MCAT questions . Confused.?
Should i take all the courses so that I am prepared for the MCAT?
Thanks in advance.
For instance, the medical school that I want to attend doesn’t require genetics or biochemistry. Both these subjects are included in the MCAT, however.
So whether I take the courses or not depends on how comfortable I am with these subjects.
If I think that I can study and learn the material on my own, then I will just buy a textbook and study it. Some people have done this.
On the other hand, taking the course will give you access to a professor who may offer insights that aren’t in the book or may be able to answer your questions. In addition, taking the course will FORCE you to study, as you have a grade to worry about. A lot of times, independent study doesn’t work because it is too easy to put off, especially when your other classes (with grades to worry about) start becoming more demanding.
In some schools, students are allowed to sit in on the class; essentially you just attend the lecture as an observer. You listen and learn, but don’t get any credit for the class. You also shouldn’t have to pay. Some schools will try to make you pay (I think this is called ‘auditing a class’) but if you speak to the professor who teaches the class and explain why you want to sit in, he or she may allow you to sit in without paying.
Personally, I am taking genetics this fall, mainly because I don’t trust myself to have enough discipline to study thoroughly enough for that portion of the MCAT alone XD and also because the professor teaching the course has a good reputation.
Each school’s requirements are slightly different but almost every school requires two semesters of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Most schools have some sort of mathematics requirement (most don’t require calculus, but ~15% do). Some schools require other classes like statistics, biochemistry, genetics, English, etc.
You can find the specific requirements for each school on their websites, or you can look in a book called the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements). Most college libraries and pre-med advisor’s offices have a copy, or you can order one through the AAMC website.
you’re suppose to take the mcats after youre done with all those classes dear!
I wouldnt take the mcat if you havent taken those classes because you’ll do horrible and med schools and can see!
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