Surviving the PLM MCAT

I practically was smiling to myself after the test was over, not because I found it too easy, but because depressing over it would just push me to insanity, I might as well throw a big wide grin while at it.


So how did it fare compared to NMAT? The two exams basically cover the same subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math-- and instead of the Social Sciences part, the MCAT has Psychology, Anatomy, and General & Earth Sciences. I think the PLM MCAT is more challenging because the questions are a bit concept specific, plus there are some that you'll just have chalk up to stock knowledge. The test itself is divided into two parts, the timed test and the untimed test. The timed test runs for about 3 hours, with about 300 items, covering the said subjects plus Reading Comprehension. The untimed test, generally a Psychology exam, is given after.

The Chemistry and Physics subtests are a healthy balance of theoretical and application/computation items, so it would be a good idea to take note of the most well used formulas. The same also goes for the Quantitative exam--with many of the questions dealing with Algebra and Trigonometry. As a nursing grad, I didn't have much difficulty with Anatomy and Psychology, although I think non-science students would have a bit of a problem on those areas since the questions are quite specific. Generally, I found the exam difficult, mainly because I didn't review as much as I did last time, and also because of the time limit. The questions themselves are not mind contorting, a good brush up on your HS books should be able to get you through, but factoring in the 'gone in sixty seconds' time limit plus not reviewing, I pretty much got myself into a whack.

A couple of the med societies (aka med fraternities and sororities) were already prowling about handing out pamphlets and other trinkets last Sunday. I guess you could never be too proactive for the coming school year eh?

The results would be out one month from now, as forumers in pinoy.md have also mentioned. Honestly, it was a bit of a letdown since I was eying to get into PLM after the UP thing failed to bear fruit. Anyway, I just hope that my score would at least get me a decent shot for the interview. Even if I don't get to PLM, I'm cooking up some back up plans which needless to say means, that by hook or by crook, I'm going to med school this year. :)

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36 comments:

sims said...

I also applied in PLM. Had taken the MCAT on the 24th. I hope I could be in the list of interview. Let's pray na lang.

Aubrey said...

Hi Sims. Yeah I hope we both find ourselves on the list. God bless to us. :)

docgelo said...

all the best, aubrey! =)

sims said...

I also applied in UP, but I'm not in the list for interview. ganun ba talaga competition dun?

Aubrey said...

Yeah, I could only guess. Besides priority naman nila yung graduates nila so chances of getting in is really tough. Mga super laude siguro and 99+ NMAT. Well anyway there's PLM. haha

sims said...

PLM na lang talaga. May lacking units ka din? nursing grad ako. kulang ako ng biochem and physics.

Aubrey said...

Yeah but Physics lang.

Patty said...

hi aubrey! great blog!
how come you didn't enroll at feu-nrmf last year? if it was due to financial constraints, didn't feu-nrmf offer you a scholarship? :(

Anonymous said...

btw, UPCM admits applicants with NMAT scores 95 and up, plus Laude standing for females for the short/interview list; there is no grade requirement for males. the ratio of males and females entering up should always be 50:50 that even if females are smarter than males and there are more females qualified for the short list, all female applicants are competing for only 50% of the slots available per batch, giving females a slimmer chance to get in. upcm have slots for graduates of other schools but they allot about 10/batch only.

Aubrey said...

Didn't ask anymore. hehe. And its too far also. :)

tim, rn said...

Hi Aubrey! I stumbled upon your blog because I was searching for some infos about the NMAT. And as I went on reading your blog, I found out I'm actually going through the very same thing. You see, I also recently passed the NLE and has been really unsure whether or not to pursue a nursing career. I just couldn't see myself as one, probably because I was just obliged to take up nursing, and had to give-up an english degree. Right now I'm just trying to explore the possibilities.

This is just to say thank you, for the bits of wisdom.ΓΌ

Aubrey said...

That's something. I think if I had to give up an English degree I would have whacked myself in the head three times out of sheer depression. Haha. Just kidding. Well I hope you really get to pursue what you want because fulfillment is something else. :) Thank you for such kind words. Good morning!

tim, rn said...

Well, sometimes, I do fall into depression when I look back and think that could have just grabbed it, but then there's always the thought of the impossibility of actually doing writing professionally, not a typical day job.

