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SAT Scores and United States Pre-Medical Programs: What Do I Need to Be Competitive?

Students taking the new SAT need to be able to determine how their scores fit into the competitive landscape of college admission. A new SAT score is not equivalent to the same score on the old SAT and must be translated via a concordance. Colleges will not report new SAT scores from enrolled students until spring 2018, and guidebooks will not include the new figures until summer 2018.

 

In the meantime, Compass has compiled the estimated new SAT score ranges for 360 popular colleges and universities, public and private, chosen to represent a wide array of four-year postsecondary institutions in the U.S. The new SAT scores in the table below and in the downloadable PDF represent the most recently reported old SAT scores translated via concordance into new SAT scores.* You can use these estimated new SAT ranges, as well as the actual ACT ranges, to better understand the typical test scores of enrolled students.

 

These scores should not be viewed as cutoffs or qualifying scores. This list is intended as a broad snapshot of the competitive landscape of college admission, viewed through the lens of test scores. Students taking a holistic approach to their college search will undoubtedly consider many other wonderful colleges not included in this list. Follow the link below to download the pdf of 360 popular schools and the other link to download the SAT scores.

 

 

The analysis can be similarly applied to other colleges by using our simplified concordance tables to take old college guide scores and translate them to new SAT scoring. Be sure to use the CR+M tables for colleges that don’t provide Writing scores

 

Pre-Medical Course Requirements

 

Before applying, almost all medical schools require that their applicants complete a pre-medical track at their undergraduate institution. While students can usually major (or concentrate) in any academic field, this is a set of courses (or their equivalents) that need to be taken during your college (as a part of your major or along with it – note that pre-medical track is usually not treated as a major or a concentration) specifically as a pre-requisite for applying to a medical school:

 

  • 2 semesters of general chemistry + 1 semester of chemistry laboratory
  • 2 semesters of physics + 1 semester of physics laboratory
  • 2 semesters of biology + 1 semester of biology laboratory
  • Or 2 semesters of organic chemistry + 1 semester of organic chemistry laboratory
  • 1 semester of calculus + 1 semester of statistics (not all medical schools have this requirement, some require up to 1 full year of calculus, though)
  • 1 semester of English
  • Increasingly, more schools require also at least 1 semester of biochemistry and, as the new MCAT draws nearer, schools start to require also 1 semester of psychology

 

In order to make sure that you fulfill all the requirements you need, you should check the websites of the respective schools you are planning to apply for.

 

Specifics for International students

 

The process above is common for all applicants – what sometimes differs, however, are the requirements for foreign students. In fact, about half of all the medical schools in the US do not consider applications of other than the US or Canadian citizens at all (see which medical schools accept international applicants). Most of those, then, require that students either get their undergraduate degree in the United States or spend at least one year at a US educational institution. It is very rare that a student that has never been schooled in the US (or Canada) would be accepted to an American medical school.

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