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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by CU_buffalo, Jun 17, 2002.

  1. CU_buffalo

    CU_buffalo Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2002
    I just got my MCAT scores and got a 9,12,R,12. What worries me is the 9 on verbal. Like all of us, I'd like to go to a top 20 med school, but with the 9, what do you think my chances are at getting in. I'd be more than happy going to my state school (Colorado), but I hear they only interview applicants with double digits in all 3 MCAT sections. I'm thinking about retaking, but I don't know if 2 months of preparation will be worth an extra point or two on verbal.

    Here are my other "vitals": 3.96 gpa in Electrical engineering, 4.0 science GPA, 2 publications in journals where I am sole author, 1/2 year worth of clinical exp., and a handful of other EC's. My LORs won't be awesome, but won't be bad either.

    I'm on a limited budget for applying (~$500) and was wondering which schools would best suit me.

    Thanks for all the help.
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  3. Angeliqua

    Angeliqua Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2001
    Boston, MA
    I think what you heard about Colorado only interviewing people with double digit scores in each section is a myth. I know numerous people who were interviewed and accepted to CU without double digits in all sections. Of course, it does help, but for your situation I do not think it is necessary to retake the MCAT. Take this advice from a fellow buffalo :)
  4. jot


    i second that anecdote - i know two people who interviewed with sub 10's (one in two sections) and they weren't disadvantaged in any way. doesn't seem worth it to take it again with a 33 -thats pretty dece. goodluck.
  5. souljah1

    souljah1 Attending 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2002
    You'll be fine. You seem to have a solid application and I wouldn't worry about the 9. They look at the whole package. At this point, I'd be focusing on writing a fantastic essay. You might also want to start researching the different schools that you applied to. Secondaries are just around the corner, and before you know it you will be interviewing. The numbers game is over. Now, it is time to show them who you are as an individual.

    That double digit mcat interview story sounds like a myth.

    I got into a top 10 school with a 9 for my verbal score.
  6. CU_buffalo

    CU_buffalo Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2002
    Thanks for all the advice/help. Hopefully everything will work out. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
  7. ellerose

    ellerose Member 7+ Year Member

    Wow. Is $500 your whole budget for AMCAS, secondaries, travel to interviews, etc.??? I only applied to 11 schools initially, and I blew at least $3000-4000 on the whole process from start to finish (excluding my moving costs this summer, which will be another $1000-2000). Start searching those couches for loose change!

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