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[I] > Time: Tue, 31-Oct-2000 02:33:37 GMT
> Hi Rich:
> Your website has been incredibly helpful. I was wondering is it possible to
> transfer from an osteopathic school to medical school. Thanks for your help!!
Yes, but you have to start over as a first year medical student.
> How long does it take to get the results from the
> August MCAT?
2 months, you should have received them by now.
[III] > Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2000 16:40:46 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Re: mcat
> Thank you very much for your response. I have already sent a letter to the
> MCAT Center in Iowa asking for a regrade. But I was just curious whether you
> had ever heard of cases where some type of scoring error was made on the MCAT.
> For instance, in one of the archived e-mails I read on your website, one
> person talked about his getting 13, 13, and a 3 in VR. It seems pretty
> obvious that the 3 was some type of mistake. However, the person never found
> out what had happened (whether he made a scantron mistake or the computer
> simply graded his Verbal section incorrectly). Nevertheless, I was wondering
> if a mistake is possible, and if it is a mistake on my part (i.e. a scantron
> transfer error), will the MCAT Center tell me that? It would just help me to
> decide whether to take the test again. Thanks in advance for your time. -NP
While I have not heard of any specific cases of scoring errors
on the MCAT I
I do not believe you would be informed of a scantron transfer error.
> Hi: I'd like to start off by apologizing if this is not the correct way to
> contact you (as opposed to posting questions somewhere). I really need some
> advice, and I feel your insight will be priceless. I am a senior at UCLA with
> a 3.92 cumm GPA, 3.94 science. I am phi beta kappa and have volunteered in a
> lab for 20hrs/week for the last two years. I have also begun volunteer work
> in a hospital and a mentoring program for disadvantaged youths. I am majoring
> in biochemistry and am just short of a minor in Spanish linguistics. I just
> received my august MCATs and I'm not sure if I should retake (I will be
> applying in June 2001). V8/PS12/BS10/S I know a thirty is a competitive
> score, but an eight is far short of great. ROCK BOTTOM scores for a retake are
> V8/PS11/BS10 I am confident that I will score a V9/PS12/BS11. I was averaging
> V9-10/PS12-13/BS11-12 on all the AAMC practice tests. HOWEVER, I did study my
> booty off for the august exam and I would dread a retake. I feel I know where
> my weaknesses are for the bio, so that can be improved. Is a one point
> increase in the verbal and bio significant (32)? Should I even risk going
> down to my rock bottom 29? I should also note that I would like to go to a
> top med school, and this may dictate the need for a retake. Thank you so much
> for your time.
If you retake the MCAT, I am assuming it will be for admission in 2002.
If you are not accepted for admission in 2001, you should
retake the MCAT,
> Hi Rich,
> I wanted to know what chances you think I have in getting into medical school.
> I'm going to graduate from college with a GPA of 3.3. I know it is low for
> medical school, but my school has a very competitive biology program and I
> think that the B's at my school are equivalent to A's at others. Also, my
> MCAT score is a 27, but I'm planning to retake it in April. I wanted to hear
> a realistic assessment of my chances. I will also be taking a year or two off
> of school so that all four years of grades will be reviewed. In addition, I
> am hoping to either get a job doing clinical research or apply to a graduate
> school to get a degree in public health. I'm not sure which will be more
> beneficial to my ultimate goal of becoming a doctor. I have a few questions
> for you: Do you think that going to a high ranking undergraduate school with a
> competitive pre-med program will be factored into assessing my grades?
Yes, it will.
> What do you think would be a better
use of my time before applying to med
You need to get your GPA up and get clinical experience. If
you go to
> I'm interested in doing both so
now it is just a matter of figuring out which
[VI] > Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 09:11:16 -0800 (PST)
>I have a concern dealing with my
> 4-year degree in Pre-Med. I advanced placed out of 23 credit hours and took
> 10 credit hours during summer school so I started my first fall semester as a
> sophomore. Do you think this will benefit or affect me during the application
It helps; its a positive sign of your abilities.
> Also, by the end of the next semester
I will have finished all the
It may, or may not. As you have commented below, the MCAT
is a very
> I am also the top student in my
physics I, Organic I, Gen. Chem I and II, and
Except for a bare minimum of algebra and Trig and elementary
> I took REA's course test with timed
conditions and I made a 12 on the verbal
REA's practice tests do not resemble the MCAT except in the
> Why do undergraduate science classes
(physics and chemistry)put so much
Because these courses are not primarily intended to prepare
you for the
> Also, the other seven students
did as badly as I did. I and two other people
> Also, do you think that wanting
to finish in 3 years is impossible since I
I am not sure if I understand your question. You could finish
in two years,
> Moreover, most medical schools
(LSU Medical School in N.O. and Shreveport)
> Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 14:20:04
> Hi, Rich. WOW, your sight is great!! I had a question, I got a C- in Organic
> I and I am presently taking it over. Does that look bad when you take over a
> course? Also, I heard of a school in the Domincan Republic that excepts you
> without an MCAT score. Do you know if that looks good or bad for me to go to
> an off-shore medical school like this when it is time to apply for residency?
> The school is U.S affliated. HELP!!
It looks best if you do well and do not retake. If you make
a C-, its a plus
It is considerably harder to compete for residency, especially
> what does an undergraduate need to get into med school? are there grade point
> minimums, mcat minimums? any where these statistics are noted on the
The average score of a student admitted to medical school is currently a 3.5
GPA with and a 3.5 Science GPA and MCAT scores of 10, 10, 10. A GPA of 3.2
and combined MCAT score of a 35 would give a student a 50% shot; and with a
combined MCAT score of 28 a GPA of 3.95 would also put an applicant in the
Each school sets their own minimums. This information is posted
> I saw your email address on the mentorship website so I thought I would email
> you w/ my questions, and thought maybe you can help. Well, I was researching
> on my career options and I decided that I wanted to become a doctor. I am a
> freshman at a jr. college in California and I plan to transfer to an
> university next year. I plan to get my bachelors in nursing. I decided nursing
> would become a steping stone towards medicine. Would I be in disadvantage
> later when I apply to MS? What are my chances getting in? I was wondering
> what science classes that you would recommend that I take especially before my
> junior year? I'm not taking any science classes this semester. Does this
> necessarily mean that I would fall behind on the prereq courses for medical
> school? Also, do you have any other suggestions that would help me? Your help
> and answers would be greatly appreciated.
> Hi Rich, I cannot afford to go through a prep course and from what I've read
> on your website and on various others, it probably wouldn't be worth it
> anyways. So, I plan on purchasing the Kaplan MCAT Comprehensive Review (pub
> 11/2000) and the Practice Tests from AAMC as well as the Student Manual (which
> I believe AAMC is now selling separately from the Practice Test I). Is there
> anything else I need or that you recommend as I commence my preparation for
> what is bound to be one of the most excruciating days of my life?
No, in my opinion, that is all you need.
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