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Please read the advise below if you are unsure if you should retake the MCAT
taken from: http://www.fandm.edu/Departments/AdvisementCenter/prehealing/tests/qa.html

"If I did not receive scores I am comfortable with from the April MCAT, should I retake the MCAT in August? Our curriculum at F&M is structured such that few students are in a position to take the MCAT before the Spring of the Junior year. Unfortunately, this affords most of you only one opportunity to take the test and maximize your chances for admission. The decision whether to repeat the MCAT is therefore difficult, particularly if only one of your scores is low (below the National mean). Retaking the MCAT in August results in your application being held up for review, as your file will remain incomplete till late in the Fall. As a rule of thumb, it is best to ask yourself if you think you can raise your score at least two points in the section(s) in question. If the answer is yes, it is likely wise for you to retake the MCAT in August. It is important to consult with either myself or a representative at a medical school admissions office in making this decision."

  1. The "NEW MCAT"
  2. reading comprehension is not "reading" at all
  3. Find out as much as you can about the MCAT now.
  4. taking the MCAT three times, you really have no choice.
  5. Second semester physics and orgo ARE necessary for the MCAT.
  6. how many questions missed ... in order to get a 9, 10, 11, or 12?
  7. What if the VS or PS will drops?
  8. If I do inform AMCAS of my intent to retake the MCAT, they would put a hold on my application until the August scores came in. Isn't that correct?
  9. How much time does it take for the MCAT to be received by the AMCAS?
  10. You should complete, or be close to completing, two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of biology before taking an MCAT prep course.
  11. apply to schools outside the US since they do not weigh the MCAT as much
  12. how do they normalize these scores to take into account the differences in difficulty of testing material?
  13. A 38 on the MCAT is like having a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card!
  14. should you apply BEFORE you take the MCAT
  15. what do you think about the practice tests and items on aamc?
  16. Kaplan, they are not generally very "user friendly", but do have some advantages over their competition.
  17. Do you know how medical school admissions boards tend to view learning disabled students who require additional time on exams, including the MCAT?
  18. what kind of documentation needs to be presented by a person who has ADD
  19. while your GPA is competitive, your MCAT scores are not.
  20. The MCAT will change in 2003, but the change will be minor. The Kaplan book will not be outdated.
  21. how can I get prepared knowing that I...forgot most of what I have learned
    in college ?
  22. What is the difference between Kaplan & Princeton Review?
  23. would it hurt me to take the MCAT in August 2003 for admission for fall of 2004?
  24. What are the best courses to take, outside the prereq's, to best help prepare for the MCAT?
  25. what is a good review for the mcat
  26. Would you agree with this generalization when applying to give yourself two points in either way with each MCAT score?
  27. four more points may represent less than 20 more questions correct out of 219.
  28. VR: 8, P: 11, B: 13 , and WR: P.
  29. the majority of applicants with MCAT scores below 30 are not accepted to medical school.
  30. how accurate are practice tests in predicting success on the MCAT.
  31. relax as much as possible, and stay focused
  32. "making the appropriate logic leaps from outside knowledge to information presented in the passages"
  33. I am planning on taking the MCAT over in August. Do you think I should?
  34. Can you suggest any other study materials?
  35. The only problem is the 8 in verbal reasoning
  36. To have a good shot at a top 20 school you need a 30+.
  37. a website that had analyses of past MCAT exams
  38. I have taken the MCAT twice and was wondering if schools will consider my best individual MCAT test score or ...
  39. I was diagnosed with a reading disability
  40. I'm considering taking the August exam and wanted to know how my application would be handled if I choose to do so.
  41. Should I retake in August?
  42. Would I be screened out early in the application process because of low scores in VR and WS?
  43. Would it look really bad if I take MCAT 4 times? I heard the ad.com. knows if you voided your score. Is that true?
  44. I was wondering if applying early would be more advantageous than retaking the test and applying late.
  45. Should I retake?
  46. Please let me know if I should retake in August. Thanks!!
  47. you should not take the MCAT until you have taken physics
  48. Most schools will not accept MCAT scores from 1995
  49. what I should do with the previous score in terms of sending them or not
  50. timers that sit on the desk
  51. verbal section, and a possible method to improve your score
  52. i have a very serious question regarding the mcat verbal section How to improve your score.
