I took MCAT last year and am a native English speaker, and found the verbal section kind of an IQ test--I studied and improved sceince scores but verbal basically just was whatever I got to start with plus a little inflation from learning the format. So it seems to me that it makes sense that people say schools put the most emphasis on that section, since it's how smart you are rather than how much money you want to give for a course or whatever. HOWEVER, I know a bunch of people who get like 11, 11, 7 (verbal) and such things because they aren't first language speakers. Even though they communicate perfectly well enough to be doctors with no problem and are very smart, their overall score is brought way down by this, and there's not anything they can do if they learned the language after age 7 or something, because they're never going to recognize the subtleties of the language, no matter how smart they are (especially annoying for Asians, I'd guess, since they're not even considered URMs). Was wondering if we had any ESLers here who would like to comment or if people think admissions committees take that into account .