Office of Pre-Health Advising offers free mock MCATs to pre-med students

Written by Christina Callahan

Last semester, the Office of Pre-Health Advising (OPHA) began offering mock MCAT exams free to FIU students. The exams – offered in collaboration with Princeton Review, Altius Test Prep, Examkrackers and MCAT-Prep.com – have resulted in upwards of 140 full-length exams administered.

In his first year as director of OPHA, Dr. Joseph Lichter has taken notice of a positive correlation between the number of full-length practice exams taken by pre-medical students and their actual exam scores (and subsequently their admittance to medical school). He points out that time management and strategy on the exam are often overlooked, as students tend to focus on content. He also believes that the exams will make students aware and more comfortable with exam day decorum and expectations.

Gabriella Vazquez graduated with her BS in Biological Sciences earlier this year and took the practice exam in October. 

“It is essential to attend mock MCAT exams to further build an understanding of the format and content, and to train your mind/body to stay focused for an extended period of hours. The Pre-Health office provides various opportunities to participate in these examinations for free. I had a great experience and was able to review my entire exam after I took it,” Ms. Vazquez said.

The OPHA plans on offering additional full-length exams in future semesters. In addition to the exams, the office is also offering free MCAT tutoring by qualified Peer Advisors. Students wanting further information should contact the office. For students interested in more information about the mock MCATs at the FIU OPHA, please visit their website at prehealthadvise.fiu.edu, or stop by their office in DM 331B.