Hi Everyone: Do med schools over look the rough spots (e.g. scoring M on the written section of the MCAT) and see your shining stars? --- I got a 9 on verbal reasoning, 10s on the biological and physical sciences but M on the writing. My undergrad GPA is 3.57 (Mechanical Engineering, U of T - the school consistently ranked as the top college in Canada). I'm currently working on a masters degree in biomedical engineering (also at U of T) and have a couple of conference proceedings. My grad GPA is ~3.8. A journal paper is in the works from previous work I've done on heart bypass anastomoses. I may, in addition, have another publication coming out of my masters. My extracurriculars aren't stellar but a bit above the average. One of the schools I got rejected from this year (my first time round) said I ranked ~54.9 percentile on the autobiographic submission in their pool of applicants. Any good ideas on how to explain a low writing score? The only factor that I can think of that might mitigate it a bit is the first 5-6 years of my life I wasn't speaking English. This is something that the admissions people can perhaps read out of my citizenship. Re-taking the MCAT has crossed my mind. I'd love to hear opinions on it from various people. I would be especially grateful to hear from engineer/med students, and people (similar to myself) that made it in with a somewhat shaky MCAT and decent but not godly GPA. Many Thanks!