Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.
A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!
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The self-paced MCAT prep class: smart option? On this website, we've assembled lots of advice to help you choose the best MCAT prep route: 1. You can study independently, using one or more book sets. Check out our review of several top MCAT prep book sets here. 2. You can take an MCAT live prep course, [...]
Can one get better at taking tests? For some it's easy. For others, test-taking is downright frightening. Because no matter how long you devote to preparing for a test, it's likely to be a disaster. Whether a biochem test, a history final or the almighty MCAT...there are surefire ways to get better at taking tests! Are [...]
The MCAT is my last and hardest test...right?! The USMLE test is a killer; but you'll only feel a little dead... Move over MCAT. After two years of basic medical school coursework (1 ½ years at some medical schools), your next conquest is the USMLE exam, or U.S. Medical Licensing Exam. It’s really [...]
This is an age-old question for premeds trying to decide on the MD vs. DO route. Whether DOs make as much money as MDs depends on some specific factors, like residency, region, specialty and number of hours worked. This post focuses on salary. You can also check out our post on other differences between DOs [...]
If I get a C in a pre-med class, will it keep me out of medical school? Most likely not. That said, you and I both know that you need to have a ridiculously high GPA to be accepted to most U.S. medical schools. If you have more than a couple of C’s in your [...]
Medical students face a daunting challenge: not just getting through the rigors of classwork and clinical hours, but getting out in four years without a truckload of debt. Federal scholarships for med students can help to ease this debt burden. In 2016, the average debt of medical students upon graduation was $190,000, according to AAMC figures. [...]
Is a double major worth it....specifically is it worth all the extra time, grueling effort and stress? There's no easy answer that fits every situation. But here are some considerations when deciding your premed path. Will a double major impact your sGPA? A double major in say, biochemistry/genetics, or chemistry/engineering, or biology/physics, will set you [...]