Thursday, February 16, 2012
The MCAT is Changing!
While it has long been dreaded, for those who plan to take the Medical College Admissions Test in 2015 or later (most likely the first cohort will be students graduating from high school in 2012) there will be much more anxiety surrounding the exam. The MCAT will see some major changes from how it exists today. In addition to the biological and physical sciences, the exam will now cover material from the social and behavioral sciences as well as a new section that tests your critical analysis and reasoning skills. These changes will impact the courses you should take as an undergraduate to prepare you for the exam. Information on the new exam and how to prepare for it is available and will be updated at http://aamc.org/mcat2015. If this change will impact your MCAT, I encourage you to stay up-to-date with the changes. This is new for everyone including undergraduate pre-health advisors. As prerequisites for medical school may change along with the exam, I would recommend that you directly check with the admissions officers at medical schools of interest as to what courses are required and recommended. Below are videos from the Association of American Medical Colleges briefly discussing these changes.