Personal Statement: Discussing Your MCAT Score

Is your MCAT score a good topic to discuss in your medical school personal statement? Let’s say your MCAT score isn’t too high — should you explain your score in the personal statement?

Or let’s say your MCAT score is something kickass, like a 35 or higher. Should you bring that up in your essay?

Your personal statement serves this purpose: To show medical schools why you want to become a doctor, and how your experiences have nurtured your motivation to medicine and given you a big “reason why” a career in medicine fulfills one of your life purposes.

Medical Schools Want to Learn about You, Not Your Scores
Your MCAT score doesn’t really say anything about why you want to become a doctor, so it’s not a good topic for discussion in your personal statement. Your MCAT score speaks for itself so further elaboration in your personal statement doesn’t give medical schools new information they need to make a better decision.

The best topics to cover in your personal statement are impactful experiences from your life that illustrate your motivation to medicine and position you as a thoughtful, driven person.

Good topics to hit on in your personal statement include:

•    An experience that shows your love of research
•    An experience that shows your love of service
•    A strong declaration of your “reason why”

For more hints on what to write and what not to write in your essay, check out “medical school personal statement” over at INQUARTA.com.

Another option if you have a low MCAT score
If you believe that your grades or MCAT score are low because of a serious disadvantage you faced as a student, you can write the “disadvantaged student” essay that explains your situation, or in the “Is there anything else we should know?” question in the secondary application. It’s not going to help you to bring up a low MCAT score anywhere else.

Don Osborne is a contributing author to Princeton Review’s Hyperlearning MCAT Course. Don created the original Verbal Accelerator program and is a contributor to the latest “Cracking the MCAT” book from Princeton Review. Follow Don on Facebook to read his advice and recommendations to improve your chances of medical school admissions.

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