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Hi everyone. I just received my second MCAT score :508 (Physics&chem: 129, CARS: 123, Bio: 129, Psych: 127), one point higher than the first one that I took a month ago (507, Physics&chem: 127, CARS: 127, Bio: 127, Psych: 126). To be honest, I am usually good at CARS. However, I had an acute headache during the CARS section on my second MCAT, and I ended up not finishing this section. How should I convince medical schools that my worse than usual performance on CARS for the second time was just a fluke?
 

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Hi everyone. I just received my second MCAT score :508 (Physics&chem: 129, CARS: 123, Bio: 129, Psych: 127), one point higher than the first one that I took a month ago (507, Physics&chem: 127, CARS: 127, Bio: 127, Psych: 126). To be honest, I am usually good at CARS. However, I had an acute headache during the CARS section on my second MCAT, and I ended up not finishing this section. How should I convince medical schools that my worse than usual performance on CARS for the second time was just a fluke?
You can't. If you had an acute headache and couldn't finish the section, you should have voided.
 
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Hi everyone. I just received my second MCAT score :508 (Physics&chem: 129, CARS: 123, Bio: 129, Psych: 127), one point higher than the first one that I took a month ago (507, Physics&chem: 127, CARS: 127, Bio: 127, Psych: 126). To be honest, I am usually good at CARS. However, I had an acute headache during the CARS section on my second MCAT, and I ended up not finishing this section. How should I convince medical schools that my worse than usual performance on CARS for the second time was just a fluke?
You can't, unless you have a 3rd try at the exam.
 
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That second CARS is low enough to start causing issues imo. I might try for a third attempt just because of that subsection, having the composite go up to ~512 would just be icing on the cake
 
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Hi everyone. I just received my second MCAT score :508 (Physics&chem: 129, CARS: 123, Bio: 129, Psych: 127), one point higher than the first one that I took a month ago (507, Physics&chem: 127, CARS: 127, Bio: 127, Psych: 126). To be honest, I am usually good at CARS. However, I had an acute headache during the CARS section on my second MCAT, and I ended up not finishing this section. How should I convince medical schools that my worse than usual performance on CARS for the second time was just a fluke?

It's too late to say this, but I have to ask: WHY DON'T YOU VOID EXAM. The medical school will definitely bring up this question as well.
You were clear that you didn't finish the CARS section, so this was a huge mistake in your judgement not to void the exam.
This mistake seems DEADLY FATAL in my perspective.
 
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It is what it is at this point.

Other premeds can learn from this:

1) don't take the MCAT just one month after the other. Likely you won't have prepared enough to make a significant difference.

2) if you become ill during an exam, then void the exam.
 
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It is what it is at this point.

Other premeds can learn from this:

1) don't take the MCAT just one month after the other. Likely you won't have prepared enough to make a significant difference.

2) if you become ill during an exam, then void the exam.
I need to keep this in mind
 
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It's too late to say this, but I have to ask: WHY DON'T YOU VOID EXAM. The medical school will definitely bring up this question as well.
You were clear that you didn't finish the CARS section, so this was a huge mistake in your judgement not to void the exam.
This mistake seems DEADLY FATAL in my perspective.
I didn't void the exam because I studied very hard for it, and I thought I did well enough on CARS before my headache to compensate for the incomplete section. It was definitely a poor judgement. If I make a third attempt and do much better, is there still a chance for me to go to medical school? Will the 123 in CARS screw me over permanently?
 
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I didn't void the exam because I studied very hard for it, and I thought I did well enough on CARS before my headache to compensate for the incomplete section. It was definitely a poor judgement. If I make a third attempt and do much better, is there still a chance for me to go to medical school? Will the 123 in CARS screw me over permanently?

It really can screw you permanently due to a poor judgement. 123 is too low and this is a huge downward trend. Really it seems very bad.
You can still apply a lot of DO schools and see where are your chances.
 
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