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I think screening is overrated...

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by supertrooper66, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. supertrooper66

    supertrooper66 Banned

    Apr 28, 2008
    I've been calling all the schools I'm applying to that screen to make sure I don't get screened out before they receive my MCAT retake. most schools will put you on hold till the 2nd one comes in, others will only put you on hold if they are interested in the rest of your app, and others have such low cutoffs that you'll probably receive the secondary anyway.

    for example, i just called one school and they asked me what my first score was. I said 26R and they said "as long as your GPA is a B to B-, then you'll most likely be sent a secondary. if you do worse on your MCAT retake, we average your two most recent scores, though." i almost said "i don't think i'll do worse than a 26...i'm actually going to study this time" haha.

    so basically, i think even the schools that screen still send secondaries to most applicants. why wouldn't they? it just makes them lose money the more applicants they don't send it to.
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  3. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    I can think of 2 schools in particular that don't screen.. I've lost about $400 in applications to them.

    I'm thankful for those that do screen.. if I don't have a chance, don't let me waste my time and money.

    On the other hand, I hate schools who screen me out.. they should give me a chance ;)
  4. flip26

    flip26 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    That med school is simply cashing secondary checks prior to tossing your app in the trash...what med school accepts a 2.7-3.0/26?
  5. DieselD

    DieselD ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Haha, I think Mayo when I saw this :laugh:
  6. supertrooper66

    supertrooper66 Banned

    Apr 28, 2008
    i agree. that's why i don't get why that school even screens!
    i don't care if they try to trash my app, tho, because once my 2nd score comes in i'll show them who's boss! i have a 3.63, which i always consider low; however, i don't think i'll have trouble getting past their GPA screening
  7. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    I thought the same thing:thumbup:
  8. 135892

    135892 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2007
    Now everyone will chime in with their little anecdote about how they heard of someone getting in with far worse numbers, and how schools shouldn't screen at all because numbers don't mean anything...
  9. 194342

    194342 Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    My white as snow grandmother got into Harvard with a 2.95 cGPA and a 29 on the MCAT. Stats don't mean anything. She made the adcom a batch of cookies. It's possible! Everyone who disbelieves is a hater and should be eliminated.
  10. p30doc

    p30doc Ever true and unwavering 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Do believers get a batch of cookies then? =)
  11. Mister Pie

    Mister Pie Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    To be honest, I kind of wished more schools screened when I was applying as it would have saved me a ton in secondary fees.
  12. scarletgirl777

    scarletgirl777 7+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Agreed. It's better to quash hopes and dreams quickly rather than slowly squeeze the life out of them.
  13. dc5484

    dc5484 5+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2007

    word. not only does it save you money, it saves you precious time and energy. filling out secondaries and answering the same stupid 'why do you want to be a doctor, why do you want to go to our school, why are you special' essay questions (slightly modified) 10 times gets very exhausting and taxing. i think it would be far better for the schools to screen the primary so that we can focus on the secondaries for schools that are actually interested in us, instead of just wasting our efforts on little more than a money trap.
  14. CTtarheel

    CTtarheel Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2006
    just because they send you a secondary doesn't mean you haven't already been screened. Schools generally do not read applications below certain numbers and they'll take your secondary (and check) and then send you a rejection letter.
  15. ChubbyChaser

    ChubbyChaser Yummmy 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    thats why I think all schools should do like Wake, UNC, and most of the UCs...screen presec or only offer a secondary to those who get an interview.....greedy bastards.
  16. umean2tellme

    umean2tellme 7+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    screening after a secondary should be illegal. They shouldn't send secondaries to people who they have no intention of interviewing/admitting. But I guess the adcom's gotta eat too.
  17. Dedikated2liftn

    Dedikated2liftn Bodybuilder 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Gotta eat?? Trust me bro, the members of the adcom are far from worrying about having to find some grub for the evening. Most likely, all those dollars are being funneled into the university's already massive bank account.

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