Getting ready for the new MCAT!

On April 17, 2015, the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) will launch the MCAT2015 exam. It has been a seven year process to review, build, and implement the MCAT2015 exam. But with just under six months to go, you might be starting to wonder how to prepare.

There is no right or wrong way to prepare, but there are some things to keep in mind before you start:

Change isn’t easy… But it’s important. The MCAT exam is required by almost all U.S. and Canadian medical schools because it helps indicate your readiness for success in medical school. Since the medical field is constantly and rapidly changing, the MCAT exam needs to be updated to reflect those advancements and the changes in what medical schools are looking for in their students. The current exam is 24 years old—it’s time the exam reflects what you will need to be successful in medical school today.

Remember, there are no pre-requisites to take the exam. The notion that you must take pre-requisite courses to be eligible to take the exam is a common misconception. The MCAT exam is course-neutral, meaning that there are no required courses for the exam. Please note, although the MCAT exam doesn’t have pre-requisites, medical schools do set pre-requisites for admission. Learn about each medical school’s pre-requisites for admission on the AAMC’s Medical School Admission Requirements website.

The MCAT2015 exam content outline is available to help guide your study. If you have been wondering what concepts and skills will be tested on the new exam, bookmark the What’s on the MCAT2015 Exam? page on the MCAT website. This interactive, free tool outlines the exam sections, the foundational concepts and content categories, and the skills that will be tested. Explore the exam sections in detail, watch videos, and see sample questions and explanations. This tool is designed to show you how your concept knowledge and application of scientific inquiry and critical analysis skills will be tested.

Know that the MCAT2015 Exam is longer. The MCAT2015 exam will be about seven and half hours long, which is about two hours longer than the current exam. We aren’t trying to torture you, and in fact, the exam is still shorter than when it was taken on paper! The number of questions have been increased to better provide more reliable section scores, and additional working time has been added to allow you more time to read the passages, think about the questions, and make a more thoughtful decision.

Resources are already available to help you prepare. The AAMC has been hard at work to make sure that you have tools and resources to help you prepare for the exam.

Available Now:

·  What’s on the MCAT2015 Exam? interactive tool

·  Khan Academy MCAT Collection

·  The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT2015), Fourth Edition

·  Official MCAT2015 Sample Test

Coming in 2015!

· Official MCAT2015 Questions

· Official MCAT2015 Practice Test #1

For detailed information about each of these resources, visit www.aamc.org/mcat2015/preparing.

For more, visit our student hub at www.aamc.org/students, and follow us @AAMCPreMed on Twitter and Facebook!

This post has been republished, with permission, from The Student Doctor Network. Original: http://www.studentdoctor.net/2014/11/getting-ready-for-the-new-mcat/#sthash.aSYahn40.dpuf

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