Will taking undergrad upper level bio/science classes after completing an SMP/Master's be worthwhile and help bolster my application?

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Tennis Guy

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Hey everybody,
So I was wondering, if taking classes after completing an SMP/Master's will be worthwhile? I got around a ~3.5 GPA from the program and was thinking of taking some undergrad upper level bio/science classes (3000 level plus) making 3.7+ GPA in order to help bolster my application? Do you all think this is a great idea and worthwhile endeavor? Why or why not? Thank you all so much for all of your time, insight, advice, and assistance..... it is all greatly appreciated!!!!! ..... :)
 

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Not particularly helpful in my view. Your SMP work shows your academic ability in as close to a medical school setting as possible. What is your original UG record express as an AMCAS GPA Grid
 
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Not particularly helpful in my view. Your SMP work shows your academic ability in as close to a medical school setting as possible. What is your original UG record express as an AMCAS GPA Grid
I understand, however do you think it will help bolster my app at all, even if it's only a little? Why or why not? What if they're all 3000 and 4000 level or higher classes? My cGPA is around a 3.02-3.03, and my sGPA is around a 2.72 from undergrad!!!
 
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I understand, however do you think it will help bolster my app at all, even if it's only a little? Why or why not? What if they're all 3000 and 4000 level or higher classes? My cGPA is around a 3.02-3.03, and my sGPA is around a 2.72 from undergrad!!!
What is your MCAT and how many times have you taken it?
 

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What is your MCAT and how many times have you taken it?
Quite a few times unfortunately..... 498 and 497 with a total score of 502 combined..... will plan to take it by the end of April and score a 510 ideally!!!
 

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Quite a few times unfortunately..... 498 and 497 with a total score of 502 combined..... will plan to take it by the end of April and score a 510 ideally!!!
So just to be clear, you took it twice? How did you prepare and why do you think your previous attempts are not representative of your ability? A big improvement is unlikely unless your preparation is much better on round 3 compared to round 1 and 2.

If you can realistically get >510 on the MCAT, I think time spent on that goal is much better than adding even more classes after an SMP. An SMP is a hail Mary for your GPA; after you do an SMP, you have to be happy with that part of your app and move onto other weakness, which is your MCAT in this case. Also, I assume you are mainly targeting DO schools?
 

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So just to be clear, you took it twice? How did you prepare and why do you think your previous attempts are not representative of your ability? A big improvement is unlikely unless your preparation is much better on round 3 compared to round 1 and 2.

If you can realistically get >510 on the MCAT, I think time spent on that goal is much better than adding even more classes after an SMP. An SMP is a hail Mary for your GPA; after you do an SMP, you have to be happy with that part of your app and move onto other weakness, which is your MCAT in this case. Also, I assume you are mainly targeting DO schools?
I TOTALLY understand what you mean, and I'm wondering though, if the upper level classes would help, if they were classes like histology, molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, immunology, etc? I AM revamping my preparation for the MCAT by using new methods, getting a few study buddys, and more! Any other advice for that? I'm targeting DO and lower tier MD schools mainly!!!
 

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Hey everybody,
So I was wondering, if taking classes after completing an SMP/Master's will be worthwhile? I got around a ~3.5 GPA from the program and was thinking of taking some undergrad upper level bio/science classes (3000 level plus) making 3.7+ GPA in order to help bolster my application? Do you all think this is a great idea and worthwhile endeavor? Why or why not? Thank you all so much for all of your time, insight, advice, and assistance..... it is all greatly appreciated!!!!! ..... :)
At that point, it's like gilding the lily.
 

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@Goro since his sGPA is extremely low (2.7) would taking the upper division classes help assuming(big assumption) that it can boost his sGPA to a 3.0? With his current stats will he even clear an auto screen? I know he did a SMP but I’m not sure how that plays into the auto screening process.
 
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