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If you have your eyes set on attending medical school, Varsity Tutors offers a Boulder MCAT course that can help you prepare for the exam. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice, computer-based test that has a reputation for being one of the most challenging entrance exams with its 7½ -hour duration; thus, you'll want to prepare for this grueling exam as thoroughly as possible.
Most medical schools in the United States and Canada list the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) as part of their admission requirements. Admissions committees, including those at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, combine the MCAT score together with other documents such as transcripts, recommendation letters, and interviews when selecting future medical students. Some schools may weigh the MCAT score very heavily, while others may set a minimum cut-off for the test score.
The MCAT has four integrated test sections, which mean subjects or areas of concentration overlap-just like how students will encounter them in medical school. In general, this test assesses your understanding of concepts that are crucial for success as a medical student. With a Boulder MCAT class, you can familiarize yourself with the content and layout of the test so that you can perform at your best during exam day.
What could a Boulder MCAT course help me review?
In your MCAT review, you will work on different academic skills and test-taking strategies in these four sections:
1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
There are 59 questions for this section, and you will be given 95 minutes to answer them. The questions are made up of 10 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set) and 15 independent questions. The subjects covered in this section include general chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, introductory physics, introductory biology, and basic biochemistry.
Some of the key concepts that you will review in your Boulder MCAT class for this section include how the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of human tissues, organs, and organ systems relate to the laws of physics; chemical reactions, and the periodic table.
2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
There are 53 questions in this section that you need to complete in 90 minutes. The questions are 9 passage-based sets of questions (5-7 questions per passage) and these focus on verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical skills. This section tests you on your general knowledge about a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities and will also test your English skills.
Some of the key concepts that you will tackle in your MCAT review for this section include how to integrate different components of the text to increase comprehension; applying or extrapolating ideas from the passage to new contexts; and how to infer meaning from compositional elements.
3. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
There are 59 questions in this section, and you will be given 95 minutes to answer them. The questions are made up of 10 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set) and another 15 independent questions. The subjects covered in this section are general chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory biology, and basic biochemistry.
In your MCAT class, you will tackle key concepts for this section such as how cells and organ systems within an organism act independently and work together to accomplish processes like growing and reproducing, maintaining a constant internal environment, acquiring materials and energy, sensing and responding to environments, and adaptation.
4. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
There are 59 questions in this section, and you need to answer them in 95 minutes. Questions for this section are made up of 10 passage-based sets of questions (4-5 questions per set) and 15 independent questions. The subjects covered in this section are biology, introductory psychology, and introductory sociology.
Some of the key concepts to know for this section include behavior and behavior changes; what people think about themselves and others; cultural and social differences that influence well-being; how psychological/social/biological factors influence perception and reaction; the relationships between social stratification, access to resources, and well-being.
How does a Boulder MCAT course help me prepare?
An MCAT course provided by Varsity Tutors can help you prepare better for the exam with the guidance of educated and highly qualified academic mentors. You can ask questions and get immediate and specific answers that can help you make sense of concepts you don't understand in the exam content. In addition to the key concepts you will review in class, you can also pick-up test-taking strategies that can make you more efficient in answering questions throughout the 7½-hour long test.
MCAT classes provided by Varsity Tutors are also geared towards making the review as convenient as possible for students. The class is conducted online, where you have live, interactive lessons with your instructor and other students preparing for the test. Working on MCAT concepts and problems together with a group is also beneficial, as collaborative lessons have been shown to help students retain information longer and help them have a deeper understanding of the material.
Though you will be studying with other students, you can still request a 1-on-1 session with your instructor if there are concepts or problems that you would like extra help in learning. This personalized and customized attention can be very effective in addressing your core difficulties faster compared to just studying on your own. With the help of a qualified academic instructor and a thorough review, you can better prepare and reach for your target MCAT score.
How can I find a Boulder MCAT prep course?
Since the MCAT is a long and challenging standardized test, you will only want to take this test once and prepare for it properly. Your performance on the test can have an effect on your dreams of entering medical school, so think of your prep course as an investment in your future.
Varsity Tutors can assist you in enrolling in a Boulder MCAT course that suits your busy schedule. Our MCAT courses have multiple sections, and students can choose between a 2-week or 4-week course as well. We can also assist you in enrolling for a morning, afternoon, or evening course depending on your preferred schedule. Contact us now to get more information on our MCAT prep course.
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Amber: Boulder MCAT course instructor
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KiKi: Boulder MCAT course instructor
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Ron: Boulder MCAT course instructor
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Rachel: Boulder MCAT course instructor
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