Articles tagged with Med School Admissions

Should I Retake the MCAT?

Should I Retake the MCAT?

You’ve devoted months—and perhaps even quite a bit of money—to preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, and now that you’ve received your score, all you can wonder is, “Should I retake the MCAT?” Ultimately, everyone has their own opinion about whether a retake is necessary. One way to approach this question is to review the data utilized by medical school admissions committees, as well as several applicable studies. So—should I retake the MCAT? Consider this study, which was a meta-analysis of 23 other studies. It examined MCAT scores and their correlation to medical school GPAs and USMLE ... Read More About Should I Retake the MCAT?

A Last-Minute Checklist for AMCAS Submission

A Last-Minute Checklist for AMCAS Submission

It’s that time of year again. AMCAS, or the American Medical College Application Service, is now open to submissions. It can be overwhelming to compile an application worthy of admission to a medical school, and small (but still important) details can thus fall through the cracks. However, there are several steps you can take to avoid this dilemma. You can download the official AMCAS Instruction Manual. You can also follow AMCAS on Twitter to learn of real-time issues with the submission system. Perhaps most importantly, you can refer to a last-minute checklist for AMCAS submission as you finalize your application, which can help you: ... Read More About A Last-Minute Checklist for AMCAS Submission

What is an Average MCAT Score?

What is an Average MCAT Score?

The concept of an “average” MCAT score has been somewhat nebulous since the AAMC’s reformatting of the MCAT in 2015. Previously, the average MCAT score across medical school applicants was 25, and the average MCAT score of admitted applicants to medical school was around 31. Since the test was redone and a new scoring scale was constructed, the average MCAT score across medical school applicants is approximately 500. However, it is important to distinguish between the AAMC’s average MCAT score and the average MCAT scores of students who matriculate at individual schools. Here are some things to know when thinking about ... Read More About What is an Average MCAT Score?

What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors come from a variety of impressive backgrounds and experiences—including medical school! In this inaugural installment of our new Medical School Experience Q&A series, Rachel, a Maryland tutor, shares her experience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Rachel is a second-year medical student who specializes in biology tutoring, MCAT Physical Sciences tutoring, SAT tutoring, and several other subjects. See what she had to say about Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:  Why did you decide to attend Johns Hopkins? Rachel: I decided to attend the Johns Hopkins University Sc ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine?

Am I Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Am I Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Your prerequisites are complete, you’ve taken the MCAT, and you’ve lined up your recommendations—all that’s left to do is begin your actual application process. But before you start the tasks involved with that process, you may be wondering if this particular application cycle is right for you. Could you assemble a stronger application by spending a year or two off doing research, community service, or taking extra classes? Or is your application strong enough for matriculation as is? This checklist can help you answer the burning question, “Am I ready to apply to medical school?” Decide if your MCAT score ... Read More About Am I Ready to Apply to Medical School?

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