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Do schools look at primary app before MCAT is received?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by BS1026, May 16, 2014.

  1. BS1026

    BS1026 Class of 2015 2+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2013
    Hey guys.

    I am thinking about applying early decision to one of NJ's state schools. My concern is that my application will be delayed (given that you cannot submit your application to other schools until you hear back from the early decision one).

    However, I will not be taking my MCAT until July 2, which means I will not have my scores back until early August and the school I'm thinking of applying EDP to is notorious for responding back to the applicant with a decision well before October (usually mid to late August). I know people who had interview invites 3 days after their MCAT score was received and a decision three weeks after their interview.

    I guess my question is: Do medical schools look at primary applications before they receive that person's MCAT score? If so, I looks like I would be delaying my application but if not, it looks like I'll only be delaying my application approximately three weeks (given that my MCAT score would be released in early August and I would have an EDP decision by late August).
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  3. Smurfette

    Smurfette The blonde among the blue. Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Moving to PreAllo where this is more appropriate.
  4. trino

    trino 2+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    No, you won't be considered for an interview without an MCAT score. Early decision or not
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  5. hoihaie

    hoihaie Banned Banned

    Mar 6, 2014
  6. Heplayer92

    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    You don't even get IIs (secondaries) without an MCAT right?
  7. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    An interview invite (II) is not the same as a secondary application. A secondary application is usually just a few more essays and such to fill out that are specific to the school, and there is a fee, ranging anywhere from $25 to ~$125. Most schools will send a secondary to anyone who submits a primary to their school, even if there's no MCAT yet.

    Only after you have EVERYTHING in--AMCAS, secondary, LORs, MCAT, and anything else required--THEN you are considered for an interview offer.
  8. Heplayer92

    Heplayer92 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Oh lol, I always thought II meant secondary...whoops.

    Got it, thanks Ismet!
  9. BS1026

    BS1026 Class of 2015 2+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2013
    Very helpful. Thank you everyone!
  10. moop

    moop 1K Member Banned Account on Hold

    Dec 14, 2013
    You're not the only one. Shocked posts when people hear of "prewriting IIs" are the some of the SDN gems, classic stuff aside.

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