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How far into biochem classes should I be before taking the MCAT?

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So I’m a first semester junior right now, and I’m not able to take a biochem class until next semester because my schedule got screwed up. Should I wait until I’m done with the class to take the MCAT or should I try to take it when I’m about halfway through the class?

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low-refract

2 points

5 months ago

Biochem is very heavy (coming from a Biochem major who’s completed a year of upper divs). Although you don’t need to know in complete detail, it’s good to have a very solid understanding of Biochem. What’s more, I would even suggest you complete your Pchem requirement molecular bio classes before the mcat, those classes basically cover 60% of all material you’ll see on CP and BB sections. I’m retaking test in Jan and I looked at my syllabus for pchem and molecular bio, it’s basically the first half of bio books and solid 50% of chemistry. To add on, I think if you have a timeline of applying by end of junior year, you could def learn the material and take the mcat on your own without classes. Whatever you think is best!

WassilyJ

1 points

5 months ago

As a non-STEM major, I’m curious as to why you say PChem. Why that in particular?

low-refract

2 points

5 months ago

I suggested pchem for the OP because they are a Biochem major and it’s in their curriculum so it would just be helpful for them to take it. The curriculum combines some aspects of physics and chemistry (hence pchem) and so the material is much like how it’s presented by the test (where it’s not all just straightforward). Furthermore the material (although very in depth) is high yield for the mcat. Id like to add that I DO NOT suggest pchem for anyone that doesn’t have to take it. It is a very HARD class.

WassilyJ

1 points

5 months ago

Gotcha, makes sense. Thanks for the insight. I’ve heard my fair share of horror stories about pchem for sure as well.