Tests & Scores
October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: MCAT Classes and Communication

To our MCAT students: As always, we are committed to the success and well-being of our students and our faculty.  As a business, we try our best to remain in operation during periods of inclement weather to provide information about class cancellations in your area and to provide assistance to ensure that you can continue with your studies with minimal disruptions. We have a team of Kaplan representatives ready to help.  However, due to increased call volumes, students may experience a delay in reaching an Enrollment and Experience representative by telephone or email. We appreciate your patience during this time. Please be assured that we remain absolutely committed to your educational success and want to do our part in easing any concerns you may have. We will contact you if there are any changes to your regularly scheduled class. If you do not receive any notification, you should assume your class will meet as scheduled. Most importantly, we hope you and your families stay safe during this time. Your safety and well-being is a primary concern, and we look forward to continuing to support you as best we can. ...read more
Tests & Scores
July 2, 2012

Changing the MCAT Test Date

In my MCAT prep courses, I have been getting a common question from many of my students. “When is it appropriate to change your MCAT test date?”  Now there are many factors to consider in this decision and it is not something to take lightly, but first to get the facts straight from the AAMC policy on changing the MCAT test dates.  Yes, you are allowed to change your testing date, provided there is an open spot on the date you are newly considering.  You will be charged a $70 fee when changing your testing date and center.  If you change the testing date and center at different times you will be charged $140.   If you want to cancel your MCAT test date to wait for the next calendar year, you are able to do that as well, for a partial refund, as long as it is 14 days before the exam.  The full information can be found on the AAMC website. Now that we understand the policy on changing the testing dates, when would it be an appropriate time to do so?
  • You are rushed.  That study plan that you originally laid out at the beginning of your Kaplan course never quite came through the way you thought it would.  At this point in the game you are cramming everything in and you are beginning to have vivid dreams of Organic Chemistry monsters swallowing you up, and mysterious physics equations that just can’t quite be remembered.
  • Your scores aren’t where you would like them to be.  We highly recommend for student to take AT LEAST 8-10 full length examinations.  This number allows for you the student to have an honest representation of how you are going to score on the real thing.  You must have a larger sample size, i.e. more tests, to have an honest representation of your average score. Everyone has good days and bad.  There is no sense in taking the test if you are not scoring in the range you need to get into the schools you want.
  • Life throws a curveball.  Whatever the case there may be things that can happen where it might not be the best time in your personal life to take your MCAT exam.  If you are having extenuating circumstances that are preventing you from giving your full focus to your academics it might be best to post-pone your test so that you will be able to meet your full potential.
In summary, the MCAT takes approximately 300 hours to study for.  Ideally we want our students to spread their study out over 12-14 weeks so that the time you are studying is less anxiety inducing and you are able to focus on the task at hand.  Simply, never go into an MCAT under-prepared, not scoring where you need to be for your target schools, or at a time when your personal life might be distracting you from giving your full focus to the exam.  If you have any questions please remember to reach out to us on the Kaplan MCAT Facebook page or our twitter account @KaplanMCATprep Happy Studies! Pat ...read more

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