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Horribly Unbalanced MCAT (14P/8V/15B)

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by OrangeTub, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. OrangeTub

    OrangeTub Tub of Oranges 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    Removed details for application cycle.
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  3. bambam92

    bambam92 Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2012
    Library Basement
    I say definitely DONT retake. I don't think that 8 verbal is gonna hold you back from many places with a 37 composite. Amazing job!!:thumbup:
  4. benjaminl1nus

    benjaminl1nus Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    May 12, 2011
    Omg - I have the exact same breakdown, lol. I took the April MCAT. 14/8/15 here too. I have given it a lot of thought because I, also, was averaging 10-11s on VR. I have talked to A LOT of people about this (adcoms included), and the general consensus is...DO NOT RETAKE. The 14 and 15 is such a rare and amazing combination that the 8 VR will be overlooked. The ONLY rationale that justifies retaking is 1) if your GPA is <3.5 AND 2) you are shooting for the top 10 schools.

    Also, look at the data. of the people who retake, 44% will score lower, 12% will break even, and 44% will score higher. These are terrible odds. DON'T DO IT. lol. Though i totally understand your wanting to retake.
  5. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    If 56% of the people will do better or at worst break even how are those terrible odds?
  6. justadream

    justadream 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    The odds are even worse for the OP because he is scoring at the upper range of MCAT scores.

    Most people who are retaking are scoring <30. A lot more room for improvement there.
  7. brood910

    brood910 2+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2011
    No point of retaking unless you are going for top schools like johns hopkins/harvard..
  8. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    hSDN Member
    hSDN Alumni
    Do not retake. That is an absolutely fantastic score and will not prevent you from getting into an MD school.
  9. OrangeTub

    OrangeTub Tub of Oranges 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2015
  10. benjaminl1nus

    benjaminl1nus Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    May 12, 2011
    44% chance of success is terrible considering risk/benefit. Considering your score is that high, your chances of improving are minimal at best, and, the cost of scoring lower is much greater than the benefit of scoring higher.

    Scoring 14 and 15 on the sciences is a LOT of skill plus a little bit of luck. That little bit of luck can make the difference and cause a drop in that score.
  11. valkener

    valkener 5+ Year Member

    May 17, 2010
    Just pick a specialty where you don't have to talk to people. #joke

    There are no "verbal cutoffs." Committee's certainly usually have an MCAT cutoff but not for individual scores. Your score is competitive and you should be able to get into those schools. For the interview, you can prepare an answer for the verbal section but I doubt it will come up.
  12. popopopop

    popopopop 5+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Ok, enough studentdoctor for me today....
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