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>Hi. I am interested in taking
the MCAT test and I would like to request for
>an application form. And if it's possible, can you please
tell me more
>the requirements needed, the date of the actual exams, and
other info. I
>graduated in the Phils. and I took up Med. Technology. I
want to push
>with my studies in the medical field here in the US since
I am a citizen
>Can you mail me an application.
------ reply 10/20/99
MCAT application forms will be available at most colleges
by February 2000. The MCAT is offered through out the U.S. and
in many large
cities around the world. The test dates for the year 2000 are
April 15, and
August 19th. For general information please see
http://premed411.com/pages/mcat.html. Detailed information is
the aforementioned MCAT registration packet.
Best of luck,
> What are the basic premed requirements
and do I need to tell my son to
> go to a four year college and hope he takes the right classes
> qualify?Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinions
> help. He is a junior in high school now and is working on
his GPA and
> SAT score. Thanks.....
Required Subject No. of schools that require subject (out
General Chemistry 107
Organic Chemistry 108
Biology or Zoology 49
College Mathematics 17
From MSAR 2000-2001.
Some subjects, although not required, are recommended. For
purchase The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book,
AAMC site: http://www.aamc.org/, or at a college bookstore.
In choosing a 4 year college, one factor to consider would
be the competence
of the premedical advising. Often there is a high turn over in
advisors. Anyone who's been on the job for five years or more
qualified, however, it never hurts to check around concerning
the quality of
the service provided by the premed advisor or pre-health committee.
degree of helpfulness can vary greatly. Being advised by a qualified
well motivated premed advisor is extremely important.
> Thanks for the premed pages.. they are really helpful. Are
you aware of
> any premed courses offered through correspondance? I live
> Alaska and the courses offered here are at a time I can't
> commit to. I would love to take some biology or physics
> and am not sure where to start.
> thanks for any help you can give,
> michele schindler
Sorry, I know of none, and if you find some (via the internet?),
you need to
be very careful about how these courses will be viewed by other
should you wish to transfer, and later by medical school admission
> I'm am currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado
at Boulder. I am
> a Kinesilogy major, and am seriously looking into going
into medical school
> after I graduate. I was wondering if you could clarify for
me, what classes
> are required that I take in college, so that I can take
the MCAT's in the
> spring semester of my junior year. Also, can I be taking
one of the required
> courses that semester, or do I have to be done with it completely
in order to
> take the test?
> Also, I am a horrible standardized test taker. I did not
do very well on the
> SAT's even after I took a class. However, my GPA is a 3.97.
Do you have any
> suggestions, besides taking a class for the MCAT's, that
would help my score?
> Thanks so much for your time!
While some of the courses mentioned below are required for
admission, there are no course requirements to take the MCAT.
should take 1 yr of General (Inorganic) chem, 1 yr of organic
chem, 1 year
of physics, and 1 year of general biology. This is a bare minimum.
lab, and cell biology or molecular biology or microbiology or
would also be useful. Yes, you could take some of these courses
same semester you plan to take the MCAT.
Your GPA will help offset a low MCAT score, but to play it
safe, I'd advise
purchasing Practice Test II or III (http://www.aamc.org) and
with the test format right now. Begin preparing for the MCAT
as soon as you
are able. I also would recommend Kaplan Comprehensive MCAT, available
Barnes and Noble. Good Luck!
> Hi my name is J*** and I am
a sophmore at The University of
> Florida. I was wondering what the pre-medical requirements
are before I
> complete my spring schedule. If you have any information
about this, or if
> you can tell me where to go to get this information, I would
> appreciate it. Thank you!
See MSAR http://www.premed411.com/home.html
> Dear Rich,
> I am still a junior in high school, but I am interested
in applying to a
> MS in the future. I was wondering about the courses I would
be taking prior
> to applying. More specifically, I was wondering how much
of a difference it
> would make whether I took more biology-related courses (like
A.P. Biology or
> Organic Chemistry, etc.) or did not take that many, but
still had a good GPA
> (4.0), in either case. Would it really make a big difference
> accepted into a MS, and furthermore my performance after,
and if, I get into
> a MS. Thank you very much for your consideration.
