MCAT Test Preparation Course Policy
The Combined BA/MD Degree Program requires that all students complete a Kaplan MCAT Preparatory course during the Spring or Summer of their 3rd year in the program. The purpose of the MCAT Prep course is to both assist in preparing students for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in content review and standardized test taking strategy. For these reasons the program requires students to choose from either a regular “on‐site” Kaplan MCAT prep course offered in the Spring or the “BA/MD” Kaplan MCAT Prep course which is offered during the summer (May and June). Of these two options, the program recommends the Summer option for two reasons:
- The student will not be trying to manage a full course load with an intensive preparatory course.
- Students will then have completed all SOM admission pre‐med course pre‐requisites.
However, to allow for curriculum flexibility, if the spring course is chosen, students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in all SOM admission pre‐med course pre‐requisites. If the summer course is chosen, students must have completed all SOM admission pre‐med course pre‐requisites. Students must attend all Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparatory classes and practice exams, with no more than two absences for any reason. Any missed classes and/or exams should be made up. Students are required to complete the assigned homework online each week. The course is paid for by the BA/MD Program. The BA/MD Program will only pay for one MCAT preparatory course.
MCAT Testing Policy
The BA/MD Program follows the testing cycle policy of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) who administers the MCAT. The policy allows students to take the MCAT up to 3 times per annual testing cycle, 4 times in two consecutive years, and 7 times in a lifetime.