpa, etc).Originally posted by spacecadet
Or they went to a school or were in a major where it's very rare to have GPA > 3.5. Or they worked 30+ hours a week while taking a heavy courseload. Or, they had a couple of bad semesters due to family problems.
Don't be so quick to assume people are lazy. Maybe you just don't know the whole story.
Originally posted by physicsMD
Spacecadet, I'm with you. I think I PM'd you about this, but quite true there are people who have faced adversity as an undergrad. I worked full time because of a very sick father, while double majoring in physics and physiology at UCLA (undoubtedy one of the the most grade competitive (fizz) and most difficult material-wise (physics) majors there). My last year I has a 3.8 because I think financial aid finally felt sorry for me and gave me a huge grant (I still worked 20 hrs a week), but it was only enough to pull my GPA to a 3.0. Now as a grad student in biomedical physics I want to go to med school. I also got a high MCAT score (11V, 13B, 13P, R) but even with my high grad GPA, great EC's (Africa volunteer, published, physics TA) I will be surprised if I get even one interview. I'm from Cali so I don't have a state school back-up, and what school wants someone with a 3.0? So, I might end up on this thread next year. If I do (lets pray not), you all will know why someone with a great MCAT couldn't get in anywhere (and I'm applying to a decent range).
Originally posted by poloace
people with high scores that don't get into medical school either:
1- are really bad at interviews...
2- don't have a high score.