MCAT Dr. Gavin Putzer

For the last 10 years, Dr. Gavin Putzer has helped prepare future medical students for the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT. An MD and PhD holder, Dr. Putzer is a professor and chair of Albany State University’s Department of Business Administration and Healthcare Management. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Putzer’s Review is a rigorous course affiliated with the University of Central Florida Division of Continuing Education.

What do college admissions officials look for in a MCAT score? How does an MCAT score affect a prospective student’s total application? What are admissions officials looking to see in an applicant’s MCAT score?
Medical schools look at an MCAT score to see consistency with academic coursework.

Before taking the MCAT, what is the biggest mistake a student can make?
The biggest mistake a student can make is not adequately preparing for the test.

How much time should students spend preparing for the exam before test day?
Three to six months.

How much time should they give themselves when registering? Should students plan enough time between the test date and application deadline to take the test a second time if their scores aren’t high enough?
Students should register two months in advance. It’s preferable to only take the exam one time.

There are many books, classes, practice tests, etc., available for students to use to prepare for the MCAT. What is the best way for one to prepare for the MCAT?
I recommend a rigorous course with a qualified, dynamic and knowledgeable professor with experience in each of the disciplines examined on the MCAT.

What should students look for in a MCAT tutor, class or other study program?
They should look for experience and a course affiliated and endorsed by a university and academic professional peers.

What advice do you have for students the night before and during the test?
Students should close all books the night before the exam, and during the exam, they should not let any situation alter their strategic approach.

Is there a particular test-taking strategy you recommend?
I recommend the trademark strategies offered by UCF-Dr. Putzer’s Review.

What else do you think is important for test candidates to consider before taking the MCAT?
Maintaining a fine undergraduate GPA, procuring strong LOR, engaging in scientific research, volunteering and employment experience.

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