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MCAT Preparation. Dr. Ken Crawford. Medical School Admissions. Academic Record Application Biographical Info Activities Personal Statement Committee Evaluation Interview MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). The MCAT. 28 Admin. on 26 Dates Jan. 29, 30 Mar. 27 Apr. 10 , 17, 23

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Mcat preparation

MCAT Preparation

Dr. Ken Crawford


Medical school admissions
Medical School Admissions

  • Academic Record

  • Application

    • Biographical Info

    • Activities

    • Personal Statement

  • Committee Evaluation

  • Interview

  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)


The mcat
The MCAT

28 Admin. on 26 Dates

Jan. 29, 30

Mar. 27

Apr. 10, 17, 23

May 1, 21, 22, 27

June 17*

July 8, 16, 29, 30

Aug. 4, 5, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24

Sept. 2, 3*, 9, 11

* Double Admin.

PM Admin

  • Computer Based Test ($ 230)

    • CBT Since 2007

    • Visa or MC

  • Fee Assistance Plan – reduces fee to $ 85

    < 300% HHS Poverty

  • Registration Began Nov. 2, 2009 for Jan.-May Dates

  • Registration ends 14 days prior to test. (7 with late fee, $55)


Where
Where ?

  • MCAT is administered by AAMC through license to Thompson Prometric Testing Centers

  • Regional Centers In: Madison, TN (Rivergate); Nashville (2), Clarksville, TN; Lexington; Louisville (2); Evansville, IN; Cincinnati, OH


The mcat1
The MCAT

  • Download and read the MCAT Essentials

  • Required by all U.S. Medical Schools

    >70,000 examinees each year

  • Best Single Predictor of Success on USMLE, especially Step I.

  • Assesses skills required for medical school as well as for the practice of medicine.


Test day
Test Day

  • Note: Arrive at the Testing Center 30 minutes before scheduled start.

  • Be aware of time zone issues!

  • Proper ID

  • No Personal Items, except foam earplugs

  • No Calculator !!!!

  • Dress in Layers, Bring Snacks / Beverage

  • They Provide: white board/paper + pencil,

    headphones



Test format1
Test Format

  • Physical Sciences, 52 questions, 70 min.

    • 7 Reading Passages (approx. 300 words)

    • 4-8 multiple choice questions/ passage

      ~10-13 independent (discrete) MC questions

    • Covers: Physics and General Chemistry


Test format2
Test Format

  • Verbal Reasoning, 40 questions, 60 min.

    • 6-7 Reading Passages (approx. 600 words)

    • 6-9 multiple choice questions/ passage

    • Covers: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking


Test format3
Test Format

  • Writing Sample, 2 essays, 60 min.

    • Develop central ideas

    • Synthesize concepts

    • Present ideas logically

    • Present ideas clearly (grammar and syntax)

    • Covers: General Knowledge


Test format4
Test Format

  • Biological Sciences, 52 questions, 70 min.

    • 7-8 Reading Passages (approx. 300 words)

    • 4-8 multiple choice questions/ passage

      ~10-13 independent (discrete) MC questions

    • Covers: Biology (4-5 passages) and Organic Chemistry (2-3 passages)


Scoring
Scoring

  • Scores Released approx. 30 days after Date (THx)

  • Multiple Choice – Raw Score (# of correct responses)

    • No penalty for incorrect responses

  • Raw Score Converted to Normalized Score (1-15)

  • Experimental Items do not Count

  • Writing Sample –

    • Each essay evaluated by 2 graders (scored 1-6)

    • Raw score is total of 4 scores

    • Converted to Letter Score (J to T), O is the median

  • Score reported as 8, 10, Q, 9 and 27Q


Voiding rescoring question challenge
Voiding/ Rescoring/ Question Challenge

  • Void Option – issued at end of test, no report, counts as an attempt

  • Rescoring – may request, $55 for MC, $55 for writing, $110 whole test

  • Question Challenge – flawed or ambiguous questions, within 5 days


Retesting
Retesting

  • Can Register for Another Date 48 hours after testing

  • Scores released approx. 30 days

  • Cannot hold more than 1 reservation at a time

  • Can take no more than 3/year

  • Do not plan on taking it twice, but…


Preparation
Preparation ???

  • What’s Best For Me ?

  • Formal Class ?

    • In House

    • Commercial

  • Study on my own ?

  • ExamKrackers- Audio Osmosis $199.95

  • Practice!! www.e-mcat.com


Ahec sponsored prep class
AHEC Sponsored Prep Class

  • Proven Results

    • 2003 Class (Avg. Increase 5.5, range 2-10 )

    • 2007 Class (Avg. Increase 5.3, range 1-9)

  • Features:

    • Full Length Practice Tests (4 CBT)

      • 4 additional tests available from AAMC (www.e-mcat.com)

      • 2 additional in Kaplan Guide

    • Test Taking Tips

    • Subject Matter Review (all Professor taught)

    • Build Test taking “Stamina”

    • Only $100

    • Practice Test #3