Nearly all medical schools require applicants to take a standardized test called the Medical College Aptitude Test. The structure of the test has just changed; it now has four components examining: biology/biochemistry, chemistry/physics, verbal reasoning, and the psychological, social and biological basis of behavior. The new test was given for the first time in spring of 2015 we have little experience with it. Although our courses are not specifically designed with the MCAT in mind our students have performed well in the past and we expect this to continue in the future. Because the test is rigorous it is important that students are challenged in their coursework and we feel that our courses are challenging and demand that students work hard to develop understanding. It is important that pre-medical students not try to choose the easiest line through college; challenging courses, not just in the obvious areas tested on the MCATs, are important in developing the skills needed to perform well on the exam.
Because the exam is rigorous and students should plan on devoting a substantial amount of time preparing for it. Most of our students utilize test preparation classes (e.g. Kaplan, Princeton Review), but some students prepare successfully on their own. No matter how good your GPA is, you will not get into medical school unless you do well on this exam!