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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by tbachi, Jul 1, 2000.

  1. tbachi

    tbachi Member
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    I recently found out that the 2001 April MCAT is scheduled for April 21st. I am in a wedding that day so therefore I have to wait until August (just before I start my senior year) to take the exam. Will this hurt my chances of being interviewed if my applications are not complete until they recieve the scores? I have heard that it is better to wait until next August to take the test after I have had all the pre-med classes. As of now I am only lacking one biology lab and the second semester of physics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  3. RKK

    RKK Junior Member
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    The biology lab may not be such a big deal, but I personally think that the second part of physics (provided it is taught well) is VERY helpful for the MCAT, especially if you decide not to take review classes.
     
  4. Snoopy

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    My personal experience was that taking the August MCAT was not detrimental. I waited because I was taking physics that summer, and actually felt I needed more time before the exam because there was still a week of physics left AFTER the MCAT. The more physics I could have taken the better off I would have been (physical sciences was my weakest area). My scores did not come until mid-October but I got some secondaries before the scores came out and the rest shortly afterward. I had two interviews in November, two in December, one in January, and one in February. I got my first acceptance December 5. All-in-all I had six interviews, four acceptances, and two wait-lists with four rejects/no interview. I would say I was a solid candidate--I had good stats and experiences--but nothing totally amazing. I probably would have gotten a few more interviews and perhaps an earlier acceptance, but overall I don't think it made a difference. The only instance in which waiting until August might make a difference is if you are a borderline candidate. By October/November all the applications are in and it is harder for an average candidate to stand out, even if the applicant has something unique. If, however, you have a solid application you should be just fine. Plus, think of all that extra time you'll have to study so you can ACE the exam. Hope that helps.
     
  5. tbachi

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    Snoopy,
    What do you consider as a solid candidate? Right now I have a 3.75 GPA, was accepted into a competitive internship on campus last semester, volunteer, very active on campus, council member of my sorority, planning to start research next spring... etc

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  6. Whoa baby,

    Are you single too? Hubba Hubba.
    I'm teasing (sorta), but from what I can see you have a very competitive background. If only you had a picture...

    Take Care,
    W.


     
  7. Snoopy

    Snoopy Senior Member
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    Yes, you sound like a strong candidate. An MCAT score of >30 should confirm that, no matter when you take it. I sent you an email to the address listed in your profile which gives a more personal answer to your questions.
     

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