Importance of MCAT Writing Sample Score (a low score)

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Hey guys, my first post here. I was wondering if anybody had any experience or advice about how heavily med schools emphasize the writing sample score from the mcat. I took the MCAT in august and received a 36L. I'm a little worried :(
 

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I have an M and it has never been mentioned in my interviews... I have been told that my MCAT score was good... Overall I have a 30.
 

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I'm sure it doesn't matter as long as your personal statement and essays for the schools are well written they will see that you know how to write.
 
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Bounce, I would look at that L as an acronym for "Lordy, with a 36, I'm going to med school!"
 

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bounce22 said:
Hey guys, my first post here. I was wondering if anybody had any experience or advice about how heavily med schools emphasize the writing sample score from the mcat. I took the MCAT in august and received a 36L. I'm a little worried :(
I got the same numerical mcat score but a M on the written and like the other poster said it was never issue. You have nothing to worry about.
 

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Thanks a lot for your input. I feel a lot better :) . I can definitely say my secondary essays are not "L" material and hopefully that will get me through.
 

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bounce22 said:
Thanks a lot for your input. I feel a lot better :) . I can definitely say my secondary essays are not "L" material and hopefully that will get me through.
Bounce 22, don't be worried at all!. Do you know how insignificant that L is next to a 36? I got an 8 in VR and I got accepted to a top tier school, so it they definitely look at more than just one section of your MCAT or whatever.
 

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bounce22 said:
Hey guys, my first post here. I was wondering if anybody had any experience or advice about how heavily med schools emphasize the writing sample score from the mcat. I took the MCAT in august and received a 36L. I'm a little worried :(

That's a great score. Don't worry about the writing, because no one cares. Seriously, as long as you wrote a ps that isn't full of grammatical errors, is relatively coherent, and shows why you want to go into medicine, I'm sure you're golden. Hey, I'd take your score over mine anyday!!
 

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You'll be fine. I had a M. It was never mentioned once. I was accepted at all five schools I applied to.
 

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I recieved an L too. In my case I am guessing it was a legibility issue. The graders probably didn't want to spend a lot of time trying to decipher my chicken scratch. I am still debating if it's worth the $50 to have it rescored. I am just filling my secondaries out now, so I don't know if it will be an issue or not.
 

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Yea, writing scores don't matter. It's a pain having to explain this to family members who saw my score report. They all think I "failed" the MCATs with a 37N. lol
 

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Will Ferrell said:
Yea, writing scores don't matter. It's a pain having to explain this to family members who saw my score report. They all think I "failed" the MCATs with a 37N. lol
I received an 'E' on the writing sample. I think that's like the worst you can do.
 

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10yearmedic said:
I recieved an L too. In my case I am guessing it was a legibility issue. The graders probably didn't want to spend a lot of time trying to decipher my chicken scratch. I am still debating if it's worth the $50 to have it rescored. I am just filling my secondaries out now, so I don't know if it will be an issue or not.
I think it might be a legibility issue too (lazy graders :rolleyes: ), 10yearmedic, and I actually did request the AAMC to rescore my test. The worst part is, it apparently takes 60 days for them to rescore and get it back to you. I called twice. They send it out to some company to look at it again, and all through the process, they're clueless as to its status. So, even requesting a rescore on the day scores came out (for us aug-mcaters and which I did do), that would be an ETA of mid-december. From fellow SDN'ers, though, it doesn't look like med schools care about the WS score. :)
 

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An E? I thought the scale was from J-T for some reason.
 

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tulane06 said:
An E? I thought the scale was from J-T for some reason.
It definetly goes from J-T i think the kid with the E is hallucinating...

And don't worry about the writing sample I was always told it doesn't matter so I didn't even put any effort into it even though I somehow got an R...
 
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