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Importance of MCAT Writting

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Stversko, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. Stversko

    Stversko 2+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    How important is the writing section for med schools.

    Is there a big difference between a 3OM and 30S?
    how do med schools look at this.

    i mean if it were that important wouldnt they convert it into a grade 1-15 and add it to your overall score like V, BS, PS
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  3. IckeyShuffle

    IckeyShuffle MS1 t-minus 1.5 months.. 2+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    writing sample is pretty much worthless. that being said i wouldnt pull a J. A great writing score will look good but it isnt going to cover a bad score. basically, the writing sample isnt going to make or break you.
  4. Fiddlergirl

    Fiddlergirl 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    I got a 11VR and a K on the writing sample, and my adviser didn't blink before telling me to apply this year and not rewrite.
  5. CATallergy

    CATallergy 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    is it true that the actual sample is provided in your score report?
  6. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    It's probably not the most important part of the test, b/c med schools get plenty of indication of how well you write from your primary and secondary applications. If you feel apprehensive about it and have extra time, then practice an essay from each subject area the draw questions from (ie. politics, history, art...etc.). Giving a little thought about each subject will probably give you enough of an arsenal to tackle any variation of quote they give you on the exam. But I wouldn't allow it to eat into your time studying for the other sections.
  7. Scottish Chap

    Scottish Chap Physician PhD Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2003
    I've been to the final Admissions Committee meetings at my medical school. If the WS letter is low, everyone on the Committee says something. A fine showing on the WS can ocassionally make a low VR score seem like 'bad luck.' That said, it should not break your application in the U.S. For Canadian med schools, a low WS may jettison your application since several schools have cut-offs.

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