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Studied too hard already, what score will cuz u to retake?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by franklinthedog, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. franklinthedog

    franklinthedog Senior Member
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    Hey all,

    This is for those of you who studied so hard that you feel you could never study harder than you already did. That being said, what is the score range you would actually consider retaking, knowing you already outdid yourself in terms of prep?

    For me, it's gonna be 28 or <....I'll retake if I fit in this category.

    How about you?
     
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  3. Bevo

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    I think if I got a 28 I would retake it. At 29 I would think hard about retaking it. if I got 30 or higher I'll be running around school naked.
     
  4. The Sultan

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    personally. i am more worried about distribution than the overall score. I think if i score a 8 or lower on any section, i will retake it.

    Peace
     
  5. barakutha

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    i want a 30... but i'm getting scared about how I did in VR. I can't afford to confirm the 7 I got in April.
     
  6. ocean11

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    I've decided loooong ago before taking this August MCAT that even if I do badly I'm NOT re-doing it.... I'm just going to go to the Carribean... can't face studying another summer...
     
  7. Mike59

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    You people are insane! Retaking with a 28?!? Are you out of your mind? :eek:

    Even top 10 schools accept applicants with scores in the mid 20's.

    I don't have a minimum that would cause me to retake. I studied my ass off for the MCAT, and performed to the best of my ability on test day. There wasn't one question where I could look back and say, man I should've studied that material more.

    Even with a 23, I would continue to send in my secondaries and just do my best in my applications/interviews (if any) to prove myself.

    If that doesn't work, its either the Caribbean or I'll start studying for the LSAT.:)
     
  8. limit

    limit Molesting my inner-child
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    Man you had such an inspirational post going. Did you really have to add that last sentence ?!?! :mad: :eek: :laugh:
     
  9. agent

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    agreed..

    im taking my advice right off the websites of the schools i want to apply to.

    their average is 30. so in a statistical sense you could figure out what the std. deviation is.

    most likely i sd would be +/- 3

    so most people who get accepted to schools who say their average is 30 accept most applications that fall in the range of 27-33

    Obviously there are exceptions for the ppl who get in with 23's and the people who score higher than 33 on the MCAT.
     
  10. lola

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    will probably retake with <26 (if i have enough motivation). let's hope that doesn't happen.
     
  11. agent

    agent agent, RN
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    agreed.

    i believe 26 or lower would have to be the retake point for many people especially according to how i figured it above..
     
  12. surge

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    I retook it with a 32..... We'll see in a few days whether it was the most brilliant or dumbest thing I ever did. :D
     
  13. Finn

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    I am leaning toward the latter.:eek:
     
  14. limit

    limit Molesting my inner-child
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    Why'd you take it over with a 32? Score a bit lop-sided?
     
  15. marleybfour

    marleybfour Senior Member
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    I will not retake no matter what.

    I will stay at my job, work three days a week, make $70,000 a year, spend time with my husband, go on vacations ( what are they?) and buy a boat. Life will be sweet.

    I believe there is a bright side to almost anything.
     
  16. athena21

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    what job is this where u make 70 grand a year working 3 days a week? hook me up! :)
     
  17. surge

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    V11 P10 B11

    No.

    In all honesty, I didn't prepare for April, and I figured I could do better if I actually studied.

    But the real reason is that as far as the schools I'm shooting for go, there is no such thing as a high MCAT score....:p
     
  18. agent

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    no sh1t...
     
  19. DW

    DW Fix me some sandwiches
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    seriously! maybe she's an exotic dancer? j/k :laugh:
     
  20. agent

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    my ex-wife went into escorting..

    i hear they make quite a bit.
     
  21. marleybfour

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    Critical care nurse. Still interested?
     
  22. agent

    agent agent, RN
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    and you're going to make the jump to med school?

    i hear the hardest part of that is explaining how you would be helping people more by making that move..
     
  23. lola

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    i don't really think it's a matter of helping people more -- it's a matter of doing a completely different job. maybe she would be happier with a different level of responsibility or wants to learn more about the science behind medicine, etc...

    sometimes i think nursing is a good way to go if you want to have time to spend with family. every once in a while i think i'm making a mistake by going into medicine. family, vacations, etc... -- those are the important things in life.
     
