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Is a retake in order? gpa: 3.73 mcat: 29s

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by NghtSky04, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. NghtSky04

    NghtSky04 7+ Year Member

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    I asked this question in the "Should I retake?" thread however I have yet to receive a reply so I'm hoping I can get some feedback posting here.

    I have a 3.73 cumulative gpa and 3.71 science gpa. My extracurriculars are what'd you expect sort of (2 years of hospital volunteering + 1 year of clinical research). I have a 29S PS 9 VR 10 BS 10. I didn't have a good test day, I got so nervous that I didn't sleep the entire night beforehand and didn't feel too well during the test. Retrospectively though, I'm not too sure if that affected me that greatly because I had a 30 average on my practice tests anyways.

    I was wondering if I should retake? I am not aiming for an upper tier school, just hoping to get in (maybe NYMC?). Maybe if I got a 31+, it'd solidify my chances. I am a California resident by the way (so I don't really have a back up school).

    Also, its been about 2 years since I last took the MCATs (took the summer of my sophmore year and I'm a senior now).
     
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  3. RogueUnicorn

    RogueUnicorn rawr. 7+ Year Member

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    your score is at least well balanced. it's really up to you and how you feel about it. if you think you didn't study too hard, or had too much going on at the time, then a retake may be in order. if you think you tried as hard as you could, then the 29 is probably for keeps. despite the sdn 'norm', a 9-10-10 is a pretty good score..
     
  4. Ahsan

    Ahsan MCAT SLAYER 2+ Year Member

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    Hey! Eventhough, I am not an expert unlike many people on SDN but I do believe that you do not need to take a retake. You should apply to few schools that you would like to go rather than studying and get 31. Unless you get a 35 and +, difference between a 29 and 31 is not significant.
    My two cents. lol
    Hope that helps.
     
  5. klmnop

    klmnop 7+ Year Member

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    tough question, you're at the border. 10, 10, 10 would have made it easier. agreed with below, a 2pt increase does very little. with my 30 I was told by an adcom not to retake unless i could guarantee 4pts higher. this implies that schools understand a single test score is not always accurate, and could give you the benefit of the doubt. but if you get two very similar scores, you are no longer given that benefit. jmo.
     
  6. StarryNights

    StarryNights 2+ Year Member

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    The adviser at my school insisted my bro retake his 29R (9 in VR, 10 for the rest) so he did because 30 is supposed to be the magic number, I guess. He retook it and improved on the sciences but dropped for verbal, ended up with 29R again. It's even worse the second time because the verbal score was way too low, whereas the 9 wasn't too bad and he might have gotten in to our state school. I'd say get your practice test scores to ~33 and then retake, so that hopefully you'll make a good jump and not have my bro's type of luck.
     
  7. SN2ed

    SN2ed Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    You scored within range, so I wouldn't bother retaking. A 29 is a decent score. Make sure you apply to a large (~15-20) number of schools within your GPA and MCAT range.
     
  8. stoptouchingme

    stoptouchingme Banned

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    You should be fine!!! Just apply broadly. Now go have a beer! I know people who got 25 on the MCAT in medical school. :D
     
  9. Ahsan

    Ahsan MCAT SLAYER 2+ Year Member

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    hahaha! Dude i have a honda!! ;p
     
  10. NghtSky04

    NghtSky04 7+ Year Member

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    yeah you guys are probably right... hopefully i can i squeeze by with this score

    it probably isn't worth a retake unless i can guarantee a 3+ point difference (which i'm not sure if i'm at that stage, maybe?)
     
  11. seanparsel

    seanparsel 2+ Year Member

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    My roommate just got into medical school. He had a 3.0 cGPA (not much better in sGPA) and a 22 on his MCAT. Granted he got in on their last rounds of interviews, but still. Oh, and he's not a minority.
     
  12. klmnop

    klmnop 7+ Year Member

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    Gonna have to clarify and provide some more details.
     
  13. Ahsan

    Ahsan MCAT SLAYER 2+ Year Member

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    i dont believe it!
     
  14. NghtSky04

    NghtSky04 7+ Year Member

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    lol me neither :eek:
     

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