  53. poor practice tests such those in ...
  54. 7 VR ... Should I take the MCAT again this April?
  55. With your GPA you need a minimum of a 12, 12, 12 on the MCAT
  56. i need your advice badly on which preparation material is the best
  57. I do not recommend taking an MCAT course unless you have taken Organic
  58. Is there anything else I need or that you recommend as I commence my preparation...
  59. Why do undergraduate science classes (physics and chemistry)put so much
  60. emphasis on mathematics if the MCAT doesn't really require a lot of
  61. mathematics?
  62. Is a one point increase in the verbal and bio significant
  63. I was wondering if a mistake is possible,
  64. How long does it take to get the results from the August MCAT?
  65. You probably do not need to retake the MCAT, you have a terrific background, but you definitely should retake it.
  66. some type of mistake in the scoring of my test
  67. amount of time required to prepare for the MCAT
  68. Why do medical schools put so much weight on the VR?
  69. Is the MCAT a test that requires undergraduate study at university?
  70. phobia" about the verbal b/c it was so hard for me the first time
  71. If you kick ass on the MCAT you DO have a chance
  72. I really don't want to retake.
  73. Do you know where I could get a list of topics that have been on previous MCAT's?
  74. PURCHASE MCAT PRACTICE TESTS
  75. do I go on and send in the AMCAS application or do I wait until my scores come in for the Aug. test?
  76. I took a prep course, but it was not beneficial. I would like to improve my total MCAT score.
  77. I'm worried that the med schools will look at the 8 on PS and my overall gpa instead of the 11 VR and 13 BS and my 3.5 science gpa.
  78. What is an average score for the MCAT and what score do you need to apply to most schools.
  79. Best MCAT prep books
  80. I am trying to decide between the Princeton Review and the Columbia Review home-study course.
  81. How long an MCAT score is "good" for?
  82. I would like to take the MCAT in the spring of next year 2001. Would I be well prepared with gen. chem., org. chem., inorg., chem. and a physics course to do this?
  83. i was looking for any web site that might have a practice test of the MCAT
  84. what mcat scores and gpa i need to get in a med school like harvard
  85. I've been looking for a well regonized course for the MCAT
  86. I am a freshmen...Can I take the test right now or have to wait for few years. How do I register for the test ?
  87. I took the Kaplan prep course and I want to try something else. What other choices do I haveand what do you recommend.
  88. Presupposing that I score well on the MCATs (say 11s or 12s) do I have a decent shot? And might my cloudy notions of my future
    path preclude me from admission?
  89. Do you think that I should take the MCAT in August and apply my senior year instead of my junior year?
  90. My question is how much weight is carried by the undergraduate school, and whether or not my extracurricular activities, and GPA (3.6), will make up for the school's lack of size and reputation.
  91. My question is how do I apply to take this MCAT exam, and the procedures to follow.
  92. Is it ever too early to take the MCAT? Can I take it as many times as I would like?
  93. I did take physics and biology courses, and of course, general chemistry but did not know if those would be enough to beconsidered for MS. Furthermore would these courses be enough to help me on the MCAT?
  94. I do not want to take courses such as Kaplain since I heard
    negative remarks about them.
    If you are interested in setting up some sort of help sessions please email me with any suggestions you might have on preparing
  95. I took the MCAT in 94. How long are the scores good for?
  96. Hi. I am interested in taking the MCAT test ...Can you mail me an application?
  97. what classes are required that I take in college, so that I can take the MCAT's in the spring semester of my junior year.
  98. Rich, How would I find an MCAT tutor like youin Winston-Salem, N.C.?
  99. i have a question regarding taking mcat. what is the maximun number of times one allowed to take it?
  100. I have read some recent literature that states that you could void scores. I wanted to know if that was possible and how does one go about doing it. Also, do you recommend voiding scores?
  101. Where would i be able to find the minimum scores for MCAT that different medical colleges in the US require for entrance?
