July 24th Expected vs. Actual Score

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gilbertjgreen

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If you would be so kind, please let those of us still suffering with anticipation know how your actual score compares to the score you were "sure" you were going to get in those first few days after the test.

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i thought i was going to get mid 20s

my AAMC average was about 34

actual MCAT: 34 - the curve is a beautiful thing
 

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congratulations! to what do you attribute the total despondency following test day?
 

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Got a 31m (10v, 10p, 11b)

Thought I got somewhere around a 28 after I finished my test. Unfortunately, I had to speed guess (select "c") for the last VR & PS passage. I could have done much better with some better timing.

Oh, and I only did one complete practice test (got a 32 on the free AAMC test 3), and I also got a 14 on the Kaplan verbal section at the end of their Premier Program book. :confused:

I'm upset because I know I could have done better, but it's definitely better than I expected after my testing experience.
 
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congratulations! to what do you attribute the total despondency following test day?

PS absolutely destroyed me (or so i thought) - insanely difficult with passages about angular momentum and angular motion. I nearly ran out of time. I blindly guessing on almost 10 throughout the entire section.

Yet i still got a 12 on that section.

BS had some looong passages, the orgo was surprisingly tricky (that's usually my best section) and i had a few blind guesses on this one as well. Expected around a 10 but ended up with a nice 12.

VR was fine, easy to read and not so bad questions, had enough time - didn't really see many traps either. I guess everyone thought it was "easy" since i only ended up with a 10.
 

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Average of all of my latest exams:
Kaplan: 32.5
AAMC: 31.5
Overall: 32

Real thing: 32M

Amazing how accurate they are. :laugh:
 

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This is encouraging considering the amount of fall-out after your test. I took the Aug. 16th and experienced a similar amount of test shock. I'm particularly intrigued by the scores "JH. . ." received in the PS section with one whole passage guessed. That tells me that the curves on these harder tests are indeed more lenient than the practice AAMC tests. Unless, of course, you just nailed every single other question! :cool:
 

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Apologies if this comes out as gibberish. I just got back 2 minutes ago from getting my widsdom teeth removed and I am still groggy from the sedation.

BUT, I'm so happy!

I predicted: PS 7, BS 11, VR 12, Total 30.
AAMC Practice Range: PS 9-11 (9 only once), BS always 11, VR 12-13, Total 32-35.

I also said that I got slaughtered on the PS, ran out of time, didn't answer 3 questions and guessed randomly on at least 7 others. Slaughtered. :scared:

In the end, I got a 34R!!! PS 10 (WTF, I surely lucked out), VR 13, BS 11 :)

So incredibly pleased. Hope this will get me in at just one place.

Good luck to everyone else in finding their scores....
 

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Congratulations! Sorry about the teeth! When I got my wisdom teeth pulled I forgot to abstain from eating past midnight the night before and had a piece of bread in the morning. So, I didn't "go under" and only got a local anesthetic (sp.). With a trigger gag response as is, I was, needless to say, a terrible patient to work on. The doctor ended up leaving one tooth in and only getting about 3/4 of another out, so that a month later I was like, "Oh, what's that poking out of my gums? Oh, it's a piece of a tooth. Oh, let me just take this unclean butter knife and jimmie it out. Oh, now I'm bleeding. . .Woopsie!"
 

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Practice AAMC average was 35
Expected literally nothing
Actual score 30 N 12 PS, 7 VR, 11 BS
I guess I am the only one who found VR difficult.
 

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I did worse than my diagnostic (28, back in February).
Then I studied my butt off for... oh, let's see... more months than would be emotionally healthy to count, averaging a 30 on my practice AAMC tests (10/10/10).

I wound up with a 27: VR 10/ PS 7/ BS 10.

I guess everyone else was "just kidding" about doing badly on the PS. I wasn't.

*feels very sad*
 
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i was expecting low twenties ( i was scoring in the low to mid thirties on the practice aamc exams, but the july 13th seemed completely different!) in practice, my PS was my best section and i thought for sure i had bombed the BS on the actual exam bc i was so distracted by the end of the exam...

by some miracle (must have been the curve!), i ended up with

11 PS
11 VR
12 BS

34M

but im really nervous bc i freaked out so badly after taking the exam that i retook it on aug 16th and left feeling like i did even worse that on this one! im terrified to go back down!
 

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I just made this account today. I usually just read stuff, and don't post comments. But, I had to this time. :) I've written the MCAT THREE freakin' times! The first and second, I did terribly. To most of you, even the score I got today would be terrible. I found the test to be so hard!! I ended up with a 27P...and honestly, I'm happy with that score! I think medical schools LOVE to see improvement, and I've improved tremendously. I thought I was gonna get a 20, because the test seemed near impossible! Thankfully, I did much better than anticipated. To those of you out there still studying for this thing...I truly feel your pain, it's consumed my life for so long. And although cliche, the best advice I can give is...STAY confident!! I never believed I could get a somewhat decent score because I thought, "I don't take standardized tests well." I worked hard, and can honestly say I'm proud of myself; even though I had a panic attack in the middle of VR, I still managed to pull off a 10 in that section!! The truth is, there will always be the people with the 35's and 40's, but you don't need that to get into medical school. Just study hard, do your best and ENJOY YOUR LIFE!! :)
 

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I did worse than my diagnostic (28, back in February).
Then I studied my butt off for... oh, let's see... more months than would be emotionally healthy to count, averaging a 30 on my practice AAMC tests (10/10/10).

