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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by kreno, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. kreno

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    How much better is an 11 11 11 than a 10 13 10? I mean, I don't want suggestions or ideas here, rather, can people post their interviews at top ten schools who had scewd MCATS? FOr example, the average at Harvard is like 33.3 or something... anyone out there have a 9 13 12? Or maybe a 10 13 10? Those of you with the straight 12 12 12/11 11 11 no need to post! :) thanks everyone!
     
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    Although I didn't get such a high score, my Kaplan teacher said that if you do especially well in verbal or physics, schools like that. A 10 13 10, in my opinion, shows that not only are you good in each area, but you are great in the hardest area.
    Lucky me....I got 9 9 9 :rolleyes:
    *Foxy* <img src="graemlins/lovey.gif" border="0" alt="[Lovey]" />
     
  3. dlc

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    Hey there,
    I got an interview invite from Duke back in October and my MCATs are 8,14,12,S (I pretty much thought I was screwed with that 8 but it all depends on the school) ;)
     
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    Yeah I don't think Duke cares much for the verbal... I got an interview with an 9,12,12.
     
  5. kreno

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    Anyone else get invites at top ten schools with 9-10 on verbal and 13 on physics, and nothign higher than 10 on bio?
     
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    I got accepted at Baylor with a 9,13,10 and an interview at Duke.
     
  7. kreno

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    Were any of you above minority applicants? Could the rest of you specify. Thanks :)

    So I get the consensus that a 13 on physics, with two other ten's is still a great top ten medical score? I keep asking 'cuz my practice mcats keep getting really skewd scores like that... NEVER do i get a good range, like 10 10 10
     
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    I think the spelling is "skewed"...
     
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    I am not a minority applicant and this is actually my third application to med school. I am just an average caucasian female.
     
  10. kreno

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    ha! no wonder my low mcat scores. i feel like an idiot. thanks for the correction
     
  11. kreno

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    ha! no wonder my low mcat verbal scores. i feel like an idiot. thanks for the correction
     
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    ha! no wonder my low mcat verbal scores. i feel like an idiot. thanks for the correction
     
  13. AmateurChef

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    I've heard from numerous MCAT instructors that consistency on scores (eg. 11/11/11) is appreciated by many schools. That is, for a given score, it's best to have close to an equal distribution among the three components.
     
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    Of course, the post I just submitted (above) may be completely incorrect -- I, like many people, heard that the Verbal section is by far the most important, but there are clearly applicants here on SDN who have been accepted despite low verbal scores.
     
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    On one hand, that the verbal section has so much stock put into it (by adcoms) makes little sense. BUT...when you think about it, the verbal section is not only the hardest to do well on but this is the result of the section being the hardest to increase your proficiency on. I mean, who couldn't get a 13+ on the bio if they studied hours on end every day--its simple regurgitation of fact. The verbal section, however, is a mixture of innate ability and practice (which is not to say you couldn't go from a 8V to a 13V given enough practice--but I think it'd take more effort than a similar increase in one of the science sections.

    Personally, I think a 10,10,10 is a lot better than a 7, 13, 13, despite the latter being a 'higher score.' Proficiency across the board is something that I think they like. With MCATs, I really do believe that the most important thing is (unfortunately for some) to get at least a 10 in each section.

    If only the essays mattered more! That was the only section I maxed out on!

    Good luck everyone! :)

    -Geoffrey
     
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  17. shorrin

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    I didn't apply to any "TopTens" but no one's beating down my door with a 12 in verbal. For what it's worth, I got a 12 9 9, and it doesn't seem to be worth much ;)
     
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    shorrin-
    You're definitely in a minority with your three points higher on verbal than science sections. That you have 'no one beating down [your] door' speaks to the theory that it is important to clear the double digit mark in each section. I am sure you'd trade your score for 10s in each section, right??

    Regardless, congrats on doing so well on the verbal section and I really do hope that things go well in the next couple of months.

    Mpp-
    You have every right to disagree...but what I was trying to say was that the verbal section is harder to get adept at and requires more foreign (e.g. tests less practiced analytical skills) than the sciences section. Indeed, the fact that all the sections are timed makes that point irrevelant--except that there is far more time pressure on the verbal (a general consensus) sections than on the science sections...

    Bottom line: most people (emphasis on most) find the verbal section more difficult.
     
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    Hey guys,

    My pre-med counselor told me that one of the reasons that medical schools look so favorably on the Verbal section is that (I think AAMC) did a study on correlation between MCAT scores and success in med school/Step I and II. The only large correlation found was that GENERALLY SPEAKING the higher the verbal the more successful the med student. So the verbal section has come to be seen as a predictor of success.

    Now I'm sure that we know of people who got a 5 in verbal and like a 230 on Step I, but like I said, I am speaking very broadly here. Just wanted to shed some light on perhaps why med schools give this section so much emphasis. If I am way off base on this one let me know. Take care all and good luck. Ciao.
     
  20. shorrin

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    GG16,

    To be fair, I really think that it's my low gpa that's holding me back.
    I just wanted to show that although verbal maybe held in a slightly higher regard, a high score won't save you because it's the whole package that counts.

    Thanks for your well wishing, I hope for the best for you too :)
     
  21. kreno

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    I totally disagree... verbal is a crap shoot. At least in my experience. And it's surely not "innate" ability anymore than than the sciences... at least not for the nonscience major. Any other people got invites to top 20 schools with skewed scores?
     
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    one of my interviewers told me that a higher verbal score can reflect better communication skills, so he likes to see high verbal scores. another interviewer (at the same school) said he is impressed by high scores in the physical sciences, since that shows the student can think conceptually, and will probably do better in med school as a result. so, as it's been said before..admissions IS a crapshoot in some ways.
     
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  24. I'd say my scores are pretty skewed (and I'm a URM for whoever whated to know)--Accepted to U of Michigan, and 3 others not in the top 10.

    MCAT: 7V, 9B, 11PS, Q (hopefully adcoms though my writing score offset my poor ability to communicate per my 7 in verbal reasoning :) )
     

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