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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 Banned

    Feb 26, 2007
    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 10+ Year Member

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

    GoLAClippers Banned Banned

    Feb 26, 2007
    Hah, but you didn't answer my MAIN question ;)
  5. sunnyjohn

    sunnyjohn Got Mustard? 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    In a world all my own.
    I would not retake if I scored a 33, even with an 8 in a section.
  6. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    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.
  7. wisguy

    wisguy 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    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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