I wound up with a 27: VR 10/ PS 7/ BS 10.

I guess everyone else was "just kidding" about doing badly on the PS. I wasn't.

*feels very sad*

Same **** happened to me VR10/PS 7/ BS 11
did you have version 46... I hated that PS. On my practice test PS was one of my highest scoring sections (never got below an 11).....soo pissed off.
I guess it looks like it going to be another ****ty couple of months (retake in Jan.)
 

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My dad asked me the day I got back how I thought I did.
After a few minutes of thinking hard about it, I told him 28-31, unless there's an absurd curve. I ended up with 29 (10,10,9). I also got out feeling like I did worst in bio, and surely enough, I did.
 

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The wait is over.

I thought I would get a 23 and got a 27. I'm okay with a 27. I might not have to retake with a 27. Hope everyone else is satisfied with their scores.
 

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The truth is, there will always be the people with the 35's and 40's, but you don't need that to get into medical school. Just study hard, do your best and ENJOY YOUR LIFE!! :)

I agree AKu2984!


I did not go over a 26 on my AAMC practices (I couldn't break a 7 in the verbal section) but somehow I got a 10/8/10 on this exam. Even though I got an N (and I know why) on the writing section, I'm just happy I increased my overall score since my first test in April 2005 (9/6/8 P).

For those that did subpar on the writing section, at least you have your personal statement and secondaries to show that you can communicate on paper ;)
 

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Man, now I'm even more depressed...I was a retaker, got 7/12/Q/9 the first time...28Q. Definitely not too bad, but I thought the 7 was going to hurt me. Soooo I retook, studied waaaaay harder than the first time; 8/10/R/8. 26R. Great. And what makes it worse is I left thinking I may have hit a 32. Can you take it a third time, or should I not even bother???
 

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Kaplan: 35 ~ 38
AAMC: 34 ~ 37
Actual: 32.

This is the lowest score I've got since my diagnostic.

Verbal killed me, got a 7.
 

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AAMC 30-36

I was expecting a 26

I got 32R:) (12/9/11)

I guess I guessed nice.....:p
 

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I can't figure out what hurts most, my ego or not going to med school next year. Anyone feel the same?
 

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1st time taking it: May31st: 31N 12PS 10BS 9VR

2nd time taking it: July 24th: 35M - 15PS (HUZzAH!!) 10BS 10VR -

Expectation for July24: PS: 12 BS: 8 VR: 10

VR is exactly what I expected. I was one of the ******* people who tried to postpone July24th too late & I'm saying THANKYOU GOD!! for BS 'cus prep was whatever I had for May & a few more days cobbled together. PS just made me smile & I'm REALLY excited about my overall score. So YAY!!
 

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The wait is over.

I thought I would get a 23 and got a 27. I'm okay with a 27. I might not have to retake with a 27. Hope everyone else is satisfied with their scores.


Not to dive into your personal situation, but why do you say you might not have to retake with a 27? I thought the magic number was 30? The main reason I ask is because I took the August 20th and basically got slaughtered on it....so I am trying to figure out my options..:(
 

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1st time taking it: June 15th: 31N 12PS 10BS 9VR

2nd time taking it: July 24th: 35M - 15PS (HUZzAH!!) 10BS 10VR -

VR is exactly what I expected. I was one of the ******* people who tried to postpone July24th too late & I'm saying THANKYOU GOD!! for BS 'cus prep was whatever I had for June & a few more days cobbled together. PS just made me smile & I'm REALLY excited about my overall score. So YAY!!

Wow, super congrats on that PS score. Congratulations on doing so well!
 

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i thought i was going to get mid 20s

my AAMC average was about 34

actual MCAT: 34 - the curve is a beautiful thing

hey, my aamc avg's around there too. would you mind telling me how your kaplan avgs were?

thanks, and congrats on the cool score.
 

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This was my first time taking. I got 28,29,33,35,35 on practice exams.

Felt like it could go either way inside that average after I left prometric on the 24th.

Got a 32R - 10PS, 10VR, and 12BS.

Very happy with that (except my VR was usually 12-15). This is what I needed for an interview at my school though!
 

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hitting about 30 on my practice exams, expecting that plus or minus two.

got a 30 on the real thing (10s across)

pretty accurate i'd say
 

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I got VR:12, PS:13, BS: 15, WS:p.

I wasn't really testing near that, although I was consistently at around 33-36.

I am pretty shocked with the score - I thought I did terribly. I guessed a whole bunch, but it seems that they were educated guesses.

