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I do not have the money to take an prep class for the MCAT, so I did independent study when I took the test the first and second time. I did ok the first time but I rushed and took it again so that I can take it before the last administering date and my score went down. Also I'm reapplying bcuz the school I reallt want to go to has not given me a response, but I don't really know what to change on my application besides my updated credentials... Does anyone have any advice....
 

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More information would help. GPA and MCAT? ECs?
 

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I do not have the money to take an prep class for the MCAT, so I did independent study when I took the test the first and second time. I did ok the first time but I rushed and took it again so that I can take it before the last administering date and my score went down. Also I'm reapplying bcuz the school I reallt want to go to has not given me a response, but I don't really know what to change on my application besides my updated credentials... Does anyone have any advice....


I don't think its necessary to take an MCAT review class. I took the MCAT after spending thousands on a prep class and didn't do well. But then I spent several months reviewing the material by myself and bought some MCAT prep material on Amazon (ExamKracker, Kaplan, and the AAMC exams) and then did much better. I think the time that you would have spent driving to and then sitting in those prep classes can be better spent reviewing the material on your own and doing the practice problems.
 

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I don't think its necessary to take an MCAT review class. I took the MCAT after spending thousands on a prep class and didn't do well. But then I spent several months reviewing the material by myself and bought some MCAT prep material on Amazon (ExamKracker, Kaplan, and the AAMC exams) and then did much better. I think the time that you would have spent driving to and then sitting in those prep classes can be better spent reviewing the material on your own and doing the practice problems.

ok thanks I think I will do better without a class anyway.
 

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Everything else is fine I asked the admissions directors for some of the schools that I did not get into everyone said it was my MCAT scores. The rest of my application is fine. I'm just trying to figure out what to do about the MCAT.
 

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Everything else is fine I asked the admissions directors for some of the schools that I did not get into everyone said it was my MCAT scores. The rest of my application is fine. I'm just trying to figure out what to do about the MCAT.

Well if you're absolutely positive that "everything else is fine" (hard for us to evaluate since you won't provide us with the information), then you just have to retake the MCAT. Not sure what else to tell you. If you can't afford an MCAT prep course, try to save up for at least the books. You don't NEED a prep course to do well. Personally, I just purchased the Princeton Review books and went over the material according to the schedule they have set up for enrolled students. Or, if you already tried that method, perhaps other types of review books would work better for you. I would head over to the MCAT forum and see what options are available to you in terms of study methods and materials.
 

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Hey so I think the best way to bring up ur MCAT score is to take as many practice exams as possible. You have already reviewed the material on your own and the stuff on the MCAT is fairly basic stuff. The review courses will do just that..go over all the material again. The courses are helpful for people like me who have a hard time maintaining the discipline to sit and study seriously and maintain a schedule. the best thing to do now is to take as many practice exams as possible. One of my MCAT prep teachers told us that he did over 30 practice exams and now his biggest dilemma is picking between big schools in IL like northwestern, rush and UofC.
 
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