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Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

6 Ways to Level Up Your Medical School Application

By: Ryan Kelly

Being a pre-med is like playing a massive, multiplayer role-playing game (RPG). Similar to characters in RPGs, pre-meds must gain experience, collaborate with others, conquer obstacles, and step into unfamiliar territory.

Okay sure--there’s a big difference between navigating your Night Elf Druid through a dungeon and let’s say, volunteering in the ER. But the idea is the same. You’re trying to “level up”-- whether in the game or real life.

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.

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

Highly Recommended: Too Much To Do, Not Enough Time

I’ll never forget a student who once asked - in all seriousness - whether she should try to study more for her MCAT by cutting her sleep from seven hours per night to only four.  With three more hours per night, she reasoned, she could get some quality studying done!  Wasn’t this the solution to her problems?

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.