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How do medical schools interpret multiple MCAT attempts?

How do medical schools interpret multiple MCAT attempts?How do medical schools interpret multiple MCAT attempts?2021-11-27 21:06:02Mr_范

Different schools different ways of course, but in general Deans REPORT only their applicants’ highest scores but ALL SCORES MATTER.

The message your scores send to admissions deans depends on how well you scored each time, and whether each successive test improved.

Did you fail to prepare and earn a low sub-500 score? Embarrassing: a clear fumble, an error of judgment, to have taken the test when freely-available practice tests would have revealed that you weren’t ready to earn a competitive score.

Did you earn a weak score (say <508) then stay the same or go down? Embarrassing: a double-fumble, to have taken it again without identifying and correcting the problems.

Did you earn a solid score (say 508+) then stay the same or go down? Ouch. Your original score wasn’t great but it probably wasn’t keeping you out of med school. Now you’ve shown overconfidence and failure to improve on your weaknesses.

Did you earn a strong score (say >90th percentile) then retake it? You’re a fool. At the top end of a bell curve, the risk of embarrassing yourself on a retake far outweighs the potential benefit you might seize with a slightly higher score.

Did you score poorly but then raise it significantly? You made an embarrassing fumble but learned from your mistakes and recovered nicely. GOOD JOB.

I recommend that students treat MCAT like board exams: prep effectively and plan to take it only once. You should retake it only if:

  1. Your first score was not competitive AND
  2. Your level of preparation has changed fundamentally since the first test, meaning that you’re now significantly better prepared to choose correct answers to most of the questions.

What is the "safe" MCAT score for elite, competitive medical schools?

What is the "safe" MCAT score for elite, competitive medical schools?2021-08-24 06:22:05Mr_甄

I know that some people are saying that there is no “safe” MCAT score, but what I’m guessing is that they’re stating that there is no MCAT score that can guarantee you admissions into any medical school.

I’ll interpret your question as “What MCAT score will mean not have my applications automatically thrown out?”, and when looking at elite, competitive medical schools, there absolutely is a number given their MCAT averages. I’d say that number where you could feel like you’re not wasting money applying is probably a 518. I’ve met too many people with this score and higher to know that it isn’t a rare score and thus can be used a screening criteria. And this number lines up with most of the top 10 schools’ MCAT averages.

I can also speak anecdotally about a slightly extreme example. A 528 (a perfect score) will definitely get you looked at by a lot of programs. If you have a high GPA, good letter of recommendations (a medical doctor, science professors, and someone outside of STEM for diversity), average to above average research experiences, decent non-premed experiences, and decent essays (talk about what you do for fun, what inspires you, etc.) to show that you’re more than a robot who only studies, you have a pretty good shot at getting accepted into a top 20 program.

Why do people keep on doing CA after multiple attempts?

Why do people keep on doing CA after multiple attempts?2021-08-28 16:42:28Mr_左

Because they are people who never give up in life.

Because those people know failure is just a step towards success.

Because CA students know failure in exam has given them some learnings which will help them in passing this exam.

Because CA students have courage to embrace the failure and are brave enough to prepare for next attempt.

Because CA students are hardworking, assiduous, tenacious and sincere.

Hope I have answered your question.

What is the "safe" MCAT score for elite, competitive medical schools?

What is the "safe" MCAT score for elite, competitive medical schools?2021-08-28 04:06:31Mr_昌

There is no safe MCAT score.

I suggest that you create a profile on Student Doctor Network if you are interested in learning about MCAT, adcoms, and related information.

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Which medical schools do not require the SAT

Which medical schools do not require the SAT2021-08-31 17:13:34Mr_沙

All of them, medical schools require the MCAT.

Are multiple attempts of gmat considered negative while applying for MBA admissions?

Are multiple attempts of gmat considered negative while applying for MBA admissions?2021-07-04 04:20:17Mr_公冶

There is no issue in taking the test more than once. It can be looked at positively as well - Retaking the test requires lot of courage, preparation, orientating and motivating yourself. These efforts demonstrate your keen interest in pursuing your goal to improve the score, be competitive to apply for the respective program. Have a realistic goal, plan well and get over the test. You have many other elements in the application which needs due attention.

How do I prepare for the Australian Medical Council Multiple Choice Question exam (AMC MCQ)?

How do I prepare for the Australian Medical Council Multiple Choice Question exam (AMC MCQ)?2021-08-27 01:22:46Mr_满

Hello everyone!

When I had started preparing for my AMC exam, there was no one to guide me! I had no clue what to read, what material is required, where to get the material from; and once I got the material, how to go about! The reason I have started this blog is to help everyone who are facing problems like i did, and have no one to guide them!

Once you start preparing, you will surely figure out what exactly is to be done; the way I did it in the end! But it takes time to do it, and so here I am to guide you from the beginning! I can tell you how to study in the exact way i studied, but obviously everyone has to work out their own way!

Well, about exam prep, it depends how much time you can dedicate per day for studies, if you dedicate 8-10 hrs of sincere study, I think 4 months are enough! Here’s a step by step process!

Step 1, Finish amc handbook word by word, it will give you the hang of the pattern of questions!

Step 2, Solve recalls, minimum last 5 years, maximum 10 years if you have time (solve recalls, find answers with study partners, it will be faster than doing alone, and less boring). Dedicate some hours of day for solving recalls and some for self study.

Step 3, First search answers in Murtagh! I wont say read all topics of Murtagh, but at least read those topics from Murtagh which you think are important, as in, if repeated questions are from same topics! If you have time, you can read up as many topics from Murtagh, as and when questions are asked in the recalls! this will help you for clinical as well. if you don’t find answers in murtagh, search answers in Australian websites like racgp, ranzcog, rch etc. you can download the ‘blue book (of infectious diseases)’ and ‘red racgp book’ free of cost from internet for reference.

Also, if you look at the recommended books for mcq exam on amc site, down below are many direct links for topics like domestic abuse,driving limits in various conditions like pt. with epilepsy etc. which will give you a lot of info for solving questions.

Write your own notes for recalls, if they are from multiple sites! If you have time you can read many extra things like vmpf and racgp notes, kaplan etc.

Step 4, Please keep a enough time for revision! It wont be of any use if you read and don’t revise!

Step 5, Be positive, believe in yourself! you might get overwhelmed if you think about all the material to be read this exam, but believe me, you will yourself realize that its not impossible! just start and keep reading! Initially it will be slow, but you would speed up with time! just study sincerely, and have faith that you will pass!

I read murtagh (as many topics I could while solving recalls), same goes for kaplan series (specially those topics which are not so nicely given in murtagh like internal medicine and some topics of psychiatry). Murtagh is good for obgy and paeds!

I had signed up for a package in AMC QBank[1]( A Gateway to Australian Medical Couincil AMC Exams Preparation! )Its really good, they have a good bank of solved AMC recalls! But its not compulsory! Few of my friends passed without this one! But its really good if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, its really worth it, it helped me a lot!

Footnotes

[1] A Gateway to Australian Medical Council AMC Exams Preparation

How does ISB look at a score report with multiple GMAT attempts?

How does ISB look at a score report with multiple GMAT attempts?2021-06-27 02:29:14Mr_洪

While there is no minimum score required for admission. The scores in the current class range from 600 to 780.

ISB considers only the highest valid GMAT score. It looks at the overall score and does not have any sectional cut-offs.

Tip: Since academic scores cannot be altered, to prove your academic and analytical skills, score well on your GMAT.

For validation, have a look at what Team Admission has to say: What do we look for in a PGP Candidate?

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