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course load while preparing for MCAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by panicking, Dec 27, 2001.

  1. panicking

    panicking Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2001
    I prepare to take MCAT in april. I plan to raise my science GPA by taking two science courses and a research project which counts as another 3-credit science course. Is this course load too light? In general, what is the acceptable course load for students preparing the MCAT?
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  3. jofrbr76

    jofrbr76 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I'm not sure what the "general courseload" is while preparing for the mcat, but i'm taking it in april. I'm currently enrolled in 14 credits, my final semester of physics, upper level Biochem, and a spanish class. I'm also taking kaplan, and doing some research for credit.

    Hope this gives you some ideas as to what the norm is.
  4. reesie0726

    reesie0726 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2001
    arlington, tx
    I dont think this courseload is too light. I took a similar load when I took the mcat last april. What is important is to do well on the mcat. It is better to take a lighter load and get a good mcat score than to take a heavier load and get a lower mcat score.
  5. The Falconer

    The Falconer Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2001
    Southern California
    I don't know how intense your research projects are, but mine was fairly intense and I can objectively say that it probably hurt my MCAT scores. Even though I was trying to study for the MCAT I was spending more time on my research. I blew my first MCAT and my second was only slightly above average...lets put it this way if not for my GPA I might not have got in. My suggestion....take a couple of pertinent courses, take a review course if you can afford it, and prioritize that research (depending on the intensity and time demand) can do it post MCAT. Just my opinion.
  6. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Don't worry about your courseload. Concentrate instead on the MCAT. I took that dreaded test last April, and during Spring semester I only took 5 credits! I was teaching Ochem and volunteering too, but I took a light courseload to make sure I had time for MCAT study. Especially if your GPA is not so hot (like mine), doing well on the MCAT has to be your top priority!

    People will tell you that Adcoms "look down" on not taking a full load, but that hasn't been my experience at all. In fact, the only time it ever came up was when one interviewer congratulated me on my MCAT score, and I thanked him and explained how I had "committed myself to doing well because I knew how important it was." So really, I don't think they care! I'm holdong two acceptances right now, so I think I made the right choice.
  7. BUmiken12

    BUmiken12 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    Waco, TX
    If too light a course load is a problem, then I'm screwed. I'm taking a hospital ministry class (shadow different doctors in different fields), an intro political science course with the rugby coach, interviewing with a guy that used to rush me for his fraternity, and orgo II (yes, I call it orgo). 12 hours total...but my advisor told me to take it easy, so I'm not worried.
  8. You Think I'm Sexy

    You Think I'm Sexy Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2001
    Bay Area -- California
    I'm taking 22 units over the time of the MCAT. I started studying for the MCAT in October, and I'm not taking any Kaplan MCAT classes or anything. I still feel well prepared though. I believe that it depends on how well you can handle your classes, work and other priorities. Best of luck!
  9. NebraskaAggieMD2B

    NebraskaAggieMD2B Junior Member

    Dec 23, 2001
    College Station, Texas
    It's your call. I took 18 hours (Biochem II, Anatomy, and a Senior Thesis Research Project were the toughest 10 hours) of courses and TPR MCAT class. I wouldn't have taken so many if I had to do it all over again, but then again I didn't improve my score much by retaking the MCAT in the summer when my courseload was easier.

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