MCAT Test Dates Guide
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Ideal MCAT Test Date
We have discussed the reason for registering for your desired MCAT test date on time, but how are you going to zero on to an ideal MCAT test date? First of all, there is no date from amongst the MCAT test dates that can be labeled as the ideal one. Every applicant will have a different viewpoint as regards to his definition of an ideal MCAT test date.
If you have already started preparing for the MCAT, then the ideal MCAT test date will be the one that falls after the time required for your MCAT prep. You should check the official web site and ascertain the scheduling of suitable MCAT test dates in the month in which you would be completing your MCAT prep. MCAT test dates are not scheduled for every month of the year, so this aspect of MCAT scheduling may be one of the deciding factors in your selection of an ideal MCAT test date. Any one of the available MCAT test dates may seem to be ideal for you if the MCAT testing center of your choice is available on that MCAT test date.
It is preferable to select an MCAT test date falling in the year before the one in which the medical program of your choice is slated to commence. This will give you adequate time for MCAT prep and also to plan out a retest in case you are not satisfied with the results of the first MCAT that you take. Therefore, an ideal MCAT test date for each applicant is dependent on the last date of submission of applications for admission to his desired medical college program, the time required for his MCAT prep and the availability of the MCAT testing center of his choice on that particular MCAT test date.
Preparing for MCAT
Whether you start your MCAT prep before registering for the MCAT or after it, your MCAT prep will be subjective to the MCAT test date you have chosen for taking the MCAT. It is highly advisable to start your MCAT prep before you register for the MCAT. This will give you the flexibility of choosing from different MCAT test dates in case the MCAT test date as per your first choice is not available for registration.
If the MCAT testing center that is situated near your home is not available on the MCAT test date of your choice, then you may have to consider other MCAT test dates on which this test center is available. If you have already started your MCAT prep then you may not have a problem even if you select an MCAT test date that is quite close. If you haven’t yet started your MCAT prep then you will have to choose from the MCAT test dates that give you adequate time for MCAT prep leading to a situation wherein you may have to take the MCAT from an MCAT testing center that is very far away from your location.
In order to avoid this scenario in which you'll be forced to take the MCAT either without adequate preparation or at a location far from your home, start your MCAT prep well in time. After you have registered for the MCAT, get serious about your MCAT prep. Finalize the MCAT prep schedules as per the MCAT test date. Analyze the content which is yet to be reviewed. Allocate time slots dedicated for MCAT prep daily. Do not panic as the MCAT test date draws closer. If you have been carrying out your MCAT prep earnestly on a regular basis, then there is no reason for you to be nervous and stressed out. Most people advocate starting MCAT prep well in time so that you do not have to rush in the end leading to utter confusion and panic on the MCAT test date.
Keep some days before the MCAT test date exclusively for revising whatever you have studied during your MCAT prep. Relax on the day before the MCAT test date. Get a good night’s sleep and do not attempt to stay awake the whole night trying to cram up formulae and rules of grammar. If you have gone over the basics of the content tested by the MCAT thoroughly during your MCAT prep, then you will have no problems in recalling the same while taking the MCAT. On the MCAT test date, report at the MCAT test center with a calm and composed frame of mind. Remember that hard work always pays off in the end and if you have put in your best in your MCAT prep, you will definitely succeed in the MCAT.
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