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Hi guys,

Do you think I should take English in university (first-year) considering the following criteria:

1. I dislike English courses A LOT
2. I dislike high-school novel & Shakespeare units
3. I usually average ~85%-90% in high-school
4. I am aimming for medical school in Ontario but possibly in other areas as well such as the States (highly unlikely but still want to keep some options open)
5. I am thinking about writing the MCAT after second year.

Thanks,

Schen
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If you want to keep your options open then yes. Most US med schools require 1 year of English.

Won't need it for the MCAT at all, especially since the AAMC is thinking of making changes to it and taking out the essay part.
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@inthemaking wrote
If you want to keep your options open then yes. Most US med schools require 1 year of English.

Won't need it for the MCAT at all, especially since the AAMC is thinking of making changes to it and taking out the essay part.



But there's still gonna be Verbal Reasoning and a course in english can definitely help for that.
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@esin wrote

@inthemaking wrote
If you want to keep your options open then yes. Most US med schools require 1 year of English.

Won't need it for the MCAT at all, especially since the AAMC is thinking of making changes to it and taking out the essay part.



But there's still gonna be Verbal Reasoning and a course in english can definitely help for that.



Eh, I did fine in VR and I didn't take English in university. If you read at all (books, newspapers, journal articles etc) and can pull out information from a passage, you'll be fine. The passages aren't literary passages, they are excerpts from magazine/journal articles, editorials, etc. Of course, if you want to take English then that's a different story but for anyone who would only consider taking it for the sake of the MCAT, hates English, and there's a chance it might hurt your GPA, I wouldn't suggest it.

My biggest regret in university has been taking organic chem for the sake of the MCAT (hated the course and it'll always be a blemish on my transcript now).
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Do med schools place a huge emphasis on first year marks? If not, wouldn't it be ideal to take Enlgish as it could somewhat make you practice certain skills you might need for the future like MCAT and med school applications...
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Never take a course for the sake of the MCAT. Advice from many upper year students/faculty I've heard from.
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can't you just take it through summer school if you really need it?
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