Do I have to take the MCAT exam?
Yes, you must take the MCAT exam and have your scores released to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. MCAT scores are required to make your application complete. Therefore, you must take the exam no later than the January test date of the year you plan to matriculate.
Will taking the MCAT in January hurt my chances of getting accepted to medical school?
Admissions offices get this question all the time and for us the answer is no. Scores from the January test usually reach medical schools in the first half of February. If you are going to take the MCAT in January, the best thing to do is to send in everything else needed to complete your application way before January. That way, when your MCAT scores arrive in February, your application will become complete instantly.
I took the MCAT in 2011. Is that OK?
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will not accept MCAT scores that are more than 36 months old at the time of application.
What is the most important part of the MCAT?All parts of the MCAT are important. Committees look particularly carefully at the verbal reasoning score because that is something that is not taught in medical school and medical school involves tons of reading and fast comprehension.
I have taken the MCAT three times. Do you see all of my scores?
Yes. The AMCAS application will show your testing history and include the date of every MCAT you have taken since 2000.
I retook the MCAT and my scores went down. How is that going to affect my application?
It all depends on the size of the decrease and the nature of extenuating factors, if any, associated with the second test. Be prepared to discuss why your score went down, either in your personal statement or in an interview.
How does UM Miller arrive at a combined MCAT Score (Verbal Resoning + Biological Sciences + Physical Sciences)?
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will use your highest combined score from a single date that you took the MCAT examination. This is also referred to as a single series.