Dr. Skorton stated the examination rooms are a “low-risk,” not a “zero-risk” surroundings. “Should you’re going to enter drugs, you’re going to enter a occupation the place there isn’t any strategy to eradicate threat,” he stated.
“There isn’t a strategy to put individuals at zero threat — that’s the nature of the beast. It’s completely different than different professions. What we do is care for sufferers.”
The estimated 100,000 individuals who will take the MCAT are years away from changing into physicians, and lots of won’t ever make it: Simply over 40 p.c of the 53,371 candidates to American medical colleges final yr secured a spot.
The MCAT exams candidates’ information of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and sociology, in addition to important evaluation and reasoning expertise. The school canceled testing in mid-March, when a lot of the nation was beneath lockdown, and resumed on Could 29 with a shortened model of the seven-and-a-half-hour take a look at. It’s now 5 hours and 45 minutes, with no lunch break.
Many college students had been relieved the exams began up once more, Dr. Skorton stated, together with some who had been retaking it to spice up their scores and others who had scheduled examination dates scuttled earlier this yr.
To guard the well being and security of take a look at takers, testing facilities are positioning candidates at work stations six toes aside and requiring everybody to put on masks. In addition they are adopting protocols that decision for rigorous cleansing and disinfection between testing periods of each work station, keyboard, mouse, contact display, headphone set, check-in station, chair arm, locker and doorknob.
The brand new testing schedule — with exams given thrice a day, at 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. — seems to depart little time for cleansing. However Scott Overland, a spokesman for Pearson VUE, which administers the MCAT at 290 facilities in the US, stated that begin occasions had been staggered to forestall crowding and to permit for the cleansing of labor stations, and that many take a look at takers completed the examination early.