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Should I Retake Unbalanced 32?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by texas20, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. texas20

    texas20 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2014
    Total: 32
    PS: 10

    Even though this is a decent score, I'm on the fence about retaking. My AAMC verbal average was 11.5; I was consistently scoring 12's on the AAMC tests. Conversely, my AAMC biology score was consistently an 11. The 13 seems like a lucky fluke. The unbalanced score is unsettling.

    I had a full-time internship this summer so I don't think I did this test justice. Virtually all of the practice I did was the AAMC tests; I barely looked my TPRH workbooks and didn't really practice verbal because I was doing so well on the AAMC tests.

    My winter break will be almost 2 months long so I can fully devote my time to studying. I don't know if I want to though; the whole ordeal is psychologically exhausting.

    I'm a TX resident applying next cycle and I really want to go to school in Houston or Dallas. That means BCM, UTSW, or UTH. I could live with UTMB or A&M. I really don't want to go to Texas Tech (Lubbock or El Pas0).

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. Make Or Break

    Make Or Break 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2014
    No. Your score is balanced enough.
  4. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    No. Your score is good. Retaking will put you at risk for doing worse.
  5. csx

    csx 2+ Year Member

    May 8, 2013
    Considering you hardly studied the first time around...sure, if you really want to. Sounds like youre naturally smart...
  6. texas20

    texas20 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2014
  7. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    The problem with your dilemma is that you are likely to drop to 11 (maybe even lower) on your retake. And if you score a 12 on your VR, will you make another thread saying "should I retake cuz unbalanced bio".

    You are RIGHT AT THE MEDIAN for all the TX schools except UTSW. But I know several people who had low 30 scores and made it into UTSW with great ECs, strong PS, and of course, by nailing the interviews.
  8. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    And btw don't write off Lubbock so easily. I visited Lubbock earlier this spring and the environment is absolutely amazing. Don't discount any school before even visiting them.
  9. texas20

    texas20 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2014
    Thank you for your input, texan2414. I've actually lived in west Texas before and I've visited Lubbock a few times. My family is in the Houston area so I'd rather not live 10+ hours away.

    I wasn't ready for how calculation heavy/insane the PS was on my test. That's where I think I messed up -- I didn't practice enough PS and I got burned. I think that rattled my confidence on verbal.

    Honestly, I'm leaning towards cutting my losses and moving on with my life. The MCAT is a miserable experience and I want to enjoy my winter break. Maybe I'd even be better served by going to a middle tier Texas school in a smaller city. Houston/Dallas traffic stresses me out!
  10. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013

    MCAT will not be a problem for you at all. Try to enrich your extracurricular experiences so you can talk about them @ interviews. This is what may give you an acceptance at UTSW/Baylor despite having a lower than avg MCAT score.
    UT Houston should not be a problem for you. Their median accepted score for past 3 years has consistently been 31-33. You are an excellent fit by MCAT-wise.
  11. LostinLift

    LostinLift 2+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    What is your GPA?
  12. texas20

    texas20 2+ Year Member

    May 16, 2014
    3.86 … should be 3.91 by the time I apply. BCPM is currently 3.8; should also go up a little
  13. pepocho

    pepocho 2+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2013
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