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taking mcat 3x, good or bad

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by chucky85, May 12, 2007.

  1. chucky85

    chucky85 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Hello, I took the mcat as a sophomore and made a 29. I did not like my score. As a junior, I retook and made a 31. I applied to med school last year and did not get in. Because I did not get in, I retook the mcat again. I made a 34. Does taking the mcat 3x times or more hurt applicants. Do med schools only take into consideration the top score?
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  3. uhohspaghettio

    uhohspaghettio Banned Banned

    May 11, 2007
    nope. you improved! Good job :thumbup:
  4. Meatwad

    Meatwad Reformed 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    You should go up around 10% on a retake; which you did the last time, going from a 31 to a 34. That's a nice improvement. Of course, needless to say, stick with that score and don't retake it again!
  5. DoctaJay

    DoctaJay bone breaker Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    San Diego
    If you had gone down, then that would have been bad, but the third time is technically the last time you should take the MCAT. A 34 is a strong MCAT score that you should be quite happy with. It certainly won't hurt you.
  6. Eric Lindros

    Eric Lindros Guest

    Dec 1, 2006
    You probably should not have re-taken with a 31. Some schools might not look to highly upon that.
  7. 146233

    146233 Phthirius pubis

    Apr 12, 2007
    I disagree. A school who sees a retake after getting a 31 is more likely to say, "Wow, there's a guy who wasn't satisfied with 'good enough'," than "Premeds and their damned retakes."

    Since he wound up with a 34, they'd be justified in thinking the former.
  8. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    That's silly. Some schools might have felt it was pretty ballsy to retake with a 31, but no one's going to look down on him/her for it.
    Most med schools I applied to either only consider the most recent or the highest. Either way, you're a 34. Some schools (only a handful that I saw) average your scores and a few schools (Tufts, for one) take the highest score in each section.

    Congrats, Chucky. Retaking on a 31 shows a level of confidence I wouldn't have had.
  9. Crazy4F1

    Crazy4F1 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    now that you have the 34, its time to stop retaking the mcat and focus on strengthening other areas of your application, because to be honest with a 31 and a strong rest of your application, you should have been able to get into at least your state schools.
  10. pagemmapants

    pagemmapants Unknown Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2005
    Also, just remember there's no point in questioning whether it's good or bad NOW - it's done and you can't change it, and for good or bad the schools will see it. You took a chance and it looks like it paid off (10% increase most likely a + thing even on 3rd try) so count your blessings and see what comes your way.
  11. Machination

    Machination Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    That's a pretty good point.

    Chucky, what is your GPA and some of the more salient ECs? If you have something like a 3.4 GPA then maybe you do need the higher MCAT score to get in.
  12. gordo244

    gordo244 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    i happened to stumble across this post. As a resident going through this all I would say it defintely doesnt hurt. WIth a 31 and esp with a 34 your mcat scores are more then good enough. If you are having trouble getting in you should consider gpa and esp science gpa and building extracurricular, volunteer and research experience. Personal, i re-took and it only helped. no one ever asked why i re-took or any questions regarding it. I was once told, and im not sure of this accuracy, that everything is screened through a point system and they take your two point mcat score, gpa score and points for volunteer etc to meet there cut offs. so the would take your most recent mcat.

    best of luck!
  13. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    dude (or dudette) - take it again, and bump it up to a 37. you'll be a pre-med hero on the interview trail...
  14. ut2010

    ut2010 Medical Student 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    I took the MCAT more than once and I don't think it is an issue unless your scores go down in subsequent administrations. You have great scores, don't worry about it!
  15. AnthonyNY

    AnthonyNY "Ant, you're 'that guy'." 2+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    it sucks that you didnt make it with the 31.. but great job on the 34 - it shows alot of dedication to go through the prep and the test 3 times. i always wondered if i should have retaken (got a 30 the first and only time, but tested 33-35 on practices).

    anyway, like i said, i think it comes off as dedication, and this cant hurt you. your GPA would help w/ giving advice, but, apply broadly this time - you dont want to go around for a fourth time. your 34 gives you alot more options, but, as i said, since your GPA is MIA..

    best of luck though:luck:

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