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How much did you exaggerate?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Janny, Apr 11, 2007.

How much did you stretch your GPA/MCAT on mdapps? c'mon it's anonymous

  1. not at all

    82 vote(s)
    93.2%
  2. 0.1-0.2 gpts/1-2 MCAT pts

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  3. 0.3-0.4 gpts/3-4 MCAT pts

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. >0.5 gpts/>5 MCAT

    5 vote(s)
    5.7%
  1. Janny

    Janny 2+ Year Member

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    How much did you "exaggerate" your stats on mdapplicants?
     
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  3. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    A small segment of people post on there in the first place, so it is "exaggerated" even if everyone who is the type who would post were completely honest. If only the people proud of their numbers post, the stats will seem higher than average.
     
  4. Janny

    Janny 2+ Year Member

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    word
     
  5. sendwich

    sendwich you rock! 10+ Year Member

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    most people who post on mdapps are:

    1) a very small % of total applicants
    2) probably those who are 'confident" about posting their stats b/c they're so stellar. not saying those who didnt post aren't confident, or did bad. it's just natural to showcase your stats if you did better.
     
  6. QuakerPreMed

    QuakerPreMed 2+ Year Member

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    A while back I correlated # of students saying they had an acceptance on MDApps compared to the total # accepted by a school (as reported by USNews) -- it was pretty constantly between 6 and 10% for all schools I checked. Like others have said, those are probably some of the strongest students anyway, so worry not.
     
  7. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

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    Yeah, it's a representativeness issue.

    I can't imagine that people would lie about their stats (though I'm sure there are some people out their that). Who are they trying to impress?
     
  8. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Their twisted self.
     
  9. Biscuit799

    Biscuit799 7+ Year Member

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    I'd imagine it would completely negate the entire rationale for the existance of mdapps if people lied on it. The entire point it was created was so premeds could compare stats and ec's to people that were/weren't successful.
     
  10. HumbleMD

    HumbleMD hmmmm... 7+ Year Member

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    Why would someone lie about thier application statistics an an anonymous internet information source? Talk about pointless and masturbatory...
     
  11. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Well, there are periodic fakes that turn up on there, but they tend to be more the variety of the dude with a claimed 2.5/20 who gets into all the top 10 schools.
     

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