No MCATs for McGill

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is pretty much essential for admission to medical school. Virtually all medical schools in the U.S. and Canada require applicants to submit MCAT scores for admission. Well not the Faculty of Medicine at Montreal’s McGill University. According to an article by Karen Seidman in the Montreal Gazette

Beginning this month, Canadian students who studied at a Canadian university before applying to McGill medical school will no longer be required to write the MCAT -the widely used admissions test that measures students in physical sciences, verbal reasoning, biological sciences and a written sample. Students typically spend about three months studying for the exam.

The university apparently made this decision in an effort to recruit more French-speaking students. There is no French-language equivalent of the MCAT.

Despite the fact that it’s located in Canada’s French-speaking province, McGill, founded in 1821 with a bequest from a Scottish-born businessman, is essentially an English-language institution. Less than 18 percent of McGill students speak French as their first language.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer