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Will the new MCAT cut down on applicants?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by meetsub, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. meetsub

    meetsub 5+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    I feel like many people will opt out of pre-med due to the unneeded stress of the new exam. I took the old one and that was torturous itself.
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  3. seizurecrow


    Jun 24, 2014
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    If premeds are willing to opt out of medicine because of a modified entrance exam, medicine probably wasn't right for them to begin with. You'll face challenges in medical school that are more difficult than the mcat.
  4. user12

    user12 2+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2011
    I don't know. I feel like this new mcat is overhyped. it will probably take some getting used to, but I bet in like a year or two once a sufficient amount of practice material is produced and people are used to psych/sociology/biochemistry, it's not going to be THAT bad.
  5. allantois

    allantois 2+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    I find this to be good news.
  6. freemontie

    freemontie Banned Banned

    Aug 19, 2014
    No, I don't think that's how it works. People choose pre-med, invest 2+ semesters starting to take pre-med courses, and then look into the MCAT. By then they've already made up their minds and will go full stride.

    The effect the MCAT will have though is lowered (absolute) scores as people have more material they have to study/review (it's hard to master so many topics). I think this would give gunners greater room to shine.
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  7. Make Or Break

    Make Or Break 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2014
    Exactly! I don't think people remember the exam is SCALED.
  8. Lucca

    Lucca Will Walk Rope for Sandwich Moderator Rocket Scientist 2+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    God Bless the Bell Curve
  9. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

    May 15, 2011
    1) If people opt out of pre-med because the MCAT added a new section, they shouldn't have been pre-med in the first place

    2) Get ready for a whole new level of torture with the standardized exams waiting for you in med school.
  10. Gauss44

    Gauss44 5+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    "Probably" is a good word. Some people are very intelligent, very capable, have a wide variety of interests, and could be good at almost anything. For a person like that, the new MCAT could be a tie breaker between medicine and another enticing career.

    Response to title: Yes, the new MCAT will knock some older applicants out of the race and some of the poorer students. Not exactly what the OP is about, yet I assure you that some of the 30 or 40-somethings are NOT going to be too keen about learning a whole new MCAT.

    To be fair to AAMC, I do think that including psychology and sociology requirements is an excellent change. I wish that AAMC would offer both exams for a while, given that this exam often requires such a huge investment in time, money, etc.
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  11. DielsAlder


    Jan 3, 2014
    I disagree, the AAMC could make this exam last an entire month (knock on wood) and I believe people would still line up to take it. The only difference I think it is making is that this current application year would see way more applicants than ever expected, with people from all over going out of their way to take MCAT 2014 and apply now before the new exam goes into effect. I might be wrong, but I heard many schools will start to prefer the newer MCAT next cycle.
  12. Flashfan

    Flashfan 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2010
    Very few people will feel that they are affected by the new test. In a few years, it is simply "the MCAT". It is not uncommon for people to take biochemistry already, and psych and sociology will simply cover most general education requirements. The biggest disadvantage will be how the adcoms will compare the scores of the old MCAT (and the applicants access to multiple test prep materials) to the new applicants with 2 sample tests for prep material.
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  13. Strudel19

    Strudel19 5+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2011
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    As someone who is taking the pre-2015 MCAT, this is what I'm curious about too.
  14. zzxxzz

    zzxxzz 5+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2012
    It'll have no impact. They're cutting down on physics which is what kills a lot of people.
  15. Evisju7

    Evisju7 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2014

    Hahaha. Bring it
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  16. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    Unless you found official proof, I'm going to say that it's a false rumor. There's no reason for med schools to prefer their applicants take a test that's only been offered for a couple months. They would be discriminating against MANY, GREAT applicants that way, since the vast majority of their applicants next cycle will have taken the old MCAT.

    I doubt most schools even know what they're going to do about the new and old MCAT mix as of now.
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  17. raiderette

    raiderette 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2014
  18. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    Probably because they realize how stupid it is to require/prefer the new MCAT immediately after it comes out.
  19. Elizabethx89

    Elizabethx89 Banned Banned

    Jul 23, 2013
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  20. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    Organic Chemistry 2 is part of the old MCAT though. You're avoiding the new MCAT because it requires you to take a class that is required by a class required by the old MCAT?
  21. Elizabethx89

    Elizabethx89 Banned Banned

    Jul 23, 2013
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  22. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
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    Ah okay. Gotcha. Best of luck!
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  23. Captain Toad

    Captain Toad

    Jul 18, 2014
    I lol'ed pretty loudly when I saw #2

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