How to Study for the MCAT Strategically

How to Study for the MCAT Strategically

For most of us, studying for standardized tests is stressful – perhaps very stressful.  But the MCAT is particularly nerve racking; one of MyGuru’s senior tutors describes the MCAT as “a beast of an exam.”  Unlike the ACT, SAT, GRE, or GMAT, the MCAT goes beyond testing core academic skills like reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, critical thinking, mathematics, and writing.  In addition, it tests factual and conceptual knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics.  So, you don’t have to just build your core skills, have knowledge of the test, and employ solid test-taking strategy with a high degree of confidence – you also have to literally know and recall a lot of information under time pressure. More MCAT prep is always better than no MCAT prep, but it’s not always better than less MCAT prep. How can this be? We all have limited time and resources, and your MCAT score is only one element of your medical school application.  Overinvesting in MCAT prep, or in preparing for one part of the MCA, can and will lead to underinvesting in other areas that either brings down your overall MCA score or overall med school resume. By preparing for the MCAT strategically, which essentially means stepping back and applying some perspective and structure to the MCAT prep process, you’ll maximize not just your MCAT score, but the quality of your medical school application 4 Steps to Preparing for the MCAT strategically #1 Start by setting a goal: identify target school(s) and associated MCAT scores It’s tempting to say “I just want to get the best MCAT score possible, and then I’ll figure...
Post-Baccalaureate Program Record Enhancer Part 2

Post-Baccalaureate Program Record Enhancer Part 2

Institution: Worcester State University Certificate in Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 2.75 Standardized Test Required: No test required Application Requirements: – Questionnaire (check pre-med website) – Personal Statement – Transcripts – Application or current resume – Letters of recommendation Admission Deadline: April 1st, November 1st Start Date: Fall Semester, Spring Semester Email Address / Phone Number: mkerr@worcester.edu / 508-929-8723 Website: http://ow.ly/xKQMZ ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Health Science Intensive Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.0 Standardized Test Required: ACT/SAT/GRE/MCAT Application Requirements: – AAP Application – $75 non-refundable application fee – Current resume – 500-word statement of purpose – Official transcripts – Course-by-course credential evaluation for all coursework completed outside of the US. – TOEFL (international applicants) – 2 letters of recommendation (one recommendation be a science academic recommendation) – Listing of all medically relevant experience – Listing of all science and math courses taken. – Copy of standardized test score – 500-word Declaration of “Different This Time” (Describe the circumstances that led to your prior academic performance.) Prerequisite Courses: General Biology with labs (1 year), General Chemistry with labs, Organic Chemistry with labs, General Physics with labs Start Date: June 3rd Email Address / Phone Number: hsiinfo@jhu.edu / 202-452-1940 Website: http://ow.ly/xKR1D ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: Washington University in St. Louis Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.2 Application Requirements: – 500-word essay – Current Resume – 2 letters of recommendation – Official Transcripts (Deadline: May 15th for July 1 application; February 15th for April 1 application) – $35 non-refundable application fee Prerequisite Courses: One college-level course of English Composition (min. grade B), One college-level course of...
Post-Baccalaureate Programs Record Enhancer Part 1

