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Unless you're URM and/or go to a state that has schools with low MCAT averages (Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, etc.) you have slim chance at an MD school.
 

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Hey everyone,

I am reapplying to medical school...got one interview last year from my state school but didnt get it. My stats were:
Overall GPA 3.6
Science GPA: 3.4
MCAT: 8,8,8 24Q

I recently took the march MCAT and got a 25Q :( 10P 9B and a freaking 6V...my practice scores were 28-30 and I dont know what happened in verbal. I want to do primary care so I have no qualms with applying to DO schools. I am just wondering if I have any possible chance at an MD school? I have worked as a medical assistant for 3 years and gained a lot of clinical experience and shadowing that way (with both MD and DO physicians); did research with pending publication; lots of volunteering in coaching sports and working with terminally ill kids; and completed my university's Honors Program. I wasn't sure if that 6 automatically screens me out from all MD schools.

Anyone got into medical school with a 25 MCAT? :) I am hopefully but at the same time realistic. I know I should take it again and probably will next year. Should I apply early anyways this coming summer?

Thank you!

IMO, your GPA/MCAT combo don't make you competitive for MD schools. I'd say your cGPA is average/slightly less than average, but your sGPA is well below average. You need a solid MCAT score to beef up your application. A 25 won't cut it. I'd focus on improving your score and re-apply next year. How did you prepare for the MCAT both times?
 
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Your clinical experience or volunteering doesn't matter, with a 25 mcat you're a liability. A surprising number of students flunk out of med school, repeat a year, "take a year off," etc. School's hate it. They take it really seriously. Likewise you should take the MCAT seriously. Set aside 3-4 months and really buckle down if you want to do this. If you can't ace the MCAT then you're doomed for Step 1, and probably the COMLX (?) thing too.
 

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Your clinical experience or volunteering doesn't matter, with a 25 mcat you're a liability. A surprising number of students flunk out of med school, repeat a year, "take a year off," etc. School's hate it. They take it really seriously. Likewise you should take the MCAT seriously. Set aside 3-4 months and really buckle down if you want to do this. If you can't ace the MCAT then you're doomed for Step 1, and probably the COMLX (?) thing too.

:laugh:.....at least you didn't call it the COMPLEX. That gets under DO students' skins like calling the MCAT the MCAT's gets under premeds' skins.

FYI it's COMLEX
 

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a 3.6/25 is about average for DO ( 3.5/26.5), however that average is a bit misleading as it separates the DO schools into two ilks, the more established ones ( 3.6/28 average) and the newer ones. At the newer ones you should be ok.
 

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i think i have stronger ECs...however, in terms of DO schools, i would like to go to Western. is a 25 mcat competitive for that school? Or should I post this in the DO thread? :)

Some schools will not look at Verbal at all (DO schools). I had similar stats and received an interview from Western, but was accepted to my first choice before the interview and did not go.
 

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If you can somehow get to a 30 on the MCAT, then I think you have a good shot at MD schools. Hopefully you can keep studying and take the test in June or July; you might be able to build your score up there since you were scoring 28-30 on practices but you need a couple months more reps in terms of simply doing as many practice problems on ExamKrackers.That's what I did-- took the MCAT in July and scored in the mid 20s when I was working full time and after I had done about 4-5 months of studying but only did AAMC practice tests. But after the July MCAT, I did nothing but EK practice exams, retook the AAMC practice tests, and did 1001 questions from EK for 5 weeks and scored in the 30s on my second shot. Just getting reps in made a huge difference on my second test.
 
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