Took MCAT in 04/2010. Did around my average from practice tests. Only prepped for four weeks. Prepped by taking almost 13 exams. I took MCAT class earlier in the fall of 2010, but because of all my committments I didn\'t have time to keep up with homework.
Advice on MCAT based on my regrets:
Take MCAT class during the summer, not during school. It is way too much stress.
I think that my technique of just taking tests was not a bad one. I just wish I had more time to review subjects I was struggling with in more detail. Also, do not underestimate bio. which was my mistake.
On the day of test just pretend its game time and do your best. Unless you fell asleep during one of the sections I would not void, because you never know and sometimes you need a kick in the butt to get you moving along.
Strong basic science research, 1 publication, several abstracts, conferences, honors,
Strong community service and clinical experiences
Bball intramural, coaching in community
Letters of Rec:
1 research, 1 community service, 1 clinical, 1 foreign language professor, 1 chem professor, and 1 bio professor
-Be true to yourself.
-Never think that your reason for medicine is cliche and write all that you can about why you want to go to medicine. Then refine and think of how to tie it into nice stories that adcoms can remember. Give yourself several months to do this. I started writing after MCAT in May and only had two weeks until June 1 amcas opening. Stressed out so much, didn\'t like my initial drafts and kept working on it until mid July!
- Try not to put too much pressure on yourself because that will really give you a bloc.
- Make sure to have people you know and a counselor who doesn\'t know you read it.
I am truly a rebel of medical school admissions process. Since I was applying later I wanted to make sure that at least my secondaries were good. Took at least 2 weeks to work on them, think about them and then send them in.
Advice to come...
Be prepared for a long and challenging year. It is something I have been preparing for a very long time and when I finally realized that someone is willing to train me it was an amazing feeling!!! I was super excited and then all of a sudden I felt like how you feel after an extreme and sustained adrenalin rush, physically tired and finally at peace.