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INSTITUTE FOR MINORITY PHYSICIANS OF THE FUTURE (IMPF) MCAT PREPARATION PROGRAM

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Institute for Minority Physicians of the Future (IMPF) MCAT Preparation Program

IMPF mission is to become a leading organizational force for parity in medical education by helping minority students develop the skills that will enable them to compete on a more equal footing in the medical school admission process, and once in medical school, provide them with learning aids from the best medical education communities around the world. The Institute for Minority Physicians of the Future elucidates, distills and fuses educational psychology, information technology and undergraduate medical education data; and then develops programs, projects and products that serve to increase recruitment, admission and retention (RAR) of Under-represented in Medicine (URM) in major United States medical schools. The ultimate goal being for these students to defend, define and develop medical careers that will be committed to the elimination of health disparities in racial/ethnic minorities and the poor. IMPF core strategy is to identify, inform, recruit, assist, advise and educate promising AfricanAmerican, Native-American, and Hispanic-American, high school and college students in order to increase the number of minority medical students and PhD. candidates in United States medical schools.

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The Medical College Admission Test, commonly known as the MCAT, is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States and Canada. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis, and writing skills in addition to knowledge of scientific concepts and principles. Prior to August 19, 2006, the exam was a paper-and-pencil test; since January 27, 2007, however, all administrations of the exam have been computer-based.

The MCAT today


The exam is offered 25 or more times per year at Prometric centers. The number of administrations may vary each year. Ever since the exam's duration was shortened to 4.5-5 hours, the test may be offered either in the morning or in the afternoon. Some test dates have both morning and afternoon administrations. The test consists of four sections, listed in the order in which they are administered on the day of the exam: * Physical Sciences (PS) * Verbal Reasoning (VR) * Writing Sample (WS) * Biological Sciences (BS) The Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences sections are in multiplechoice format. The Writing sample consists of two short essays that are typed into the computer. The passages and questions are predetermined, and thus do not change in difficulty depending on the performance of the test taker (unlike, for example, the Graduate Record Examination). The Physical Sciences section assesses problem-solving ability in general chemistry and physics and the Biological Sciences section evaluates these abilities in the areas of biology and organic chemistry. The Verbal Reasoning section evaluates the ability to understand, evaluate, and apply information and arguments presented in prose style. The Biological Sciences section most directly correlates to success on the USMLE Step 1 exam, with a correlation coefficient of .553 vs. .491 for Physical Sciences and .397 for Verbal Reasoning. Predictably, MCAT composite scores also correlate with USMLE Step 1 success.
Administration Section Questions 52 40 Minutes 70 60

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Writing Sample

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Biological Sciences 52

The Physical Sciences section is administered first (prior to the April 2003 MCAT, Verbal Reasoning was the first section of the exam). It is composed of 52 multiple-choice questions related to general chemistry and physics. Exam takers are allotted 70 minutes to complete this section of the exam. The Verbal Reasoning section follows the Physical Sciences section and an optional 10 minute break. Exam takers have 60 minutes to answer 40 multiple-choice questions evaluating their comprehension, evaluation, and application of information gathered from written passages. Unlike the Physical and Biological Sciences sections, the Verbal Reasoning section is not supposed to require specific content knowledge in order to perform well. Prior to the computerization of the MCAT there was a 60 minute lunch break after the Verbal Reasoning section followed by the Writing Sample? With the new Computer-Based Testing format the 60 minute lunch break has been substituted by an optional 10 minute break. The Writing Sample gives examinees 60 minutes to compose responses to two prompts (30 minutes for each prompt, separately timed). Each essay is graded on a scale of 1 to 6 points twice. The scores from individual essays are added together and then converted to a letter scale of J, the lowest, through T, the highest. After the Writing Samples, there is an optional 10 minute break followed by the Biological Sciences section. Examinees have 70 minutes to answer 52 multiple-choice questions related to organic chemistry and biology.

