For those of you considering applying to medical school, the MCAT is about to be revised for the first time in 25 years. Per the Wall Street Journal:
The 8,200 aspiring doctors expected to take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, this week will find a very different exam than their predecessors took.
The new test, the first major revision in 25 years, is longer (by 3 hours), broader (covering four more subjects), and more interdisciplinary than past versions. Throughout, students will need to demonstrate not just what they know, but how well they can apply it, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, which develops and administers the MCAT.
The changes are designed in part to mirror the evolution of health-care delivery and even the nature of illness, the AAMC says.Regardless of the changes, the same keys to succeeding as an applicant will apply: strong grades, competitive MCAT scores, well-rounded extracurriculars, outstanding recommendation letters, and a promising interview. Speaking of scoring well:
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