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NRGStar

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I'm a physical science UG and engineering grad student and haven't taken the required orgo chem or biology, but after doing very well on a practice mcat I'm confident I can get a good score taking it this summer regardless. Any reason for me to wait, take all my prereqs, and apply for the 2009 cycle as opposed to applying then taking the rest of my reqs?
 

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If you think you'll do well on the MCAT then all you have to do is have them out of the way prior to matriculation. Keep in mind though that your actual MCAT scores may vary a great deal from a single practice exam.
 

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If you think you'll do well on the MCAT then all you have to do is have them out of the way prior to matriculation. Keep in mind though that your actual MCAT scores may vary a great deal from a single practice exam.

Agreed. You need to take many practice exams and score consistently well on them to feel confident about a certain score range.
 

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Technically, no there isn't a reason to wait.... But even though you are doing well on the practice MCAT's you will most likely do better if you've taken the pre-req courses. I mean, what's one more year?

I guess two other issue to consider, is your UG GPA, and Extra Curriculars

Do you have a very strong GPA? If so(3.7+), then... well, then taking the MCAT may not be as much of a risk. But if you are weak in the GPA area, it would pay to take the pre-req's and really nail the MCAT the first time.

Also if you're weak in your EC's that extra year could be used to improve your EC's....
 

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Yeah good call my ECs are fairly weak and my UG gpa isn't stellar, 3.6. Good grad gpa but I doubt they care.
 

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Yeah good call my ECs are fairly weak and my UG gpa isn't stellar, 3.6. Good grad gpa but I doubt they care.

Go for it. Unless you are trying to get into one of the top med schools you should be golden if you do well on the MCAT. Get above a 29/30 and I'm sure you'll get in somewhere. You should do some extra EC stuff this spring/summer so you can put it on your app.
 

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I think that not having pre-reqs finished before applying is a big mistake. Without these pre-reqs you do not have a completed application. Getting into med school is very competitive and you put yourself in a hole because everyone else has these prereq classes on their transcript and you dont. If you were missing one pre-req class like bio2 or orgo then it would not be a problem. However, the OP is missing four of the most crucial classes of undergrad. Admissions commitees hone in on these classes as a guage of how well you will do in med school and if you are missing them you appear like an incomplete applicant. G-d willing you should only go through this process once, therefore, you should do it right.

Best,
Dave

P.S. by not having taken these pre-req you also risk not getting your maximum score on the mcat!
 
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