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Why are bioengineering majors better than biology majors at the MCAT?

Hi! My name is Anina and I'm a high school senior interning at CareerVillage. When I ask this question, I'm referring to the chart linked. In it, a lot of majors are actually better at the MCAT than biology majors. How does that make sense, when biology majors have studied the subject in question for four years? https://medschoolodyssey.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/composite.png #medicine #college-major #biology

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You have to be careful in interpreting this kind of information. First Biology is not what the MCAT covers, but rather a variety of subjects, so Biology majors would not necessarily have an advantage. That said there are a relatively small number of bioengineering majors and the difference in the MCAT may be merely do to chance. The science courses on which the MCAT is based are the basic ones required for entry into medical school, so major in what you would enjoy and not to specifically perform on the test.

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