MCAT taken previously; considering taking PCAT

Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by davisfenos, Mar 30, 2016.

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  1. davisfenos

    davisfenos Prince Caspian 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Kill Devil Falls
    So I've already taken the MCAT, but it's looking (kind of) unlikely that I'll be accepted to an MD school this cycle. I did pretty well (38 old MCAT), and I've retained a lot of the knowledge from the test itself. I wasn't sure if it was worth attending a PCAT course for this reason... should I just buy a set of PCAT books over the summer? Is there one brand that is generally recommended over another? Sorry if these are dumb questions, I'm totally new to the PCAT and just preparing for the worst!

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  3. escanoke

    escanoke 2+ Year Member

    Nov 10, 2013
    You could go with the basic Kaplan book, but with you retaining most of the material from your MCAT I'd suggest maybe just doing practice tests? There's also dr. Collins which is the bible of the PCAT that people use, but you can only buy it from people who have bought it from someone else

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  4. CMUchicka

    CMUchicka 2+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2015
    So are you going to apply to pharm school now since med schools wont take you? You should first research about pharmacy job market and then make decision about applying to pharmacy schools. If i were you, i would find ways to improve med school app. Because MD>>>>>>> PharmD.
  5. davisfenos

    davisfenos Prince Caspian 2+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Kill Devil Falls
    This is very helpful. I'll try to keep an eye out for these. :) Thank you escanoke

    I'm just trying to have a contingency plan for the coming year. This will be by third attempt at MD if I don't get in this cycle, and I don't think I want to waste another year. I will do more research though, thank you for the heads up. :)


    Feb 28, 2016
    38 MCAT and they won't take you in......makes me question what they don't like about you. Either way if you retain alot from MCAT you should do fine. Just brush up on calculus and take timed practice test. Kaplan or dr.collin will do fine.
  7. farm_assist

    farm_assist 2+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2014
    I am a pharmacist who is currently a 3rd year medical student. A 38 is a very high MCAT score. To put it in perspective, my MCAT was nowhere near a 38, but I scored a 96 percentile on the PCAT with less effort. The MCAT is much, much harder than the PCAT. If you are capable of pulling a 38 on the MCAT, the PCAT will be a breeze. Don't stress it too much, just pick up a popular review resource and you'll be just fine. That being said, if you really want to be a doctor, do whatever you can to go to medical school. Pharmacy will not be fulfilling if that is not your goal. And the job market sucks. At least that was the case when I was still in the field.


    Feb 28, 2016
    Why not consider PA? Over the years I heard tjat Med school is getting less and less competitive. Should try applying again.
  9. Apples2Oranges


    Feb 18, 2017
    Not sure how you didn't get in. I've seen people get into a DO/MD schools with less stellar CVs than you think...some had a 30-35 MCAT and 3.4-3.9 GPAs.

    I'd do a PA. You can definitely do more with that.
  10. rcodyfb16


    Apr 13, 2016
    Wow they got in with 3.9? Guess they will take anyone these days...
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