  102. Does it make sense to pursue taking the MCAT even if I don't have a pre-med background?
  103. Please advise what preperation courses there are for the medcats in my area
  104. I feel I would do poorly on the Verbal Section. In your opinion, what's the best way to prepare for this section? i haven't studied for the verbal section at all outside of the practice tests. i just figured that having completed a master's thesis would surely help my ability to read and understand the verbal section.
  105. i haven't done "jack" for the verbal section,
  106. I feel like I'm shouldn't have the AAMC release my scores, please tell me what I should do at this point.?
  107. tell me the minimum mcat score i should get to be considered as a good candidate
  108. I have heard in the past that med schools do not accep tmcat scores that are older than 2 years, and do not accept course credit that is older than 5 years.
  109. I did not release the scores from April because I was
    very unsure of my performance at that time. I am goingto take it again in August. When I apply, will both scores be released. If not does that look bad?
    (should I just send them both anyway?)
  110. What can I tell my daughters since they are so emotionally distraught as a result of their MCAT scores?
  111. This school offers majors in Biology and Chemistry,which major would give me a better chance at doing well on the MCATand trying to get into Med School.
  112. I have not taken organic chem. or physics. Without these courses is it possible to get a 26 or higher on the MCAT?
  113. I took first organic and lab and received B's then took second organic and received a D+...Will scoring in the double digits on the Mcat overcome that problem?
  114. I would like your advise on whether I should retake in August/April or go ahead and apply? I scored 11 on BS, 11 on PS, but a 7 on VR
  115. I sent my app lication already on the earliest possible date.I'm still deciding on whether to retake it
  116. It is my understanding that you can take the MCAT ''non-reporting'' and that in doing so no med school gets yourresults. However, if you receive a high MCAT score and decide to release them then you can. Is this true? What are the pro's and con's to doing this?

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  1. do a lot of research about each of the schools
  2. do I get a waiver in some courses because of my Veterinary degree?
  3. you are getting "limited" clinical experience
  4. chances for acceptance to a top tier medical school
  5. to what extend does it matters what Undergrad college you go to?
  6. I need to know if I am eligible to study medicine in the U.S.A
  7. best premed programs on the West coast
  8. Would it be to my benefit to retake?
  9. application to medical school at 50
  10. I am concerned about my interviews ... I am very behind in my current events.
  11. I know that I want to go to Med School, but I do not know what to expect once I get there.
  12. what exactly counts as a science GPA at most schools?
  13. Do I have a chance of getting into a carribbean school?
  14. Your chances out of state depend a lot on which schools you apply to.
  15. Is there any penalty for applying to a school the second year if you were rejected the year before
  16. I live in the Midwest and there is an unmet need for Spanish speaking medical professionals
  17. Here's the averages for Stanford in 2001:
  18. Do you think it's too ambitious to try to learn physics and take the MCATS in one summer?
  19. What is the procedure to apply for med school and would my credits be transferrable from law school?
  20. I hvae no idea which schools have good premed programs.
  21. Can a foreigner with a bachelors in biochemistry apply for medical school in the U.S.?
  22. accelerated premed and med school option
  23. Would a Masters or a Post bacc program be better for me?
  24. Possession of shrooms is no deal breaker
  25. You need some A's to have a legitimate chance of getting into a U.S. allopathic program.
  26. Since your GPA is low a 27-30 on the MCAT would give you a shot at a DO school
  27. If one's objective is to get into an Ivy League/top med school, how important is the choice of a post bac premed program?
  28. I am a lieutenant in the navy
  29. acceptance into medical school at the age of 43?
  30. i have gotten my GED and i need to know if i have to take any other classes before i go to premed?
  31. the personal statement is only 1 page right?
  32. Would it be better if I were to re-take calculus for a grade?
  33. spend one year in a postbac program (gen chem, orgo chem, physics, biology).
  34. i am a senior in high school and i want to go into a MS in future but i am not sure which major will help me the most?
  35. ratings of pre-Med programs in the U.S.
  36. Because of your GPA I do not think you have a reasonable chance for acceptance to med school without some postbac education.
  37. My friend told me that in order to get into medical school, I have to go to a big University or better schools. Is this true?
