Articles tagged with Med School Admissions

What is On the MCAT2015?

What is On the MCAT2015?

The revised MCAT, which will be introduced for the first time in April 2015, will shift its focus to a more interdisciplinary and integrative mindset. Students who intend to take this version of the exam can refer to the guide below for more information about its sections, the skills it assesses, and the best ways to prepare.  What does the MCAT2015 test? There are four sections on the MCAT2015. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems emphasizes central biological processes, including those that are biochemical in nature. (Students should note that biochemistry is a new addition to the MCAT.) Chemical and Physical Found ... Read More About What is On the MCAT2015?

When Should I Apply to Medical School?

When Should I Apply to Medical School?

Deciding to apply to medical school can be stressful and time-consuming. However, with careful planning, you can successfully manage this process—as well as your classes, extracurricular activities, MCAT prep, and social responsibilities. You must: meet with your school’s pre-medical adviser, sit for the MCAT, request letters of recommendation (LORs), and complete the application itself. This consists of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) system, secondary applications, and interviews. The below timeline references your junior year of college, and it assumes that you plan to attend medical school imm ... Read More About When Should I Apply to Medical School?

An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

Insider Medical Admissions The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions. Getting into medical school is the first step in a long, satisfying, and challenging medical career. Those readers interested in application tips, including letters of recommendation, personal statements, and interview help, should check out my previous Varsity Tutors blog entries for professional advice. Today, I’m going to look forward to your career in medical school and ... Read More About An Insider's Guide to Selecting Your Medical Specialty

How is the MCAT Scored?

How is the MCAT Scored?

An MCAT score report consists of three portions: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Verbal Reasoning. These sections are marked on a scale of 1-15, for a total of 45. In 2013, the average applicant scored a 28.4 overall, while the average matriculant (accepted student) earned a 31.3. An explanation of what each result means in regard to percentiles can be found here. It is important to note that the examination is not curved against others who sit for the same assessment. The AAMC utilizes a formula, which is not public, to project the percentage of test-takers who will answer a question correctly. They then assign numerical ranges t ... Read More About How is the MCAT Scored?

How to Manage Your Time During MCAT Prep

How to Manage Your Time During MCAT Prep

Given the amount of material the test covers, preparing for the MCAT can definitely seem overwhelming. There is no doubt that you will have to spend many hours preparing, but those hours aren’t maximally beneficial unless you manage your time appropriately. Below are four ways to ensure you get the most out of your MCAT preparation time. 1. Create an individualized study schedule Before you begin reviewing, take some time to create a study schedule specifically tailored to you. Be honest with yourself when making this schedule, and keep it realistic (i.e. if you feel like you don’t get any productive studying done after eight hou ... Read More About How to Manage Your Time During MCAT Prep