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MCAT Score to Outweigh Low GPA?

Asked 9 months ago by Guest (140 points)


I am currently a junior undergrad student hoping to apply to medical school this summer. My overall GPA is currently a 3.3 and my sGPA a 3.1. I will be taking the MCAT for the first time in June and  plan to send my applications in as soon as I get the score. My question is, is there an MCAT score that might "outweigh" my GPA? Also, I am a biomedical engineering major; will med schools consider that I studied a difficult major when looking at my GPA? Given a competative MCAT score, would I have a chance at acceptance or should I consider other backup plans for after graduation?


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Answered 9 months ago by tantacles (24340 points)

It is possible that a very high MCAT score will outweigh your GPA; that being said, a great MCAT score will be necessary given your GPA.

While schools certainly do look at undergraduate majors when evaluating GPAs, the GPA itself is what truly counts as every student is able to choose what courses he or she takes and has the ability to choose courses in which he or she will do well in if courses prove too difficult.

With all that being said, all schools evaluate GPAs and MCATs differently, so I would suggest purchasing the MSAR (available online) to see just how high of an MCAT score you'd need to be competitive at your target schools. If your GPA for a particular school is below the 10th percentile, for example, I would expect that you'd need an MCAT score of that school's 90th percentile to consider yourself very competitive. However, the process of medical school application is unpredictable, so it is difficult to say exactly how things will turn out.

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