Mcat preparation Dr. Ken Crawford Medical School Admissions



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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

  • 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)
  • 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

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 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

  • 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 Format

  • Section
  • Questions
  • Time (min)
  • Tutorial (Opt.)
  • --
  • 10
  • Physical Sciences
  • 52
  • 70
  • Break (Opt.)
  • --
  • 10
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • 40
  • 60
  • Break (Opt.)
  • --
  • 10
  • Writing Sample
  • 2
  • 60
  • Break (Opt.)
  • --
  • 10
  • Biological Sciences
  • 52
  • 70

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 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 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ???

  • What’s Best For Me ?
  • Formal Class ?
    • In House
    • Commercial
  • Study on my own ?
  • ExamKrackers- Audio Osmosis $199.95
  • Practice!! www.e-mcat.com

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  • Proven Results
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  • Features:
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      • 4 additional tests available from AAMC (www.e-mcat.com)
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