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So I was searching for "lowest possible MCAT score" on Google and I came across this page. This guy has never taken a biology class in college, didn't know the format of the test or anything. He did a little experiment to see how he'd do. Well, that's what he claims, and I don't really see a reason to doubt him.

Read on for the results... pretty interesting.

<a href="http://www.antwon.com/?d=mcat" target="_blank">http://www.antwon.com/?d=mcat</a>
 

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A GREAT deal of people take the MCAT cold. Perhaps that's why he did so well.
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by none:
<strong>A GREAT deal of people take the MCAT cold. Perhaps that's why he did so well.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I cannot, for the life of me, fathom why people would do that. Doesn't make any sense to me to take it cold when all your scores are reported and you could be eliminated from contention on the basis of your first attempt.
 

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When I took the MCAT last year my friend took it with me just for kicks (no intention of going to medical school). He scored a 12V,6PS,6BS,M. He is just finishing up his PhD in physics.
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by mpp:
<strong>When I took the MCAT last year my friend took it with me just for kicks (no intention of going to medical school). He scored a 12V,6PS,6BS,M. He is just finishing up his PhD in physics.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wow, with a PhD in physics, you'd think he'd have done better on PS.

I also don't understand why someone would WANT to take it just for kicks, but it is an interesting experiment.
 

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Well well well..this dude did better than me going in cold turkey! haha...ah well....Good for him.

I think I am going to take the LSAT just for kicks next week :)
 

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Well, I took it cold last April. I had no idea even how many questions were on a section... But I had just finished taking orgo and intro bio, and I'm a Physics major, so I was definitely more prepared than this guy. I did OK...
 

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My friend took it cold last year, busted a 34!!! ^$^&#^#$*^*@!!!! I hate people like that. It just proves that the MCAT is moreso a reading comprehension test than a pure science test (if you take out the discrete questions). The science passages, although fairly short, contain a ton of information.

Also, what the hell is up with the dude with a PhD in physics and a 6 in the PS section? That's just sad. Hell, u could probably get a six just by randomingly guessing on the PS section. It's curved the easiest out of all the sections.
 

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I took a practice MCAT cold the other day and got an 8, 8, and 11 (with 11 in Verbal). Which isn't too bad, but I've heard the practice tests are a tad easier.
 

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Oh my goodness -- this guy is my hero!! I've taken all the pre-med pre-reqs and I'm currently in my last quarter of o-chem and I'm going to have to pull the MCAT off like he did. I've never been good at chemistry and I did pretty damn well on the practice tests just from reasoning. I hope I can reason as well as that guy did and get a decent score!

Good luck to all of you on the 20th!! :)
 

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I think that a lot of people take the test cold and do just fine. I did and I got a 36R. Now, I am a biology major, so I had taken the classes that premeds take, but only half the test is science. The verbal and writing really have nothing to do with whether or not you studied science, and a great deal of the physical sciences is stuff you could have had in high school.

The MCAT is like the SAT in that if you are one of those people who just does well on standardized tests, you can get a decent score with no preparation.
 

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I also took it cold, but had already taken a substantial amount of bio, physics, and chemistry. I did pretty good, a 32 (can't remember my written) and I didn't know how many questions were on each section either. People who do well on standardized tests have a big advantage. I've done very well on my boards, shelfs in medical school as well and I'm certainly not any brighter than any of my other classmates. I just have that lucky ability.
 

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That's a great story. Maybe there is some hope for me in August after all.
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Dr. Will:
<strong>Does this seem to bother anyone else but me? Just a little venting since I hate the MCAT with passion</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Me too Dr.
 

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that guy's hilarious! btw, assuming antwon's reasonably well-read and intelligent, maybe there is a way to truly study and improve for the verbal section (the majority of his office pool thought he'd do better on verbal). wonder if he had one hour's worth of verbal section STRATEGY, would he have pulled a 13-15?
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by calbears84:
<strong>i know someone who took the mcat cold and got a 43</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yes, and there are catfish the size of Volkswagons in the Ohio River...

just kidding...I couldn't resist
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by calbears84:
<strong>i know someone who took the mcat cold and got a 43</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Stop making Cal Students look so dumb...

I bet you are the type of person who measures your @#[email protected]# from underneat so you can add another inch eh?
 
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Scooby Doo:
<strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by calbears84:
<strong>i know someone who took the mcat cold and got a 43</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Stop making Cal Students look so dumb...

I bet you are the type of person who measures your @#[email protected]# from underneat so you can add another inch eh?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">LOL
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
<strong>My friend took it cold last year, busted a 34!!! ^$^&#^#$*^*@!!!! I hate people like that. It just proves that the MCAT is moreso a reading comprehension test than a pure science test (if you take out the discrete questions). The science passages, although fairly short, contain a ton of information.

Also, what the hell is up with the dude with a PhD in physics and a 6 in the PS section? That's just sad. Hell, u could probably get a six just by randomingly guessing on the PS section. It's curved the easiest out of all the sections.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">or it proves its more of an IQ test than anything else
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by TheJurisDoctor:
<strong>hmmmmm, this gives me an idea</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Good God Woman, NO!!! You have enough initials after your name already. JD/MBA/PhD... No need to get the MD unless your aspiration is just to be a professional student or something! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

PS: I can't keep being your sugar daddy much longer. :D
 

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I highly doubt this guy has as little a background in the sciences as he'd have you believe.

It was an amusing read, so I think it serves its purpose.
 

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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by GermanJohn:
<strong>Antwon is my drawmate from college. I emailed him to let him know that you liked his "experiment".</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">What is a "drawmate"? sounds funny!

So, I want to know, did he get any offers on his "Twon width project?"

hehe
 

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don't these things (LSAT, MCAT, etc...) cost money? a lot too, so why would anyone take it for fun...they could very well send me the money and I'll take it for real.
heh. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
 

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1) Sure it cost 'Twon to take the test, which is why he solicited donations from his loyal readers. I gave him a buck.

2) A "drawmate" is someone with whom you enter the Stanford housing lottery and therefore live in the same dorm/house the following year.

3) I referred Twon to this thread once I saw the original post. He actually noticed it independently when he saw the spike in the server traffic. Hundreds of pre-meds from all over America checking his site! Anyway, I was hoping he'd register at SDN and say some encouraging words to his new fans.

4) What he wrote is 100% truthful. He was a CS major. The last time he took Bio or Chem was in high school. He took Physics in college, but that's it. Of course, Twon is a fast reader and naturally intelligent, so that probably explains his relatively high scores.

5) No serious takers for the Twon Width Project, as far as I know. But if you liked that, just wait until football season comes around and you can join the World's Simplest Football Contest (WSFC).
 

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Did anyone else think this guy's "experiment" was not just lame and pointless, but also rather insenitive to people who are earnestly trying to pursue their dream of going to medical school? Is he so insecure that he has to pay $165, waste a Saturday, and make people feel bad about themselves just to prove that he is a intelligent person? His scores were not even that impressive. The verbal section is basically the same format as other standardized tests, especially the SAT, and he only got a 10, an excellent score but not worth bragging about. Maybe next week this guy can go reaffirm his athletic prowess by signing up for a tee ball league. "To my surprise, I was one of the best tee ball players despite never having picked up a bat in my life." I suggest this guy find something better to do with his time than take random standardized tests and gloat over his lackluster performance.
 
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I think it's pretty impressive considering the average is 24 on this test. He didn't even know the format of the verbal section before he opened it, and still got a 10. That's pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

8 on bio section. muhahahaha

I only got a 9 and I studied a lot for it. No matter, I'm gonna go get my 15 this Saturday anyway. =)