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    ruth-gehrig is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Low 20s MCAT vs. High 20s MCAT

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    Hi,

    Let's compare two beginning medical school students. One got a 21 or 22 MCAT score and the other received a score in the high 20s. For both students to be equally successful in medical school would the student receiving the lower MCAT score have to approach the curriculum in a much different way than the student with a higher MCAT? What would the lower scoring student have to do that perhaps the higher MCAT student wouldn't??

    I guess what I'm getting at is...how much more difficult would medical school be for the lower MCAT compared to the much higher scoring MCAT??

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    Impossible to say.

    MCAT has little to do with medical school. Some studies have correlated it, albeit somewhat loosely, with USMLE.

    Med school is VERY high volume, so if the MCAT studying was too much, then medical school will definitely be too much. Other than that, dunno what advice you're looking for.
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    I know a student who made close to a 20 and made the honors society at AUC. I also know a student who made higher than 30 on the MCAT and failed out.

    Just get in and work your butt off. Expect it to be difficult and give it your all.
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    My best friend had a 19 on his mcat and he is now doing his rotations in louisiana. He told me that taking his usmle was the most difficult thing for him at med school. He was a A student in undergrad and medical school.

    What I m trying to say is that if you have a problem with standardized testing you might have problems with usmle, but if you work your a** off there is no limit of what you can achieve. If you have been accepted to med school then you are capable of anything. People who perform well are efficient learners for others it is getting on track to become efficient learners.

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    I know numerous people with low 20s MCATs and high step scores (>240). However, the reason for their low scores on the MCAT seems to be that they didn't study for it.

    If you worked as hard as possible for that 21 MCAT, I'd be worried.

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