Lowest MCAT Subscore and still got into a top school!

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I know there is a similar thread but I am really curious about this. What is the lowest subscore someone got on a section on the MCAT and still got into a top med. school (ex. Harvard, Hopkins, Columbia, NYU, Michigan etc) and what school did you get into.
 

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golfdoc8 said:
I know there is a similar thread but I am really curious about this. What is the lowest subscore someone got on a section on the MCAT and still got into a top med. school (ex. Harvard, Hopkins, Columbia, NYU, Michigan etc) and what school did you get into.
Be more specific on what you mean by "top school". Harvard is USNews #1 and NYU is #30.
 

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If you look at md applicants.com, you will find someone who got accepted at Harvard with a 23 total MCAT score. People say this and that. The truth is people with such scores get accepted everytime.
 

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HIghbury said:
If you look at md applicants.com, you will find someone who got accepted at Harvard with a 23 total MCAT score. People say this and that. The truth is people with such scores get accepted everytime.
Yeah, and there is probably a building on campus with his last name on it. :D
 
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HIghbury said:
If you look at md applicants.com, you will find someone who got accepted at Harvard with a 23 total MCAT score. People say this and that. The truth is people with such scores get accepted everytime.
You believe that? I've got some oceanfront property for ya in Nebraska. Real cheap!
 

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FloridaMadame said:
Yeah, and there is probably a building on campus with his last name on it. :D
Right -- I'm sure you are referring to Stephen Harvard. :)
 

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I'm not sure of the lowest score. But assuming that the average MCAT score at a top school is in the 33 vicinity. And assuming that there are a lot of people being accepted with high 30's. Then there are probably a handful of people who are accepted with score in the high 20's every year.
 

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RaistlinMajere said:
I'm not sure of the lowest score. But assuming that the average MCAT score at a top school is in the 33 vicinity. And assuming that there are a lot of people being accepted with high 30's. Then there are probably a handful of people who are accepted with score in the high 20's every year.
This sounds likely. I doubt there are many people in the low 20s (there always seems to be one on MDApplicants in each of the top schools every year), but I suspect that if the average score is around 33, there are a handful of people scoring 28-30 for every 35 and above candidate.
 

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Law2Doc said:
This sounds likely. I doubt there are many people in the low 20s (there always seems to be one on MDApplicants in each of the top schools every year), but I suspect that if the average score is around 33, there are a handful of people scoring 28-30 for every 35 and above candidate.
keep in mind the low-score spots are probably reserved for URMs and those with disadvantaged status.
 

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Acherona said:
keep in mind the low-score spots are probably reserved for URMs and those with disadvantaged status.
Perhaps, but I have to believe that schools like Harvard get sufficient applications from URMs & disadvantaged people with stellar numbers and thus don't really have to drop into the low 20s MCAT region for this.
 

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What do you mean by low subset score? An 8, 7?
 

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Affirmitive action has gotten people with 22-25s on the mcats into "top schools"
 

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There's a person at Yale in the MD/PhD program who got a 7 on the verbal section, but their first language wasnt english..... they also got 14s on BS and PS.
 

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to answer your question. 8s, all the time. 7s, it happens rarely. 6s, I doubt it, but it may have happened. Lower, no.