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Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

We all know that GPA and MCAT score are the two biggest factors that influence your med school acceptance chances. Admissions committees also highly value the quality of your letters of recommendation when they are looking over applications. Letters of rec provide the reader a chance to gauge your interpersonal skills, work ethic, critical thinking […]

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The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is currently the 6th best medical school when it comes to Primary Care rankings. It’s connected to the UCLA undergraduate campus and is walking distance to Sunset Boulevard, Bel-Air, and, of course, Westwood Village. With its top-notch medical education and prime location in sunny Southern California, it’s […]

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What Should My MCAT Goal Score Be?

When we’re first studying for any kind of test, let’s be real: We think that if we put in the time and the hard work, we’ll be able to pull off a perfect score. Am I right or am I right? Unfortunately…reality then sinks in (for 99.99% of us) and we have to set our […]

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How to Avoid Getting Bored While Studying for the MCAT

Let’s face it. You could probably think of a million things that are more fun than studying for the MCAT. This might include going down a giant waterslide, backpacking through Europe, or jamming out with your super awesome, on-the-verge-of-being-discovered band. But, when it comes to getting into medical school, studying for the MCAT is one […]

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Sending MCAT Scores to AACOMAS

AACOMAS, which stands for American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (a mouthful, I know), is the application service website through which pre-med students apply to DO medical schools. To learn about the difference between DO and MD schools, check out Burton’s post about MCAT Scores for DO Schools. Through AACOMAS, you will […]

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Columbia MCAT Scores

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) is one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. In fact, it’s been around since 1767- making it older than the US itself! Columbia was also the first medical school in the States to award the M.D. degree. Facts like this make it clear why […]

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University of Chicago MCAT Scores

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is currently the 11th best research university for medical education, according to the US News & World Report. It’s located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, the city where Michael Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and the birthplace of deep-dish pizza. The […]

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Where to Find Free MCAT Tests

The new MCAT was launched in April 2015. Leading up to this change, test prep companies began writing MCAT books that would be tailored to the new exam. They also started creating free practice tests to give pre-med students an idea of how the new MCAT would be different from the old one. Magoosh does […]

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MCAT Vocabulary List

Having a strong vocabulary foundation pays huge dividends in a plethora of instances: when you’re writing your personal statement, reading medical journals or a book for pleasure, networking with professionals, attending fancy dinner parties, and so on. Oh, and it’ll pay off big time on the MCAT, too! Be sure to check out our free, […]

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What are the MCAT and GRE? The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are both standardized tests for students pursuing higher education or, in other words, another degree on top of their bachelor’s. If you’re applying to medical schools (both MD and DO), you need to take the MCAT. If you […]

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