To ensure that students receive accurate and up-to-date information on trends in the medical school admissions process, Kaplan Test Prep annually surveys admissions officers from medical schools across the United States. The survey data collected helps Kaplan provided informed insights to the thousands of aspiring medical school students we work with each year. Click Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 Survey of Medical School Admissions Officers for the results. Here are some highlights:
- Forty-four percent said it makes no difference which MCAT score is submitted – the current one expiring in January 2015 or the new one launching in April 2015; 28% recommend pre-meds take the current MCAT; and 27% recommend they take the new test.
- Biochem is currently a prerequisite at 27% of medical schools, according to Kaplan’s survey, but responses indicate that percentage will increase to at least 32% for students enrolling in 2016 (which includes some current college seniors and most juniors), and likely much more — 24% said they were not sure what their policy will be.
- 40% of medical schools say that a low MCAT score is the biggest “application killer.”