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Retake MCAT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by rrubay, Sep 30, 2014.

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  1. rrubay

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    Hi. I scored a 31 on my MCAT (9 PS/10 VR/12 BS) and I'm wondering if it's worth it to retake it given my performance on practice exams:

    Kaplan: 35 (9 PS/11 VR/15 BS)

    Kaplan 38 (11 PS/13 VR/14 BS)

    Kaplan: 34 (11 PS/10 VR/13 BS)

    Kaplan: 32 (10 PS/ 10 VR/12 BS)

    Kaplan: 32 (12 PS/ 9 VR/ 11 BS)

    AAMC: 31 (11 PS/ 10 VR/ 10 BS)

    I'm also a senior majoring in Microbiology, I currently have a 4.0 cumulative GPA (*knocking on wood dramatically*), and I'm heavily involved in research/clinical volunteering/community service/student orgs. I just got my score so I haven't really looked into many schools except the University of Wisconsin (in-state resident, current student there). Any feedback would be appreciated! Thank you
     
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  3. Zelda840

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    Your performance on the AAMC practice exam matched your real score. Why would you retake?
     
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  4. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

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    I think a 31 is fine for University of Wisconsin.
     
  5. byaaaaaaah23

    byaaaaaaah23 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Kaplan scores shouldn't be used to predict. If you are going to think about a retake, then practice using the AAMC exams and use that to predict your score. Your score is probably fine and you shouldn't retake unless you score 4-5 points higher on average (not just once) on future practice tests.

    Too late for OP but for anyone else reading this thread in the future: buy all the AAMC tests and do them-- those will more accurately predict your score.
     
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  6. rrubay

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    Thank you all
     
  7. dxcrunner

    dxcrunner 2+ Year Member

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    With all the solid extracurricular activities that you have, you should be just fine. Get your application in ASAP though if you haven't already.
     
  8. Omppu27

    Omppu27 El Tiburon 5+ Year Member

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    Having taken the MCAT twice, don't go through the hassle of taking it again... A 4.0 + 31 is certainly competitive for US MD schools
     
  9. Earl Simmons

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    Just, out of curiosity, which AAMC Test was it? If it was one of the earlier AAMC's then take the 31 and run with it because the later ones are much harder.
     
  10. Omppu27

    Omppu27 El Tiburon 5+ Year Member

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    I would assume it was AAMC 3 because that one is free. Even if not, I'd still just take the 31.

    I knew a dude who had a 31, retook, got a 27. I almost yacked when he told me.... Could seriously completely screw you for MD
     
  11. Earl Simmons

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    Well, I know two people two had 33's and retook and got 37's. But, I also know someone who retook a 31 and got a 29, which would hurt an app significantly.
     
  12. Hospitalized

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    4.0/31 with solid ECs? Why would you even consider retaking? You're in as long as you are personable and presentable. At this point, you need to further work on ECs and forming an exceptional application that is backed by your GPA and MCAT. The MCAT hurdle is done for you, focus on the rest of your application.
     
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  13. Endure

    Endure 2+ Year Member

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    Do not retake. Your 4.0 will be viewed very favorably.
     
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  14. Goro

    Goro Probationary Status 5+ Year Member

    You retake that perfectly fine score and so help me I'm going to reach through your computer screen and smack you upside the head!

     
  15. rrubay

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    Thank you all I really appreciate the feedback!
     
  16. rrubay

    rrubay

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    Sorry for the late reply. I took the free one
     
  17. Earl Simmons

    Earl Simmons 5+ Year Member

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    Yeah, AAMC 3 is widely considered to be by far the easiest practice AAMC test. It's not representative of the real thing, which is much harder. The 31 is a fine score and definitely won't hold you back since you have a 4.0. Best of luck!
     
  18. spik

    spik 2+ Year Member

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    Don't retake since AAMC is a better predictor than Kaplan, and you still should get in with this score and GPA.
     

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