Poll: A&P vs biochem more useful on MCAT?

Is Anatomy and Physiology or Biochemistry more useful on the MCAT?

  • Biochemistry

    Votes: 17 30.9%
  • Anatomy & Physiology

    Votes: 32 58.2%
  • I haven't taken them both, or haven't written MCAT

    Votes: 6 10.9%

  • Total voters
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chintu

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    This is a no-brainer. I can't emphasize enough how important A&P is on the mcat. You've got to know it or can't do well in bio section. As for the biochem, very little you need to know, except for the basics of metabolism, gene expression, etc. most of which is covered in a basic genetics/cell bio course.
     

    jlee9531

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      i never took anatomy and physiology but still got an 11 on the BS.

      i guess it all depends on what form of the mcat you get. some might have more stuff that is biochem related and other forms might have stuff that has more a&p. most of us prolly only took the mcat once or twice so our views will only reflect which test we had.

      ill still vote biochem, but both classes will help you out i bet...
       
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      nibrocli

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        Originally posted by jlee9531
        i guess it all depends on what form of the mcat you get. some might have more stuff that is biochem related and other forms might have stuff that has more a&p.

        this must be the case. based on my mcat, i'd say biochem too. but others have said they had no biochem on their exam.
         

        PhillyEaglesFan

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          Might be different elsewhere, but Biochem at my school is very critical-thinking oriented (very good for MCAT). Physiology seems more like a memorization fest. A couple months with a review book should give you all the physiology you need.

          Just my thoughts.
           

          mdforme

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            I think biochem was most helpful for the mcat....

            I never took A&P and did very well on the bio section.

            I guess it depends on your personal strengths, but I felt Biochem was VERY helpful.....
             

            relentless11

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              Anatomy is not a big deal, on the MCAT. Physiology is probably more important than anatomy IMO. Biochem, specifically the metabolism portion is pretty helpful.

              I personally took the MCAT without taking anatomy of physiology, got a 11 on the bio section. I find that aslong as you take a prep course and attend the lectures on physiology, you should be good to go.

              A&P is all memorization. No doubts about that. If you have a photographic memory, even more reason why there isn't an urgent need to take those classes. I say go with Biochem, since it seems to cover a lot of areas from Ochem, enzymes, and metabolism. More bang for you buck i think.
               

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                I got a 13BS and 13PS without having taken physics, anatomy, or physio in college (physics I ap'd). Take the class you want to or, maybe, just spend more time with the Kaplan (or whatever) books. I took the test the summer after Sophomore year and I think that I was *not* doing regular classwork helped immensely.
                 
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