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Will I be able to go to med school if I don't get a perfect SAT score?

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Estelle’s Answer

I know lots of people who have gone to medical school, and I don't know anyone who made a perfect SAT score. The SAT is important getting into college. Your college performance and the MCAT are then the most important factors getting into medical school. Try to maintain a very high GPA and get some good, well-rounded shadowing experiences. Study super hard for the MCAT, and take it more than once if you need.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Henry! Yes of course! Your SAT scores matter for college entrance and has nothing to do with medical school. That being said you of course want to do well on all exams and receive acceptance into a university that will help you in achieving your goals to enrolling in medical school and becoming a physician. Getting into medical school relies on college work such as MCAT/GPA, extracurriculars like volunteering, research and shadowing. You want to be well rounded and have passion for this field! Keep working hard and when you enroll in college seek the help of your professors and premed adviser as they will help guide you on this path!

Best of luck!
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Geetha’s Answer

Hi Henry,
I wanted to add that even though you do not need to have a perfect score on the SAT, what I do recommend is try your best to do well and work hard to attain the best score that you feel you can achieve. Never settle for anything less if you are able to work hard and want it badly enough for yourself. Colleges look at a wide variety of factors in selecting students for admission. Reach out to colleges you are interested in to determine their admission criteria and how to prepare your application and interviews (some schools may have an interview process). If your goal is to get into medical school, start early with developing good study habits, time management skills, and a hard work ethic. Build a strong foundation early especially in college and this will help in your later course work, the MCAT (standardized exam for medical school entrance), Step exams in medical school etc. I wish someone had stressed this to me when I was your age because I learned a lot of these lessons way too late in life. I hope this helps! If you any questions please reach out.

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Alexandra’s Answer

Yes! Medical school is certainly difficult to get into however you need to do well on the medical school entrance test called the MCAT. If you take pre Med courses during college and dedicate the time to studying you will be fine. Medical schools are not just looking for the perfect test taker. They want to see well rounded, passionate, kind, and caring people who will be compassionate to patients and work hard. These qualities cannot be gleaned from a test and if you are someone who is passionate about helping others, medicine is a very rewarding field for that! Best of luck!
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Richard’s Answer

Medical schools care more about your performance in college and on the MCAT. I have heard of medical school applications asking for high school rank and SAT scores, but that is mainly for statistical purposes.
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Valerie’s Answer

Hi there,
I am a medical student and I did not get a perfect SAT score. Medical schools do not look or ask for these scores. However, it is very important for getting into college. I would suggest doing the best you can on this exam, but it for college only not medical school. In your junior year of college, you will take the MCAT, this is the test you want to do well for admission to medical school.
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Jarron’s Answer

Hello Henry,
I am currently a junior in college applying to medical school. Your SAT score is only considered for undergraduate admissions, and medical schools will have no clue what score you achieved on the SAT. The SAT is only important to get into your undergraduate degree. Once in college, medical schools consider things such as your GPA (STEM GPA and non-STEM GPA), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and extracurricular activities (research, volunteering, involvement). Once you are accepted into an undergraduate program, you should choose a major that you are passionate about. Medical schools accept all majors including English, art, or engineering. It is just important for you to take the required coursework for medical schools, which may or may not be a part of your major. Most medical schools expect (3 semesters of chemistry + lab, 1 year of biology + lab, 1 year of physics + lab, and biochemistry). Many medical schools expect certain psychology/sociology courses and further sciences as well, but those listed above are the core. I hope this helps, and good luck!
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