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Path to Medical School Part 5: The MCAT

Path to Medical School Part 5: The MCAT

Read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. I refused to study for the MCAT during the school year. The thought of having to study for the MCAT after studying for my regular classes made me cringe; I knew both my grades and MCAT score would unnecessarily suffer. During the middle of my junior year, I, with a couple ...

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MCAT Facts

The MCAT is a crucial part of a medical school candidate’s application and for many, if not all, medical schools it is a good indicator of the applicant’s critical thinking and test-taking skills. During an interview I had with the dean of a medical school, I learned that while the MCAT alone did not accept or reject people, the MCAT ...

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When To Register for MCAT

When To Register for MCAT

Knowing when to register for MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) exams is a tricky thing. You need to be wise because it is an expensive test ($270) and it is only administered a little over 20 times a year. Seats fill up quickly because so many people take it every year. It also takes careful planning because it costs an ...

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Should I Retake the MCAT?

Should I Retake the MCAT?

In this article, I provide multiple “case studies” in which we can determine whether the example applicant should retake the MCAT. There are an endless number of possibilities but I tried to cover most scenarios. Keep in mind that although this information is backed with research and knowledge about the application process, it is only my opinion. ||What will the ...

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Evaluating the Changes to the MCAT in 2015

Evaluating the Changes to the MCAT in 2015

There will be important changes to the MCAT in 2013 and 2015. A previous article went into detail about these changes. To summarize, the main changes are that in 2013, there will no longer be a writing sample section. In 2015, an additional section called the “Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior” will be added. Advanced science concepts in ...

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What is the Best MCAT Prep Course?

What is the Best MCAT Prep Course?

What is the best MCAT prep course? There is no hard data to answer that question. Most people have not taken more than one prep course so their recommendations are biased as well. Therefore, take my, or anyone else’s, advice with a grain of salt. I will focus mainly on The Princeton Review (TPR) and Kaplan because they are the ...

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Path to Medical School Part 3: Pre-med Advising

Path 2

Please read part 1 and part 2 before reading part 3: As an underclassman, I really wondered about everyone else. What were their GPA’s? For the people who took their MCAT’s, what were their scores? What kind of extracurricular activities did they do and how did they get it? Understandably but unforunately, most people kept their information private. However it ...

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Changes to MCAT in 2013 and 2015

Changes to MCAT in 2013 and 2015

The Medical College Admission Test, otherwise known as the MCAT, is the single most important exam that aspiring doctors need to take. It is a test that students prepare for months as it has a huge effect on their medical school admissions. Currently, the MCAT contains a total of four sections: Physical Sciences (PS), Biological Sciences (BS), Verbal Reasoning (VR), ...

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How to Become a Doctor

The road to becoming a medical doctor is a long and arduous one. There will surely be long and stressful nights during the process, but one could stay motivated knowing that the life of a doctor is as fulfilling as a career can be. Doctors have the incredible responsibility of relieving pain, treating diseases, and saving lives. The journey to ...

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