I submitted AMCAS Sept. 28, and am still waiting to be verified...I know this is nothing compared to what some people have endured, but are there people still waiting to be verified??
Originally posted by Tweetie_bird:
<strong>ok, this might make me sound absolutely ignorrant, but what exactly defines "verified" and how would one know if he/she has been verified??? </strong><hr></blockquote>
Verified" means AMCAS has checked your schools attended and coursework against the transcripts you have submitted to them. You would think that this would be an easy process, easily accomplished by your average 8th grade educated person! But no, for AMCAS folks it is so incredibly difficult you wouldn't believe it! Their task is made even harder by the fact that they lose a good percentage of all transcripts sent to them, plus they cannot figure out things like maiden names, and different student ID numbers from different schools, even though the application asks for them. Also, you would think that they would give applicants some clue about the process of verification, but no! That's why SDN is so essential. Through collective sleuthing, inference and deduction the brave souls on SDN who went through the application process this year managed to figure out what red X's, blue slashes and O's, and the appearance of the "change notification button" and the Date Processed date meant! Of course they mostly watched helplessly as folks who submitted their apps way later than them got verified out of order (that's another thing about AMCAS folks, they can't put things in order according to dates!), or as someone else's MCAT scores appeared on their application, or their own scores never appeared at all.
In a nutshell, it's been totally nuts, but hopefully they got the bugs out this year and it will be better next year. One is presumably verified when the Date Processed appears in the upper right hand corner of the application when you open the "Print Application" window. Of course, some folks have been "unverified" when they tried to update their application according to AMCAs instructions. So nothing is ever written in stone with AMCAS! Hope that answers your question.
Originally posted by mpp:
<strong> They keep people on hold for hours on end playing the same CD on the hold music over, and over again. Incompetence at a level that I have never seen. It's not just criminal, it is disgusting.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Look on the bright side - at least they play updated music
Look on the bright side - at least they play updated music <hr></blockquote>
You mean they're no longer playing Mariah Carey's Daydream LP? Man, I had the lyrics to that whole album memorized thanks to AMCAS. I haven't called them in a couple of months. Perhaps I should just call to see what they're playing??? Nah... too many bad memories.
Originally posted by Nicholas:
Thanks for your response. How do you know all this stuff? I'm impressed.
Learned it all here on SDN! Without SDN, I don't know how I would have gotten through the application process. I just realized that it's been 4 months since you submitted. That's really intolerable. I'd contact Nancy Tillinghast, the director of AMCAS ([email protected]), and threaten legal action if you aren't verified pronto. That's what I and some others SDNers did when we decided AMCAS's incompetence was jeopardizing our chances of admission. Worked like a charm. I had a lawyer write my letter, but other people have had success just threatening to sue for breach of contract (she won't know if you really have a lawyer or not -- just say the next time she hears from you it will be through your lawyer if you're not verified by such and such a date). Good luck.
lamyers, 4 months to verify an EDP applicant! Now that's what I call the very pinnacle of incompetence!! Congratulations anyway!!!