Medical school admission committees look at a number of different
evaluating a candidate. On the top of the list is MCAT scores,
science GPA. Next grades in specific courses, such as organic
be noted. A review of a candidate's background and activities,
related and otherwise, are considered. The choice of a major,
generally is not a first or second tier variable, but since medical
are generally looking for diversity in their classes, a major
that is not
highly represented in the applicant pool does confer a modest
Most medical schools really don't care if you take a lot of biology
or not. Obviously, taking lots of biology may help you on the
MCAT, but if
you'd rather head in a different direction, this need not decrease
chance of medical school admission, in fact, it may work in your
> Thanks for the web site! I have a question for you. I graduated
> University in 1997 with a BSN and a GPA of 3.55. I am graduating
> December with an MS in nursing (nurse practitioner track).
> flip-flopped ever since nursing school about going to med
school, but this
> past summer I finally decided that it is what I truly want.
Being in an NP
> program clinched it for me. Anyway, I have to return to
school in January
> and take 2 semesters of general chemistry, 2 semesters of
> and 2 semesters of physics. My problem is that with reduced
funds (I have
> been in school for 7 yrs) I want to go to the community
college in my area
> that offers all of these courses. The advantages for me
are that the
> community college offers many sessions each semester of
these courses while
> Rutgers only offers one session and the price is 1/3 the
cost of Rutgers.
> What do you think about this. Thanks, Tania
Grades from a community college will generally not have the
same clout as
grades at a four year college. This depends on the specific community
college as well, but it is safe to say that if money and scheduling
a problem the choice should be to attend Rutgers. If the community
has a prehealth advising office, I'd suggest you consult them.
Ask for hard
data concerning medical school admission from that school. If
they do not
have any, you may be able to get the information from medical
schools in the
state, by calling their admissions office. If you can get some
to help you make this decision, then you can make an educated
the tradeoffs involved. If you cannot get this information, I'd
> Rich, How would I find an MCAT
tutor like you in Winston-Salem, N.C.? Thanks,
------ reply 11/14/99
John, You should be able to find an MCAT tutor, if one is
available in your
area, by checking the bulletin boards at the colleges near you.
check in the buildings were the majority of premed courses are
can also check the school newspaper in the classified section
tutoring. Some tutoring services are listed in the local yellow
you can do an internet search using "Winston, Salem, MCAT".
find someone that can help you out. Good luck.
> hi rich, unfortunately, i do not
have the internet email access on my work
> computer therefore i am not able to post this message on
web for other
> students to review. i apologize for this inconvenience.
i have a question
> regarding taking mcat. what is the maximun number time of
test is one allowed
> to take? i have take 3 times already. my first time was
about 6 years ago.
> the last score i received was 11 ps, 10 bs and 6 vr. i felt
> reasoning should futher improve. though i improved a total
score of 15
> compared to my first mcat score. i really want to go to
med school. i have
> done lots of community work including my volunteering experiences.
> an immigrant to this country, i have volunteered for many
> such as south east asian community and african-american
community (boys and
> girls club of america) do u think i need to re-take my mcat?
> submitting my secondary application to some of the med schools.
> some research on the net, i realized there were few schools
> score around avg 9. i thought i gave a shot at these schools.
at age 28, i
> believe i have exposed myself to many environment that further
> desire in becoming a doc, especially a primary physician.
i have strong
> volunteer community work and currently submitting a clinical
> manuscript to the medical journal-Surgery. my other weakness
was my undergrad
> gpa, which was all in p/f. though even the narratie evaluation
> impressive. i joined the post-bac program at harvard univ
to further strength
> my academic. i have a post-bad gpa of 3.57. what is your
advice on my current
> situation? thanks,
------ reply 11/14/99
There is no limit to the number of times you may take the MCAT,
after your third time, you must obtain special permission to
take the test
At this point I'd advice you to work on improving your verbal
score, and then retake the MCAT. A 3.57 from Harvard in post-bac
other background information you have provided all sound like
you would be a
strong candidate if you could pull your verbal up to a 9. Good
> Hi Rich, I took the MCAT in
1996 and did not do as well as I would have liked
> to. I have read some recent literature that states that
you could void scores.
> I wanted to know if that was possible and how does one go
about doing it.
> Also, do you recommend voiding scores? I plan taking it
again in April 2000.
------ reply 11/14/99
To void your score you must personally ask the test supervisor
to void your
answer documents. This can be done at any time during the MCAT
up to the
point when your final answer document for the Biological Sciences
collected. The test supervisor will announce your final opportunity
your test. If you elect to void your test, your participation
administration of the MCAT will NOT be reported to AMCAS or to
schools, and you will NOT be eligible for a refund.
If you are sure you did badly on the test, then voiding your
make a lot of sense. Hopefully when April rolls around you won't
consider that option.
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