News

Elsewhere-Students brace for switch to new electronic MCAT format

Daily Californian (UC-Berkeley)

(U-WIRE) BERKELEY, Calif.-With the MCAT changing in format and length for test takers in January 2007, test-prep companies and pre-med students are bracing themselves for the adjustment.

Traditional testing materials will be replaced as the eight-hour exam transitions from paper-and-pencil to a computer-based format, said Ellen Julian, associate vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which administers the exam.

The test’s length will also be reduced by 30 percent for each of its four sections, she said.

While this change is not scheduled to be put into effect until next January, association officials have been working on the transition for nearly a decade.

“We’ve been working on this forever,” Julian said. “There are even a small number of computer-based testing sites now.”

Julian said the association has been pushing for the computer format because of the benefits it will bring to students, including more chances to take the test and faster test score results.

“We will be able to offer 22 chances to test each year rather than just two weekends a year,” Julian said.

Students also will receive their scores in half the time it takes now, which is normally a 60-day waiting period, she said.

Despite enthusiasm for the change, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions officials viewed the transition with cautious optimism.

According to a survey recently conducted by Kaplan among its test-prep students, 80 percent had never taken a computer-based test and 82 percent thought they would do worse on one.

February 28, 2006

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • Error

Duke Johnson, the all-time leading rusher in Miami Hurricanes history, was one of a dozen members of ...

The Miami Hurricanes, still waiting for a starting quarterback to be named, are in the top 25 again. ...

Happy first day of school for everyone out there, including the University of Miami students. We jus ...

With the University of Miami season opener closing in, the next starting quarterback has yet to be n ...

The second fall scrimmage, closed to the media and public, is over. University of Miami coach Mark R ...

UM’s new chief academic officer holds some 40 patents, and in 2017 was inducted into the National Ac ...

University of Miami students and researchers are blogging during a month-long expedition in the Gulf ...

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, a world-renowned economist and former ambassador, fills a new role for ...

Through the U Dreamers Grant, DACA students find essential support as they pursue their college degr ...

UM students talk about their internships up north in a city that never sleeps. ...

RSS Error: A feed could not be found at http://www.hurricanesports.com/. A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly on Thursdays during the regular academic year.