You can count on this: The earlier you submit your medical school secondary applications, the higher your chances of acceptance.
Medical school admissions is a race, not a meritocracy — many med schools have the majority of their entering class figured out by August. Even if you’re a 35 MCAT and 3.9 GPA, your chances of acceptance are low if you apply too late. I’ve seen this happen time and time again — the premeds who complete their application first have the highest chances.
You won’t move onto the next step of the application process — interviews — until you submit your secondaries, so it’s in your best interest to turn them around very, very quickly.
Pre-write answers to the common secondary prompts as soon as you can. When you get your secondaries, modify your pre-written answers for each secondary application and submit your completed essays within 48 hours. This will put you way ahead of the curve.
How to pre-write and complete secondaries really quickly? My online course “How to Write Your Medical School Secondary Application” covers that.
Don’t Do this:
Receive your secondaries, think about them for a week, write a bit, write some more, edit, edit, edit, submit after several weeks or a month.
The truth is that amazing secondary essay content doesn’t matter if it gets to med schools “too late,” so turn in your secondaries asap.
I recommend my online secondary application course as the best way to get ahead. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Write the essays before you need them, then turn them in right when you get the secondary.
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