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Warning: Posts/Links with MCAT Specifics or False Score Availability=1 week Ban

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Vihsadas, 01.27.09.

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  1. Vihsadas

    Vihsadas No summer Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor

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    The staff at SDN understands that your MCAT experience will inevitably leave you uncertain about your performance and that the urge to discuss the specifics of your MCAT on SDN may become overwhelming. Please understand that in taking the MCAT, you have signed a contract with the AAMC requiring you to abide by certain rules. For your convenience, SDN is publishing the AAMC rules to maintain the testability of the MCAT, the integrity of the admissions process as a whole, and to protect our members (YOU). Therefore, please be aware that the AAMC requires:

    1) Do not discuss the specifics of the MCAT exam. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Divulging one or more answer choices, parts of answer choices, or the answer itself
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    • Outlining part of the process required to solve a problem
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    • Asking another user to Private Message (PM) you regarding a question/passage
    • Highlighting the specifics of a passage, including information not directly related to a question
    • Posting entire questions
    • Discussing any other information that would make it easier to answer an MCAT question
    • These rules also apply to the MCAT Trial Section.
    As a litmus test, ask yourself the following question before posting:

    Will what I am about to post make it easier for another member to answer an MCAT question? Will it give them a specific idea about what to expect on an exam?

    If you are still unsure if your intended post violates AAMC policies, check their "Guidelines for Discussion of the MCAT Exam".

    2) Do not make posts that falsely claim that MCAT scores are available.

    The stress of waiting for scores is intense enough where posting false "scores are up" posts serves only to increase the unneeded and unwelcome anxiety of your peers. These types of posts fall under "trolling and intending to inflame."

    Members found violating this policy will be post-held for 7 days.​

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    • Consequently, please realize that we maintain an extremely strict policy for the good of everyone.
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    Lee Administrator Staff Member Administrator SDN Senior Moderator

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    When you take the MCAT, you are required to agree to the MCAT Examinee Agreement.

    Ensure you are fully aware of the content of the MCAT Examinee Agreement before engaging in post-MCAT discussion.

    From the 2010 MCAT ESSENTIALS (See http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/mcatessentials.pdf Pages 18-20)

    Please note, the MCAT Examinee Agreement may change without notice. Please reference the AAMC website for the latest MCAT Examinee Agreement.

    As noted in the post above:
    • The AAMC actively searches SDN threads for people who disclose information from their MCAT exams.
    • SDN has strict TRUSTe privacy policies and does not share member information with any organization. However, the AAMC may utilize court-orders / subpoenas to force SDN to release member information.
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    Lee Administrator Staff Member Administrator SDN Senior Moderator

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    If you have just taken the MCAT, please do not discuss any specifics of the exam or link to sites where such discussions will take place!

    SDN wants you to know that the AAMC routinely reads this forum. SDN has a strict TRUSTe privacy policy and does not release information to other organizations. However, the AAMC can and will use subpoenas to force SDN to release member information.

    Please carefully read this warning from the AAMC's attorneys:

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