The Princeton Review

March 29, 2007 11:50 ET

Princeton Review MCAT Expert Available to Explain How to Cope With Medical School Entrance Test Registration Problems

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - Canadian college students who planned to take the MCAT this summer have been afraid to leave their computers since online registration opened Wednesday morning, because most have received messages that all testing spots for the summer have been filled or that the technology was down.

Just this past week and only days before MCAT registration opened, the AAMC announced on its website that only 3,000 seats would be available to accommodate MCAT test takers this summer, despite the fact that 6,000 took the summer test last year. Consequently, students have been at their computers, desperate to register. The demand may have crashed AAMC's system.

Ironically, when the AAMC announced their plans to replace the paper-and-pencil exam with a computer-based test starting in 2007, they claimed that increasing the number of testing dates from two to 22 over the course of the year would relieve pressure on AAMC, and on test takers.

Blaise Moritz, Princeton Review's MCAT expert, is available for interviews to help students understand and handle the situation. He has been with The Princeton Review for more than 13 years and is currently Executive Director of the Princeton Review in Canada. He can answer questions explaining:

Why did this shortage of test seats occur?

How will it affect students' planning for their medical school futures?

What is Princeton Review's advice to prospective medical students?

"You can't go from 100-200 person exam rooms to five-ten person computer labs without seating shortage issues. We've been advising our students how to be prepared for the MCAT's transition from paper and pencil to computer. But because students didn't receive notice earlier that there would be fewer opportunities to take the MCAT in August and September '07, they were not able to register for the less in-demand testing dates at the beginning of the year," said Moritz. He does expect the AAMC to increase the number of testing seats for Canadian students to take the MCAT this summer.

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