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The MCAT

MCAT – Figure out when you will take your required exam, the Medical College Admission Test.  If you are a student on a four year schedule and wish to start medical school after graduation then the spring of your junior year will most likely be when you will take your test. Most of the prerequisite courses will be required to take your MCAT exam as well as a sociology and psychology course.

The MCAT will be changing in April 2015 from an old format and score to a newer score and test. The old test will still be good for a few years if you are applying. Here is more information on the new scoring for the MCAT:

Score - Test takers will receive five scores from their MCAT exams: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.

Section Scores: Each of the four sections—Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior—will be scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Test takers will receive scores for each of the four sections.

Total Score: Scores for the four sections will be combined to create a total score. The total score will range from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

Preparation

There are many ways to prepare for the MCAT and a formal preparation course is not required although it can be helpful to students who need the discipline studying. In Bryan/College Station the two preparation companies are Kaplan and Princeton Review. They offer in class preparation as well as online preparation. ExamKrackers is another preparation course that students have found successful but they do not have an in class option here in BCS. If students choose to prepare on their own I do recommend that they purchase the AAMC exams online at www.aamc.org/mcatpractice  so they can test their progress, timing, etc.

Students tend to start preparing about three/four months prior to taking the test.