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    GoldenSand108 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Take the MCAT or just come to AUA in Sept '10?

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    Hi,

    I'm a grad of Loyola U. Chicago (Psychology major) who decided on the medical path Senior yr...heh.Right now I've moved states(to GA) and I'm taking pre-med classes at a local University. So far, here are my grades:

    Cgpa:3.37

    Biol I/(Freshman yr , made no effort): C-/ lab B-
    Biol II(Senior yr): A/lab B
    Precalculus(Senior yr):B+
    Gen. Chem I(Senior yr): B-/lab B-
    Gen Chem II(Summer after graduation): C+/lab B-
    Organic Chem I(Northeastern Illinois U.): B/ lab B
    Cell Biology: B/ lab B
    Calculus: A
    Physics I: B/ lab A

    Currently taking:
    Genetics/lab, Physics II/lab, Organic Chem II/lab

    I haven't taken my MCAT, but I'm going to take a diagnostic with Kaplan tomorrow. I'm really waivering as to judge my chances for the Top 4 Caribs based on my diagnostic MCAT. I'm thinking that If I get about 20+, then I will take the MCAT. If not,then apply to AUA, and go straight in September. Can anyone give me some sound advice?? I really don't want to be wasting anymore time. I feel like I'm getting burntout from doing more and more undergrad, and I'm anxious to start something bigger already.
    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi

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    HeroLike is offline Member 523 points
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    sounds like you thought this through, waiting for a 20+ on the diagnostic exam before deciding to take MCAT. seems reasonable, goodluck.

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    GoldenSand108 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Thanks for ur response!

    I have been thinking ALOT about my options, and practically going nuts, and everyone around me. Anyway, I've read that one can't really base an MCAT score from a diagnostic? Anyone disagree, agree?
    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenSand108 View Post
    Thanks for ur response!

    I have been thinking ALOT about my options, and practically going nuts, and everyone around me. Anyway, I've read that one can't really base an MCAT score from a diagnostic? Anyone disagree, agree?
    eh...I disagree...first...it's not the real thing...and you KNOW that while you are taking it. It's a lot easier to put down a not 100% answer when you know it's not the real test. Also, it would only be comparable if you had ALL of your studying done prior to the test...but in all reality people use them asa guage to see where they are...opposed to how they will be...and frankly...all the tests are different...its not like ochem, physics, gen chem, bio, blah blah blah are going to make up the same composition on each test....same goes for specifics within each subject...you could score a 20 on your diagnostic and get a 30 on the real deal...or vice versa


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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenSand108 View Post
    I haven't taken my MCAT, but I'm going to take a diagnostic with Kaplan tomorrow. I'm really waivering as to judge my chances for the Top 4 Caribs based on my diagnostic MCAT. I'm thinking that If I get about 20+, then I will take the MCAT. If not,then apply to AUA, and go straight in September. Can anyone give me some sound advice?? I really don't want to be wasting anymore time. I feel like I'm getting burntout from doing more and more undergrad, and I'm anxious to start something bigger already.
    There are so many advantages to the "big 4", especially SGU, that it is worth your while to make a huge effort to score well on the MCAT. Your gpa is OK to apply to SGU and certainly the others (AUC, ROSS and Saba).

    A bit of patience now could save you alot of frustration later.

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    you need to study for and take the mcat and go from there.... taking the mcat will open up options for you

    if you take it and do well (depending how well), you could have a shot a a US DO school and a very very good shot at a top 4 caribbean school

    if you don't take it, you're limiting yourself to the lower tier caribbean schools.... no matter what anyone tells you, AUA is no where near SGU, AUC, ROSS, and SABA

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    GoldenSand108 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Thank u all for ur words of wisdom! I realize I'm searching for a shortcut that might cost be a lot more frustration in the long run. I guess I'll step it up this semester(my grades are slipping...), and really get my study on for MCAT...if not, I'll be at AUA
    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi

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    As an AUA'er who is now seriously questioning why he came here due to all the loan problems and potential problems with clinical rotations on the horizon I would STRONGLY suggest you take the MCAT and apply to US schools. There are several newer US MD schools that have just opened up and will snap up a candidate like yourself. Unless you have no other option I would recommend exhausting every avenue prior to coming to any caribbean school. The hassles you put up with and the promises they make to get you in the door bite you in the rear as you enter 5th semester and beyond. Go with a US school that has US federal loans, clinical rotations at or near the school and stay away from these guys unless you have no other option and you are willing to put up all the problems that come with these schools. Sorry to have to write it but I am beginning to regret coming here bcs the problems are mounting faster than they can be solved.

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