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  1. Vihsadas

    Vihsadas No summer Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 5+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2007
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    The staff at SDN understands that your MCAT experience will inevitably leave you uncertain about your performance and that the urge to discuss the specifics of your MCAT on SDN may become overwhelming. Please understand that in taking the MCAT, you have signed a contract with the AAMC requiring you to abide by certain rules. For your convenience, SDN is publishing the AAMC rules to maintain the testability of the MCAT, the integrity of the admissions process as a whole, and to protect our members (YOU). Therefore, please be aware that the AAMC requires:

    1) Do not discuss the specifics of the MCAT exam. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Divulging one or more answer choices, parts of answer choices, or the answer itself
    • Revealing the question stem itself or a part of the question stem
    • Outlining part of the process required to solve a problem
    • Soliciting specific information about a question
    • Asking another user to Private Message (PM) you regarding a question/passage
    • Highlighting the specifics of a passage, including information not directly related to a question
    • Posting entire questions
    • Discussing any other information that would make it easier to answer an MCAT question
    • These rules also apply to the MCAT Trial Section.
    As a litmus test, ask yourself the following question before posting:

    Will what I am about to post make it easier for another member to answer an MCAT question? Will it give them a specific idea about what to expect on an exam?

    If you are still unsure if your intended post violates AAMC policies, check their "Guidelines for Discussion of the MCAT Exam".

    2) Do not make posts that falsely claim that MCAT scores are available.

    The stress of waiting for scores is intense enough where posting false "scores are up" posts serves only to increase the unneeded and unwelcome anxiety of your peers. These types of posts fall under "trolling and intending to inflame."

    Members found violating this policy will be post-held for 7 days.​

    • The AAMC actively searches SDN threads for people who disclose information from their MCAT exams.
    • While SDN's strict TRUSTe certified privacy policy is to not disclose the identity of its members, AAMC may subpoena such information and if so, SDN must comply.
    • If you are caught doing so, the AAMC reserves the right to report this activity to all schools to which you've applied, void your MCAT score, and revoke your eligibility to sit for future MCAT exams.
    • If this occurs, you will never be able to attend a US Medical School.
    • Consequently, please realize that we maintain an extremely strict policy for the good of everyone.
    Thank you for your attention, and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact a moderator.

    Good luck on test day!
    The MCAT Forum Moderators
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  3. Lee

    Lee Sleestack Staff Member SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Dec 31, 1999
    When you take the MCAT, you are required to agree to the MCAT Examinee Agreement.

    Ensure you are fully aware of the content of the MCAT Examinee Agreement before engaging in post-MCAT discussion.

    From the 2010 MCAT ESSENTIALS (See http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/mcatessentials.pdf Pages 18-20)

    Please note, the MCAT Examinee Agreement may change without notice. Please reference the AAMC website for the latest MCAT Examinee Agreement.

    As noted in the post above:
    • The AAMC actively searches SDN threads for people who disclose information from their MCAT exams.
    • SDN has strict TRUSTe privacy policies and does not share member information with any organization. However, the AAMC may utilize court-orders / subpoenas to force SDN to release member information.
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  4. Lee

    Lee Sleestack Staff Member SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Dec 31, 1999
    If you have just taken the MCAT, please do not discuss any specifics of the exam or link to sites where such discussions will take place!

    SDN wants you to know that the AAMC routinely reads this forum. SDN has a strict TRUSTe privacy policy and does not release information to other organizations. However, the AAMC can and will use subpoenas to force SDN to release member information.

    Please carefully read this warning from the AAMC's attorneys:

    MCAT Reminder Notice: Don't Discuss Exam Content After You Take the MCAT, on Internet Postings or Otherwise

    The AAMC has requested that SDN provide the following reminder notice to all MCAT® examinees:

    Taking the MCAT® exam is a milestone event along your path to becoming a physician, and you will feel a mix of emotions once you finish. The AAMC realizes that you might be tempted to discuss your experience on the new exam in a forum such as this, talking with friends, or in other ways. We want to remind you that when you sat for the exam, you agreed to abide by certain rules that restrict the types of MCAT-related information you can discuss. Understand that these restrictions don’t just protect the AAMC’s copyrighted exam content. They also protect you and other examinees. Sharing information could help someone perform better on the exam than they otherwise would have and create an uneven playing field for students applying to medical school. It could prevent some examinees (even you) from getting into a desired medical school or, even worse, getting into medical school at all.

    While you do not violate the Examinee Agreement by commenting on general topics such as test center conditions or how you felt about a particular section, there are several things that you agreed not to do. We would like to remind you that you may not:​
      • Share or post full or partial text of an exam question and/or answer
      • Reconstruct a list of topics tested in a particular section of the exam
      • Mention a specific topic that was tested on an exam
      • Provide a roadmap or outline of how to answer a question
      • Speculate about content that may include field test or experimental items
    If you aren’t sure if something you are about to write, say, or post violates the Examinee Agreement, please refer to the AAMC’s Guidelines for Discussing the MCAT Exam for further information.​

    Help maintain the integrity of the exam. If you are aware of somebody who has violated terms of the Examinee Agreement, please contact the AAMC at [email protected] or our Tip Line at 202-903-0840. The AAMC investigates any behavior or conduct that may compromise the integrity of the MCAT exam.​
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