Scoring
Scores for the three multiple-choice sections range from 1 to 15. Scores for the writing section range alphabetically from J (lowest) to T (highest). The writing section is graded by a human reader and a computerized scoring system. Each essay is scored twice - once by the human reader and once by the computer - and the total writing sample score is the sum of the four individual scores. The total raw score is then converted to an alphabetic scale ranging from J (the lowest) to T (the highest). The numerical scores from each multiple-choice section are added together to give a composite score. The score from the writing sample may also be appended to the composite score (e.g. 35S). The maximum composite score is 45T but any score over 30P is considered fairly competitive, as this is the average for matriculates to medical school.[7] There is no penalty for incorrect multiple choice answers, thus even random guessing is preferable to leaving an answer choice blank (unlike many other standardized tests). Students preparing for the exam are encouraged to try to balance their subscores; physical, verbal, and biological scores of 12, 13, and 11 respectively may be looked upon more favorably than 14, 13, and 9, even though both amount to the same composite score.
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The standard deviation is 2.0-2.3 depending on the year and form of the exam.

Policies
Like some other professional exams (e.g. the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)), the MCAT may be voided on the day of the exam if the exam taker is not satisfied with his or her performance. The decision to void must be made before leaving the test center and before seeing the exam results. The AAMC prohibits the use of calculators, timers, or other electronic devices during the exam. [9] Cellular phones are also strictly prohibited from testing rooms and individuals found to possess them are noted by name in a security report submitted to the AAMC. The only item you may bring into the testing room with you is your photo ID. If you wear a jacket or sweater, it may not be removed in the testing room. It is no longer a rule that students must receive permission from the AAMC if they wish to take the MCAT more than three times total. The limit with the computerized MCAT is three times per year, with no lifetime limit. An examinee can register for only one test date at a time, and must wait two days after testing before registering for a new test date. MCAT exam results are made available to examinees approximately thirty days after the test via the AAMC's MCAT Testing History (THx) Web application. Examinees do not receive a copy of their scores in the mail. MCAT THx is also used to transmit scores to medical schools, application services and other organizations (at no cost).

Preparation
Like most standardized tests, there are a variety of preparatory materials and courses available. The AAMC itself also offers a select few tests for purchase at their website www.e-mcat.com and one free sample test on their main website at www.aamc.org/mcat. Approximately half of the students taking the MCAT use a test prep company. Prices for these courses are usually from $1500 - $2000. Students who do not use these courses often rely on material from university text books, MCAT preparation books, sample tests, and free web resources, such as My MCAT (A mediawiki powered, open community project to provide free mcat resources for all students).

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List of MCAT topics cover in IVMS Preparation Course

IVMS MCAT PREP. teaches biological , chemial and physical science at the High School and College Level by facilitating student PowerPoint remixes|recreation from templates. Students learn by hands on derivitive creation. Then they present their updated presentations to their peers.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics PowerPoints for Download


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FREE PowerPoint Presentations for teachers

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Download the Syllabus: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)-Content Outline for Biological Science Section

Biology Power Points for download


Alcohol [2] Blood [2, 3, 4, 5] Bones The Brain [2] Cell division [2] Cell membranes [2] Cell structures [2, 3, 4] Cells [2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Chromosome Circulation [2, 3] Cloning [2] Digestion [2] DNA [2, 3, 4, 5] Ecology [2] Electrophoresis Endocrine and nervous system [2] Environments [2] Enzymes [2, 3, 4] Feeding relationships Fertilizers and Pesticides Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, & mammals Fungi Gel Electrophoresis Gene Function and Structure Genetics [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] Healthy Bodies [2] Heart [2, 3] Hedgerows and Monoculture Hormones HIV and AIDS [2] Homeostasis of the body Human health and disease Inheritance [2, 3] Immune System [2, 3] Kidney Kingdom [2] Life Processes Lipids Lungs Mendel's [2] Meiosis Monohybrid Microbes Microscope [2, 3] Mitosis Natural Selection [2] Nerves [2, 3, 4] Neurons Nitrogen cycle [2, 3] Nutrition [2] Osmosis & Diffusion Photosynthesis [2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Population [2] Plants [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] Predators and prey Proteins [2, 3] Reproduction [2, 3, 4] Respiration [2] Scurvy Sex Linkage Sexual Differentiation Simple Animals [2, 3, 4] Smoking Solvents Structure Skeletal Muscle Support and locomotion Symbiosis [2, 3] The Body The Human Genome project Temperature Regulation Tobacco Variation and mutation [2] Vertebrates Viruses [2] Xerophytes

