According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of medical school admissions officers at 75 of the 140+ Association of American Medical Colleges-accredited schools across the United States – including many of the top ranked – the vastly revamped MCAT set to launch in 2015 has strong support. Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) medical school admissions officers support the changes to the MCAT, while only 1% don’t support the changes; 12% aren’t sure. Similarly, 74% of admissions officers say the 2015 MCAT will better prepare aspiring doctors for medical school; just 5% say it won’t; and 21% aren’t sure of what its effects will mean. For more complete results in PDF format, click here. Below are some key findings:
Which would you say is the most important factor in the medical school application process?
- MCAT score: 51%
- Undergraduate GPA: 23%
- Relevant experience: 14%
- Interview: 6%
- Letters of recommendation: 4%
- Personal statement: 3%
Based on what you know about the new MCAT, do you support the approved changes?
- Completely yes: 41%
- Generally yes: 46%
- Generally no: 1%
- Completely no: 0%
- Not sure: 12% (22%)
In order to sufficiently prepare students for the new MCAT, do pre-med programs need to revise their curricula ?
- Yes: 47% (67%)
- No: 30% (5%)
- Not sure: 22% (29%)
How do you think changes to the MCAT will affect the course load for pre-med students?
- It will increase the courseload: 40%
- It will decrease the courseload: 0%
- The courseload will stay about the same: 46%
- Not sure: 15%
Do you think the changes to the test will better prepare students for medical school?
- Yes: 74%
- No: 5%
- Not sure: 21%