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> Hi ! how are you ? As I am a freshmen
of Lamar unversity. Because I study a
> MCAT 's book before I attend to the university, I ready
for the test. Can I
> take the test right now or have to wait for few years.How
do I register for
> the test ?
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You can, but I'd advise that you wait. Although you may do
well now, you are
almost certain to do better after taking additional courses.
If you do
decide to take the test early, consider canceling your scores
the testing center. If you cancel your scores, medical schools
will not be
informed that you took the MCAT on that date.
You can pick up an MCAT registration Kit next month from your
advisor's office or from your school's testing center (if they
Also you may wish to look at what a real MCAT looks like,
some prep books do
not do a very good job representing the true nature of this test.
recommend buying AAMC Practice Test III from your bookstore,
> My GPA is currently 2.6. The problem is my grades from 5
or 6 years ago.
> They were terrible. I left school and worked for a few years
and then decided
> to come back as premed. I am 28 years old and taking the
MCAT this april.
> All courses relating to med school have been retaken with
> In science and math courses, my grades are all A's. Got
a B+ in Philosophy.
> My transcripts will show a marked difference between the
student I was then
> and now. With 3.8-4.0 now and a good MCAT score, how much
do you think those
> F's from my distant past, and their affect on my cumulative
GPA will affect my
> chances of being accepted today? Thanks for your help.
With a GPA below a 3.0 it is hard to get admission committees
to look in
side your application folder unless your MCAT score is high.
probably need a combined MCAT score of a 33 or better, to have
shot. Remember though that if you do not get accepted, and elect
post-graduate courses, that although your entire academic record
included in your AMCAS application, it will be your graduate
GPA that will
be used to make the first evaluation of your suitability as a
applicant. Kind of like a second chance up at bat.
Best of luck,
I was wondering where I could find more about Accelerated Programs
Acceptance programs for High School students wishing to earn
an M.D., as you
mentioned in your web-site. Any schools you know? Any website
Any book I could get from the library? Your response is very
Best regards, - P
The MSAR* lists all schools that have the programs you refer
to. The next
step is to go to the web-site or contact the school for more
> Dear Rich,
> I am really glad about the advice you give students.I have
> your website on a number of occasions.I am a studying Biology
in NGCSU and i
> am currently going through my first semester.I want to go
to a good medical
> school.I am not an american citizen,so i know it is much
more difficult for
> me.I will like you to please give me some advice concerning
some issues.I will
> like to whether by participating in the ROTC program is
an advantage.I will to
> know if Physicians Assistance have very good chances of
gaining admission into
> med schools.I will also like to know if there is a limit
to the number of
> times MCAT can be taken and how early can it be taken.Please,which
> has a high rate of accepting international students.
> I don't want to change my goal because of the difficulties
> around.Please give me solid advice abput how i should prepare
and what i
> should do while in college.I will really appreciate it if
you can help me.
Participating in ROTC could be an advantage but only in the
context of your
overall record. As long as it is not a substitute for getting
experience in medicine, I would consider it an asset.
Physician assistance programs do increase your chances of
The MCAT may be taken at any time, and if permission to do
so is granted,
which it typically is, the MCAT may be taken an unlimited number
of times --
even though your best bet is to take the MCAT once and do well.
I'm sorry I am aware of no statistics regarding acceptance
students to medical school.
Regarding what to do in college and how to prepare, I'd suggest
the information in The Premed Zone, including The Email Archive,
http://www.premed411.com. Although I do not have information
the international student, the same general information applies.
believe there are some emails in The Email archiveregarding the
Best of luck to you,
> Dear R. Hochstim,
> My name is C and I am the president of the premedical society
> University of Cape Breton in Canada. I've been looking for
a well regonized
> course for the MCATS because, frankly, I want to breeze
through the MCATS in
> my junior year without stress. I am currently in my second
year of study with
> an uncertain major. I started off taking computer science
but through some
> experiences I had I realized that I wanted to be an MD.
The problem this
> brings is that I want to take the MCATS this year for practice
and am just
> going to complete the my first year of chemistry this april.
Basically, I have
> no organic chemistry until my third year unless I take it
in the spring. Why
> am I contacting you about an MCATS course? Well, I have
a father that lives in
> Tennessee which I visit every summer. It really won't be
as far a travel to
> relocate if you take this into account. However, if you
know of other courses
> closer then maybe that would be an option for me to take
up. I just want to
> get in Med school. That's my main goal!
> Thanks for your time, Sincerely C
Sorry, the only MCAT course I am aware of in Tennessee is
Kaplan, and possibly
Princeton Review. The quality of these courses, in my opinion,
depends largely on t
he individual instructor(s) who is responsible for teaching the
> hi, i was just wondering what mcat
scores and gpa i need to get in a med
> school like harvard, john hopkins or yale.
In 1998 the average GPA for students entering Harvard Medical
School was 3.8,
and the average MCAT scores were VR-10.8, PS-12.0, BS-11.9.
