Medical Schools Admissions Officials Optimistic About New MCAT

By Catherine Groux
Posted November 05, 2012 10:00 AM

Most medical school admissions officials are optimistic about the MCAT2015.
Most medical school admissions officials are optimistic about the MCAT2015.
When students apply to medical school, they must submit their scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is designed to examine their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their knowledge of scientific and medical concepts.

If students plan to start medical school in the fall of 2016 or later, they will have to take an updated version of this exam, which the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) calls the MCAT2015. After careful examination, the AAMC decided to alter the MCAT by eliminating the elements that were not effectively evaluating students, and adding new sections that would do so.

For example, the MCAT2015 will feature a new social and behavioral sciences section, which the AAMC says reflects the importance of behavioral and socio-cultural factors in patient outcomes. Additionally, the new test will have a critical analysis and reasoning skills section, as well as a natural sciences portion.

While students have yet to take the new exam, medical school admissions officers are optimistic about the changes. According to a new survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 87% of admissions officers said they support the use of the MCAT2015, while only 1% said they do not support the changes to the exam. Additionally, 74% of admissions officials said they feel the new MCAT will better prepare aspiring doctors for the work they will encounter in medical school and their future careers.

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