Will my second MCAT score hurt me??

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  1. lainy105

    lainy105 Junior Member

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    Hi guys! please give me your opinions on this...

    my first MCAT was a 27P (9,9,9). I retook it in april and got a 24P :( (8P, 6V, 10B). Don't know what on earth happened on my verbal section, but oh well. Do you think this will really hurt me with DO schools?? I'm very nervous..
     
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  3. AngryBaby

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    I'll answer just because no one else has yet. I thought that the 2nd score was the score most heavily weighted by virtually all schools, but a classmate of mine just told me that most schools take the highest of the 2 scores. I don't think that's accurate but it might be and since I'm all done with that biatch of an exam I don't really care. Some schools obviously average the scores from diff. exams and some take your highest composite score. If the MSAR doesn't tell you, surely a call to the admissions office will.
     
  4. AlberttheGator

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    That is what exactly happened to me and I retook it in april and got a 31P.
     
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    Going down on your second attempt is one of the few things that you absolutely try to avoid 100%.

    Now they can simply say, maybe your first score, which was decent, was a fluke.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear. Sorry.
     
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    Some schools will take the highest score from each section and others will just average. You could call the schools you are most interested in and ask.

    My guess would be it wouldn't prevent you from getting interviews but you can bet someone's going to ask you about the difference.
     
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    Thank you, that is encouraging to hear. I had a death in the family the week before the test date, and I guess it affected me. I just hope I get in somewhere.
     
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    Did you release your scores to all of your DO schools? If not, then don't.
     
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    You have to release all of your scores now. If you send one score, it sends them all to AACOMAS.
     
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    ok, i'm out of the loop. Thanks for the new info.
     
  11. chadderdo21

    chadderdo21 One day at a time!

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    Don't worry about it, even if they see all of your scores, the school will still give you the tip of the hat for the best one, at least that is what my school (VCOM) does. Many schools do not even care about the MCAT as long as it around a 24 or so, your GPA and the interview is more important and really tells who you are. The MCAT is nothing but a flawed interpretation of what a med student really is, oh by the way, to clear up some fiction. The old story about MCATS coinciding with board scores is a myth. Our best person scored in the 95th perctentile and his MCAT was a 19! You are fine, good luck with applying! :)
     
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    Your post makes me feel more confident about my own credentials, i have a decent GPA (3.54 overall, 3.6 scigpa) But the mcat was not kind to me, 25. I am retaking in august. I truly hope your right, I wouldnt mind getting an interview or two even before I get my 2nd mcat back (i know thats probably not gonna happen but i can hope)
     
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    Since a 24 will get you into most DO schools anyway, it shouldn't matter much, especially since you actually went up in one section.
     
  14. lainy105

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    Thanks guys!!!
     
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    It will not hurt you much if at all. They take the best set of scores or the highest in each of the sections, both which are great. Don't worry about it so much. Concentrate on your secondaries and the upcoming interviews. They may ask you about it during interviews though. Just say you misbubbled on the verbal section. Lame...I know. Best of luck.
     
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    Why would you lie?

    Also, Id like some evidence that all schools either take the best score or combine best scores.

    Some do; I doubt all.
     

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