  38. TIMELINE FOR BECOMING A OBGYN
  39. make up for your lack of clinical experience
  40. year-long programs for college graduates who didn't take pre-med courses in college -- Post Bac Programs --
  41. 2nd yeard of PreMed in Europe,more exactly in Romania. Is there any chance I can transfer?
  42. The most useful website I know of is Google.com
  43. I do not believe you have a shot at a "BS/MD program"
  44. I'm feeling pretty bummed out having not received more 'A's
  45. accepted to a California state school.
  46. I was a medical student in nigeria
  47. I have considered studying medicine in Germany
  48. Will majoring in Biology minimize my chances of getting in to a MS?
  49. U.S. Medical Schools--Puerto Rico
  50. The more contact you have with patients and with medicine the more solid the clinical experience.
  51. I was thinking of e-mailing some of the schools I plan on applying to and querying them as to whether they would see me as a competitive applicant-and/or ask about MCAT scores.
  52. "premed program"
  53. Extracurricular activities...Letters of recommendation...MCAT prep
  54. What is your opinion of taking math and science courses pass/fail?
  55. Is there anything else I can or should do with the year I have left before I apply...
  56. What are my chances
  57. double major
  58. Could a masters program possibly redeem me?
  59. include all of your experiences in your AMCAS application
  60. DO is your best bet,
  61. Your odds would be near 50%.
  62. would working in a lab or doing a masters program be a better use of my year off?
  63. medical schools in the states generally do not accept any work from other medical schools before matriculation.
  64. I have a link on the premed resources page concerning Caribbean medical schools
  65. Right now you are still in the game
  66. best option for getting back on the med school track.
  67. all the trouble that has been going on with AMCAS
  68. extensive range of experiences
  69. Black University
  70. I am thinking about attending a Black College or University.
  71. how long it takes schools to receive the application after it has been submitted to the AAMC.
  72. Is my application still considered relatively early in the process?
  73. Even if you do well at Orgo the second time around it will not help much.
  74. Your best bet is to take an intro physics course.
  75. what kind of disadvantages there are for an international applicant
  76. the best master's programs would be in the areas of
  77. Would a medical school even look at someone who took 10 years to get on the right track?
  78. post bacc programs versus a MS program
  79. applying to schools such as Harvard, Hopkins and Stanford
  80. Should I apply to grad school?
  81. should even bother applying to the big name schools (e.g. Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Columbia, etc.),
  82. What are my chances?
  83. regain the knowledge that has "evaporated" over the years
  84. one year accelerated masters programs
  85. early decision or top school
  86. previous knowledge of medicine Part II
  87. defer entrance to med. school for a year
  88. I received AP credit
  89. What significance does this jr. college GPA have on entrance to med. school?
  90. Would doing well in Math Grad School help me to get into medical school?
  91. do my pre med requirement at the same time as I get my RN.
  92. how much I hurt my chances by delaying the primary application by abour 10-15 days
  93. How useful is my previous knowledge of medicine?
  94. ...becoming a radiologist and i need some information about what they do,
  95. Can he transfer to a University in the US? or will he have to start a medical
    School program from scratch.
  96. go on to grad school and do good for 2 years and get a MCAT score of 38
  97. I'm currently living overseas
  98. going to a small (10,000 people) school
  99. Do schools request your high school GPA/transcripts?
  100. science GPA, do I count all of my math classes
  101. most medical schools will reject your application because you do not have the necessary requirements
  102. I'm trying to decide when I should send in my application.
  103. courses I'll have to take to statisfy the MedSchool admission process
  104. your undergraduate record will have no significant effect on the odds of you being accepted to medical school.
  105. Medical schools all make independent evaluations of the "strengths" of different schools.
  106. I would want to become a radiologist
  107. Does retaking classes help or hurt you?
  108. I believe it is best for you to seek out a pre-health advisor and meet face to face
  109. what does an undergraduate need to get into med school?
  110. Does that look bad when you take over a course?
  111. Do you think that going to a high ranking undergraduate school with a competitive pre-med program will be factored into assessing my grades?
