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What is good for the writing section?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by CaNEM, Jun 17, 2002.

  1. CaNEM

    CaNEM Senior Member
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    Jun 11, 2002
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    Could anyone answer a few questions about the writing section of the MCAT?

    First, is the section important? Do schools give it as much weight as the other sections?

    What is a decent score (say, equivalent to a 10 on another section)? What is a really good score?

    I got high scores on the numbered sections (including verbal) and a P on writing. Will the P keep me out of top schools?

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  3. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student
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    May 12, 2002
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    There are a lot of intelligent posts on this matter in the MCAT discussion area.

    From what I've read, I think the essay can be important if you did really well (like and S or a T) or bombed it (like a J-L). Also, it might offset a poor verbal score (slightly) and might make a difference if the adcom is choosing between two otherwise viable candidates.

    Personally, I think it's kind of a weeding out thing where they get nervous if it's really low, but don't care too much if it's high.

    Somebody posted how they score it. I can't remember exactly so I would advise looking back in the past week or so. It's there.
  4. PreMedAdAG

    PreMedAdAG I am so smart. S-M-R-T :)
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    May 16, 2002
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    This is what my TPR professor told us:
    For writing the scores are an average.. raw score is then converted into a letter
    J = 1
    K = 1.5
    L = 2
    M = 2.5
    N = 3
    O = 3.5 <------ National Average
    P = 4
    Q = 4.5 <---- this or above is IDEAL
    R = 5
    S = 5.5
    T = 6

    Each essay is out of six, so you kind of have to double everything. I'd say that O is probably equal to an 8, P = 9 and Q = 10
    Hope it helps
  5. jot


    i'm pretty sure that no one cares unless you bombed or aced it (what the poster above said) - they purposely report the scores in a letter scale so adcoms could not add it to your composite score; that should be indicative of its importance. a p is perfectly fine for anything. goodluck.

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