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The Top 5 Medical Schools for Your Major

The Association of American Medical Colleges projected that U.S. medical schools enrollment will increase by 30 percent from 2002 to 2017. More students are dedicating their studies to saving other people’s lives every year but not all of them are planning on being the typical family doctor. There are over 120 specialties and subspecialties within […]

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When is the Best Time to Take the MCAT?

Ninety percent of medical school admission officers consider GPA and MCAT to be the two most important factors in admission in the early stages. Although officers look for high grades from medical school applicants, an outstanding MCAT score can abate a not-as-good GPA. This is a great (yet challenging) opportunity to take advantage of, considering […]

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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #2

It’s important to have some form of clinical experience for your medical school applications, whether it’s volunteer work or shadowing. By no means is it a requirement for applying, but medical schools like to see that you have an idea of what clinical work is like. The best way to get that knowledge is to […]

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Medical School Personal Statement Tip #1

The personal statement for your medical school applications is very difficult thing to write. When you start asking yourself, you might realize that it’s a difficult question: why do you want to go to medical school and what makes it a good idea? The personal statement is also a minefield; tips can very easily take […]

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What’s a Good SAT Score?

The straight answer is: it depends. It depends on where you want to go (or who you want to impress). According to the College Board’s table of 2013 SAT percentiles, the median SAT score for college-bound seniors was around 1500 combined. So maybe a ‘good SAT score’ is anything over that mark: you’ll be better […]

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Your Test and Your Confidence

To succeed on standardized tests, you need a certain level of confidence. This is true of most pursuits, but standardized testing is such a stressful and anxiety-producing venture that confidence in your abilities will make or break your score. Most students know the feeling of mid-test anxiety: you begin to worry about that answer that […]

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Approaching Test Day

Test day is tough, whatever the test. At least as important, though, is the time leading up to the big day. The right approach can make all the difference. 1) Take a break. Two or three days before your test date, give yourself a break and stop studying. Not only does cramming not work, but […]

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Time Management Tips for the MCAT

Time management can be one of the most daunting issues facing a student who is looking to take the MCAT. It can be difficult to find a pacing that allows you to finish on time, without sacrificing accuracy or comprehension. This difficulty is exacerbated by the breakdown of questions on the MCAT – 52 questions […]

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MCAT exam – Importance, Exam Dates, and Goal Scores

How important of a factor is the MCAT? The MCAT is required for the vast majority of US MD and DO schools. Although most competitive medical schools will look for a composite score of 30 and above, medical school admissions is largely a holistic process. This means that the MCAT, while an important factor, is […]

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Common Interview Mistakes

1) Arriving late. A lack of timeliness speaks volumes about your own personal and professional character. Not only is it disorganized, but it is disrespectful to the school that is hosting you and your interview group. Avoid this by allowing for delays like heavy traffic or getting lost on your way. If you arrive with plenty […]

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