Buck Winters

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My undergrad had everyone take a biology major field test prior to graduation. I just got the results and scored in the 90th percentile. My MCAT was the 91st percentile. Is this something I should send to schools as an update? I've heard updates should be limited to new accomplishments or worthwhile information, and I don't want to shed the wrong light on my application by sending an inappropriate update. Thoughts from those qualified would be most appreciated.

The test company:
https://www.ets.org/mft/about
 
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Buck Winters

Buck Winters

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this will provide no benefit
The answer is always no if you don't ask, right? It was a shot in the dark but a shot I figured I should take. Thanks for the response.
 
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I wouldn't send an update for this. It doesn't tell them anything they don't already know from your MCAT and GPA. Most won't even know what to make of a "biology major field test" regardless.
 
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No.
 
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My undergrad had everyone take a biology major field test prior to graduation. I just got the results and scored in the 90th percentile. Is this something I should send to schools as an update?
No.
 
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It would be different if this were a test that everyone took (like the MCAT). I don't suspect that many programs would know what to do with the results of your test.
 

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Very few items are worth an update letter: most can wait for interview.

Some items that would be worthy are:

Paper accepted for publication
Invitation to present at conference
Winning a worthy award
Successful completion of some major project or event (eg summer research at NIH)
 
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Buck Winters

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Thank you for your responses. I searched the forum for some answers prior to posting. Hopefully this can be a solid reference for future applicants as well. I had pretty much forgotten about the test until I got the results, and when I saw them, I thought they might fortify my MCAT and alleviate some concern with my GPA. I am thankful that I had solid resources to lean on prior to pulling the trigger.
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