> Hi Rich,
> I love your site...it's extremely helpful
> I am a senior graduating in May and haven't taken the MCATS
yet. I plan on
> volunteering in the Peace Corps after I graduate. I was
wondering when I
> should apply for medical school. Should I do it before I
go overseas and try
> to defer, or while I am in the Peace Corps. Also, when should
I take the
> MCATS...would it be offered outside of the US?
> Thanks, Norm
Glad you found the site helpful.
The MCAT is offered around the world. For info go to your
premed advisor and
pick up a free copy of the MCAT registration kit. You should
take the MCAT
when you are prepared for the test, and preferably a year to
a year and a
half before you intend to enter medical school. If you are afraid
forget some of the material on the MCAT while overseas, taking
the exam a
year sooner would be ok. As long as you are able to take care
letters of recommendation, and will be able to travel to interviews,
stand a better chance by not going the deferral route, besides
as an added
benefit your Peace Corps experiences can be added to your application.
Best of luck,
> Hello Rich, I'm a pre-med student
from PR. First of all I want to
> congratulate you for your page. It has been really helpful
> application process. Now, the reason I write you is because
I have a few
> questions about an interview I had at Harvard. Which I still
> understand how I got it in the first place! So here it goes:
> 1. I was interviewed by 1 faculty and 1 student. Do you
know if the
> faculty has more power than the student in the admissions
> said they had the same power but I don't know.
> 2. I read you were an interviewer in your Med School. How
> admission process work? Does everyone remember each applicant?
Do they seat
> around a table or something and start saying: "I don't
like this applicant
> so he's out, I like this one so he's in..." Does each
> only one applicant or several? Are they very quantitative
> reviews or do they just look at the general picture of the
> example, my faculty interviewer didn't write anything down
while on the
> interview but the student did.
> 3. What is an associate director of admissions? Is it good
> remember you in a positive way when the decision for admissions
> role do they play on admissions?
> 4. Finally. About the thank you note, is it ok if I write
a thank you
> e-mail? What should it say? I wrote thank you's to my interviewers,
> short cause I didn't want them to feel like I was sucking
up. I basically
> wrote: thank you for your time and hospitality...
> I'm sorry for writing so much. Please take your time on
> questions. And answer them only if you can... I know you
must have a lot of
> work to do being in medical school.
> Thanks a lot,
> P.S.: My MCAT is VR 6, PS 12, BS 10. GPA 4.00. Just in case.
1. Thanks for your comments concerning Premed411.com, and
getting the Harvard interview! Although the faculty member and
may have the same power on paper, I am not sure what the actual
is, it depends on the personalities involved.
2. I never was an interviewer, (I'm a professional tutor not
student) but I do know that the process is not standardized.
Some schools do
not involve students, some do. Some schools require written evaluations,
some do not. But there does typically come a time when selection
members do sit around a table and make their decisions, but this
can vary from school to school (re: quantitative/general picture--some
schools have numerical rating forms for personality, maturity
others do the "well what did you think of so and so?"
evaluation). By the
way, most of the time the number of interviewees seen in a day
interviewer is small, so they do remember each applicant.
3. They are one of the higher ups in the admissions program,
and may or may
not be directly involved in the decision making process. So I
the answer depends on the school.
4. No, it is not advisable to email. What you did sounds fine
(write do not
email). Your thank you notes will be added to your application
Best of luck,
> I have heard that actual clinical
research plays a big part in acceptance to
> med school. What are ways to conduct clinical research?
Is it the same as
> shadowing a doctor, or volunteering in a hospital? I really
need help on this
> subject. I have asked many people and no one has been able
to give me an
> answer. Thank you so much.
> Please feel free to give me as much info as you can.
> thank you.
Clinical experience, not necessarily research, is important.
situation is a paid position that involves direct contact with
While this is hard to come by, volunteering in a hospital would
be the next
best choice, as long as the work exposes you directly to patient
Medical school admission committees want applicants to have hands
clinical experience, not so much to learn anything in particular
whether or not they really want to go into medicine, and to demonstrate
they have a level of commitment that the medical profession requires.
Shadowing a doctor is fine, but not alone, I'd still recommend
one of the
above two options.
> Hi Rich,
> I'm a 2nd year chiropractic student looking to get into
med school. My problem
> is the horrendous undergraduate GPA (B- average) I received
from a major
> university when I earned my BS degree. Being that I am now
> getting into medicine, should I 1)continue, earn my DC degree,
and hope that
> my 3.5+ GPA will make up for my undergrad GPA or 2) quit
chiro school and
> retake my undergrad pre-med courses. My worry is that med
> will not look at chiropractic coursework as favorably as
> either due to lack of comparability or ignorance (even though
> basic science curriculum is very similar to a medical curriculum).
> opinion and advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Choice 2) would probably not increase your chances of acceptance,
retaking these courses will not provide a true test of your abilities.
Choice 1) provides you with the option of becoming a chiropractor
not be accepted to medical school, and is more likely to increase
chances of acceptance than choice 2) but is not your best bet.
If you were
to enroll in a serious Masters program in a medically related
science and do
well, this would help your chances of acceptance the most, but
need to weigh this against the added cost, time, and effort that
required. Good luck!
> Hi Rich! Thanks for the feedback.
I really appreciate you taking the time and
> effort to share your advice.
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