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[I]
>Hi. I am interested in taking the MCAT test and I would like to request for
>an application form. And if it's possible, can you please tell me more
>about
>the requirements needed, the date of the actual exams, and other info. I
>graduated in the Phils. and I took up Med. Technology. I want to push
>through
>with my studies in the medical field here in the US since I am a citizen
>anyway.
>
>Can you mail me an application.
>

------ reply 10/20/99

MCAT application forms will be available at most colleges and Universities
by February 2000. The MCAT is offered through out the U.S. and in many large
cities around the world. The test dates for the year 2000 are April 15, and
August 19th. For general information please see
http://premed411.com/pages/mcat.html. Detailed information is contained in
the aforementioned MCAT registration packet.

Best of luck,

 

[II]
> What are the basic premed requirements and do I need to tell my son to
> go to a four year college and hope he takes the right classes to
> qualify?Email me at flairnurse@hotmail.com with your opinions and
> help. He is a junior in high school now and is working on his GPA and
> SAT score. Thanks.....
>

------ reply10/23/99

Required Subject No. of schools that require subject (out of 112)

Physics                    109
General Chemistry          107
Organic Chemistry          108
English                     74
Biology                     57
Biology or Zoology          49
Calculus                    19
Humanities                  19
College Mathematics         17
                                From MSAR 2000-2001.

Some subjects, although not required, are recommended. For more information
purchase The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, through the
AAMC site: http://www.aamc.org/, or at a college bookstore.

In choosing a 4 year college, one factor to consider would be the competence
of the premedical advising. Often there is a high turn over in premed
advisors. Anyone who's been on the job for five years or more should be
qualified, however, it never hurts to check around concerning the quality of
the service provided by the premed advisor or pre-health committee. The
degree of helpfulness can vary greatly. Being advised by a qualified and
well motivated premed advisor is extremely important.

Best wishes,

 

[III]
> Rich,
> Thanks for the premed pages.. they are really helpful. Are you aware of
> any premed courses offered through correspondance? I live in Juneau
> Alaska and the courses offered here are at a time I can't currenlty
> commit to. I would love to take some biology or physics correspondance
> and am not sure where to start.
>
> thanks for any help you can give,
> michele schindler
>

------ reply10/23/99

Sorry, I know of none, and if you find some (via the internet?), you need to
be very careful about how these courses will be viewed by other schools
should you wish to transfer, and later by medical school admission
committees.

-Rich

 

[IV]

> Rich,
>
> I'm am currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am
> a Kinesilogy major, and am seriously looking into going into medical school
> after I graduate. I was wondering if you could clarify for me, what classes
> are required that I take in college, so that I can take the MCAT's in the
> spring semester of my junior year. Also, can I be taking one of the required
> courses that semester, or do I have to be done with it completely in order to
> take the test?
>
> Also, I am a horrible standardized test taker. I did not do very well on the
> SAT's even after I took a class. However, my GPA is a 3.97. Do you have any
> suggestions, besides taking a class for the MCAT's, that would help my score?
>
> Thanks so much for your time!

------reply 11/01/99

While some of the courses mentioned below are required for medical school
admission, there are no course requirements to take the MCAT. Still you
should take 1 yr of General (Inorganic) chem, 1 yr of organic chem, 1 year
of physics, and 1 year of general biology. This is a bare minimum. Organic
lab, and cell biology or molecular biology or microbiology or biochemistry
would also be useful. Yes, you could take some of these courses during the
same semester you plan to take the MCAT.

Your GPA will help offset a low MCAT score, but to play it safe, I'd advise
purchasing Practice Test II or III (http://www.aamc.org) and get familiar
with the test format right now. Begin preparing for the MCAT as soon as you
are able. I also would recommend Kaplan Comprehensive MCAT, available in
Barnes and Noble. Good Luck!

-Rich

 

[V]
> Hi my name is J*** and I am a sophmore at The University of
> Florida. I was wondering what the pre-medical requirements are before I
> complete my spring schedule. If you have any information about this, or if
> you can tell me where to go to get this information, I would greatly
> appreciate it. Thank you!
> Sincerely,
> J***
------reply 11/01/99

See MSAR http://www.premed411.com/home.html

-Rich
 

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[VI]

Undeliverable
> Dear Rich,
> I am still a junior in high school, but I am interested in applying to a
> MS in the future. I was wondering about the courses I would be taking prior
> to applying. More specifically, I was wondering how much of a difference it
> would make whether I took more biology-related courses (like A.P. Biology or
> Organic Chemistry, etc.) or did not take that many, but still had a good GPA
> (4.0), in either case. Would it really make a big difference in getting
> accepted into a MS, and furthermore my performance after, and if, I get into
> a MS. Thank you very much for your consideration.
> Sincerely,
> A***

------reply 11/01/99

Medical school admission committees look at a number of different factors in
evaluating a candidate. On the top of the list is MCAT scores, GPA, and
science GPA. Next grades in specific courses, such as organic chemistry, may
be noted. A review of a candidate's background and activities, medically
related and otherwise, are considered. The choice of a major, or majors,
generally is not a first or second tier variable, but since medical schools
are generally looking for diversity in their classes, a major that is not
highly represented in the applicant pool does confer a modest advantage.
Most medical schools really don't care if you take a lot of biology courses
or not. Obviously, taking lots of biology may help you on the MCAT, but if
you'd rather head in a different direction, this need not decrease your
chance of medical school admission, in fact, it may work in your favor.

