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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by GophurIt, May 2, 2007.

  1. GophurIt

    GophurIt 2+ Year Member

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    Here is a question
    At what score would you retake the MCAT?
    Why?

    because of national average, because of desired score, because of believed potential or difference from practice test scores etc
     
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  3. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    <29 = Retake
    30+ = Keep it, hope for the best


    All based on being 1 std. dev. above the national average of 24...thus being in the top 33% of people taking the test. I feel this gives me a competitive chance at state public schools, with chances at privates scaling up as my score scales up. 29 is a stretch, anything less is retake.
     
  4. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Oh yeah, and because I was over 30 on all my practice tests. If I slipped for the real thing, I would be pretty angry at myself.
     
  5. djones473

    djones473 2+ Year Member

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    same as surgical.. if i got <30 i would probably retake because i consistently scored in low to mid 30s on my most recent practice tests. then again, if i got a 29 i would have to think long and hard about studying for the mcat again. i maybe would just try to get in with that and if not, put it off for a year.. clearly ive been thinking about this too much lol.
     
  6. ILPsychDoc

    ILPsychDoc 5+ Year Member

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    I would retake at <28... My exgirlfriend got a 28 and is now at KU med... I have to dominate her score or I will :barf:
     
  7. killinsound

    killinsound Physician 10+ Year Member

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    33 is my cutoff for retake because i feel like if i dont score near my range then i should retake.
     
  8. sexyman

    sexyman 5+ Year Member

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    I never broke 27 on my practice tests but i will retake with anything lower than a 29...
     
  9. finality333

    finality333 fĭ-zĭsh'ən 2+ Year Member

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    I would retake with < 30.
     
  10. DiverDoc

    DiverDoc KCUMB 2012 10+ Year Member

    I guess I'll be the bold one. I will retake if my actual is <25. I want to attend KCUMB or any DO program and have a pretty solid GPA and extracurriculars. My practice scores were generally better than 25, but that VR might own me.
     
  11. Schaden Freud

    Schaden Freud MiSanthrope II 2+ Year Member

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    If you're applying to allopathic schools you should consider retaking if you score less than a 30 total or less than 8 in any section (regardless of total score).



     
  12. sexyman

    sexyman 5+ Year Member

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    Even for DO, I feel like settling for low-mid 20s can keep you out of a lot of schools even with a solid GPA.
     
  13. DiverDoc

    DiverDoc KCUMB 2012 10+ Year Member

    Elaborate with stats then.
     
  14. Catatonic

    Catatonic 2+ Year Member

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    I got a 30 R (10s across the board) on my first try 3 years ago. I knew that I could have done better since I had a full course load including an internship and prep class. I retook it on April 16, and I was getting 38-42 on the AAMC practice tests.

    Whether you take it again or not depends on whether you're confident you're going to get a better score.
     

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