  112. is it possible to transfer from an osteopathic school to medical school?
  113. Do I have a chance of getting in to med school even though my major is not biology and/or chemistry?
  114. UCLA 3.6 GPA major in Neuroscience. MCAT in April VR 7 BS 10 PS 10, August VR 9 BS 10 PS 11.What are my chances?
  115. I sent my apps...how long does it take to hear?
  116. a GPA of a 3.0 gives you a very poor chance
  117. taking a part time load
  118. all other things being equal, paid work is more desirable than volunteering
  119. I later plan to transfer my credit to a 4 year college
  120. What about in the case of someone who goes on to recieve a second bachelor's degree and has raised their grades considerably
  121. 6 or 7 year Med Program
  122. your undergraduate grades are given very little weight
  123. wondering if these earlier bad grades are going to kill me
  124. I want to know if the admissions will average all the GPA's together
  125. How can I go about taking organic chemistry while working until 5 in the evening?
  126. how kosher it is to send in letters that have been residing with me for over a year
  127. Would I significantly hurt my chances of getting into med school by attending UT?
  128. I'm currently in a m.s. program in Epidemiology, (thesis), have about a 3.8 or 3.9
  129. volunteering at emergency room
  130. advice on what classes to take
  131. The cheating thing
  132. a school in the Caribbean would probably be your last choice
  133. I got married and am taking the year off. I am now in the process of applying to medical school for next year.  Does taking this time off look bad to med schools?
  134. what kinds of information I need to include in the personal comments section of the AMCAS application?
  135. Do I have an advantage to get into the same medical school that a family member has graduated from?
  136. A complete listing of all schools that have Early Decision Programs (EDP), along with application periods and notification dates, are contained in MSAR
  137. I have a question about the importance or lack of concerning past academic history at schools other than the one currently being attended.
  138. Are there special things I have to do as a foreign student?
  139. My first year didnt go to well as I recieved a B and B- in Chemistry and a B- and C in Biology.
  140. My last questions is although my GPA is fine, it is from a small no name school. How much will that matter?
  141. Odds of being accepted late in application cycle
  142. Generally your high school GPA and SAT scores are not used to evaluate your qualifications to be accepted to med. school.
  143. Subject: Canadian applicant help I
  144. Subject: Canadian applicant help II
  145. Where could I go to "catch up" on all of the science require's that I didn't take in college...
  146. Canadian MS's / Will advanced standing for nursing hurt or help?
  147. information on applying to medical school as a
    minority student
  148. I have recently graduated (DEC 99) from the University ofNebraska-Lincoln with a 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering...What are my chances at being accepted?
  149. Yes it is possible for you to become a medical student after becoming a licensed nurse
  150. The problem with Stony Brook is that there are too many kids and we don't get as much attention from professors
  151. I had a 3.19 GPA in undergrad and so far have a 4.0 in my prereqs at Tech. If I continue to do well in my prereqs, do I have a chance?
  152. I was wondering if this letter would have any weight since it was a junior high teacher
  153. My worry is that med school admissions will not look at chiropractic coursework as favorably as undergrad coursework
  154. Clinical experience
  155. How does the admission process work?
  156. I was wondering when I should apply for medical school. Should I do it before I go overseas
  157. which med School has a high rate of accepting international students.
  158. Accelerated Programs / Early Acceptance programs for High School students
  159. ...my grades from 5 or 6 years ago. They were terrible.
  160. i want to pick the best school i can. i don't know where to begin.
  161. My question to you is can you offer some insights as to what I should do before and after I graduate from college.
  162. New College does not assign letter grades but rather evaluates students on a Pass/Fail system
  163.  Can you please tell me what classed I'd need and the skills I'd need to get into pre-med?
  164. Question is how does a "withdraw" look to medical schools?
  165. I'M 20 years old ...what advice can you give me. ..am I too old to start pre-med?
  166. should i just convert the narrative evaluation into grades according to my own judgement on the application?
  167. Since it has been some time since I've been to school, should I try to go to a JC then a University, or should I try going straight for a University.
