I got a 22 ACT, does that mean I will do bad on the MCAT??

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I know that there is a strong correlation between the ACT and MCAT scores from previous threads. Does this mean that I suck at standardized testing and will bomb the MCAT?

This act score is a good demoralizer.
 

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I know that there is a strong correlation between the ACT and MCAT scores from previous threads. Does this mean that I suck at standardized testing and will bomb the MCAT?

This act score is a good demoralizer.
Nope. Just means you may have more to overcome. The ACT correlates with the MCAT, yes, but it does not determine your MCAT score. Further, even if it did, a 22 ACT is average, so you'd expect somewhere around a 24 MCAT, which is still plenty high to get into a number of DO programs (esp. if you manage a solid GPA).
 

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Learn that "bad" is not an adverb and you will be well on your way to succeeding on the MCAT ;-)
 

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Nope. Just means you may have more to overcome. The ACT correlates with the MCAT, yes, but it does not determine your MCAT score. Further, even if it did, a 22 ACT is average, so you'd expect somewhere around a 24 MCAT, which is still plenty high to get into a number of DO programs (esp. if you manage a solid GPA).
this is not true at all. Since the competition increases every year, by the time OP takes the MCAT and applies, a 24 will definitely be a poor score
 

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No, it really doesn't have a correlation. Just prepare as hard as you can for the MCAT, and good God the ACT is old news, you're in college now, let go of it and move on to the next big thing.
 
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I should have probably mentioned that I didn't really prepare for the ACT. But I still feel like my MCATs will suck.
 

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Apples and oranges. You take the MCAT, a fundamentally different test, 3+ years after taking the ACT. I don't consider myself a great standardized test taker. I had a decent ACT score, but I did very well on the MCAT. It all boiled down to having a strong knowledge base and adequate preparation.
 

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I should have probably mentioned that I didn't really prepare for the ACT. But I still feel like my MCATs will suck.
This. Most people don't overly prepare for the SAT or ACT. However, they prepare a lot for the MCAT. No reason to worry.

If there is a trend of doing poorly on exams (such as collegiate exams) consider getting evaluated for any learning problems/difficulties/etc.
 

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Nope. Just means you may have more to overcome. The ACT correlates with the MCAT, yes, but it does not determine your MCAT score. Further, even if it did, a 22 ACT is average, so you'd expect somewhere around a 24 MCAT, which is still plenty high to get into a number of DO programs (esp. if you manage a solid GPA).

What's the Person's r on this correlation?
 

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What's the Person's r on this correlation?
Umm... I know there's a spreadsheet out there with it. I thought it was somewhere in the moderate (.3-.5) range.... definitely not definitive but suggestive if part of a general trend (e.g., GPA, SAT and ACT all on the lower end)
 

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I don't know, is a 22 indicative of your true potential? I scored a 1500 on the new SAT because I didn't give two ****s. I haven't taken the MCAT yet, but I've been scoring 10-11s on the physical science and verbal practice passages.
 
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The MCAT tests knowledge +critical thinking; ACT tests english, math, and scientific chart-reading. Why would there be any connection?

Sure, they might correlate, but there's a thousand exogenous variables and no mechanism in such a statement.

Work your a** off and you'll do fine.
 
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I don't know, is a 22 indicative of your true potential? I scored a 1500 on the new SAT because I didn't give two ****s. I haven't taken the MCAT yet, but I've been scoring 10-11s on the physical science and verbal practice passages.
I guess that is how I felt at the time. But this ACT thing is just reducing my confidence. I do really well in college (just finished second semester 1st year) tests- I never get B's. In High School, I didn't even get B's. As the ACT's go, I just didn't prepare as I just wanted to see how I would do/how smart I am without even reading the ACT practice book. But I still feel like I do ****ty in standardized tests.
 
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I guess that is how I felt at the time. But this ACT thing is just reducing my confidence. I do really well in college (just finished second semester 1st year) tests- I never get B's. In High School, I didn't even get B's. As the ACT's go, I just didn't prepare as I just wanted to see how I would do/how smart I am without even reading the ACT practice book. But I still feel like I do ****ty in standardized tests.
You have taken one standardized exam. If you're doing well on your collegiate tests you'll have the appropriate stamina for the MCAT granted you prepare sufficiently.
 

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You'll be fine. You'll put way more effort into the MCAT than the ACT. I scored a 23 on my ACT (horrible I know) but I got a 33 on my MCAT, albeit a tad bit unbalanced haha
 
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Ehh, I think you will do much better on the MCAT. I'm sure that your study habits are much better in college than in high school.
 

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I guess that is how I felt at the time. But this ACT thing is just reducing my confidence. I do really well in college (just finished second semester 1st year) tests- I never get B's. In High School, I didn't even get B's. As the ACT's go, I just didn't prepare as I just wanted to see how I would do/how smart I am without even reading the ACT practice book. But I still feel like I do ****ty in standardized tests.
There's your answer.
Everybody prepares for the MCAT.
Hell even some of the most intelligent people in college probably wouldn't break a 30 if they took it without ANY preparation.
MCAT is a marathon and there is a certain way to run through the test; people have different methods but when it comes down to the test, all the high scorers prepared very well.
 

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Probably little correlation between the two tests, but the type of person who would do well on the ACT may do better on the MCAT.
 

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I know that there is a strong correlation between the ACT and MCAT scores from previous threads. Does this mean that I suck at standardized testing and will bomb the MCAT?

This act score is a good demoralizer.

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I know that there is a strong correlation between the ACT and MCAT scores from previous threads. Does this mean that I suck at standardized testing and will bomb the MCAT?

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No, it means you will get a 22 on the MCAT. Good luck!
 

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I guess that is how I felt at the time. But this ACT thing is just reducing my confidence. I do really well in college (just finished second semester 1st year) tests- I never get B's. In High School, I didn't even get B's. As the ACT's go, I just didn't prepare as I just wanted to see how I would do/how smart I am without even reading the ACT practice book. But I still feel like I do ****ty in standardized tests.
Just forget about the ACT altogether. These two tests are drastically different. The ACT tests common knowledge you accumulate K-12. I took one practice test and scored in the 99th percentile. The MCAT is much more specific (and way harder), yet it is a very broad test, paradoxically. My decent ACT score doesn't mean *hit for the MCAT.

tl;dr Forget about the ACT. It is irrelevant.
 
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