Pursuing a degree in Medicine is a major decision that must be decided upon thoroughly. It is the next big step in your life. If you have the interest and passion for learning about the human body in complex detail and finding ways on how to care for it, then, it will really be a clear decision to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
It would be a great start to earn a Bachelor’s degree in a pre-medicine course. Most people who want to be doctors someday prefer to have a preparatory study that would ready them for the future life of undertaking the school of Medicine. A Bachelor’s degree would be a helpful start because the knowledge and skill sets learned from acquiring such a title would definitely prove beneficial as you go along.
In preparing for the MCAT, it takes a great deal of focus and dedication. You should prepare at least 6 months before the actual exam. You could definitely take heed of the advice of friends and relatives who have taken the exam beforehand or you could refer to journals and online references for tips and techniques on how to ace the test. It is very important that you make the necessary preparations because it is a comprehensive exam which aims to gauge your different intellectual proficiencies.
If you want to know the format and subjects that are to be included in future MCATs, you could visit helpful sites that are readily available to inform you about the topics and types of tests to be utilized. You should never just assume which subjects are only to be included in the actual tests. It is best to ask around and obtain reliable information about taking the MCAT than just relying on hearsay and assumptions.
Remember that the MCAT is not a test of speed but a test of knowledge. Yes the entire testing is timed and it follows a set of rules but your knowledge of the human body and relevant sciences plays a huge part in determining your future in the field of medicine. Practice tests and reviews are very important tools for you to use so that you will be able to fully prepare for the D-day. You could check out the Association of American Medical Colleges online resource so that you could study modules and review tools that would widen your range of learning methods.
The AAMC plays an important role in the pursuit of studying Medicine. It is the go-to organization that provides the proper aid for aspiring individuals who want to become healers and capable physicians one day. In addition, you may look into their fact sheets for helpful and informative data that may also prove inspiring when you study for the tests.
Always do practice tests so that you will train your skills at comprehending test questions and be able to allocate a set time-frame to finish a question. Study more on subjects that are challenging to you and put in more effort on understanding the topics and not just memorizing the terms. The study and practice of Medicine is all about knowing how to deduce the nature of a disease and finding the best means to deal with them. The MCAT is a precursory gauge to discovering if you are able to do that or not.
Also, you should never forget your physical well-being. You should eat healthy and stock up on vitamins and minerals. You could use a nutrition support system to help you manage a healthy lifestyle in preparation for the exams. A healthy body complements a healthy state of mind. If you take measures in ensuring that your nutrition is taken care of and you have an optimum level of functioning, then you are all the more prepared for the test. If you have time, do stimulating exercises as well.
The actual exams often come as a surprise. Different topics are laid out and sections are divided so that you will know the focus and coverage of the different parts of the exam. You and your co-testers are given a specific amount of time to complete the tests. Always remember what you have studied, keep yourself composed and stay focused throughout the tests. If you have prepared well enough, there is no reason to panic and you’re in a good place to make the first step towards pursuing a Medical degree.
Written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN and last updated Oct 24, 2018
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