Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

2020 MCAT Dates and Prep Materials

We are pleased to announce the US 2020 MCAT® calendar is now available online. Follow us on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for regular updates and announcements.

We are also excited to share with you several updates to the MCAT Official Prep portfolio offered by the AAMC. This October 2019, the AAMC will launch two new, low-cost MCAT Official Prep products written by the test developers and two enhanced free resources to help you prepare for test day. Stay tuned for the official launch announcement.

New AAMC MCAT Official Prep Low-Cost Products

  • AAMC MCAT Official Prep Practice Exam 4: Practice Exam 4 will be the fifth full-length practice exam made available by the AAMC and fourth full-length practice exam to include estimated scaled scoring to help students prepare for and simulate the MCAT testing conditions. This practice exam will also include explanations for all answer choices.
  • AAMC MCAT Official Prep Online Flashcards: An online version of the current print AAMC MCAT Official Flashcards and contains the same 150-individual practice questions. Students will be able to access these questions via their computer or mobile devices and track their progress in the MCAT Official Prep Hub’s online score reports.

Enhanced AAMC MCAT Official Prep Free Resources

  • How to Create an MCAT Study Plan Online Guide:  Study plans are an important way to help students stay organized and on track. The guide includes six steps to creating a personalized MCAT exam preparation strategy. It also provides information on how to use AAMC MCAT Official Prep resources and products. The guide includes worksheets to help examinees track their progress. Students can download the Study Plan Guide or access it as an online tool by visiting the AAMC MCAT Official Prep Hub at www.aamc.org/mcatprep.
  • Updated Practice with Exam Features Tool: This free tool has been updated with 12 MCAT questions, three from each section, and allows students to become familiar with the various features of the MCAT exam, such as highlight and strikethrough. All questions include the correct answer and solution explanation.

The new MCAT Official Prep products, Practice Exam 4 and the online flashcards, will be added to the AAMC Fee Assistance Program starting in October 2019. AAMC Fee Assistance Program awardees who have opted to receive their MCAT Official Prep products benefit in 2019 will also be granted access to these products, in addition to the current online AAMC MCAT Official Prep products. Please visit our website for more information and the full list of Fee Assistance Program benefits. If you have questions about the Fee Assistance Program, please contact fap@aamc.org or 202-828-0600.

HOW TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER DENTAL SCHOOLS

“What other dental schools have you applied to?” This is a popular question asked by friends, family, peers, advisors, mentors and other predental students in forums online. Sometimes, it’s asked during dental school interviews. You probably know that the ADEA AADAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application asks you to list the schools to which you applied in prior application cycles. But did you know that some dental schools will also ask you to report the schools to which you are applying in the current application cycle?

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2019-2020 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN:  OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2019-2020!  As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application. The application is available at https://www.optomcas.org/ and also directly at http://optomcas.liaisoncas.com

MORE INFORMATION:  General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website. Please also take a look at the new site futureeyedoc.org.    

AACOM Launches New Search Tool for Osteopathic Medical Colleges

We are excited to announce that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has launched the Choose DO Explorer, the Association’s first online search tool created to help prospective medical students more readily find information about admission to osteopathic medical colleges.

The Explorer provides information on school locations, dual degree options, institutional campus settings, mean overall GPA and MCAT scores for enrolled students, and application deadlines, among other relevant college details. 

With 25 percent of all U.S. medical students now attending a college of osteopathic medicine, the field has become one of the fastest growing health professions in the nation. As part of the Choose DO initiative, the Explorer reflects AACOM’s commitment to promoting osteopathic medical education as a preferred pathway for future physicians and looks to increase the number of qualified physicians available to meet U.S. health care needs.

Enhancements and added searchable criteria will be made to the Explorer in the future.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Application

Before an interview, you probably spend a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect outfit. You want to look the part—poised, confident, and professional. How people see you when you meet in person is important, but what about your digital image? When people search for you online and view your social media accounts, what are you showing them? More than you might imagine.Before an interview, you probably spend a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect outfit. You want to look the part—poised, confident, and professional. How people see you when you meet in person is important, but what about your digital image? When people search for you online and view your social media accounts, what are you showing them? More than you might imagine.

Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair

Your pathway to a veterinary career begins with applying for and attending veterinary school. We invite you to join us on June 18, 2019 for the first ever Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair!

There will be over twenty-five veterinary schools from all over the world ready to chat with you about the veterinary career, applying to veterinary school and more! There is also a special chat room with the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

To register for the fair, or to find out more information, please click on the fair graphic above, or you can click HERE