The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is a standardized test that’s purpose is to determine the readiness of a student for medical school. The test does so by asking questions that test the students’ skills in areas such as critical thinking, problem solving and writing. The test also looks for a general knowledge of science that will serve as a foundation to what the student will learn in medical school.
Who Must Take the MCAT?
Almost every medical school in the country requires students to take the MCAT. In addition, the majority of these schools will not acknowledge scores from tests take more than three years prior to submitting an application. In order to be eligible to take the MCAT, you must be planning on entering into one of the following focuses in school, allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, or veterinary medicine.
How to Prepare for the MCAT
When preparing for the MCAT exam, it is important to begin a studying regiment at least three months prior to sitting for the exam. On the MCAT website you can view exam outlines that will help you be prepared for the content that will appear on the test. You can also order practice tests that will help you familiarize yourself with the type of content and the format of the MCAT. Surrounding yourself with a study group of other students who are preparing for the MCAT exam is a great way to prepare for the test. They will keep you accountable and focused through the studying process. The MCAT’s are generally held in April, so make sure that you sign up as early in march as you can. You should take the test during your Junior year of undergrad. If you do not pass the first round, you can retake the MCAT in August of your Senior Year in undergrad.
Rules and Regulations
On the MCAT website, you can find a full list of regulations including discussing the exam outside of the testing site, tools that can be used during the exam, and many more. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with rules that apply to the exam before beginning testing.