Good luck,

Rich

 

[VII]

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> Rich,
> Thanks for the web site! I have a question for you. I graduated from Rutgers
> University in 1997 with a BSN and a GPA of 3.55. I am graduating this
> December with an MS in nursing (nurse practitioner track). I have
> flip-flopped ever since nursing school about going to med school, but this
> past summer I finally decided that it is what I truly want. Being in an NP
> program clinched it for me. Anyway, I have to return to school in January
> and take 2 semesters of general chemistry, 2 semesters of organic chemistry,
> and 2 semesters of physics. My problem is that with reduced funds (I have
> been in school for 7 yrs) I want to go to the community college in my area
> that offers all of these courses. The advantages for me are that the
> community college offers many sessions each semester of these courses while
> Rutgers only offers one session and the price is 1/3 the cost of Rutgers.
> What do you think about this. Thanks, Tania

------reply 11/01/99

Grades from a community college will generally not have the same clout as
grades at a four year college. This depends on the specific community
college as well, but it is safe to say that if money and scheduling was not
a problem the choice should be to attend Rutgers. If the community college
has a prehealth advising office, I'd suggest you consult them. Ask for hard
data concerning medical school admission from that school. If they do not
have any, you may be able to get the information from medical schools in the
state, by calling their admissions office. If you can get some reliable data
to help you make this decision, then you can make an educated choice about
the tradeoffs involved. If you cannot get this information, I'd go with
Rutgers.

Good luck,

-Rich

 

[VIII]

> Rich, How would I find an MCAT tutor like you in Winston-Salem, N.C.? Thanks,
> John

------ reply 11/14/99

John, You should be able to find an MCAT tutor, if one is available in your
area, by checking the bulletin boards at the colleges near you. Especially
check in the buildings were the majority of premed courses are taught. You
can also check the school newspaper in the classified section under
tutoring. Some tutoring services are listed in the local yellow pages, or
you can do an internet search using "Winston, Salem, MCAT". Hope you
find someone that can help you out. Good luck.

-Rich

 

[IX]

> hi rich, unfortunately, i do not have the internet email access on my work
> computer therefore i am not able to post this message on web for other
> students to review. i apologize for this inconvenience. i have a question
> regarding taking mcat. what is the maximun number time of test is one allowed
> to take? i have take 3 times already. my first time was about 6 years ago.
> the last score i received was 11 ps, 10 bs and 6 vr. i felt my verbal
> reasoning should futher improve. though i improved a total score of 15
> compared to my first mcat score. i really want to go to med school. i have
> done lots of community work including my volunteering experiences. since i'm
> an immigrant to this country, i have volunteered for many minority communities
> such as south east asian community and african-american community (boys and
> girls club of america) do u think i need to re-take my mcat? currently i'm
> submitting my secondary application to some of the med schools. i've done
> some research on the net, i realized there were few schools that accepted
> score around avg 9. i thought i gave a shot at these schools. at age 28, i
> believe i have exposed myself to many environment that further enhance my
> desire in becoming a doc, especially a primary physician. i have strong
> volunteer community work and currently submitting a clinical research
> manuscript to the medical journal-Surgery. my other weakness was my undergrad
> gpa, which was all in p/f. though even the narratie evaluation wasn't too
> impressive. i joined the post-bac program at harvard univ to further strength
> my academic. i have a post-bad gpa of 3.57. what is your advice on my current
> situation? thanks,

------ reply 11/14/99

There is no limit to the number of times you may take the MCAT, however
after your third time, you must obtain special permission to take the test
again.

At this point I'd advice you to work on improving your verbal reasoning
score, and then retake the MCAT. A 3.57 from Harvard in post-bac and the
other background information you have provided all sound like you would be a
strong candidate if you could pull your verbal up to a 9. Good luck!

-Rich

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[X]

> Hi Rich, I took the MCAT in 1996 and did not do as well as I would have liked
> to. I have read some recent literature that states that you could void scores.
> I wanted to know if that was possible and how does one go about doing it.
> Also, do you recommend voiding scores? I plan taking it again in April 2000.

------ reply 11/14/99

To void your score you must personally ask the test supervisor to void your
answer documents. This can be done at any time during the MCAT up to the
point when your final answer document for the Biological Sciences is being
collected. The test supervisor will announce your final opportunity to void
your test. If you elect to void your test, your participation during this
administration of the MCAT will NOT be reported to AMCAS or to non-AMCAS
schools, and you will NOT be eligible for a refund.

If you are sure you did badly on the test, then voiding your scores would
make a lot of sense. Hopefully when April rolls around you won't have to
consider that option.

-Rich

 


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