Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a hurdle every physician must cross. For those of you with amazing grades, you simply need to show those marks were not a fluke. For those of you who may have faltered in certain classes or are taking a non-traditional path to medical school, MCATs are your chance to prove that you have mastered the required basic science and language skills.
The MCAT is computer-based and offered on 19 different days spread out over the year. Select a day that maximizes your study time and fits into your overall admissions timeline. For exact details on exam times and registration requirements, visit www.aamc.org/mcat. MCAT Essentials provided free online at www.aamc.org/mcat provides useful information as well. January is likely the best time to schedule the exam and map out sufficient preparation time. If you plan to apply in the current cycle, I suggest you take the exam before May in order to receive your scores prior to turning in the AMCAS application in June.
For step-by-step advice on how to get into medical school and more details on MCAT strategy, check out The Medical School Admissions Guide: A Harvard MD’s Week-by-Week Admissions Handbook. If you’d like to communicate directly with Dr. Miller, medical school admissions expert, please email info@MDadmit.com or call 415.939.5251.