Articles tagged with MCAT

Should I Retake the MCAT?

Should I Retake the MCAT?

You’ve devoted months—and perhaps even quite a bit of money—to preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, and now that you’ve received your score, all you can wonder is, “Should I retake the MCAT?” Ultimately, everyone has their own opinion about whether a retake is necessary. One way to approach this question is to review the data utilized by medical school admissions committees, as well as several applicable studies. So—should I retake the MCAT? Consider this study, which was a meta-analysis of 23 other studies. It examined MCAT scores and their correlation to medical school GPAs and USMLE ... Read More About Should I Retake the MCAT?

What is an Average MCAT Score?

What is an Average MCAT Score?

The concept of an “average” MCAT score has been somewhat nebulous since the AAMC’s reformatting of the MCAT in 2015. Previously, the average MCAT score across medical school applicants was 25, and the average MCAT score of admitted applicants to medical school was around 31. Since the test was redone and a new scoring scale was constructed, the average MCAT score across medical school applicants is approximately 500. However, it is important to distinguish between the AAMC’s average MCAT score and the average MCAT scores of students who matriculate at individual schools. Here are some things to know when thinking about ... Read More About What is an Average MCAT Score?

4 Ways to Incorporate MCAT Prep into your Daily Routine

4 Ways to Incorporate MCAT Prep into your Daily Routine

For the majority of students, MCAT prep requires hundreds of hours of dedicated review. Often, this study occurs over several months. In addition to lengthy review sessions and practice tests, studying material in short snippets throughout the day can help pre-medical students fortify conceptual understanding and memorize key facts. Thus, incorporating MCAT prep into your daily routine can be a valuable strategy. Below are four ways to incorporate MCAT prep into your daily routine. Create a set of high-yield MCAT flashcards and review them every night Though the MCAT is largely rooted in understanding fundamental principles and problem-solvi ... Read More About 4 Ways to Incorporate MCAT Prep into your Daily Routine

What Test Do I Take? A Guide to the Testing Acronyms

What Test Do I Take? A Guide to the Testing Acronyms

The world of academia can be a confusing one – especially for new students. Deciding which test is right for you is a hassle in itself, but determining what test is meant to be taken at what time, what test measures what subject, and so on, can be quite complex. To choose the test that is right for you, you’ll probably have to do a little extra reading. However, having a basic understanding of the types of tests and their names will at least start you down the right path. Here is a guide to the testing acronyms to help you decide which test you should take – and when. ACT ACT stands for American College Test, and it is mea ... Read More About What Test Do I Take? A Guide to the Testing Acronyms

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Rishi Mediratta

Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Rishi Mediratta

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Rishi Mediratta is co-author of the book Cracking Med School Admissions: Trusted Advice from Students Who’ve Been There, as well as a medical school admissions adviser. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University and went on to complete Master’s degrees in Medical Anthropology and Public Health. Rishi attended medical school at Stanford University, and he is currently a resident physician at Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital St ... Read More About Ask a Medical School Admissions Expert: Rishi Mediratta

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