Well, it still seems like a fluke to me. I really had no strategy for VR, but you might wanna check out the MCAT forum. There are some good threads about VR strategies there.I'm just not strong in verbal. My practice scores though were 9, 8.... Any suggestions how to pull it up?
Sounds like it's not about your Verbal ability, since your practice scores were decent. What happened during the test? Ran out of time, blanked out, panicked? Agree with above, definitely retake.I'm just not strong in verbal. My practice scores though were 9, 8.... Any suggestions how to pull it up?
I practiced with Exam Crackers. They claim they are the best....Which practice tests were you taking?
I found that the quality of practice tests (and their predictability) varied wildly, especially for verbal.
I highly recommend taking the verbal sections from the AAMC practice tests. In my opinion, they are by far the closest thing to what you'll actually see on test day. The AAMC science sections, however, are a whole different conversation.
I took 4 verbal sections from AAMC, and I got the same verbal score on every one of them that I got on the real test.
Hope that helps. Good luck!
You have zero hope with a 5 in verbal. If you aren't going to retake by August, there is no point in sending in expensive secondaries just to enrich their coffers. If you honestly think the score was a fluke, then just retake it soon. If it accurately represented your practice scores, then you have a lot of work to put in before it will be worth retaking.it will be interesting to see what schools have to say, but I don't have much hope. I can't retake it this summer due to some family stuff. Will shoot for Jan next year. Do you think I should bother filling out secondaries that I've received so far?
Yeah, but you did well on the sciences. I think a 5 might be very difficult to rectify if it were on BS, for example. But a good verbal score can be had with practice, as everyone is saying. The AAMC practice tests give explanations for the answers...pay attention to why your answer was incorrect. However, I did find that the AAMC's explanations weren't always that good. Again, I found TPR verbal to be excellent (no I don't work for them!).
yeah, i'm not a native speaker, which i'm sure has a lot to do with my horrible score. My problem is time. I do extremely well on practice tests if i don't time myself. But when I do, I panick and get a lot wrong....are you a native speaker? a 5 is a head-scratcher.
i think you really need to get in the head of the test maker. go over the aamc tests and answers and try to really nail the types of answers they want you to get.. try to get a better idea of what makes x answer "the best" out of the available options by nailing their reasoning.
also, for prep, i hear tbr's logic based reasoning is ok.
Just don't do a passage. That way you have more time for the other 6 passages. And quite frankly, if you do even reasonably well on 6 passages, you can still easily score in the 8-9 range.yeah, i'm not a native speaker, which i'm sure has a lot to do with my horrible score. My problem is time. I do extremely well on practice tests if i don't time myself. But when I do, I panick and get a lot wrong....
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Duplicate post. See responses at http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=649737Hey guys,
I recently graduated from a ivy league school with a biochemistry degree (3.7GPA). I've taken the MCAT three times (25,25,and 27P). I have extraordinary letters of recommendation, several research projects, various shadowing experiences, and a pending publication. I also played varsity football for the first two years of college.
I have taken the MCAT three times as I mentioned above, and my final mcat breakdown was as follows:
PS - 11, BS - 10, V - 6 WS - P
I am also a Texas resident so some of the medical schools are a bit more lax about criteria. I figure the low verbal score can be made up with my semi-high GPA and good science scores.
What are my chances of getting an interview? I am also a re-applicant.
Can you guys provide some feedback. Much appreciated!!