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January 15, 1988

MCAT: Desperately Seeking Med School

Author Affiliations

From the American Medical Association, Chicago.

From the American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1988;259(3):405-407. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720030065037

I AM not certain why I decided to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) again, 18 years after my first confrontation with it. Perhaps it was idle curiosity or perhaps a desire to see firsthand what changes had occurred in the test (or in me) so many years later. My attempt at repeating the exam wouldn't be the first such try. Robert Powers1 had previously published an insightful and carefully documented account of a similar endeavor. In fact, in reading his essay, I am struck by how closely his observations parallel my own.

See also p 389.

Like Powers, I thought that I might be an apt guinea pig for this uncontrolled adventure. Over the years, I have been asked to submit to virtually every optically scanned multiple-choice English-language examination that educators have yet devised. Since the 10th grade, I have taken the following in chronological order: Essential