So if you are wondering what this hot mess is up right here, it’s a notification that the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is going to be even more challenging by 2015. My pre-med friend received this email from the place she is getting her test prep classes, Kaplan.
It’s pretty straight forward. Longer test time and more of a science coverage than there already is.
For those who don’t know, the MCATs are required by almost all medical schools in the US and Canada. It is completely computerized now and divided into 4 sections: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Sample (essay), and Biological Sciences. It sounds like a typical standardized test, but its comprehensive of some of the hardest topics I’ve ever seen including Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and of course the Biological Sciences. Good doses of common sense, reasoning, and the endurance to withstand 5 hours of testing are also required.
Now that I am a 3rd year biology undergrad, I’ve seen a bunch of my peers freaking out about this exam. It could either make or break their chances at med school. It’s nerve-racking and difficult enough as it is both mentally and subject coverage-wise.
I don’t know what there is to gain from making the exam harder. Weeding out the best candidates for medical schools? The medical field is already overly competitive, at this rate our future doctors are going to be robots with human skin. The kids who may have a little less than perfect GPAs, but deserve a shot at admin interviews because of their personality and experiences are never gonna get it because of a ridiculous number known as their MCAT score.
Now technically if I decide to still take the exam next year, or even the year after that, I would not be affected. However, the thought irks me.
Reason #23942093930284230 why I don’t want to consider med school anymore.