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The MCAT is Changing.  The question is -- should you take the test now or wait until after the change?

By Ben Feuer

A new article points out an interesting debate that has come up for students planning to apply to medical school in the next year or two.  The test is set to have a major overhaul in 2015, removing the written portion and adding two new sections, “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior” and “Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.”

Will the test be easier or harder?  It's too soon to say.  What is clear is that it will be different, and that earlier prep materials will no longer be relevant.  This means applicants face a simple choice -- should they take the test quickly, before it changes, or wait until after the change to begin studying?

Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to this question.  There are, however, pros and cons to each approach.


•  You won't have to worry about a lack of prep materials

•  You will know what your score means

•  You will have it out of the way, and will no longer have to worry about it


•  There is no need to rush your studying and potentially hurt your score

•  Schools may favor applicants who have taken the newer test, feeling that it examines more relevant skill sets.

What should you do?  Consult experts, people that you trust and who know your case well.  Every situation is different.  But whatever you do, don't get caught in-between these two choices by studying for a test that will prove irrelevant when the time comes to take it!


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