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When to release Mcat scores

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jofrbr76, Mar 3, 2002.

  1. jofrbr76

    jofrbr76 Senior Member
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    I'm sure that this question has been posed several times over, so just refer me to a thread if you know of one.

    Is it best to have the Mcat people release your scores? I have friends who waited until they saw their scores and then released them over the phone. Any info on this?

    I'm more concerned with which schools to release the scores to ( based on how good/bad they are) It seems like you might want to see your scores before deciding who to release them to.

    Anyone know what i mean? :confused: :confused:
     
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  3. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92'
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    Well, you can't release your scores over the phone. What you have to do is send them a fax of the score release paper you get stating you want the scores released. The score release paper will come in the envelope that has your scores in it. Fill that out and fax it to them. Now this should seem really easy right.....well I did this and the first time they didn't release my scores. So...I had to re-do it. My advice to you would be, if you do decide to not release your scores, then the moment you open up the envelope with the MCAT scores and see that it is good/worth keeping, I'd send them that fax asap (like the next day). Don't...I repeat...don't wait until you are filling out your AMCAS app. BTW, you send the score report to AMCAS in D.C., and not the MCAT office in Iowa. So let's say you take the April MCAT and you do not release your scores. Well, then you get back your MCAT results in mid June. So the minute you get back the results (saying they are good), there will be a piece of paper with the scores that is called the score relase form. Fill that out and fax it to them. They say it takes 7-10 working days to release a s score. So, check back with them to see that it has been released and keep on their ass. When I found out my scores weren't released, I called and spoke to the lady who is in charge of that and she released them on the spot. They can do that. It really doesn't take 7-10 days. So keep on it.

    Hope my experience helps you
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    Good Luck

    :)
     
  4. Doctora Foxy

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    I could be wrong, but from what I understand, when you apply to med schools, they will see all of your mcat scores, whether or not you released the first one originally, for example. So let's say you do poorly and retake it, they will see both scores no matter what.

    So what's the reason not to easily just release them on test day? You don't have to pay anything or deal with any hassle. Can someone clear this up for me? Why would you choose not to release your scores? :confused:

    And if I'm wrong about stuff above, please corect me! :)

    Foxy
     
  5. jofrbr76

    jofrbr76 Senior Member
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    Ok,

    so it makes sense to release them on test day, but how many schools (or is to amcas?) can you release them to? Like when you take the ACT or SAT and can release to only 5 schools.

    Or does releasing your scores only send them to amcas, and then when you submit your amcas app. it goes to all your schools?

    :confused:

    Thannks Joe
     
  6. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92'
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    Actually if you block a score, the medical schools will never be able to see it. To release, you just choose to release it the day of the exam and then the status of your score becomes "released". Then later on when you apply to medical school via AMCAS, the MCAT scores are automatically sent to the Medical schools you designate. On the day of the exam you just release them, not to any schools though. You release them and then later on when you apply and you check off which schools you want to apply to on your AMCAS application, the scores are automatically sent to those schools. Make sense?
     
  7. jofrbr76

    jofrbr76 Senior Member
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    thank you soooo much,

    I don't why i was so confused by this process. A weight has been lifted! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    joe
     

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