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3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

April 04, 2014
3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

The following piece was written by Dr. Sahil Mehta. Sahil has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former admissions interviewer for Columbia University. He is the founder of MedSchoolCoach. So, you’ve gone through the application process. You’ve written your personal statement, put on your best suit, shared your personal stories at your medical school interview, and just got that email or phone call saying you are in! Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment – getting into medical school is probably the hardest part of your journey. But there are plenty of trials and tribulations that lay ah ... Read More About 3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

Writing a Statement of Purpose

April 03, 2014
Writing a Statement of Purpose

Graduate school applications require a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is similar to an undergraduate personal statement, but it is typically more succinct and specific in its focus. Each university maintains its own format. However, in all cases, the statement of purpose is an applicant’s opportunity to detail his or her case for admission. Prospective schools seek a narrative that explains how your experiences shaped your motivation for pursuing this degree and program, how those experiences prepared you for success, and what your long-term goals are both within the program and after graduation. The key to this process is ... Read More About Writing a Statement of Purpose

How is the SAT Scored?

April 02, 2014
How is the SAT Scored?

The SAT is a standardized exam utilized by the majority of colleges and universities to assist in admissions decisions. Because the test is standardized, schools can roughly compare the abilities of all applicants based on their SAT results. A prospective student’s overall SAT score is the combination of results earned in three categories—Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. Scores currently range from 600-2400, though the SAT will return to a scale of 1600 in the spring of 2016, when the College Board releases its revision of the exam. View our past post for section-specific changes.  How is my score calculated? Final ... Read More About How is the SAT Scored?

How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

April 01, 2014
How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) calculates your likelihood of attending law school by examining your LSAT scores and your undergraduate GPA. There are a number of websites that allow you to enter your GPA into their virtual calculators. While each law school typically does not adhere to a strict minimum for LSAT results and GPAs, there are general thresholds that programs desire. Your testing date, professional experience, and ethnicity are not taken into consideration when determining your personal index score. How is my LSAC GPA determined? The official LSAC GPA calculator provides applicants with an estimated score for their admis ... Read More About How LSAC Calculates Your GPA

ACT Science Tips

March 31, 2014
ACT Science Tips

Are you concerned about ACT Science? Even if you are not strong in the scientific areas assessed – biology, chemistry, Earth/space sciences, and physics – you can still perform well on this section. The ACT primarily measures your ability to reason scientifically, not your recall of concepts. Here are several tips for the Science section: 1.    Write on the exam The majority of questions involve reading lengthy passages or viewpoints, and the involved information can be dense. Underline or circle key terms that are frequently utilized, and mark key points. Writing on the test has two purposes: it keeps your mind ac ... Read More About ACT Science Tips