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Chemistry Power Points for download


To guide your studies see: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)-Content Outline for Physical Sciences Section Acids & Bases [2] Alkali Metals Lab Alkanes and Alkenes Lab [2] Atomic model Atomic Size Atomic Structure Balancing [2] Bohr's Model, Photons Bonding [2] Boyle's Law Calcium Lab Candle Lab Cell Potential Cell Types Charles's Law Chemsketch Combined Gas Law Combustion Common Ion Concentration Conductivity Lab Covalent Bonding Crystals Electro negativity [2] Equilibrium Calculations Equilibrium Law Esters Factor Label Method Foods Lab [2] Functional Groups Galvanic Cells Gas Stoichiometry Heat of Combustion Hess's Law [2] Hybrid Orbitals Hydrates Lab Hydrocarbon Models Hydrocarbon Naming [2] Ideal Gas Law Intermolecular Forces Ionic Bonding Isomers [2] Ka, Acid Ionization Kinetic Molecular Theory Ksp Solubility Kw, pH Lewis Structures Limiting Reagents [2] Lone Pairs Molar Mass Molar Solutions Molar Volume Lab Molecular Formula Naming [2, 3] Naming Groups Net Ionic Equations [2] Neutralization Nuclear Energy Orbital Characteristics Orbitals Organic Synthesis Partial Pressures Percentage Yield Periodic Table [2] Periodic Trends pH of Salts, Buffers Physical Properties Lab Proportions Quantum Mechanics Rates of Reaction Reaction reversibility Redox Significant Digits Solubility Solubility Curves Solubility Rules Solutions Stoichiometry [2] Straw Lab The Activity Series The Collision Theory The Mole Thermo chemical Equations Thermo chemistry [2] Titration [2] Transition State Types of chemical reactions VSEPR Water Treatment Weighing Gases Lab

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Physics Power Points for download


To guide your studies see: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)-Content Outline for Physical Sciences Section Acceleration [2] Basic space Circuits [2] Color [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] Density Diffraction and Interference Edison's Bright Idea Electric Fields Electrical Circuits [2] Electricity [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24] Electrostatics Emission spectra Energy [2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Fission and Fusion Flight [2, 3] Fluids Forces and Motions [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] Fossil Fuels Friction [2, 3, 4] Gamma-Rays Gravity [2, 3] Heat [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21] How lightening works Infrared Ionizing Radiation [2] LED Lenses Light [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] Magnetism [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] Measuring and Recording Data Microwave Modern Physics Momentum and Impulse [2] Motion [2, 3] Nature of Science Newton's Laws [2] Optical Illusions [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] Optics Physics Intro, Kinematics, Graphing Potential & Kinetic Energy Pressure, Momentum, and Impulse Projectile & Circular Motion, Torque [2] Projectile Motion Properties of Matter Quantum Physics General Radio Waves Radioactive Decay Rainbows Reflection Refractions, Lens, and Sight [2, 3, 4] Resultant forces Rutherford Scattering Simple machines [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] Sound [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] Sound and light Spectral lines Spherical Mirrors Starter conductors and insulators Static Steps of The Scientific Method Telecommunications [2, 3, 4] Thermodynamics [2] The Universe [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] Transport Two Source Interference Two-Dimensional Motion Ultraviolet Vectors [2] Waves [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] Work, Power, and Energy

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