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Multiple MCAT Scores, Reapp, Where to Apply?

Discussion in 'Re-Applicants [ MD / DO ]' started by stargazerlily1990, Apr 21, 2016.

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  1. stargazerlily1990

    stargazerlily1990

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    Hi, Everyone!

    Was hoping to get some advice for my sort of odd situation. I have taken the MCAT multiple times (I know...not ideal at all and should've planned much better, but trying to move forward).

    Applied to med school (secondaries were complete a little late-end of Aug/mid sept), applied to 15 schools, 2 IIs, 2 WLs.

    Added clinical and non-clinical volunteering, retook MCAT (took time off to study and figured out how to be more efficient and less anxious while test taking). I have a good GPA (Science 3.9, AO: 3.9). First generation college student+some fairly good ECs. Didn't have any clinical volunteering the first time I applied, which I realized after coming to this forum was a big big mistake.

    MCAT 2016: 99%

    Applying in the next cycle. I'm a MN resident (don't have a good app for Duluth as my app is full of research and living in urban areas).

    Schools I'll definitely apply to:

    U of MN-TC
    Netter
    Hofstra
    Creighton
    Wake Forest
    Rosalind Franklin
    Loyola
    Saint Louis

    Does anyone have any advice about where to apply? I'm worried about the spread of my scores in terms of choosing which schools to apply. I've looked at MSAR, but it's still a bit hard to choose schools with my MCAT scores. Avg puts me around 30 for the MCAT, so should I apply as a 30 MCAT scorer?

    I know you won't be excited about my multiple scores, but any of the experts have any advice, please? @Goro @gyngyn @GrapesofRath @LizzyM

    Thank you so much in advance for the advice!
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
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  3. GrapesofRath

    GrapesofRath 2+ Year Member

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    A reapplicant with 4 MCAT scores will raise some questions and can be perceived as a "riskier" candidate. The fact that the 4th score was that high only complicates things and narrows the range of schools that can be of highest yield. In fact, a reapp with a score that high might only add to the " being riskier" narrative.

    Your best bet really is your state school. Your saving grace is that massive MCAT score on your fourth attempt. If the Twin Cities were already interested enough to give you HPWL and now youve added clinical exp you were lacking and a 4th MCAT with a 10 pt equivalent improvement, it's hard to see them not being interested again despite the reapp status.

    If you ask 10 different ADCOMs on how your scores will be interpreted I bet youll get 10 different answers. It's never going to be possible to get anything close to a consenus answer on how this MCAT history will be gauged. Everything about this suggests there's going to be all kinds of variance in evaluation of this from school to school. Your cumulative avg is 30 but that's not really going to work as a guide here. These schools like Quinnipac, Creighton etc you have on there can still see that 521 which is way above their 90th percentile. You need to target schools most likely to II you. I dont think "aiming too low" is going to get that done.

    Best bet is get MSAR and identify some higher end OOS schools you arent a reapp at. The Rochester-CWRU-Hofstra-Ohio State type tier is a good place to start. Apply to a handful of higher end schools and see if you can find someone to bite on the research and 521 while putting less weight in particular on those 2011 scores. Beyond saying your state school is your best bet, it's very difficult to say who is most likely to bite.
     
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  4. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    A 521 is nothing to sneeze at. I suggest:

    U MN
    U VM
    U Toledo
    Miami
    St. Louis
    Albany
    Albert Einstein
    Rochester
    Rush (note: very service/experience oriented with a 150hr service requirement. Avg student has 800 hours of community service, and >1800 hours of health care exposure.)
    Rosy Franklin
    NYMC
    EVMS
    Wake Forest
    Jefferson
    Temple
    Drexel
    Creighton
    Tulane
    USC/Keck
    Dartmouth
    MCW
    Loyola
    USF Morsani
    Emory OR BU
    Mayo
    Duke OR JHU
    Case
    JHU
    Pitt OR Northwestern
    NYU OR Sinai
    Vanderbilt OR Baylor
    Columbia
    Hofstra.
    Oakland-B
    CCOM
    MUCOM
    I can't recommend CNU.




     
  5. stargazerlily1990

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    Thank you @GrapesofRath! Your advice is greatly valued. I'm definitely hoping to get some love from my state school and would be more than happy to attend, so I'll start there and apply broadly, I suppose! I understand that this situation isn't super predictable.

    And @Goro thank you so much for the list! I really appreciate it! It looks like a great starting point for me, as I'm hoping to apply to about 20/25 schools so will have to pick and choose from your list.

    Thank you! I'll let you know how things turn out!
     
  6. jeep1010

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    @stargazerlily1990 what did you do differently your 4th time? what do you think allowed you to make that jump in MCAT score?
     
  7. stargazerlily1990

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    I will PM you! :) Have spoken with a couple of others already so will just copy it to you.
     
  8. _Leaftt

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    I would really appreciate it if you could PM how you improved your MCAT score as well !
     
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  9. Shotapp

    Shotapp 2+ Year Member

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    @stargazerlily1990

    Please, could you PM me a copy as well? Thank you and best of luck in your app cycle.
     
  10. Dr.FelA

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    Could you PM me a copy too i am currently studying for a retake and would like any advice! thanks
     
  11. acquaintance

    acquaintance 2+ Year Member

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    Do you mind PM me with the copy as well? I will greatly appreciate it :)
     
  12. kpba225

    kpba225 kendal23

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    Hey do you mind PMing me as well! I would like to know what you changed about your MCAT studying method. Thanks
     
  13. MedicalGuru

    MedicalGuru

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    Could you also PM me?
     
  14. thetwinkle

    thetwinkle 2+ Year Member

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    Could you please PM me also if possible? Thanks!
     
  15. FutureDoc3094

    FutureDoc3094 2+ Year Member

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    Could you PM me as well? I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks so much! :)
     
  16. yongli

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    can you PM me too? Thanks.
     
  17. ljkeeper

    ljkeeper

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    lawls could you also PM me too? Much appreciated
     
  18. Senescence kid

    Senescence kid

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    Hi can you PM me your strategy as well
     
  19. PygmyPuff

    PygmyPuff

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    Can you update us? Did you get in this past cycle?
     
  20. mariposas905

    mariposas905

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    Yeah can you please update? I looked at your MDapps but I honestly didn't think it was possible to get into all those top schools that you said you got into as an ORM with 4MCAT scores. Having a tough time believing it a bit :confused: but if it's true, than congrats!
     

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