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If you're a prospective medical student preparing to take the MCAT, an Austin MCAT prep course provided by Varsity Tutors can be a great way to get your studies on the right track. The MCAT can be an intimidating obstacle on your way to medical school, and since the test is quite long and covers a lot of ground, it can be difficult to know how to spend your time prepping for test day. Should you enroll in an Austin MCAT course, you will be supported on your way to the MCAT by both a qualified instructor and a group of fellow med school applicants.

You'll access this support easily and conveniently, as the course is taught in an online classroom. This allows you to join in on a collaborative learning experience from wherever you prefer to study, and at whatever time fits your busy schedule. Group discussion in a learning environment like this has been demonstrated to help students learn and retain knowledge, and a course like this can help you come to grips with your strengths and weaknesses, focus your study, and may boost your confidence when it's time to sit down and take the exam.

What will I study in an Austin MCAT class?

MCAT stands for Medical College Admission Test. Almost all U.S. medical schools, including the Dell Medical School of the University of Texas at Austin, require MCAT scores to be submitted as part of an application. The test is computer-based, and you'll spend seven and a half hours taking it at a testing facility. The test is broken up into four multiple-choice sections, which we'll spend a little time detailing here.

The first section of the test is the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section. To do well on this part of the MCAT, you'll have to be show knowledge of a variety of functions of the human body and living tissue, drawing on the fields of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. You'll answer questions on tissues and organ systems and how their operations are affected and underpinned by chemical and physical laws. You'll have 95 minutes to answer 59 questions for this section.

The second section is Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Here you'll be presented 9 passages to read, and will be asked to answer 5-7 questions about each passage. These passages will be about a variety of topics, but the goal of the test is not to determine whether you already understand these topics. Instead, the test will assess your ability to read and analyze English-language texts and apply critical thinking skills. You'll have to understand the immediate text, but also will be asked to infer non-explicit information, to extrapolate how the information in the texts might be applied to new contexts, and to understand how new information might alter the meaning or argument of a text. This section allows you 90 minutes to answer 53 questions.

Third, the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section. On this part of the exam, you'll be asked once again to demonstrate your skills in the areas of chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and biology, but here you will be applying this knowledge to the processes of living organisms like cells and organs. You'll respond to questions on how these systems work both on their own and as systems, covering processes like reproduction, growth, the acquisition of materials and energy from the environment, how these systems react and adapt to their environments, and how they maintain themselves. Here you'll be provided with 95 minutes to answer 59 questions.

Lastly, the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. Similarly to the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section, many of these questions will be based on provided reading material, although some are stand-alone questions. You will respond to these questions using your knowledge of psychology, sociology, and biology. These passages and questions will cover human behavior in a variety of ways, including the impact that society, culture, and social stratification can have on human health, how people's access to resources can impact their well-being, and how these systems affect humans' perception of and response to their environment and the people around them. This section is intended to assess your ability to serve the needs of diverse population as a worker in the medical field, as well as your understanding of mental health and human behavior.

What support will an Austin MCAT course provide me?

An Austin MCAT course is presented in an online classroom environment, where you'll interact with classmates and be taught by a knowledgeable instructor. You'll see your classmates and instructor, and be able to speak with them just like you would face-to-face. The course will cover material from all the sections of the MCAT and can also get you acquainted with the structure of the test itself. Test-taking skills and strategies may be a useful tool when you're getting ready to take the MCAT. Going over subject material and test strategies with other prospective medical students can be a great way to build your knowledge and confidence, and might even expose you to new viewpoints and ways of thinking that might shore up your content knowledge for the test. However, we recognize that one-on-one time with a well-qualified instructor can also be very useful, and so you'll be able to reserve time where you and your instructor can go over material privately if you find yourself struggling with particular skills.

These courses are planned out to be accessible to a variety of students with a variety of needs and schedules. An online course has certain advantages: For one thing, you can be only moments away from your course, no matter where you are in physical space. This means you can study from wherever you find most convenient and comfortable. Additionally, these courses are presented in 2- and 4-week long sections and new sections start every week, so finding a course and getting signed up is easy as well.

How can I get enrolled in an Austin MCAT class?

Medical schools can be selective and rigorous, and the MCAT might be only the first hurdle on your way to a degree in the field. Varsity Tutors can get you set up with an Austin MCAT course that can help you review material that may continue to pay off later in your career, even beyond the MCAT itself. Your schedule might be crammed, but there still can be a course to suit your MCAT prep needs. If you contact us, we'd be happy to discuss our offerings with you and provide further information about our courses. Reach out today and you could be getting yourself on track to pursue MCAT success.

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