Is "experiential learning" or "experimental learning" all that great? Is that like "new math" 30 years ago? Test scores are extremely important. The MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, and SAT value test scores. If you score low, you don't get in to a top tier school, plain and simple. Too many American children are taught that scores don't mean that much and thus don't put an emphasis on scores. Then the foreign students end up getting a higher SAT, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT higher than an American born student whose first language is English! It is no wonder why over 50% of PHD programs across USA are made up of foreign students, mostly from China, Russia, and India. It is no wonder that medical schools are heavily weighted with med students from India.