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Finish or not to finish?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by CUNYguy, May 17, 2014.

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  1. CUNYguy

    CUNYguy The City Kid 2+ Year Member

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    I'm currently a junior in a city college in New York for clinical lab science (minor in sociology). I want to apply to med school and not take a gap year after graduation. The problem is I have yet to take OChem 2, and Physics 2. Should I take these courses then take the MCAT2015? Or is it best to power through alone with the textbooks and review books to learn the material to take the pre-2015 MCAT?
     
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  3. OneTwoThreeFour

    OneTwoThreeFour 2+ Year Member

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    Learn the material, THEN take the MCAT. You would have to teach yourself two semesters worth while also studying for the MCAT in the next six months. OChem 2 is less of a big deal, but still I would not take the MCAT unless I was confident in my understanding of ALL possible material.
    Gap years aren't so bad!
     
  4. Goro

    Goro 7+ Year Member

    I would consider it very foolish to take a high stakes, career deciding exam without taking the courses.

     
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  5. Flashfan

    Flashfan 5+ Year Member

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    The fact that a lot of material for 2015 MCAT is hard to deal with, but I am going through with the plan. Hopefully enough of us will be in the same boat that our scores will be enough to get into med school.
     
  6. OneTwoThreeFour

    OneTwoThreeFour 2+ Year Member

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    What plan? The test scale is predetermined. There aren't a given proportion of 30's, 31's, etc for a given test day. Taking the test without being prepared will lead to a lower score, period. Just because there may be a larger group with lower scores does not mean your chances are improved.
     
  7. Flashfan

    Flashfan 5+ Year Member

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    Those that are taking the test early in 2015 will not have a lot of test prep materials out there. There will be two official practice tests. Most test companies say they won't have material available until the beginning of 2015. Fewer resources will level the playing field for a time. Of course, I could be entirely wrong and I will lose out to all the people who raced to take the old MCAT, but since I won't be done with physics until spring 2015 I am screwed either way.
     
  8. CUNYguy

    CUNYguy The City Kid 2+ Year Member

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    I have no objection to taking MCAT2015 since I'll already have my biochem foundation from my lab science curriculum; I'm minoring in sociology, so that should be pretty straight forward with me (since I've taken many courses, and done studies); and psychology has been a backbone for me in my freshman/sophomore years.

    The reason why I ask is that I already have OChem 1 and Calculus Physics 1 under my belt, so I understand the fundamentals, but I'm a bit anxious about how the revamped MCAT will be and since the pre-2015 test has already been around for many years, so there's more solidity in it (in my eyes).
     

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