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Confused primary apps - submitting without an MCAT score

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by GoodGuyGregory, May 17, 2014.

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  1. GoodGuyGregory

    GoodGuyGregory

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    Hey guys,

    So I'll be doing my first (and only) MCAT May 31. Scores should come out July 1.

    I've read around and it's apparent that I should submit the primaries for verification as soon as it opens. What I don't get is why some are given the advice to only check one medical school in the primary.

    What is the harm in selecting all the schools that I am interested in right away? If I do this, won't I get my secondary applications quicker for those schools?

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  3. trino

    trino 2+ Year Member

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    If your MCAT score is not in the range of these schools then checking them is a waste of $35ish dollars each. Make sure your MCAT score is ok, then add the schools that same day. Believe me, it won't hurt you as schools won't send you secondaries without the MCAT anyway. If you want to get a head start, prewrite the essays for the schools your interested in. That will save you far more time
     
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  4. Fedxup

    Fedxup 2+ Year Member

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    But if you do bad on you MCAT your application will be sent to all the schools you selected.
     
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    ciestar 2+ Year Member

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    And if your mcat is bad enough you don't get in anywhere, you'd be a reapplicant. That's why you only pick one.
     
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    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

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    orangeman25 2+ Year Member

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    somewhere down south
  8. justAstudent

    justAstudent SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Really depends on the school. Some schools send one to you as soon as you submit your primary. Others might take months before deciding to send one to you.
     
  9. orangeman25

    orangeman25 2+ Year Member

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    I know but I mean for people looking to pre write secondaries, do you know when the prompts are generally posted on SDN?
     
  10. justAstudent

    justAstudent SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Just look in the school specific thread. They don't change for the most part from year to year.
     
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  11. GoodGuyGregory

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    Thanks all!

    For some reason I thought that some schools sent out secondaries w/o MCAT scores but I guess I'm incorrect on that?
     

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