Essentials for MCAT Test Taking
The MCAT is a Medical school entrance examination that is a prerequisite for most of the medical colleges in the U.S and Canada. There are a few aspects of the MCAT in terms of the MCAT eligibility or the MCAT requirement from a student.
These aspects can be clubbed in the following categories:
- MCAT requirement from the syllabus point of view.
- MCAT registration essentials.
- MCAT requirements on the day of the test.
1. MCAT Syllabus Requirements:
- Before taking the MCAT, every student is required to go through the official list of topics that are given for every section of the MCAT. This list is available at the website www.aamc.org.
- Another MCAT requirement is to go through the process of scoring of the different sections before attempting to practice for the test because you will be unable to assess the practice tests unless you are aware of the official scoring process.
- Decide which field of Medicine you want to get into before taking the MCAT so that your MCAT scores help you during admissions to the schools that serve your purpose.
2. MCAT Registration Essentials:
- Online registration is a key MCAT requirement, as the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) does not accept any other forms of registration.
- Every student has to register with the AAMC before registering for the MCAT. The AAMC requires you to make an account with them and then proceed with the registration process. The website for registration is www.aamc.org
- Another MCAT requirement is the declaration that you will use the MCAT only to apply to the schools of Medicine or use it in the field of healthcare only. This declaration has to be made on the exam day in the declaration form.
- The AAMC requires every student to register for the MCAT at least fourteen days prior to the test. If you register late then you are charged a late fine.
- A key MCAT requirement is to know your test centre and time details. Time varies in different time zones and countries. Every student should double-check his/her time and date of the test before the test day.
- The AAMC provides for MCAT cancellation, change of test centre, change of test date, absence etc. through different portals in its website www.aamc.org. You should be aware of all these details of the MCAT because if you are in any of these situations before the test then you will know how to take care of them.
- The list of other key MCAT requirement details in relation to registration are available at https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf
3. MCAT Requirements on the Day of the Test:
- Carry your identity proof: There is no solution for a student who has forgotten to carry his/her identity card for the test. The identity card has to be a government authorised ID and not any other school or library card.
- Check for the test centre: Check online if there is any change in the test centre or time before the test.
- The MCAT is a computerised test and it's an MCAT requirement to use headphones that are provided by the test centre at the time of the test. If, due to any reason, you want to carry your own earphones then they have to be in a sealed packet and should be provided for checking before the test. They can be used only if authorised by the test centre official.
- No other items are allowed in the test centre except the identity card. The website www.aamc.org provides a list of exceptions to the items that can be taken for the test but all of them require prior permission. You should check with the AAMC much in advance if you are planning to carry any other personal item.
Though it is not so explicitly stated, a very key MCAT requirement is eligibility for the test. You should be qualified enough before you decide to take the MCAT because the AAMC has full rights to cancel your registration (which by-the-way is expensive), if you fail to comply with the eligibility criteria.
Procuring all the details of every aspect of the MCAT at the official website www.aamc.org is the primary MCAT requirement!
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