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    seattle12 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    2016 Jagiellonian 6-Year Entrance Exam (Chicago)

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    Hello!

    I would like to share my experience as a 2016 applicant to Jagiellonian University Medical College and pose a question to other applicants from this year.

    I am a college graduate with a degree in psychology and applied to the 6-Year MD Program for entry in Fall 2016. I submitted my application early and received the study guide and 18 practice test from the school in February. Prior to applying, I had spoken with the school and asked them whether the Entrance Exam was comparable to the MCAT or any other American standardized test - they said no and assured me that I should rely on the study guide and 18 practice tests (9 on chemistry and 9 on biology) they would provide. I spent the next 4 months studying. I found the study guide to be poorly written and very confusing. The school had also recommended an antiquated high school chemistry homework-helper and a standard biology text. But, the study guide did not state what chapters of these texts they wanted you to read. So, I had to cross-reference the guide and find the appropriate chapter in the biology book. The chemistry book was not very helpful. I spent the majority of my time doing the practice tests. The practice tests demonstrated questions with certain themes and they were all written using a linguistic-style. I set about studying the psychology of the practice test, made sure I was able to identify the different types of questions and made sure I knew how to approach each of their unique challenges. I completed the GRE last year, so I felt prepared to break apart these practice tests and strategize.

    I was under the impression that the practice test were a representation of what the real exam would be like. I assumed they represented it's difficulty, question styles and topics. I had read on forums that the practice tests were accurate and that past applicants had used them to study with success. I remember someone stating that even some of the same questions were used on the prior exam. So, when I arrived in Chicago on test day I was totally confident. I had done the 18 practice tests numerous times, had basically read the biology test and felt solid on chemistry.

    When I sat down to take the exam, I was shocked to find that exam was very different from the practice tests. The test was far more difficult, only about 25% of the exam was on topics I recognized from the study guide, the questions on topics I did recognize were written using different vocabulary so I couldn't really work out even what they were asking, also they asked many questions about topics that weren't referenced in the study guide or biology book. For example, there were random questions about smoking - which was not mentioned anywhere on the practice test nor study guide. I was completely baffled and shocked. It felt like I'd studied for the SAT and got handed the MCAT. The parameters of biology and chemistry knowledge that the study guide and practice test demanded were not comparable to what the actual exam required, and I was nowhere near capable. I left the exam room knowing I would not be admitted.

    So, I'm obviously not at the skill level the school is looking for. But, I really wish they had provided accurate study guide and practice tests. If the practice tests and study guide had demonstrated the test's true content and difficulty level - I would never have attempted to take the exam this Spring and I would have chosen to wait and do a year of revision. I must admit, I am very disappointed by the school's choice to not update their study materials - it cost me a great deal of time and money. I also started looking at MCAT questions, and I believe that the difficulty level of many of the questions on the test were MCAT level material. So, if you're reading this and wondering what you should study - I suggest not relying in any way on the materials provided by the school and take an MCAT prep course or study an MCAT prep book. This test simply does not test you on standard, American high-school level chemistry and biology, I truly believe it is more akin to college pre-med level knowledge.

    So, that was my experience and here is my question for fellow 2016 applicants: WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE TEST'S CONTENT & DIFFICULTY? DO YOU ALSO FEEL THAT THE STUDY GUIDE & PRACTICE TESTS WERE NOT AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF THE TEST ITSELF? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES!

    Thank you!

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    Hey, I'm planning on taking this exam in May 2017, you've got me worried

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    hello

    I'm not American, I'm a student from New Zealand but I couldn't find any forums for NZ students wanting to study in Poland so I'm just gonna ask here.

    Did you have to pay the money to receive the study guides from the school?

    Even if you have a degree (BSc in my case) but didn't do the pre-requisite subjects for 4-year programme, can you still apply for 6-year MD programme?

    In NZ/Australia, we have something called GAMSAT which is equivalent to MCAT, and in the science section, they test you on chemistry, physics and biology but not necessarily requiring any knowledge in those subjects (although it would help) because the questions are 'non-verbal, logical reasoning' style where you can deduce the answer from information given in the question.
    Is the Jagiellonian 6-year programme entrance exam kind of like that? or do you have to have a knowledge in chemistry/physics/biology in order to answer the questions?

    If you fail to get in the first time, can you re-apply it next year? is there limit to how many times you can try?

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