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Okay, so not at all happy about the new MCAT changes for 2015, but as no amount of fussing or whining is going to change anything, what are the classes I need to take in preparation for the 2015 MCAT?

I'm a Junior Biology major and have already taken Physics I & II, Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, and Organic Chemistry I. I'd like to avoid taking psychology and sociology classes if at all possible, could I possibly self-study for those subjects without jeopardizing my score? Also, are there any preparatory materials out yet in anticipation of the 2015 changes?
 
Jun 15, 2013
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If I remember correctly, the social sciences section is going to count either just as much or more than the chemistry portions. You probably have to take a general psychology for your degree, I would go ahead and take it. As for sociology, well I'm a psychology major and looking at some of the practice questions, I would have no idea what some of it meant without a sociology class, but I'm sure just buying some study material should suffice for that.
 

AlbinoHawk DO

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There currently is no prep material for the behavioral sciences sections. It would be too risky to skip on psychology and sociology. In fact, I'd recommend a social science research methods course in addition. Also, don't forget biochem.
 

valkener

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You don't have to take any extra classes. In fact, I discourage people from taking classes or online courses.

MCAT studying can be done entirely through self-studying with the right materials. It's more focused and you can adjust it to your needs vs. a whole class with different levels of knowledge. Good luck!
 

edgerock24

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Honestly, the only real reason to take Psych 101 and Sociology 101 is because schools may make it a general prerequisite in 2015. However, the material in these classes is nothing fundamentally tough to understand. It's actually pretty much memorization and can be learned from online resources.