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MCATS no pre-reqs

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by raptis555, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. raptis555

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    I am a non traditional student and was wondering if anyone out there has taken the MCATs without having their pre-reqs completed? By the time I wish to take the MCAT I will only have taken chemistry and anatomy and physiology. If anyone out there has taken the MCAT without completing their pre-reqs please write back and let me know what your thoughts are and how did. Thanks.

    -Madison
     
  2. Muscles00GT

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    I know a lot of people who have taken MCAT's without compelting ALL of their prereq's; however, it's usually only a course or 2. Do you need to take your MCAT's before you take the other prereq's? If not, I would suggest getting in your physics and at least the first orgo chem. I can't imagine trying to learn all the material on your own if you haven't had the course, but I'm sure it's plausible.
     
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    Seriously, if you really want to go to med school in the US you need to do well on this test. What you are thinking of doing is like taking a cumulative final after having studied only the first two weeks of material of a 10 week course. You will not do well. As older students we often don't have the luxury of taking the test multiple times and applying three or even four cycles. Do it right the first time.

    My advice: take all the prereqs, give yourself ample time to study for and do well on the MCAT, and then blow the lid off the test. It is a very doable test, despite what everyone says, i.e. it is not as impossible as people hype it up to be. But you need to be realistic, too, and go into the test prepared. The extra year that you will need to take the rest of the prereqs and study for the test also can be used to beef up your application in other ways, too, so it is not like you are wasting time.

    If you just want to take the test for kicks and don't really care how you do (I know people who have done this, and they did not do well <25), then by all means, take the test without the other prereqs.

    My two cents.
     
  4. spicedmanna

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    I absolutely agree with RisingSun. I would strongly advise against taking the MCAT without having taken your premedical prerequisites. You need to have a strong knowledge base for the MCAT. Don't take it without your prerequisites and don't take it for sh*ts and giggles, either; every take that you score counts. Both your MCAT score and your UGPA need to be as good as you can get them for the admissions process, and you don't want to take any unnecessary chances with either of them. Please don't rush. You've waited this long. Be patient and do it right and once.
     
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  5. Scottish Chap

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    I took it without any physics background at all. It was not wise. Even review books and prep. courses assume a baseline understanding of each subject. Guessing or 'gaming' the test writer does not work on the MCAT. If you have too many missing prereq's delay taking the MCAT. You want to take it only once and that should be when you are most prepared.
     
  6. acedens

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    Is there any way you could rearrange your schedule to take physics, organic, and a few biology courses first? You don't have to complete ALL your pre-reqs, but anatomy and physiology won't be nearly as helpful as physics and organic. (Although they would be a help, so if at all possible, I'd have a good grasp of everything before attempting it.)

    You can always take a practice test and see where your strengths/weaknesses are. That might make things a bit more clear.
     
  7. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting....
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    It's a very bad idea. See my response to this almost identical question posted a few threads below yours. I don't know why we suddenly have a barrage of nontrads wanting to take foolish shortcuts, but it's not any better of an idea to skip your pre-reqs as a nontrad than it is as a trad.

    http://donors.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=379251

    Edit: Oh, and Madison, please don't cross post the same thread on different forums. Pick one and post it there. I'm merging your two threads here.
     
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