Abdul El-Sayed

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MCAT Prep: The Pros & Cons of Re-taking the Test

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 11/28/12 9:45 AM

The 2012 MCATs are over, and the holiday season is rolling around. And quickly approaching is the 2013 season of MCATs. It’s very easy to get sucked into a vortex of obsessing over MCAT, feeling discouraged by your score, and hoping to score better next time.

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The Seven elements of a worthwhile MCAT review program: Part II

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 9/25/12 12:55 PM

Studying for the MCAT isn’t always sunshine and lollipops, so most people want to make sure that they get it over with the first time around. And what’s the most important predictor of their success in doing so? Their study program. To quote a proverb: “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”

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7 elements of a worthwhile MCAT review program: Part I

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 9/12/12 7:32 AM

Studying for the MCAT isn’t always sunshine and lollipops, so most people want to make sure that they get it over with the first time around. And what’s the most important predictor of their success in doing so? Their study program. To quote a proverb: “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”

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The Medical School Personal Statement: What Makes a Good One?

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 8/29/12 8:00 AM

One of the hardest parts of applying to medical school for many students is crafting a solid personal statement.

Your personal statement is the crown jewel of your application—believe it or not. That’s because it’s the piece of the application over which you have the most control. This is your chance to tell the admissions committee everything they won’t see in your GPA, your MCAT score, your list of activities, or even your letters of recommendation

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Medical School Admissions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 8/10/12 7:17 AM

MCAT out of the way, and the only thing standing between you and your dream school is the medical school application process.

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Know Your Opponent: A Brief History of the MCAT

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 6/25/12 11:28 AM

Let's explore the history of the MCAT:

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) (of which we know all of you are intimately aware) is the rite of passage for students intending on applying to medical schools (MD and DO), as well as certain other fields ancillary to medicine in the United States and Canada. The exam was first developed in 1928 in response to astoundingly high attrition rates in US medical schools (ranging as high as 50%).[1] By 1946, attrition rates had dropped to 7%, and the MCAT was widely credited with having undergirded this drop.

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Charting your course through the MCAT: Five Helpful Questions to Ask

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 6/15/12 9:21 AM

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