7+ Year Member
- Mar 23, 2010
- Medical Student
Not true, if those scores were released, they can be seen and will be evaluated by medical schools. Retakes on the MCAT (after one) are red flags. If the OP retakes the MCAT, those scores HAVE to be significantly higher (above 30). When we see high uGPA and low MCAT scores, we start considering "undergraduate grade inflation" which isn't good.Why would you want to wait an extra year if you can avoid it? Retake the MCAT and reapply for 2011. Youre past MCAT will not really matter as long as you can do really well on the latest MCAT.
While your GPA is inline with what is average, and still relatively competitive for perhaps 1/3 of the available spots. Your MCAT is horrible and the fact that you plan to "rush" things is not in your best interest. You have more than you can handle and I'd personally recommend you take it easy.cGPA: 3.67
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I know that I am an average student according to my GPA and my MCATs are HORRIBLE. I have never been much of a standardized test taker and I am one of those people who just needs to study a lot for everything. I barely studied for the MCAT the first time and rushed into the second take (basically had a panic attack during) because I wanted to make it into the 2010 cycle. Unfortunately I received that lower second score after sending in my AMCAS app (I was being unrealistically optimistic). Definitely the two biggest mistakes of my life.
So now I'm graduating and planning to take a year off and work as a research assistant or lab tech. I have good letters of recc, 2 summers of research both about 40hrs a week, 50+ hours of shadowing with 2 internal medicine resident teams, extracurriculars with several leadership positions since my freshman year, 100+ hours volunteering at a local hospital, 200+ hours of non-medically related volunteer work, 15-20 hours a week paid work on campus. I'm lacking in the volunteering/shadowing area and plan to do a lot more of both this summer and throughout my year off. I am also currently studying to take the MCAT in July. Also although I am a minority since I'm not a permanent resident or citizen I'm pretty sure that most schools won't consider me as a minority right? (even though I've been going to school in America since fresh yr in hs)
My main question is am I trying to rush things by applying for entry in Fall 2011 if I submit my apps early fall? Would it be better for me to submit my apps in the summer of 2011 and work on beefing it up throughout this year? What are my chances and how negatively will my prior MCAT scores affect me? Thanks in advance!