Episode 35: Did you know there will be sociology, psychology and an increased emphasis on critical thinking and reasoning skills on the new MCAT? Well, some of the changes are already in effect and have been for a few years!
In this episode, Dr. Dan explains the why, what and when of the new 2015 MCAT changes that are coming.
Why change the new 2015 MCAT?
The AAMC cites that increasing population diversity and new medical science have spurred their changes. Read their full recommendations here:
What will the MCAT changes be?
A new psychological, sociological and biological foundations of behavior sections will be included, according the above report.
Also, an increased emphasis on Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills will be placed. Of course, these have been tested for many years in various ways. Interestingly, in 2009, the AAMC released a book that revealed the 4 cognitive skills being used to test every MCAT passage.
The 4 cognitive skills ALWAYS being tested in any MCAT passage are:
Strikingly, only 25% of these questions types (1/4) require any previous knowledge to answer the question; no wonder the literature majors do so well on Verbal Reasoning!
Can you name the three cognitive skills that require NO OUTSIDE INFORMATION?
If not, you’re apparently like most students who take the MCAT. No MCAT prep company really uses these cognitive skills, published by the AAMC itself – who writes the MCAT, to teach people about the MCAT.
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