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    MdcUmBu
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    Hello. I was wondering if anyone could help me out and give me some advice. Let me tell you my current situation.

    I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a 3.86 GPA. I also have a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a 3.86 GPA. My concern is that I have taken the MCAT 3 times already. The first time I got an 18, the second time I got a 21, and just recently after getting my Master’s I got a 22. I don’t know what my problem is. I am studying my butt off for this exam every single day and no matter what I haven’t been able to get a score above 30.

    Do I have any chance of being accepted into any medical school? I’ve done extremely well in school but the MCAT keeps killing me. What should I do? I really want to be a doctor!!

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and take care.

    #30567
    Lzypanda
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    Have you taken courses for the MCATs or just studied on your own? I haven’t tackled the beast yet but I hear from lots of people that its not really about what you know.. that can sometimes even get you the wrong answer, i think a class would be good.

    #30599
    Merriam
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    This is going to be long. I have not have success with the MCAT on 4 attempts. My problem is that I did not apply myself as needed. I’ll pass on some of my knowledge and you can figure where you need to go from here. I’ve taken both the Kaplan and the Princeton Review. They did help for my undergrad studies–GPA definitely went up. But for the MCAT they did not help. If you decide to take it, I’d go with KAPLAN. You need to understand the material, practice, and then go over both what you did right and most definitely what you did wrong–check this website out: http://daveformba.blogspot.com/2004/06/good-info-from-someone-who-got-760-on.html it’s for the GMAT but the concept is the same.

    Here we are coming up on the Apr 19 MCAT. If your practice score is not at least 27 one month out then delay until the Aug MCAT but do not stop studying for it. Do not take any additional college classes until you clear this up. I have talked with numerous people who did well on the MCAT. They all used different tactics, I’ll share that info, but the one thing they all had in common was that they spent at least 3 hours a day M-F, and 8-12 hours on the weekend, 3-4 months before the exam–SOMETHING I DID NOT DO!!! and could not do because of work, school, and family. Results showed.

    I’ll list some books that I think relate to the MCAT:
    Underground MCAT Answers, Columbia Review(Bresnick & Bresnick), NOVA Press Physics, NOVA Press Biology, Nova Press Chemistry, ExamCrackers series (all of it), The Gold Standard, Schaums’s 1000 Problems in Chemistry, Schaum’s 1000 Problems in Physics, Schaum’s 1000 Problems in Organic Chemistry, Columbia Review MCAT Verbal Reasoning Powerbuilder, Flowers and Silver MCAT, Kaplan 45 (almost any Kaplan book/test sets).

    Some websites: http://www.mcatpearls.com/wst_page4.html
    http://people.dce.harvard.edu/~hepps/faq/officeHCP.html
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/archive/index.php/f-110.html
    http://www.oldpremeds.net/

    I talked with admission counselors for long periods–if you do not have the GPA or the MCAT score, your application will not even procedd to go–you may in fact receive secondaries but that is because some med schools do that just to get the money.

    Again, no more college classes–how long has it been since school? What type of medical volunteer work do you have? What is the breakdown on you MCATs? I’ve known people that have entered med school with high GPA and low MCAT score but they talked with their school counselor a LOT–received a strong letter of recommendation–not the average letter for the typical A student. I’ve also known one that got in with 27, 3.2 because he talked with the admission counselors. Are med schools close enough for you to go visit?

    Back to the MCAT: scores? what are you thinking during verbal? How have you studied before? Comparing myself to my friends–who are now in med school, it appears I did not put in enough study time.

    #31014
    skocica
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    You suggested that the person visits medical schools if she/he is close enough. Is that something that may help in getting in? I would be willing to fly to the place I’d like to go if I felt it may help me out….Suggestions?

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    Originally posted by Merriam

    This is going to be long. I have not have success with the MCAT on 4 attempts. My problem is that I did not apply myself as needed. I’ll pass on some of my knowledge and you can figure where you need to go from here. I’ve taken both the Kaplan and the Princeton Review. They did help for my undergrad studies–GPA definitely went up. But for the MCAT they did not help. If you decide to take it, I’d go with KAPLAN. You need to understand the material, practice, and then go over both what you did right and most definitely what you did wrong–check this website out: http://daveformba.blogspot.com/2004/06/good-info-from-someone-who-got-760-on.html it’s for the GMAT but the concept is the same.

    Here we are coming up on the Apr 19 MCAT. If your practice score is not at least 27 one month out then delay until the Aug MCAT but do not stop studying for it. Do not take any additional college classes until you clear this up. I have talked with numerous people who did well on the MCAT. They all used different tactics, I’ll share that info, but the one thing they all had in common was that they spent at least 3 hours a day M-F, and 8-12 hours on the weekend, 3-4 months before the exam–SOMETHING I DID NOT DO!!! and could not do because of work, school, and family. Results showed.

    I’ll list some books that I think relate to the MCAT:
    Underground MCAT Answers, Columbia Review(Bresnick & Bresnick), NOVA Press Physics, NOVA Press Biology, Nova Press Chemistry, ExamCrackers series (all of it), The Gold Standard, Schaums’s 1000 Problems in Chemistry, Schaum’s 1000 Problems in Physics, Schaum’s 1000 Problems in Organic Chemistry, Columbia Review MCAT Verbal Reasoning Powerbuilder, Flowers and Silver MCAT, Kaplan 45 (almost any Kaplan book/test sets).

    Some websites: http://www.mcatpearls.com/wst_page4.html
    http://people.dce.harvard.edu/~hepps/faq/officeHCP.html
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/archive/index.php/f-110.html
    http://www.oldpremeds.net/

    I talked with admission counselors for long periods–if you do not have the GPA or the MCAT score, your application will not even procedd to go–you may in fact receive secondaries but that is because some med schools do that just to get the money.

    Again, no more college classes–how long has it been since school? What type of medical volunteer work do you have? What is the breakdown on you MCATs? I’ve known people that have entered med school with high GPA and low MCAT score but they talked with their school counselor a LOT–received a strong letter of recommendation–not the average letter for the typical A student. I’ve also known one that got in with 27, 3.2 because he talked with the admission counselors. Are med schools close enough for you to go visit?

    Back to the MCAT: scores? what are you thinking during verbal? How have you studied before? Comparing myself to my friends–who are now in med school, it appears I did not put in enough study time.


    #32883
    migq58
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    Originally posted by MdcUmBu

    Hello. I was wondering if anyone could help me out and give me some advice. Let me tell you my current situation.

    I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a 3.86 GPA. I also have a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a 3.86 GPA. My concern is that I have taken the MCAT 3 times already. The first time I got an 18, the second time I got a 21, and just recently after getting my Master’s I got a 22. I don’t know what my problem is. I am studying my butt off for this exam every single day and no matter what I haven’t been able to get a score above 30.

    Do I have any chance of being accepted into any medical school? I’ve done extremely well in school but the MCAT keeps killing me. What should I do? I really want to be a doctor!!

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and take care.


    It sounds like you got the material in your head but you lacked the test taking skills. I don’t recommend Kaplan classes (because it sucked in my area) but I advise that maybe you pay for their online resources which includes quizes and reviews and 7 practice exams which whill definetly help you out. Good luck!! [;)]

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