The P blows - it hurts me in Canada.
 

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I just made this account today. I usually just read stuff, and don't post comments. But, I had to this time. :) I've written the MCAT THREE freakin' times! The first and second, I did terribly. To most of you, even the score I got today would be terrible. I found the test to be so hard!! I ended up with a 27P...and honestly, I'm happy with that score! I think medical schools LOVE to see improvement, and I've improved tremendously. I thought I was gonna get a 20, because the test seemed near impossible! Thankfully, I did much better than anticipated. To those of you out there still studying for this thing...I truly feel your pain, it's consumed my life for so long. And although cliche, the best advice I can give is...STAY confident!! I never believed I could get a somewhat decent score because I thought, "I don't take standardized tests well." I worked hard, and can honestly say I'm proud of myself; even though I had a panic attack in the middle of VR, I still managed to pull off a 10 in that section!! The truth is, there will always be the people with the 35's and 40's, but you don't need that to get into medical school. Just study hard, do your best and ENJOY YOUR LIFE!! :)

Inspirational! Do you mind sharing your earlier scores? (I'm looking for encouragement on my april 22Q - awaiting aug 9 retake release)
 

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Thanks gilbertjgreen. I was actually considering doing it without sedation (since it costs $350 more), but just caved in the end. After hearing your story, I'm pretty glad I went for it.

Never imagined I'd be so happy only a few hours after getting my wisdom teeth out. And referring to the debate over God on the other page, thought I'd share the deal that I -- a COMPLETE atheist -- made with God: I promised that if I got above an 8 on the PS, I would not buy a single article of clothing for a full year! Since I got a 10, I guess I'll be borrowing interview clothes, if I am lucky enough to get one!

And yes, I really am an atheist, albeit admittedly a very irrational one!

So sorry to those who didn't get the scores they were hoping for, and :luck: to all in the application process....
 

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AAMC Practice 31-37

Predicted score 31

Actual Score 31

This was a challenging test for me personally. On the low side of my practice scores, but exactly what I thought I would end up with
 

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Congrats to all of you who got the score you wanted!!!! And to those who didn't...persistence is the key. Keep your head up, if this is really what you want to do nothing can stop you. ;) I'm an August 20th retaker...and these responses have honestly made my day since I felt slaughtered by the 20th test. You guys have shown me that there is hope...and of course curves are the bomb.
 

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Thanks gilbertjgreen. I was actually considering doing it without sedation (since it costs $350 more), but just caved in the end. After hearing your story, I'm pretty glad I went for it.

Never imagined I'd be so happy only a few hours after getting my wisdom teeth out. And referring to the debate over God on the other page, thought I'd share the deal that I -- a COMPLETE atheist -- made with God: I promised that if I got above an 8 on the PS, I would not buy a single article of clothing for a full year! Since I got a 10, I guess I'll be borrowing interview clothes, if I am lucky enough to get one!

And yes, I really am an atheist, albeit admittedly a very irrational one!

So sorry to those who didn't get the scores they were hoping for, and :luck: to all in the application process....


You are an atheist yet you made a deal with God? Interesting...at best!
 

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predicted...really wasn't sure. Was either thinking really good (35+) or really bad (like 22).

actual

PS 11
VR 13
WS R
BS 11

I'm pretty happy but i wish it was like one point higher.

I had version 46...anyone else have that one?
 

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You are an atheist yet you made a deal with God? Interesting...at best!


Hehe, I know, I admit it's totally irrational. I am a somewhat spiritual person, and I am also very anti-materialism, so I figure though it's certainly crazy, it does make sense on some level. But yeah, your implication is correct: I do have kind of nutty views on God and religion. Maybe that's what happens when you're raised by a Catholic mother and a Muslim father! ;)
 

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I was expecting about a 32, got a 37. No complaints with that! I also had version 46.
 

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I got a 30 O

Kaplan Avg - ~31.5 w/ a spread from 28-34
AAMC - Only took two total, which were a week before my test and got a 27 and 30
 

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Hehe, I know, I admit it's totally irrational. I am a somewhat spiritual person, and I am also very anti-materialism, so I figure though it's certainly crazy, it does make sense on some level. But yeah, your implication is correct: I do have kind of nutty views on God and religion. Maybe that's what happens when you're raised by a Catholic mother and a Muslim father! ;)

Being Catholic myself...I can see where your upbringing (Catholic and Muslim) could get confusing. :)
 

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Not to dive into your personal situation, but why do you say you might not have to retake with a 27? I thought the magic number was 30? The main reason I ask is because I took the August 20th and basically got slaughtered on it....so I am trying to figure out my options..:(
A 27 is acceptable to some schools...most schools take a look at many factors to determine whether someone gets accepted; some even weigh GPA higher than an MCAT. For most state schools a 27 will work...so as long as you're not aiming for Harvard or Johns Hopkins I would bet that you're good to go with your score. Just make sure to take a look at the stats for the schools you want to go to.
 
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