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The MCAT will be changing slightly in 2013 according to the AAMC website:
The Writing Sample section will be removed from the current MCAT in 2013. If you plan to take the MCAT in 2013 or 2014, the current exam will be modified and the Writing Sample section will no longer be part of the exam. In its place, a voluntary, unscored trial section will be added starting in January 2013.

I have never taken the MCAT, but am planning to. Would it be better to take the exam in 2012 or 2013?
 

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Take it when you're ready - that is, when you've recently completed the pre-reqs and will have a good chunk of time to devote to studying. The writing section isn't that big a deal now so I really wouldn't let that be a significant factor in your decision.
 

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Interesting. Do you have a link?

Not that it changes much, we still have all the sciences. Only difference is they will add the psych/soc/biochem stuff instead of writing as a test trial.
 

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Interesting. Do you have a link?

Not that it changes much, we still have all the sciences. Only difference is they will add the psych/soc/biochem stuff instead of writing as a test trial.

I took the MCAT in 2006 or 2007 and I got an M on my writing section. I don't think that is a good score. 5 years later I decide that I want to try to get into medical school again. Do you think it is worth it to do the 2012 and have a better writing section or just wait until 2013? I did okay when I did the GREs writing section and I think with practice I can get a good writing score.

In addition, I think the psych/soc/biochem stuff is not scored. Is this correct? If so, should we even bother studying for it? Will medical schools see our performance in this section? AMCAS mentions that they will compensate us for taking this portion of the exam. Does anyone know how much the compensation will be? Where can I find more information about this?

Thank you,

Verónica


https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/276580/differentexam.html
 
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I took the MCAT in 2006 or 2007 and I got an M on my writing section. I don't think that is a good score. 5 years later I decide that I want to try to get into medical school again. Do you think it is worth it to do the 2012 and have a better writing section or just wait until 2013? I did okay when I did the GREs writing section and I think with practice I can get a good writing score.

In addition, I think the psych/soc/biochem stuff is not scored. Is this correct? If so, should we even bother studying for it? Will medical schools see our performance in this section? AMCAS mentions that they will compensate us for taking this portion of the exam. Does anyone know how much the compensation will be? Where can I find more information about this?

Thank you,

Verónica


https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/276580/differentexam.html

What was the rest of your score? A 36M don't worry, just take it and don't worry as writing score doesn't matter much (thus why it is going away).

If you had a 25M, then focus on your other sections. Again, writing doesn't matter.
 

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I took the MCAT in 2006 or 2007 and I got an M on my writing section. I don't think that is a good score. 5 years later I decide that I want to try to get into medical school again. Do you think it is worth it to do the 2012 and have a better writing section or just wait until 2013? I did okay when I did the GREs writing section and I think with practice I can get a good writing score.

In addition, I think the psych/soc/biochem stuff is not scored. Is this correct? If so, should we even bother studying for it? Will medical schools see our performance in this section? AMCAS mentions that they will compensate us for taking this portion of the exam. Does anyone know how much the compensation will be? Where can I find more information about this?

Thank you,

Verónica


https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/276580/differentexam.html

Unless you've already signed up for a date this year I believe it's too late to register for 2012.
 
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