January 22, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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According to admissions authorities, the blow is the list of some of the more common mistakes they see in medical school applications. Take a look and make sure that you’re not one of those applicants who loses out on a set because of a mistake.
There’s no denying that there is a lot of writing involved in the application and this means, there is a lot of room to make grammar and spelling errors. But that’s no excuse. It is absolutely important that your application should be 100% error free in all aspects, from the formatting to your spellings and grammar. The best way to avoid these errors is by revising your application multiple times and then again before submitting it get it proofread by other people just in case you’ve overlooked any error.
Surprisingly, this is one of the most common mistakes. Everyone wants to minimize the amount of work they need to do and so if multiple schools have the same essay prompt in their secondary applications, most applicants simply copy and paste the same answer into both applications. While there may not be anything wrong with that, the mistake most students make is that they do not take the trouble to tailor the essay for the different schools. Not only can this be embarrassing but it will also ruin your chances of getting an interview from the school you made a mistake on.
Most schools require applicants to have at least 3 stellar letters of recommendation, two from science professors and one from a non-science professor. However, not all schools have the same requirements. Some schools have a maximum or minimum number of letters permitted or required. Other schools may specify that they are looking for an additional letter from a non-professor or a research supervisor. It is important that you only send the number and type of that are specifically asked for and that you do not send anything more or less.
Some schools have specific requirements when it comes to secondary applications. They may require you to not copy and paste your essays from a word processing program such as Microsoft Word as this creates formatting errors that make it impossible for them to read your answers. Take the time to understand and adhere to their specifications so that your application is correctly formatted.