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SAT Scores and Pre-Med Programs

College/Career Expert Advice from Carol Carter

Q: What are realistic percentile scores on the SAT and the ACT for a person seeking admission to a pre med-program?

A: Your SAT scores should be at least 1,400 and ACT above 33, unless you have fantastic leadership experience and a really strong high school GPA. What the medical school admissions officers care most about is your college academic record, your MCAT score, and your leadership and work experience. To get more information, I would call your local college and ask how you can best use this summer to prepare for some of the freshmen science course you will be taking. Anticipating and planning for these courses this summer can give you the leg up once you begin your pre-med program.

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Carol Carter is the author of many books on college and career planning. She is the cofounder of Lifeskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages high-school students to explore their goals, career options, and the real world through part-time work and internships. She also gives workshops around the country on career exploration and other issues directly related to helping students succeed in college, career, and life.


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