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I got a verbal score of 9. Should I retake to be more competitive?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by lomend, May 16, 2007.

  1. lomend

    lomend New Member

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    I just got my scores today and I got a 33R but I did much better on biology than physical sciences and verbal:

    Verbal: 9
    Biological Sciences: 14
    Physical Sciences: 10
    Writing: R

    My question is, should I retake the test? My scores seem so polar. I'm not confident that I'd be competitive enough for California schools because of the verbal score and physical sciences score

    Here are other things to consider: My GPA is a 3.83, I have limited clinical experience (1 yr), and 1.5 years of research with no publication.

    Maybe I'm just freaking out because I did lower than expected. I know some of you would call me crazy but I would still appreciate any input on this. :)
     
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  3. vicinihil

    vicinihil Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Hey man,

    I'm taking it again with a 9, 12, 12....one more time for the big dance! I would retake just because of that 9...that's why I'm doing it. Up to you, ofcourse we might fall lower on the other scores :scared: but heaven forbid!
     
  4. sexyman

    sexyman 5+ Year Member

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    You guys should definitely take it again
     
  5. RockChalk11

    RockChalk11 5+ Year Member

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    I'm in the same boat.. 13PS-9VR-14BS for a 36O.
    My verbal and writing scores were less than I had hoped for, although I couldn't be happier with my science scores. While 9 is at the very bottom of my verbal range on practice tests (9-12), I was at the top of my ranges for the sciences. I never really practiced the writing portion and feel I could have done better there as well. I'm hoping that with a well-written personal statement plus a good interview I will be able to get into a good school. At the end of this semester I'll have around a 3.9 with 2 years of research and some volunteering/shadowing in a hospital.

    What does everyone think? Are the 9 and O going to hurt my chances to get into a top school?
     
  6. vicinihil

    vicinihil Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    because most med schools ( i hear) correlate verbal with success on Step 1, I think a lower score in sciences hurt less than a lower score in verbal. Its up to you. Sounds like you have a great profile otherwise...(guy above me)
     
  7. PT2MD

    PT2MD Hold my beer... 2+ Year Member

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    Does Mensa have a medical school? Dang guys, those are pretty good scores...I'd like to see the statistics on those scoring that high on their MCAT who aren't admitted. I wouldn't retake but maybe I should set my bar a little higher.
     
  8. calbears86

    calbears86 Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

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    yeah, im also in the same boat. VR 9 PS 13 BS 13 WS M.
    I have a 3.9 GPA and a lot of good EC's. I also have research publications and good LORs. I want to be competitive in CA, but im thinking of retaking because of the 9 and M. What do you all think? thanks in advance for the advice!!

    congrats to everyone on their scores....its crazy how many people are scoring above a 30.
     
  9. killinsound

    killinsound Physician 10+ Year Member

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    well crap!

    what about my VR: 10, PS 13, BS, 13? WS: S

    i mean 10 isnt that much better than 9?

    is it a world of difference?
     
  10. UMP

    UMP Recovered Under-Achiever 7+ Year Member

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    you are more than fine... all of you probably are...
     
  11. vicinihil

    vicinihil Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Everyone's Going Crazy Retake Everyone!
     
  12. PT2MD

    PT2MD Hold my beer... 2+ Year Member

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    I'm sure some of you have broken the statistics down for your state, and that stats don't tell the whole story. However I found some interesting stats for Texas applicants & matriculants for 2005:

    54 of the 143 folks who scored 35+ on the MCAT matriculated (38%)

    The matriculation rate for those who scored in the 28-33 range was closer to 50%. The mind blower for me was that those scoring in the 26-27 range matriculated at a rate close (34%) to those who scored over 35. Obviously there are more to these numbers worth examining, but I thought they might add something to the conversation.
     
  13. UMP

    UMP Recovered Under-Achiever 7+ Year Member

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    maybe because the 35+ people are more likely to MATRICULATE at better schools outside of the state? :idea:
     
  14. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

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    i personally wouldn't retake any of your 9s. your sciences were high enough that they may be lower on retake and a 9 is not that bad honestly i have a friend who got a 13V and 9 BSand he hasn't gotten into as many schools or gotten as many interviews as i got with a 9V 12BS ( i will point out that i retook and had a 10V prior to retaking which isn't that much better). I for one go against most of SDN and say that the sciences subscores are way more important than verbal as long as your verbal is 9+. especially the 36O query, i def wouldn't retake.
     
  15. PT2MD

    PT2MD Hold my beer... 2+ Year Member

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    Makes sense...
     

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