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Test Prep for the Health Professions:The MCAT and GRE
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Introduction and Overview: StructureGRE
Section Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section, Two timed tasks)
One Analyze an Issue task and One Analyze an Argument task
30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
QuantitativeReasoning (Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutesper section
Un-scored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies
Total Testing Time: About 4 hours
Multi Stage Test (MST) This allows for more freedom in
how you take the test
On screen calculator Gift or a curse?
Verbal section more challenging
GRE: Scoring Quantitative and Verbal scored on 130 170 scale, for a total of 260-
Essay graded on 1-6 point scale.
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Score Quality/Section Verbal Quantitative Writing
Top Scores 163+ 165+ 5.0+
Competitive Scores 158 162 159 164 4.5
Good Scores 152-157 153 158 4.0
Needs Improvement 151 or less 152 or less 3.5 or below
GRE: Question Types
GRE Sample Problem: Sentence Equivalence
TopGRE Prep Tips
The GRE is a REASONING test.
Answer choices tell you your options.
Watch the clockbut not to much
Use charts to organize complex problems.
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Introduction and Overview: The MCAT
Chem/Phys Foundations: 10 Passages, 59 questions, 44 passage-based, 15 discrete
CARS: 9 Passages, 53 questions, passage-based
Bio/Biochem Foundations: 10 passages, 59 questions, 44 passage-based, 15 discrete
Psych/Soc Foundations: 10 Passages, 59 questions, 44 passage-based, 15 discrete
Test Section Topics Tested # of Questions Time
Tutorial (optional) - - 10 minutes
1. Chemical and Physical Foundations
of Biological Systems
Biochemistry (25%); Biology (5%);
General Chemistry (30%); Organic Chemistry (15%);
59 95 minutes
Break (optional) - - 10 minutes
2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning
No outside knowledge needed. No natural science
passages. All you need to answer the questions is in
the passage. (500-600 words per passage).
53 90 minutes
LUNCH Break (optional) - - 30 minutes
3. Biological and Biochemical
Foundations of Living Systems
Biochemistry (25%) ; Biology(65%);
General Chemistry (5%) ; Organic Chemistry (5%)59 95 minutes
Break (optional) - - 10 minutes
4. Psychological, Social, and
Biological Foundations of BehaviorBiology (5%); Psychology (65%); Sociology (35%) 59 95 minutes
Test Time - - 6 hours, 15 minutes
Total "Seated" Time (approx.) - - 7 hours, 30 minutes
MCAT Exam Structure
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Admin Date Score Release
April 1 May 3
April 23 May 24
May 6 June 7
May 14 June 14
May 20 June 21
June 2 July 6
June 18 July 19
July 8 August 9
July 9 August 9
July 22 August 23
August 4 September 7
August 5 September 7
August 19 September 20
August 20 September 20
August 25 September 27
September 1 October 4
September 9 October 12
September 10 October 12
Choosing Your Test Date
12-16 weeks of prepMinimal outside commitmentsConvenient location ( < 2 hours of travel)Prerequisite courses
Rolling admissionsAMCAS ( 6/1)Committee LettersSecondary ApplicationsSpecific program requirements
30 days between test day and score releaseNeeded for a complete application
MCAT Sample Problem
Which of the following explains why the pitch of a person's resonance voice
harmonics rises when she inhales helium instead of air?
A. The wavelength increases due to the change in temperature from the helium
B. The change in timbre results in a higher perceived frequency of the voice.
C. The frequency decreases due to the change in density from the helium atoms.
D. The speed of the sound wave remains constant regardless of changes to the
medium through which the sound wave propagates.
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Critical Analysis! Start
early to find YOUR
Science content: Rule of 2s
Passage analysis: Note-takingand highlighting
Know what to expect on test day
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