A friend and advisor once told me regarding standardized exams that one should “do it once, and do it right.” In an ideal world, you would hit your MCAT score target on one try and be extremely happy with how you did. This is unfortunately not the case for everyone. Sometimes, people bomb the MCAT […]
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Burton is an MCAT blogger. He was an undergraduate at Harvard, where he majored in History before switching gears to pursue a career in medicine. He did a post-baccalaureate and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is applying for a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Outside of things medical, he's a huge sports fan and loves football, basketball, and baseball.
Scoring on the New MCAT: The new MCAT has a new scoring system, but people are still interested in the new 45—the new perfect score. 528 is the new 45—the single highest score that can be achieved on the MCAT. A common question for those aiming for a perfect score is “how many questions can […]
The MCAT is a difficult exam that covers a wide variety of topics. Doing well on the MCAT requires a lot of hard work and dedication both in college level studies and in test preparation. While the exact formula for success varies from person to person, there are some general principles that can be applied […]
For both science majors and non-science majors, native English speakers and ESL students, the reading comprehension part of the MCAT (called the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, or CARS, section) can be daunting. The difficulty comes from having to read a long, complex passage and then needing to absorb that information in a short amount […]
The MCAT and LSAT are both graduate admissions exams for professional schools. The MCAT is for medical schools and the LSAT is for law schools. Both are difficult exams, but have different content and approaches in the material that they test. This post will cover a brief MCAT vs. LSAT comparison and some things to […]
Reading comprehension is arguably the most important component of the MCAT. There is the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section, but it is really integrated throughout the exam. Even if you know all of the science facts cold, you still need to be able to read passages, assess the information, figure out what they […]
Looking for an educational program that focuses on holistic care? Obsessed with the musculoskeletal system? Osteopathic medical schools (DO programs) provide a great alternative to MD programs. So just what do MCAT scores for DO schools look like? In other words, what do you need to get into your dream DO program? In this post, […]
Applying to medical school can be a lengthy and expensive process. Knowing about the costs and coming up with a budget can go a long way in saving money. An important and universal cost for medical school applicants is the MCAT. So, how much does the MCAT cost? How much does the MCAT cost? We’ll […]
Harvard Medical School (HMS) is widely regarded as one of the top medical schools in the country. U.S. News and World Report has HMS ranked #1 in research and #12 (tie) in primary care. Many applicants have high aspirations of attending Harvard Medical School. What are the average Harvard MCAT scores? How does one […]
Wondering how to interpret MCAT score percentiles, and how your percentile may affect your med school application? Look no further than this post!