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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by smoothdriver, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. smoothdriver

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    I am considering taking the MCAT again. I took it april 2006 and havent really had much luck regarding this application cycle.

    What are the major differences between the old paper version and the new computer based one? I have heard that the new one is shorter (maybe only because breaks are optional?) and that you find out your results faster. What is the turn around time for scores? I would think think that a computer based MCAT would make things easier for scoring and processing.

    Sorry for sounding so clueless about this, I really never planned on retaking it. I thought that with my stats i was bound to get an acceptance somewhere. But with the end near, it doesnt look like it will be so. I am now toying with the idea of retaking this test. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    thanks for the link. wow, it is quite a bit different than the old version. has anyone who has taken the paper version, retaken the new version? any thoughts?

    btw i have a 30Q now with a 3.84 GPA, my friends think I am ******ed to even think about taking it again.

    now i await opinions from the great minds of SDN
     
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    30Q with a 3.84?? unless you are in cali, you have an excellent chance of getting into a allo school. i wouldn't retake it IMO
     
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    retaking a 30Q doesn't seem like the best option, especially with that high gpa. Maybe your weakness is in Personal Statement, Extra-currics, Reccs, clinical experience, etc....

    by the way, what was your breakdown, did you have an extremely low score in one of the sections? if so, then retaking might be worth it...
     
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    im in texas and had the interviews, but the match showed me no love. i applied a little later than i should have due to studying abroad until mid july. didnt get my apps in till late august. i was riding on the match...... but thats over today. there is still some waitlist hope i guess. and i only applied to texas schools, probably a big mistake.

    anyways, it seems like i will be re-doing the process next cycle and i dont know of any other ways to improve my application. i need something to put down for the how have you improved yourself and what have you done in the past year question. any other ideas? maybe i will just say that i was some statistical anomaly and that i should have gotten in and that they made they made some sort of mistake. Too bad there seems to be a lot of these anomalies this year. It is getting harder to get in I guess.
     
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    my breakdown:

    9 bs 12 ps 9 verbal
     

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