3 years ago
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Solid profile, poor SAT score - BS/MD application

I have done extensive research and been published, have some interesting extracurricular activities, sports team captain, science club leader, accapella group member, lots of volunteer activities, 4.0 GPA, etc. But my SAT score is pretty low - 720 English/Reading, 780 Math. How will this impact my chances at a BS/MD program? Should I just take it again or take the ACT instead?

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3 years ago

I'm attaching a link to the stats of most BS/MD programs. You appear to exceed the academic threshold of most of them.


Since I have no interest in becoming a doctor my question to you is why would you want to do a BS/MD program? With the exceptions being Brown, NorthWestern, and Boston Univ. most of the BS/MD are 2nd or 3rd tier medical schools. Does going to a BS/MD and shaving 1 year off outweigh the opportunity loss of not being able to attend the Top US Medical Schools? If you are 17 or 18, and you plan on being a doctor, aren't you a doctor for life? If you live to 85-90, isn't it worth the extra year to go to top Medical schools like Harvard, JHU, UCLA, Columbia, Stanford, UPenn, Cornell, or NYU?

What's the change in Delta worth by graduating in 7 years versus 8 years? Wouldn't you have greater lifetime career earnings and get more notoriety and clout shortly after graduating a Top Med. School versus a BS/MD program? I'm curious because I don't understand the long-term proposition if this is something you are going to do for a lifetime.

Fill me in, please. Thanks

3 years ago


First off, your profile is incredible. You should we extremely proud of yourself.

Now, to answer your question, combined, you have a 1500 SAT score, which is an amazing score at most colleges and good at any super competitive schools such as the Ivy League. If you are applying to a BS/MD program, most of the time, a 1500 SAT score is fine on its own, not to mention your numerous achievements.

However, if you have time on your hands, taking the SAT again is not necessarily a bad idea. But again, I don't know how many times you have taken the SAT or your grade level, so I might not be able to give you the most accurate, personalized advice. To any student in your position, I would advice against taking the ACT. You are clearly doing very well on the SAT and therefore are more familiar with the question types and format of the test. This means that, should you take the SAT again, you could most likely get a higher score.

In summary:

- I would not worry about your current SAT score, it will not affect your application very much.

- Only retake a test if you have time, don't stress yourself out.

- If you retake a test, take the SAT as it will be more familiar.

I hope this helped. Good luck!

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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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