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I will be graduating from med school this May, and am applying to start an MPH program that following fall. I obviously have taken the MCAT, but wasn't to satisfied with my score. I have been studying for the GRE between rotations and such, but was wondering if any had an insight as to how important it is for me to take the GRE. Has anyone been in the same position?
Will not taking the GRE make me less competitive for any scholarship money that school have available?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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I know a lot of MPH programs will take MCAT scores, but I don't know if there's an expiration date on them. If you're already studying for the GRE, it probably wouldn't hurt to take that especially since I've heard that the GRE is more manageable than the MCAT. Good luck!
 

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Thanks alot for your feedback, I think that's what I was leaning towards but I just wanted to get some input.

Thanks again!!
 
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Take the GRE!!!! I think you'll be able to score a higher percentile on the GRE than on the MCAT. I certainly was and a good GRE score may help your chances for aid money.
 

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That's what I figured. I take the test in a couple of weeks, so we will see how it goes.
 

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Alright I'm back for some more advice. So I decided to take the GRE, which I took today, and I didn't perform where I wanted or where I had been on my practice test. 580Q 420V. I know these scores are pretty horrible, which I why I wanted to get suggestions as to wether I should submit these scores to the schools I applied to. I have already submitted my MCAT scores, which I originally didn't want to do because I wasn't satisfied with those either. I believe I got a 6V 8PS 9BS = 23. I really would like to do better on the GRE, and think that I can, but I don't have time right now because I have to take my USMLE step II next month. I have already certified all my applications, so there is no way for me to explain these scores.

Any feedback Please!!

And just to add the rest of my stats:
Undergrad GPA: 3.0
Post-Bac Program GPA: 3.3
MBA GPA: 3.4
Med School ranking: Average

Again Any and all Advice appreciated!!!
 

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Alright I'm back for some more advice. So I decided to take the GRE, which I took today, and I didn't perform where I wanted or where I had been on my practice test. 580Q 420V. I know these scores are pretty horrible, which I why I wanted to get suggestions as to wether I should submit these scores to the schools I applied to. I have already submitted my MCAT scores, which I originally didn't want to do because I wasn't satisfied with those either. I believe I got a 6V 8PS 9BS = 23. I really would like to do better on the GRE, and think that I can, but I don't have time right now because I have to take my USMLE step II next month. I have already certified all my applications, so there is no way for me to explain these scores.

Any feedback Please!!

And just to add the rest of my stats:
Undergrad GPA: 3.0
Post-Bac Program GPA: 3.3
MBA GPA: 3.4
Med School ranking: Average

Again Any and all Advice appreciated!!!

A 23 MCAT and 3.0 GPA? :eek: Where did you go to med school? The Caribbean?
 

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Your scores on both tests are very poor and your grades don't make up for them. It's pretty late in the cycle, but try to retake the GRE in January if possible. It's not hard to score 700Q 500V as a baseline. This will cut it for some schools. You'll get unofficial GRE scores right away so you can send those out to get the ball rolling. Some schools take applications until April/May. Check individually with the schools you're interested in.

Can you take time off from your M4 year? If you started GRE prep tomorrow, you could be ready by sometime between January 5th-15th for a solid score.
 

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I'm a second year medical student and will be doing an mph between 3rd and 4th years. I had the same question because I think i could do proportionately better on the gre than i actually did on my mcat (30). one of my friend goes to BU SPH and knows the harvard SPH dean fairly well. She asked the dean about my MCAT v. GRE question, as a medical student. The dean said that the test score wouldn't really matter because they give acceptances based on interest in public health, clear career goals involving public health, etc. This may be a special case since harvard only takes people with advanced degrees. It seems like most schools will consider MDs or MD student separately from other applicants... In my opinion what really counts is your interest and your ability to express that interest in the application and interview. also med school recs and grades are probably more important to the committee than the mcat that you took 4-5 years ago.
 
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