STUDY FOR MCAT
If you are keen on pursuing a career related to medicine, then it is crucial for you to secure admission to a reputed medical college program. Most medical colleges across the US and Canada require your MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores to be submitted along with your applications for admissions. Professions related to the world of medicine and health sciences are held in high regard by numerous students. This has led to a tough competition for admissions to reputed medical institutions.
Being well versed with your undergraduate study books may not be sufficient for scoring high in the MCAT. It is a standardized test that evaluates your problem solving capabilities, critical thinking skills, reasoning ability and writing skills. In short, the test assesses your potential to succeed as a prospective medical student. You will have to give a very high priority to your study plan if you want to score high in the test. Your study plan should be started well in time and you should utilize the time available to its fullest. Given below is a step by step procedure to be followed if you want to make the best use of the time available for your test study.
The first step is to select the medical colleges where you would like to apply for admissions. Once you have prepared a list of the medical colleges of your choice, you should get in touch with their offices to find out about their policies regarding admissions and types of courses offered. This information will be helpful while selecting a suitable MCAT test date. You should also assess the types of courses offered by each medical college before deciding to apply for any one of them.
The second step would be to collate all the information about MCAT that you can lay your hands on. The best source of authentic information in respect of the test format and policies would be the official web site of the test, http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm. Go through all the information and links given in this web site. This will prove to be very useful in the course of your study. You can search the internet for various web sites that will give you an idea of the methods to be adopted for a foolproof study plan. You will also come across web sites that give you access to various answering techniques and strategies for doing well in the test. Accumulate all this data for use during your study.
It is very important to get good study guides for assistance in preparing for the test. There are a large number of guides for MCAT available in the market. You may have to do extensive survey before identifying the guides that you would like to study from. Each guide has a number of advantages and drawbacks. Discuss with your fellow students, the local bookstore keeper and web sites like www.amazon.com to select the study guides for your review.
The next step would be to register for the MCAT. Registration opens for each test date about three months before the date.
You can register for the test from the official web site. It is advisable to first ascertain the last date for submission of applications for admissions to each medical college of your choice. You can keep this information at the back of your mind while selecting the test date as you would want your test scores to reach the medical college of your choice before the deadline for submission of applications expires.
Try and register for your desired test date at the earliest opportunity or else you may not be able to get a center of your choice. The seating capacity of each test center is limited; therefore the center of your choice may be filled up in case you register late for your desired test date.
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