  24. agent

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    well you have to have the money and vacation time to have family vacations..

    right now its tough but i think in the long run my kids will appreciate what im trying to do for them.
     
  25. limit

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    That's absurd... I see nothing that requires explaining. The person wants to do something for him/herself, I'd imagine there are very few people shallow enough to question those motives. It'll come up on interviews I'm sure, but it's hardly anything to worry about.
     
  26. agent

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    no its nothing to worry about but when i was considering the RN to MD route thats what i was told would come up in interviews
     
  27. lola

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    i know what you mean agent, but there are other reasons to go into medicine besides the helping people aspect. if that's what we wanted to do why wouldn't we all go into nursing or teaching or...
     
  28. agent

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    i see your point.
     
  29. marleybfour

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    Agent,

    In all honesty I am so burnt out right now that I have forgotten why I wanted to do this transition in the first place. The way I figure it, I am applying to med school. That doesn't mean I will get in. I have to be realistic...I am forty years old and have a horrific GPA from 20 years ago. I have since completed 120 college credits with a 3.9 GPA, but my overall is still mediocre. I may be dismissed at the first round. Especially if my MCAT is not exceptional.

    That's why I remind myself of the bright side. I like being a nurse. I think it is a highly respectable and noble job. I am very nicely compensated. We put up with a tremendous amount of s*** from the patients, families and doctors. I do not work at a teaching hospital, so my assessment and critical thinking skills are essential. The doctors are counting on me to let them know if someone is crumping. I give my patients a cuddle when they are depressed, I wipe their ass when they are incontinent and I save their lives when they go into arrest. I truly help people in many ways. Possibly more so then the doctors.

    Problem is I don't love it. It is not my passion. My passion is to do all the above ( except for the ass cleaning) as the team leader and decision maker. I want the educational and intellectual challenge that I will receive as a physician.

    If I don't get it though..... a boat could help ease the pain!
     
  30. Jonkst

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    That's what is all about. I mean if all we wanted was to help people, being a nurse is the way to go. I'm not a nurse, but as an EMT I've worked with a lot, and they are the most caring, amazing people I've met. More than willing to do anything for a patient, but they've always been less than interested in the science behind it. I love nurses, and we need them, but we also need someone to be willing to spend the rest of their life in education, someone who's willing to give up their entire life to medicine. Maybe not to helping people, but to the better of medicine in the world. We need doctors too.

    Sorry, my sentimental, I've had too much to drink babble.
     
  31. Su4n2

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    how is a critical care nurse different from nurse practitioner in terms of what they do and how much they get paid. hubby is considering the crna/np route.
     
  32. agent

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    I agree. I think nurses are great people and a very noble profession. I guess its just my decision making and leadership aspects of my personality that would make me unhappy with the role of nurse. I think it would be rewarding though.
     
  33. conure

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    This was brought up in a meeting I had with an associate dean a number of months ago. She instructed me that what they looked for in a personal statement was why a physician as opposed to any of the other professions that allow one to help people and have shortages of qualified professionals.

    This really helped solifidy the responsibility and team leading aspects of career for me. I want to lead the team I work with. But we have to remember that its not full autonomy. There are many people in this profession with the ability to lead from any level.

    anyway <30 and I retake.
     
  34. agent

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    good point.

    thats what ive heard as well and will use elements of that in my personal statement.
     
  35. limit

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    Last time I checked no one except MD's can do surgeries, and I'm not particularly driven to teeth (DDS) or ankles (DPM). I realize that sounds a little smug but I don't see any other way to answer that rediculous question. I wouldn't write it in my personal statement, but if its talked about in interviews it shouldn't be too hard to elaborate.
     
  36. agent

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    another good point. if you're interested in doing certain procedures, then md is the way to go, bottom line. good perspective.;)
     
  37. marleybfour

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    Su4n2,

    A nurse practioner has more education, autonomy and technical skills/education then I do. They usually work with a physician and see patients both in the office and hospital. They can write orders and prescriptions.

    As for the compensation, I suspect I make better money. I am paid hourly ($37/hr). I get bonuses for overtime. I work 12 hour days, 3 days a week. If I do 4 days or more I make easily in the six figure range. A NP will make about $60,000. They would probably be salaried.

    Hope this helps.
     

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