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5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

By: Ryan Kelly

5 Most Common MCAT Mistakes, as explained by a professional MCAT instructor.

“Las Vegas is a great place to take your MCAT.”

This unusual tidbit was the first of many surprises when The Savvy Premed sat down for an interview with MCAT instructor Levonti Ohanisian. In addition to scoring well himself, Levonti serves as an MCAT teacher at UCSD Extension.  While he teaches all subjects, some of his best advice is how to approach the test as a whole.

Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

Medical School Admissions Offices Have “No Idea” How to Use the New MCAT Score

"We have not figured out what's a competitive MCAT score."

A wonderful, tell-it-as-it-is workshop at the UC Davis Pre Health Conference, led by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, an admissions officer from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contained that gem of a quote above.  It shows that admissions offices are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new MCAT.  They’re not sure precisely what the new MCAT measures and how to use it to select a class.

Update: How to Convert Old MCAT Scores to New (and vice versa)

Update: How to Convert Old MCAT Scores to New (and vice versa)

Back in April 2015, we posted about the New MCAT scoring and the numbers according to the AAMC. Now that the scores are out we’ve updated our conversion charts for you.

Shocker: the scores translate pretty well.  The overall median from the old MCAT (a 25) translates almost exactly to the median of the new MCAT (a 500).  The middle of the scale on each subject of the old MCAT (an 8) roughly translates to the middle of the scale on each subject of the new MCAT (a 125).

Why the MCAT Really Matters to Med Schools (it's not what you think)

Why the MCAT Really Matters to Med Schools (it's not what you think)

Up to a total MCAT score of 27 (504 on the new test), the numbers do a pretty good job of predicting who's likely to drop out of med school, who's likely to graduate in 4 years, and who's likely to pass their USMLE exams.

But just because you can succeed in med school with a 27 MCA, it doesn't mean you will get in with a 27.