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Is this (generally) true regarding MCAT score?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by GoLAClippers, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. GoLAClippers

    GoLAClippers Banned
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    At this pre-med meeting, one of the admissions person from UCSD said that people with any section lower than 8 should retake the MCAT (however, they do give exceptions to ESLs or internationals, under-represented minorities, disadvantaged background, & incredible ECs). Someone that had an overall 33 MCAT but with 8 on PS section asked the admissions lady for her advice, and she said that he should retake the MCAT. She said the school usually prefers someone who has 29 with 9 10 10 than someone with a high score but less than 9 on a section or more. It seems like she was implying this is how it is with most UCs and even other top-tier schools. The guy wasn't pleased with her response, but he is retaking the test in August to raise his PS by one or more. All in all, 30+ might not cut it; even 29 - as long as it is 9, 10, 10 or a smiliar combo- tend to be more favorably looked upon. Man, med school admissions can be cruel!
     
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  3. DiverDoc

    DiverDoc KCUMB 2012

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    Not as cruel as alot of premed advisors who think they RUN admissions
     
  4. GoLAClippers

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    Hah, but you didn't answer my MAIN question ;)
     
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    I would not retake if I scored a 33, even with an 8 in a section.
     
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    I can't speak on admissions at the UCs but I can tell you what is true for one school may not be true for another school. Nor would I assume that that one person may be completely right because the process is slightly objective unless they specifically throw your app out after seeing an 8 in the verbal which I highly doubt they do.

    I'd rather take a 33 with an 8 in VR then a 29 with a 9+ in every section.
     
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    I also was advised to retake with a 33 and an 8 on PS. I think it depends where you want to go. Some places it could be considered a red flag. My chem grades weren't that great, so my adviser told me to retake as long as I was confident that PS would increase. I don't know if they ever prefer a 29 to an unbalanced 33, but I could see it them liking a balanced 31 better. Ask on the Adcom thread.
     

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