About the MCAT
You there. Yes, you. Stop beating your head on the desk, twittering your fingers, and pacing the room like a madman. You are going to pass the MCAT. You will probably even do well. So breathe and sit back. About the MCAT.com is an educational website designed as a comprehensive resource for all students, regardless of socio-economic background, to study for the MCAT. And to pass it!
Think your social life will be nonexistent while studying for the MCAT? Probably so. We have all seen those students slugging around tons of books to Starbucks and flipping flashcards at the library. Ugh. Great. Getting away from the computer and getting outside can be good for your health and for retention of science formulas.
Designed to be used in conjunction with the website and the 12 week MCAT study schedule, the MCAT eBook set will help you to stay on track no matter where you are. If you end up waiting in line or get a few minutes before work, you can study on your e-reader. Just please don’t read and drive. Each eBook covers a single subject on the MCAT, such as physics or biology making it convenient to review your scheduled area of study and pick up easily where you left off. All the information for MCAT review on the website is contained in the eBooks along with a bonus book for quantum learning.
What you will find on this website for MCAT study
- Comprehensive review guides topics related to what is on the MCAT
- Vivid diagrams to illustrate MCAT concepts in a clear, concise manner
- A structured 12 week MCAT study schedule designed to keep you on track
- MCAT practice tests modeled for simulating the test taking environment
- MCAT eBooks: break down of subjects in an easy to digest five book set with bonus eBook on Quantum Learning
- Interactive flashcards for all MCAT subjects
- Complete MCAT Reference guides
- Inside information on how to get into medical school and how to choose where to go
- New study guides based on the 2015 MCAT changes
- Detailed information on how the MCAT is structured
- Complete MCAT registration information
What is the MCAT?
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is the standardized exam that all reputable medical colleges in the United States require of would be students. The MCAT examines a students ability to critically think and apply scientific concepts to word based problems. The MCAT is an integral piece of the admissions decision making process. How well a student does can determine where or if they will attend medical school.
So who decided to develop a 4 ½ to 5 hour test for premed students anyways? Some sort of professor with a vendetta? Nope, it was actually made by doctors. In the early 1920’s, in response to an almost 50% drop out rate for medical school students in the U.S., the first aptitude test was implemented to try to evaluate if students would stay in medical college.
It was wrongly criticized for evaluating only a student’s ability to regurgitate scientific formulas and concepts. But the originators insisted it applied to the real world. And that is what the MCAT is designed to do today. Critical thinking and problem solving ability are two main areas that are tested on the MCAT.
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What is on the MCAT?
Being very familiar with the structure of the MCAT and the layout of MCAT questions is crucial to your success.
The MCAT tests 5 major areas of academics
The MCAT is designed for problem solving and critical thinking by asking you to use scientific concepts in a passage based format. You then will have multiple choice answers that are based on those passages.
These academic subjects are broken up further into 3 major groups, which is the general format of the test. Biology and Organic Chemistry are combined into the Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics are combined into the Physical Sciences, and Verbal Reasoning is a stand alone section.
Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
- 52 multiple-choice questions
- 70 Minutes
Biological Sciences (Biology and Organic Chemistry)
- 52 multiple-choice questions
- 70 Minutes
- 40 multiple-choice questions
- 60 Minutes
There is also an optional trial section which is purely for the AAMC’s future reference and will not affect test scores. People who opt to take this extra section are compensated for their time with a 30$ Amazon gift card.
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The MCAT is scored individually in each area from 1-15 with a total composite score of 45 total. The average score is around 30. Each score can be evaluated by the admissions committee individually that is why it is important to have strong scores in all areas.
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MCAT Changes in 2015
The AAMC is planning a new, expanded version of the MCAT to be released in 2015. The writing section is quickly going out the door while psychology, sociology, and biochemistry will play a much larger role. An entire new section of multiple choice answers in these areas will be added.
As if this exam weren’t already heavy enough! The optional trial section on the tests for 2013-14 will help the AAMC determine what will end up being on the finalized version of the new MCAT in 2015. Many students are wondering if they will need to take the writing portion of the exam at all in 2013 and 2014.
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How to Study for the MCAT
Preparation is key. Cramming the night before and showing up at the last minute, jittery and sleep deprived is no way to take the MCAT. Come test day, you will be nervous enough. When you sit down in that chair, you will need every ounce of boosted confidence that a full MCAT schedule of study can give you. In 2012, over 89,000 would be medical students took the MCAT. The test is weighted against your fellow premeds. You can rest easy knowing that some of them simply won’t be ready. Don’t let it be you!]
The AAMC recommends a six month to a year window of MCAT preparation time. It may sound interminable, but when you have work, family, school, and internships (not to mention a social life) those days get shorter and shorter. The 12 week program for MCAT study here at About the MCAT.com is structured to include everything you need to know about the MCAT and to keep you focused. Also included are the in depth reviews and other MCAT study tools to enhance your strong areas and strengthen your weaker knowledge areas to bring up all your scores.
While 12 weeks of an MCAT study schedule may sound too long, you can think of it the program like a workout plan. You start with the warm up, taking practice exams, getting a feel for the test layout and conditions, then you start on the in depth MCAT reviews where your brain is working up a sweat, and finally the cool down and relax in the last couple weeks. Really its exercise for the mind. And scoring in the top percent of MCAT takers will feel so much better than losing those freshman five. So check out the study guide for the MCAT and good luck!
Success on this test coupled with strong extra curricular activities, a high GPA and internships are key indicators of admission to medical school. The MCAT test takes place many times throughout the year, however you should begin to prepare for the exam 6 months to a year before you take it. It is far too easy to underestimate the difficulty of this test.
In order to successfully accomplish this test, one needs a master of all of the subject matter in these areas as the questions are passage based and completely random. On top of all of that, the MCAT forbids the use of calculators and all equations must be memorized.
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Getting Into Medical School
As an aspiring physician, you probably already know that the MCAT is only one step on the road to getting into medical college. AboutheMCAT.com was created to assist students through the entire process in attaining admission to medical school. From tips on taking the first prerequisites as a freshman to choosing the right medical college (and getting in), you will find everything you never wanted to know about medical school compiled here.
Right now is a great time to go to medical school with healthcare change and high demand for physicians, there are too few seats filled at even the top medical colleges. But where to begin? Take a look at the sections of the website on resume building, references, and how to ace that all important interview.
Choosing the right medical school and medical college rankings
On AbouttheMCAT.com, you will find the rankings of medical colleges and necessary information like contact info and deadlines to apply.
Be sure to look at the medical school rankings and comparison areas under the tools tab. You might be surprised to learn the MCAT averages and rankings of medical colleges that are traditionally held to be the most esteemed. While other lesser known medical schools may also be highly regarded and may fit your interests perfectly.
It is a long path to medical school, but armed with the right knowledge and with good planning, you can get in wherever you decide to go.
12 Week MCAT Study Plan
In addition to providing high quality concepts and textbook quality images on the website, there is also a sample 12 week MCAT Study Plan that will help keep you on track and focused in order to do well on the MCAT!
This 12 week MCAT Study Plan will help layout how long you should study for each topic and when.
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