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    I was looking at the study guidelines for the MCAT on the AAMC site and there is a bunch of anatomy questions. Now, majority of the med schools in the Caribbean only require Bio 1/2, Chem 1/2 and Orgo 1/2. For people who are taking the nontraditional route to medicine, how are they supposed to do well on said part of the MCAT if they have never taken an anatomy class? or even calculus, microbiology, etc for that matter?!

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    Buy MCAT prep books and learn EVERYTHING. Take lots of practice tests / questions as well.

    I suggest the EK 1001 series for practice problems.

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    I took the MCAT twice (yes, I'm one of those people) and neither time was there more than a few questions regarding anatomy. Don't panic over this, take anatomy if you can (it will help you tremendously later) but don't stress over it. Good luck.

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    Coming from engineering, I never took advanced biology or life science classes. I don't think it would have made much of a difference. The MCAT loves to take a fundamental understand of a subject and apply it to an unknown scenario. So long as you have the foundation, you can build off of it. Taking intro ochem, bio, chem, and phys is enough to take the test. You shouldn't worry about that. Get a good set of review books and get through them, along with lots of practice questions. With the MCAT the amount of knowledge is reasonably finite (first year classes), so doing a lot of practice questions will allow you to see a concept manipulated in many ways, which is a key to doing well.

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    I agree. Practice questions are the key. Do as many of them as you can. Also, take practice tests. A big killer on the MCAT for a lot of people is stamina. You get really really tired after hour 4 or 5. The best and only way to combat this is to do practice tests. If you can do them on a regular basis, and then once a week for 2-3 weeks before, excluding the week you take the actual test you will be in good shape. Basically if you do the questions and the practice tests, you'll feel so much more confident when you walk in there, you'll know what to expect and because of this you will have a lot less nerves and will do substantially better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen MD View Post
    I took the MCAT twice (yes, I'm one of those people) and neither time was there more than a few questions regarding anatomy. Don't panic over this, take anatomy if you can (it will help you tremendously later) but don't stress over it. Good luck.
    Did you improve much the second time?

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    There are quite a few people who retake the MCAT more than once, especially considering fixing your MCAT is much easier compared to improving a GPA with 90+ credits. So, it's not a bad thing to take it twice, especially intending on improving to increase your chances of acceptance, and probably push you into a US school if it greatly increases.

    But to answer OP, you don't need a SINGLE anatomy course. There is some basic physiology which intro bio should cover. Examkrackers goes through the rest. But, like the majority of the MCAT, knowing how to analyze the passages are key. Calculus is definitely 100% not on the MCAT. Microbiology...meh, I would say that's a bit too much, any microbio stuff on the MCAT you should pick up in intro bio and Examkrackers.
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    Thanks for all the replies! SDN's pre-med forum and MCAT discussion goes very indepth on this subject as I learned after posting this. They have a very nice 3 month study guideline with Examkrakers, TPR and some BR books. I will most likely be doing that once I finish my prereqs.

    Examkrakers and AAMC provides excellent MCAT questions available for purchase. Don't waste your time or money on a review course, examkrakers has it all.

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    Hi, thanks yes I did improve. I think a lot of that was because I was just not as freaked out the second time because of doing all the practice questions and the practice tests.

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    i have all of the exam krackers review books, 1001 questions for bio,chem,organic,physics. Audio osmosis, 101 verbal passages, and 16 mini mcats, guess what im planning to do for may, june and july of 2012? :3

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