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MCAT 2015: Biological and Biochemical Foundations

By November 6, 2012

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Body systems2015 seems a long way away. At least it does to me.

If you're a realist (unlike me), you understand that I'm very wrong. Time moves like a speeding freight train. And if you're a test-taker, well...you know how quickly 2013 and 2014 are going to blow by with engines pumping on full speed. The year 2015 is right around the corner, and for those of you pre-med students hoping to take the MCAT in 2015 for admittance to one of the top medical programs in the country, hang onto your scrubs: The MCAT is a-changin'.

As I stated in a blog post not long ago, the MCAT 2015 exam will have four new sections. One of them, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, is incredibly tough. Not only do you need to be able to do things like identify testable research questions and hypotheses, you'll also need to be able to reason about random and systematic error and statistical significance and uncertainty as it relates to all things biological. You'll see charts, tables, graphs and pics to help you answer some of the questions; others will stand alone.

Oh. And did I mention content? Yes. THAT. This isn't one of those test sections that you can ace without any prior knowledge. Nope. This bad boy requires class courses like Biochemistry (obviously), but also Organic Chemistry, Physics and more!

Yay!

While you're contemplating whether or not you should've gone into pre-med at all, let me reassure you: test prep makes all the difference in the world. Prepare for this new test section so you know what you're up against!

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