Post-Baccalaureate Programs Record Enhancer Part 1

Record Enhancer Post-Baccalaureate Programs:  Record enhancer post-bacc programs are listed below in this section.  These post-baccaluareate programs are tailored towards applicants who have already taken the pre-requisite courses as part of their undergraduate education and are looking to take additional courses to improve their academic performance before applying to medical, pharmacy, physician assistant or other health professional schools. To learn more about which post-bacc program is the ideal fit for you, contact us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or info@admissionshelpers.com for a free 20 minute consultation! Institution: California State University – Los Angeles Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for Pre-Health Professionals Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.0 Success Rate: 48% Standardized Test Required: No test required Application Requirements: – 2 sets of Official Transcript – Personal Statement – 2 letters of recommendation/evaluation (at least one letter must be from a faculty person) – Official copy of standardized test score (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc) – if applicable – Letter of rejection – if applicable – Letter of waiting list status – if applicable – Expanding Opportunities for Pre-health Professionals program cover page – if applicable Prerequisite Courses: General Biology with Lab (1 year); General Chemistry with Lab (1 year); Organic Chemistry with Lab (1 year); General Physics with Lab (1 year); College Mathematics (1 quarter/semester); General Genetics with Lab (1 quarter/semester); Cell Biology with Lab (1 quarter/semester) Linkage Program: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Admission Deadline: May 15th Email Address / Phone Number: healthcareers@calstatela.edu / 323-343-2050 Website: http://ow.ly/xHEXu ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: California State University, East Bay Pre-Health Sciences Professional Certificate Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 2.8...
Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers Part 2

Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers Part 2

Career Changers: Career changer post-bacc programs are listed below in this section. These post-baccaluareate programs are tailored towards applicants who have not taken the pre-requisite courses for medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and other health professional schools, as part of their undergraduate education and are looking to complete these pre-requisites in preparation for these schools. Generally, the individuals entering these programs have a non-science background and have decided to pursue medicine after completing college.  To learn more about which post-bacc program is the ideal fit for you, contact us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or info@admissionshelpers.com for a free 20 minute consultation! Institution: Rutgers University New Brunswick Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.2 Standardized Test Required: MCAT/DAT Application Requirements: – Official Transcripts – Copy of standardized test score – Applicants must have some recent experience in the medical/dental field at the time of application.  This can include volunteer work, shadowing, or paid employment. – Applicants must submit a minimum of one (maximum of 2) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and/or shadowing/volunteer experiences. – Applicants should have recent community service experience at the time of application.  This can include, but is not limited to, volunteer work in a medical setting. Prerequisite Courses: Pre-Calculus and Expository Writing or equivalent Admission Deadline: December 13th Phone Number: 732-445-5667 Website: http://ow.ly/xobAx ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: William Paterson University of NJ Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program Standardized Test Required: No test required Application Requirements: $50 non-refundable application fee Email Address: waldburgerc@wpunj.edu Phone Number: 973-720-2486 Website: http://ow.ly/xtfmR ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: Adelphi University Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.25 Standardized Test...
Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers Part 1

Post-Baccalaureate Programs Career Changers Part 1

Career Changers: Career changer post-bacc programs are listed below in this section. These post-baccaluareate programs are tailored towards applicants who have not taken the pre-requisite courses for medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and other health professional schools, as part of their undergraduate education and are looking to complete these pre-requisites in preparation for these schools. Generally, the individuals entering these programs have a non-science background and have decided to pursue medicine after completing college.  To learn more about which post-bacc program is the ideal fit for you, contact us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or info@admissionshelpers.com for a free 20 minute consultation! Institution: Mills College Postbaccalaureate Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.2 Success Rate: 75%-90% acceptance rate to medical school Standardized Test Required: SAT/ACT/GRE Application Requirements: – 3 Letters of recommendation (at least 2 from academic sources) – 2 Official Transcripts – Graduate Application for Admission (incld. 1-2 page Statement of Purpose Essay; typed & double spaced) – Supplemental Application – $50 Application Fee – Copy of standardized test score Prerequisite Courses: Calculus (One Semester) Linkage Program: Tulane University School of Medicine; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Admission Deadline: February 1st Start Date: Fall Semester Email Address / Phone Number: postbac@mills.edu / 510-430-2317 Website: http://ow.ly/xejOi ——————————————————————————————————————— Institution: Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program Minimum GPA Required for Admission: 3.0 Success Rate: 95% students accepted to medical school Standardized Test Required: SAT/ACT/GRE Application Requirements: – Volunteer or work experience in the medical field and/or social services is highly desirable – Copy of standardized test score – 750 word essay –...