ABCs of the Medical School Application

January 30, 2012

Below is information on the 3 major parts of the medical school application process. For those just starting out, it is important to know what process entails. I pray you find this helpful and enlightening .

 ~KeAndrea “Kiki” Titer

A ~ Awesome MCAT

MCAT Basics-

The MCAT is given from January to September.  It is best to take it in June or July. Try not to take it later than August. The MCAT is broken down into the following sections with score ranges as follows:

  • Physical Sciences (G. Chem and Physic)- 1-15
  • Verbal Reasoning- 1-15
  • Biological Sciences (Biology and O. Chem)-1-15
  • Writing Sample- J(low)-T(high)

The MCAT is a 4 hour and 20 min test. There are 10 min breaks available between each section. There are 52 multiple-choice questions in the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences section. Most of the questions are “passage-based,” meaning they refer to short passages of text formatted like scientific journal articles, research reports, data analysis or scientific editorials.The Verbal Reasoning section is similar to the Reading Comprehension sections on the SAT and GRE, but the passages selected for the MCAT are little denser.  There are 40 questions which test your ability to recognize main ideas, identify the author’s tone, draw conclusions, break down arguments and apply information from the text to new hypothetical situations. The Writing Sample consists of two half-hour essays in response to two short prompts. The Writing Sample Tests your ability to formulate and communicate an argument in standard written English and to support your argument using logical and relevant examples. It is VERY important that you do many practice question and sample full length tests in order to get comfortable in taking the test.


B~ Beastly AMCAS

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is a non-profit, centralized application processing service that is provided for those seeking entrance into a U.S. medical schools. Most medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application method.

Sections of the AMCAS

  1. Beginning the Application The first three sections of the application are Identifying Information, Schools Attended, and Biographic Information. In these sections, you’ll supply information about who you are, where you went to school, where you live, and how you can be contacted.
  2. Entering your Course Work The Course Work section is often reported as the most difficult section to complete. You should start by requesting a personal copy of your official transcript from each school you attended after high school. You’ll then use those transcripts to enter detailed information regarding every course in which you enrolled at any post-secondary institution.
  3. Work/Activities The Work/Activities section gives you the opportunity to enter up to 15 experiences (work, extracurricular activities, awards, honors, publications, etc…). You’ll be asked to supply the date of the experience, hours per week, a contact, the location, and a description of the experience.
  4. Letters of Evaluation The Letters of Evaluation section is where you will enter information regarding each letter of evaluation being sent to AMCAS. Up to 10 letter entries may be created. Letter entries may continuously be added throughout the application process; however, after submission of your application, letter entries cannot be edited or deleted. (Tip: Tell you teachers about the LOE NOW!! Send them you academic info, AMCAS’ generated LOE ID and Password, and submission deadline) Give a deadline at least 1-2 weeks before you actually plan submitting your AMCAS.

5.      Medical Schools– The Medical Schools section is where you will select the schools to which you will apply.

6.      Essays– The Essay(s) section is where you will compose your personal statement explaining any pertinent information not included elsewhere in the application.

7.      Standardized Tests-The Standardized Tests section is used to enter or edit future MCAT test dates, as well as review previous MCAT scores, and enter any additional test information, such as GRE scores.

8.      Submitting your Application– Before submitting your application, we strongly recommend using the “Print Application” button on the Main Menu for proofreading purposes – very few changes are permitted after submission. Payment is due at this time as well.


C ~ Charming


 Interview Preparation Advice

1)      Research the details of the schools programs.

2)      Write down any questions or concerns you have about the school. And take notes as the interviewer answers your questions.

3)      Write down all the things you like about the school.

4)      Reassess why you are you good candidate for the school and write them down.

5)      Think about five positive things about yourself.

6)      Go over your application because anything you have on your there is fair game in the interview.

7)      For ladies you may want to bring some flats because you will be doing some walking during the tour of the school.

8)      Make sure you have a portfolio to take notes as you go on the tour of the medical school.

9)      Review potential interview questions, however do not memorize scripted answers.

10)  Relax! Getting the interview is half the battle won, all they want to do now is see your personality and make sure you’re not crazy.