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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by MBK, Mar 14, 2001.
What undergrad courses do you suggest I have "under my belt" before I take the MCAT?
Although the MCAT tests general chemistry, physics, biology and organic chemistry any additional upper-level courses in the sciences couldn't hurt you. You shouldn't attempt the MCAT if you haven't at least taken a practice test or two to see if you have the necessary baseline knowledge. Practice tests are available from many sources. You can see some sample questions in the MCAT announcement available at http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/registration.htm
and then you can purchase sample tests from Kaplan, Princeton Review, Columbia, Peterson's, AAMC, REA, and other companies. AAMC provides actual previously administered MCATs.
MUST have courses:
Biology (with lab), Chemistry (with lab), Organic Chemistry (with lab), Calculus, Physics (with lab)
GOOD courses to have:
GREAT courses to have:
Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology
I would also add to the list some sort of MCAT prep course: Princeton Review or Kaplan, for instance.
The resources these courses provide is invaluable. Some say they are a waste of money and that a person could do just as well alone (which very well may be true), but for me, it pushes me to study and work.
If you look at the MCAT as just a bunch of multiple choice questions, you're setting yourself up for a big dissapointment. I used to be really good at filling in bubbles...now they haunt me at night!
Best of luck to you!
Joshua Paul Hazelton
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (2002)