The number of applicants who receive secondaries varies from school to school.
Most schools automatically send out secondaries upon submission of the primary to all applicants, while others ensure students have passed an initial screening and met the GPA and MCAT cutoffs (typically set at a 3.0 GPA and 500 MCAT score) before sending out secondary essays.
A score of 512, one standard deviation from the mean, corresponds with the 84th Percentile, and a score of 521, two standard deviations from the mean, corresponds with the 99th Percentile. Nor would they want to; diversity is an important factor in every school’s admissions policy.
In fact, if you do have exceptionally high numbers, it is important to project humility and concern for others even more strongly than an average or above average student, to offset the impression of arrogance. Ultra smart students face a certain amount of prejudice, partly due to jealousy, and partly due to the fact that a lot of really smart people are arrogant.
Letters of recommendation and community service round out the top five most important factors in determining admission.
Yet, the five most important pieces of data for making offers of acceptance are, in order: 1) Interview recommendation 2) Letters of recommendation 3) Science and math GPA (BCPM) 4) Medical community service 5) Cumulative GPA Clearly, once you pass a certain threshold, the numbers become less important and other factors are weighed more highly.
So just how concerned should you be about earning a 515 or better on your MCAT?
Every student applying to allopathic (MD) medical school must take the MCAT.
Unlike with business school and certain other types of degrees, there is no substitute test that can be used in place of it.
Generally speaking, it is wiser to only take the test once, since all scores must be submitted to the school. Since medical school applications have risen in recent years, the MCAT has become more important because it is the most efficient way for schools to weed out large numbers of candidates.