Now, let us look for a moment at an additional concern you presented: "I want to go to medical school one day." From reading your question if I understand your concern correctly it is that, due to lower SAT/ACT scores acceptance at an upper tier school and thus later on medical school may, not be possible. Well, let's turn that concern around shall we and find another route for you to go.
Students are able to apply to pre-med programs for acceptance at the undergraduate level on the other hand, this is not the only road to medical school! Perhaps there is a high school senior out there that, hopes to be a doctor one day with a GPA of 3.4 and SAT scores of oh let's say, 1750. They may be thinking that their dream of becoming a doctor will never come true but nay, nay there is another way!
A student in the above situation can apply and likely be accepted to a state level college majoring in Biology. During their senior year of college still hoping to be a doctor they study and take the MCAT (the cousin to the SAT for undergraduate school the MCAT is used for admission to medical school). If the student has done extremely well as an undergraduate securing a substantial GPA and, comes away from the MCAT with equally high scores they can apply to medical school as semester 1 of senior year begins to wind down.
In this situation the student can hope and pray to be accepted and sometimes, they are but there are more often those students (of which there are many) that, receive their BS degree from their undergraduate studies and then, begin to prepare for the MCAT with no other academic demands surrounding them now able to really concentrate on this single test. Upon completion of the MCAT students are now able to once again apply to medical school. For some acceptance comes quickly while for others it may take one or two years but it is that freedom to prepare for the MCAT which, allows generally for a higher score.
In the end you may not be among those students which, are accepted to medical school. In the end maybe you might not be able to pursue your dream of becoming a doctor but, that does not mean you will not be able to enter the medical field in a different capacity. The medical field offers many, many different career paths, being a doctor is but one!
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