Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

High School Senior, good MCAT scores?

Terps93Terps93 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
edited March 2011 in Pre-Med Topics
Im a high school senior and just took a practice MCAT on princeton review. I got...
Biological Sciences:6
Physical Sciences:6
Verbal Reasoning:12

I know this would be an awful score for a medical school applicant, since I only got a 24, when a 30 is reccomended to even be competitive. But how are these scores for someone who has taken no college level courses as of yet?
Also, when should I actually start preparing seriously for the MCAT?
Post edited by Terps93 on

Replies to: High School Senior, good MCAT scores?

  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Your question is impossible to answer, since nobody has any idea how well anybody should be doing prior to taking any college coursework. The only answers are (1) taking the test this early at ALL is a bad sign, and (2) the 12 is a good start.

    MCAT prep takes roughly 10-12 weeks.
  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,161 Senior Member
    dude dont even start thinking about the mcat until after your sophomore year. good thing is, you already have a high verbal score, which is the hardest section to improve. Im assuming you took the free TPR test, which I took as my first one too. Got a lower score than you, and that was after taking the prereqs already. You're going to be fine
  • Terps93Terps93 Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    Why is taking the test at ALL this early a bad sign? Im not some over-acheiving kid or anything, I just wanted to see how I would do going in cold turkey, I took the test with the tv on in the same room?
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    You should enjoy your HS years, spend time with friends, or just oversleep. You wasted precious 5 hours of your time. You will do just fine when time comes.
  • psubmbpsubmb Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    You're getting a very harsh reaction! I don't see the big deal. If you were curious about the MCAT and just wanted to see what you'd get, who cares? Just don't have any delusions of starting to seriously study or prepare for the exam.

    The outlook is good though... after you take a couple years of college-level science I bet you will destroy the test.

    If you are focused on the MCAT early: it is ridiculous to start studying for the test any earlier than 10-12 weeks beforehand, but you should try to master every concept in your intro college science courses. READ YOUR TEXTBOOKS rather than just relying on lectures/notes and do lots of practice problems. Memorization should be a last resort -- understanding is much better. If you do this, when you go to actually study specifically for the test, you won't really find it too difficult.
This discussion has been closed.