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The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is a notoriously stressful test that may help or hurt your chances of being accepted into medical school or another post-baccalaureate program. Regardless of where you are in your undergraduate program, it is never too early to start preparing.
Even if you are a freshman who has not settled on a major, but think that going to medical school is possible, you should begin preparing for the MCAT. The best way to start preparing is to purchase at least one reference book that describes the types of questions and has the general format for the test. Once you are aware of the areas of science, math, and other subjects that are generally included on the test, you can save reference material from each class to use for studying. Additionally, if you prepare early enough, you might choose electives based on which classes would be the most helpful. Not only do you want to save old tests and notes from relevant courses, but there may be graphics in each textbook you can copy and save for later.
Saving a few dollars each month beginning in your freshman year can help you increase the number of resources at your disposal when preparing for the MCAT. Much like other standardized tests, the costs associated with registering for the test and any materials you choose to purchase can add to the stress of taking the test, especially if you face financial hardships. Unfortunately, standardized tests can place financially-strapped students at a disadvantage if they cannot use all available resources. Although investing in a prep course does not guarantee you will do well on the MCAT, it can help to have the material reinforced and to overcome any test anxiety in a simulated environment. Starting early can give you time to look into scholarships or resources that may offset the costs of test prep and the test itself if you face financial hardships.
Utilize On-Campus Resources
Sometimes the science department at your college may host prep courses or relevant seminars if enough students will participate. If there are no such options at your college, do not be afraid to initiate the process. There are often plenty of students in various departments that might want the same opportunity. Ask professors or academic advisors in your department if they would be willing to participate or give suggestions to the group of students.
With social media being easily accessible, consider reaching out and asking former students who are current medical students for test prep help. Some may be willing to meet the group on the weekend and give a short lecture about their experience and anything they should have done differently. At a minimum, try to collaborate with other students who will be testing at the same time and study together. Sometimes hearing a concept explained a different way could help you understand and remember the material.
With any standardized test, the earlier you start to prepare, the less anxious you will be, and the more time you can dedicate to studying. Contact an MCAT preparation course for more information and assistance.