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 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 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 –...
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

For a free 20-minute consultation or to learn more about our services call us at 1-888-839-9997 or email us! The multiple mini interview (MMI) In the last several years a growing number of medical schools and some pharmacy schools have started to employ the multiple mini interview format to assess applicants.  Some schools believe the MMI is a better predictor of a candidate’s performance in medical school and pharmacy school.  Some research suggests that the MMI predicts a candidate’s clinical competency, professionalism, and communication skills more accurately than the traditional interview format. What is the multiple mini interview (MMI)? The MMI is an interview format that utilizes several short independent timed assessments by different interviewers to evaluate a candidate’s interpersonal and professional skills.  It was developed by the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada.  The scenarios presented at each stations assess your ability to think quickly when presented with a scenario, organize your thoughts, and effectively communicate your ideas.  The MMI also seeks to ascertain whether or not you have put thought into issues that are clinically important. What is the format of the MMI? The MMI is comprised of a series of timed interview stations that each last about 8 minutes.  Each station presents a clinical or ethical situation or a scenario that requires the candidate to employ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  There is an interviewer at each station who evaluates the candidate.  The candidate rotates from one station to the next, but the interviewer stays at the same station.  Each mini interview takes place in a separate room.  On the outside of...
Guide to Writing a Personal Statement for Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, and PA School

Guide to Writing a Personal Statement for Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, and PA School

This entry is a guide to help you write your personal statement for medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, or PA school.  The information provided here can help you put together the elements for a compelling essay and make you more competitive on paper.  To learn more about our personal statement coaching and assistance services, call us today at 1(888) 839 – 9997 or email us! Need help developing ideas for your personal statement?  Click here and get help using our development tool can help you! Need your essays edited?  Click here to take advantage of our editing services! Admissions Helpers Guide on Writing a Strong Personal Statement for Medical School, Dental School, Pharmacy School or PA School: Before writing a personal statement, it helps for us to consider why admissions committees look for a personal statement.  Having an understanding of the purpose of a personal statement could help you get a better sense of what important elements to include.  The personal statement serves several purposes.  It helps to: • To describe who you are as a person • To add a personality to your numbers • To bring your motivations to light • To provide reflection on your relevant personal and professional experiences • To demonstrate your understanding of the healthcare profession you want to pursue Many students fall into the trap of not knowing what to write about or how to tackle the personal statement.  We recommend a few important pieces of advice that would help you approach your medical school personal statement.  These pointers also apply to the dental school, pharmacy school and PA school personal...