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Changes made to the MCAT

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Changes made to the MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will undergo major changes that will make the exam harder for students who want to pursue the ever-changing field of medicine.

The MCAT exam is a standardized test that students are required to take if they desire to attend medical school. The test examines problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of science and medical concepts.

The 2015 MCAT exam is expected be much harder with three additional classes for students’ undergraduate prerequisites, 117 questions added to the exam and a nearly doubled test time.

Students currently are required to take eight classes as prerequisites for the MCAT. Now students must take 11 total classes in preparation for the exam. Essentially the additional classes make for three extra semesters work.

Amanda Driggers, a junior psychology major, thinks that the extra coursework may affect a student’s undergraduate career.

“I think that them adding three semesters worth of work could be detrimental to students’ undergrad programs because they would have to be in school for longer,” said Driggers. “Then that would affect if students go to med school or not since they’ll be in school for longer.”

The three additional semesters will consist of classes in biochemistry, sociology and psychology.

Currently, 144 questions are taken over a three hour and 20 minute time span. With the changes, the test will have 261 questions that will be taken over six hours and 15 minutes.

Bryan McNinch, ECU’s Kaplan representative and a junior finance major, thinks the test’s time doubled because of the changing medical field and to evaluate students’ focus and stamina.

“They figured they’d make it harder because of the changing medical field,” said McNinch. “They obviously thought students needed to be more prepared. They add another dynamic to the test when they added three hours.”