Go Pack
7+ Year Member
Jun 22, 2009
Medical Student
You should definitely just shoot for the highest that you could accomplish, but you should be able to get in somewhere in the U.S. with a 30. Possibly a 29. But don't put a limit on yourself.


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10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2009
In the forest
Resident [Any Field]
Why are you so angry?

Thanks for replying everyone. So 35+ for top 10 correct? and 30-34 would be top 30 school? Thanks everyone.
I don't think the OP is angry per se. It's just that similar threads occur pretty often on SDN.

Nice people have humored you and given you exact scores, but really, it's impossible to tell. Getting a 38 will not guarantee you get into a top 10 school. A 38 is something like the top 1 percentile of test takers. But that still leaves a lot of people applying to those top schools, almost all of whom also have a 38 or higher.

The truth is that for those top 10s, you need certain scores to get through the door, but random chance is really all that will get you a spot in the class.

Now, if you're talking top 40 or whatever, a 38 will probably net you a spot somewhere on that list. Just don't have your heart set on a particular school.
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Jun 9, 2009
Hi Jess,

As someone from U of T, the answer to your question depends on what type of school you're aiming for...

With a 30 or so, you will likely get into A school (assuming you apply early a apply broadly)...but it may be a low to mid-tier school.

If you're aiming for top 25, then you may want to get >35 or even >38 on your MCAT to increase your chances.

Best of luck :luck: