Hi, I am applying to MD schools this June with 3.9+ gpa (from a big ten school) and 34 MCAT, but 8 in verbal. I noticed in the MSAR that the top 20 med schools (according to rankings, which can be very subjective) have ranges that only begin at 9 for the verbal section of the exam. I have also heard (may be myth, hopefully) that these schools just screen out applicants with anything lower than a 9 in each section, irregardless of the strength of the rest of the application. My question is whether I should even bother applying to these schools or woukd it be a waste of my time and money. Of course, i would like to get into these schools, but I also dont want to risk unnecessarily having to dilute my efforts come secondary applications time. If any of you have gotten into a top tier school with an 8 in any section, now is your time to speak!!