Monthly Archives: January 2016

Do No Harm: Your Guide to Being a Premed, Pt III

In today’s installment of Do No Harm: Your Guide to Being a Pre-Med, we’re going to be talking about the extracurriculars you’re expected to complete. These aren’t as absolutely necessary as the Big Two of shadowing and clinical volunteering, but … Continue reading

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Do No Harm: Your Guide to Being a Premed, Pt. II

As mentioned earlier, there is no set path to becoming a pre-med; medical schools accept a wide range of students. However, there is a “core curriculum” that pre-meds are expected to have completed, which we’ll be covering in this post. … Continue reading

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UPDATE: What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016?

We want to provide an update on our previous post: What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016? Our initial estimations were based on a “sliding scale” method. Because the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is not using your … Continue reading

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What Extracurriculars Do Ivy League Schools Like Harvard Want?

  We recently stumbled upon a series the New York Times did with the Harvard University Dean of Admissions in 2009. You can read the full interview here, but there were a few paragraphs that stood out to us that … Continue reading

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What PSAT Scores Make the Cut for National Merit in 2016?

UPDATE 2: We have added an additional estimate for Texas’ cutoff based on new data. You can find that post here. UPDATE: Many commenters have asked about College Board’s Concordance Table. You can find an estimation that incorporates the Concordance … Continue reading

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What Does My New PSAT Score Mean?

With New PSAT scores just released for the Class of 2017, we wanted to give a quick rundown of what your New PSAT scores mean, how the scoring works, and which one the National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses to determine … Continue reading

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Do No Harm: Your Guide to Being a Premed, Pt. I

  This week we’ll be starting a new multi-part series that explores what exactly you need to do to become a physician. Today we’ll begin by talking about what a pre-med actually is and what the difference between an MD … Continue reading

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