After weeks of waiting, when you finally get your MCAT results and you feel down because they are not what you want them to be. , what do you do? Most premeds, like you, tear themselves down over not getting the expected scores. After several months of intensive prep , a disappointing score is bound to make any hopeful premed unhappy. With medical schools expecting students to achieve high MCAT scores, your entire future as a med-school student seems to hanging by a very fine thread.
If you’re really serious about getting into a good medical school, sitting and moping about the poor score is pointless. Here’s what we recommend doing if your first MCAT exam didn’t go down too well:
1) Drop the pessimistic attitude
From disappointment to anger, there is a broad range of emotions that you’ll experience. For those who’re passionate about getting into a good med-school, these feelings are quite understandable. However, it is imperative that you do not let the unsatisfactory results pull you down to the depths of despair. Give yourself a week off to take your mind off the MCAT results and engage in activities you enjoy. This will give you enough time to put your emotions under control and think with more clarity.
2) Do you really need a retake?
Before you jump into any conclusions about retaking the MCAT exam, ask yourself if you really need it. Your MCAT score isn’t the only criteria based on which med-schools will judge you. If you have an excellent GPA or are an outstanding sportsperson, or have excellent community leadership skills chances are, an average MCAT scores can be overlooked. Prepare for a retake only if you’re sure you do not have anything else to speak for, during med-school admissions.
3) Plan a course of action
There’s no way you can go back in time and boost your MCAT score. Focus on the “now” rather than the “has been”. Weigh out all your options. Do you have enough time for an on demand MCAT training course and practice tests? Will you be able to retake the exam and get your scores before med-school admissions deadline ? If not, are you willing to enroll into a medical school the next year? Plan a course of action based on the time availability and other constraints.
4) Right the wrongs
Why were your MCAT scores below par? Most of the time the answer to this question is improper preparation. There’s no point in retaking the MCAT exam if you do nothing to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself. You don’t have to prep for the MCAT exam from scratch. Instead identify your weak areas and take appropriate action to amend them. Opting for on demand MCAT training courses is highly recommended as it can help you review selected subject areas.
5) Work harder
Since you’ve already experienced the MCAT exam first-hand, you know things that most first time test-takers do not. Do not play down the advantage by taking the MCAT retake for granted. Instead, channel all your energy towards working harder for the MCAT than you did before. Engaging in regular drill sessions provided with your On demand MCAT training course can be of help. You need to ensure that you score at least 10% higher than your expected scores during your ondemand MCAT training course practice sessions.