An M.D. degree is the most highly sought after prize. Admission to medical school is prestigious and the eventual monetary benefits are great. Approximately one out of three qualified students who apply to West Virginia medical schools are admitted. The drawbacks are:
The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.
Medical school is demanding, fast paced and long hours. Typically the first two years of medical school is divided into three week blocks. The last two years are clinical experiences. Click here to view an idea of the overall requirements at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Of course medical schools vary so you should check the school of your choice for more information.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), is taken preferably in the fall or early spring of your junior year of undergraduate school.
Currently, the MCAT is a five and one-half hour self-paced computerized exam. Optional breaks are including during the exam. The exam is divided into four parts: verbal reasoning (40 questions lasting 60 minutes), biological sciences (52 questions lasting 70 minutes), physical sciences (52 questions lasting approximately 70 minutes), and writing sample (approximately 2 questions lasting 60 minutes).
The approximate cost is $210.00. Additional fees such as late registration, change of testing site, or rescheduling fees can be included in the total cost.
There is no penalty for guessing; which means that if you are unsure of your answer, you should guess rather than leave the question unanswered. Unanswered items are incorrect, but there are no additional score reductions for answers that you guess incorrectly. The scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 15 for each of the three multiple-choice sections of the test. Writing Sample essays are rated by a group of trained readers. Your raw score on the Writing Sample is the sum of four individual raw scores ranging from 1 to 6. Your total raw score is converted to an alphabetic scale ranging from J (lowest) to T (highest).
For the most current information on cost, review the MCAT web site.
In 2015, the MCAT's changes. The writing sample will be eliminated and replaced with a reading/critical thinking exam. The MCAT will include more social/behavioral science specifically Psychology, Sociology with some Philosophy and Ethics. The science portion will not change.