USMLE vs. MCAT

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by gmendese, May 26, 2002.

  1. gmendese

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    OK, now I know that the USMLE is extremely difficult, but how similar to the MCAT is it (if at all)? Are there verbal reasoning passages and hidden phyics/chemistry/bio/orgo questions like in the MCAT, or is it very factual?

    I'm assuming that the USMLE is more of a "study" test rather than a "skill" or "test-taking" test like the MCAT.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Whisker Barrel Cortex

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    You are correct that the USMLE is much more factually based than the MCAT. It tests knowledge a lot more. There is no verbal reasoning section, its all medicine.

    There are some similarities, however. In recent years, the USMLE has become mostly "clinical vignette" type questions, which means a paragraph worth of information and maybe a graph or chart is given in the question stem and you are asked a question based on these. So there is a certain amount of ability to read critically needed, just as in the MCAT.
     

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