  168. What type of college to go to? What courses to take? What extra-curriculars to choose?, etc. Also, please include what type of SAT Scores are needed, and class ranks, .....no college application has a program "premed". I am confused, and need help.
  169. They say it doesnt matter where you get your credits. That Med-School just looks for the basic Chem and Bio credits , your MCATS , and that your well rounded.So what I want to know is is this true.
  170. My question is this :are "science" gpas calculated with only science course grades or with math grades as well?
  171. What are the basic premed requirements and do I need to tell my son to go to a four year college and hope he takes the right classes to qualify?
  172. Are you aware of any premed courses offered through correspondance?
  173. how much of a difference it would make whether I took more biology-related courses (like A.P. Biology or Organic Chemistry, etc.) or did not take that many, but still had a good GPA
  174. I want to go to the community college in my area
  175. During my freshmen year I recieved D's in both the first semesters of Biology and G. Chem. I took the second semesters of both and got C's. Currently I am retaking the first semesters to change the D grades. My college allows you to replace the first year grades below a C- with new grades of a retaken courese.Will my retakign of these courses hinder my chance of getting into med school.
  176. I read one of the questions you had in your web site. It said thatthe school that you are transfering from could have an affect on their accepting you...Is this true?
  177. I have heard that there are one year intensive programs to complete the science requirements.
  178. I have dropped classes in the past. Do I have a real chance at getting into medical school?
  179. I'm looking for what schools are out there.
  180. I guess my major problem is thati want to be a doctor and don't know the best way to get there...
  181. I have completed all ofmy pre-med requirements and have completed somemedical school requirements as well. I am currently studying for the MCAT in April. Could you please give me some advice on what I should do now!
  182. i just got accepted into a master program of human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, if i do well in this program to raise my gpa up, do you think it will help my chance for med school.
  183. I am a Physician Assistant and would like to go to medical school. I did premed courses 20 years ago. Should I retake the premed courses or should I take graduate science courses.
  184. will my major in Biochem, give me an advantage over other applicants?
  185. do you of any medical colleges in the United States that do not require a degree or MCAT test results for admission into medicine?
  186. i would like to take as many courses as i can at community college, before i transfer to a four year nstitution.
  187. Would you suggest getting a second bachelors degree in premed or go for a Masters?
  188. Do you think I will be able to pass and do well in Organic Chemistry with no prior chemistry experience if I study very hard?
  189. I recently heard that a person applying to any medical school does not need a bachelors degree is this so?
  190. I have already completed my first year from the Aga Khan University Karachi. The problem is that I want to transfer to a good medical college in the US.Could you please help me out?
  191. Mainly, I'm asking whether being a Paramedic will help me get into med school.
  192. I am an international student on an F1 visa, will this be a problem when applying to medical school ?
  193. I am a RN who will be getting my BSN in 1 year with 18 years of nursing experience behind me...Does having this degree and experience make this a positive attribute?
  194. My Mom's an RN at a family practice.The doctor she works for is very nice and said I could shadow him next summer. The problem is I wasnt planning on coming home. Do you this this would be worth it?
  195. I am very much interested in the Early Assurance Program.
  196. How much weight is given to more competitive universities? Is there any one standard scale used to determine how much a student's GPA should be inflated or deflated?
  197. i do understand now that i should send recommendation letters but is it with the primary applications that i send it with or is it with the secondary applications?
  198. He wants to attend medical school in the United States, but would prefer to attend college in France. Do you think this will hurt his chances of acceptance at medical school?
  199. Do you know of programs that exist for a post-baccalaureat who is working full-time.
  200. I am kind of in a bind about my app, and I want to know if I would have better luck playing craps in Vegas than med school.
  201. how do I know I have taking all the necessa ry pre-req's?
  202. I need an application from AMCAS. How can I contact them via email or a website?
  203. My advisor recommended that I wait until senior year to apply
  204. does the fact that this school mainly specializes in teaching degrees hinder my chances of acceptance
  205. i am not sure on the requirement for recommendation letters.
  206. I have a friend who is an engineer and is currently taking the courses that he lacks to apply to medical school. He is also planning on takingthe MCAT next spring. What are the chances of him getting into medicalschool after being an engineer for five years

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