Oh, I never thought it's that difficult to get into UP Med. 99+??!!

niecuoboi said...

hi aubrey! im just wondering..you managed to take PLM MCAT knowing that u have lacking units? how? thanks! ;D

Aubrey said...

Basically they allow everybody to take the exam. However you must meet their required units so that you may be able to enroll. They're smart like that. Haha. :P

niecuoboi said...

aahh thanks for that info aubrey!! i thought u have to complete the ncessary units bfore taking mcat. now i know ;D thanks a lot. btw, gudluck on ur results..im sure, ur gonna make it again ;D

prettyzy said...

aubrey,, i always stumble on your blog.. such great account.. i just stayed quietly reading your blog everytime .. now i've decided to leave a comment,i also took up plm mcat.. i read your post today at pinoy md at plm cm hopefuls.. is that true? i mean are there results yet?

grabe..

i called them three times already,, they said,, 'wala pa"

Aubrey said...

Hi pretty. It seems that the personnel who took my call misunderstood me. Big thanks for the heads up. :) I would have went there already if not for your comment.

prettyzy said...

yeah maybe.. same here,, before i confirmed with the college,, they just told me the same answers i had wheni called them before..

they had a meeting earlier today.. I guess again, the president of acad did not gave the go signal yet..

Anonymous said...

as of now, may results na pero hindi naka-post, you just have to call to see if your name is in the list.

'--mutya--' said...

hi aubrey...
I've just graduated BSN this year.. I'm planning to enter PLM College of Medicine next year probably... =)

Sa PLM ka neon ryt?? wanna ask how much is the tuition?? =)

Aubrey said...

Hi Mutya (might I say a very nice name :)) I'm not yet at PLM (technically that is) but I'm hoping to be if the results prove positive. The tuition ranges from 7-46 thousand depending on your parents ITR and other considerations (if you are Manila born, Manila graduate). I've written about it here.

http://aubreythinksthat.blogspot.com/2010/03/plm-college-of-medicine-interview.html

Thanks for visiting! :)

Nico said...

aubrey, you are also an FEU-IN graduate right? if you want to get into PLM, you just lack physics and not comparative anatomy? FEU-IN batch 2011 po ako. :D

Aubrey said...

Well that's what they said.. :)

Ralph Emerson Ray said...

Hi. How do you apply or register to take the MCAT for PLM-CM?

louie said...

Hi Aubrey where di you take your lacking physics unit?

Need some information, I'm planning to apply sa PLM-CM

Batch mate po tyo sa feu.hehe

Aubrey said...

Hi Louie. Took my units at PCU. Others from FEU took theirs at PCHS and EAC. Btw, FEU also offers supplementary units. Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Aubrey.:) I am currently on my 4th year Nursing and I am planning to apply (and eventually enroll!:]) in PLM next school year. I think I have all the specified qualifications (as for the GWA, NMAT, etc.) but I lack 2 units in Physics. What can you advice me to do? Your response would be highly appreciated.:)

Aubrey said...

Well you would really need to take them my dear. I think I've posted somewhere what schools accept enrollees for supplementary units. :)

primmy said...

hey guys, to those hu have submitted their applications already, sorry to bother you, but would they accept my application if i have lacking subjects? im also a nursing graduate. can i still take mcat?or do ihave to take those subjects this second sem first?

Anonymous said...

Hello aubrey im a licensed teacher right now is it possible for me to take up medicine . Im in the field of teaching and hoping to take up medicine course someday by God`s grace .

Anonymous said...

indeed a great help! since everytime i ask my friends who are already in the PLM-CM, they always answer me with "kinalimutan ko na eh!" haha thanks! im taking mcat on the 20th. Im hoping to pass for the interview. Unfortunately, PLM is the only med school I applied for. Don't want my dreams to be shattered; though I heard UERM accepts walk-in applciants. Thanks again.

rxcas12 said...

to everyone who's interested to know all the details in applying to PLMCM, here are the links:

admission: http://www.plm.edu.ph/admission/grad-prof-schools.html

tuition fee: http://www.plm.edu.ph/downloads/Accounting/Tuition%20Fee%202010-2011%20for%20the%20College%20of%20Medicine.pdf

Anonymous said...

hi po ate aubrey paano po ang mode ng payment sa PLM kung nasa category 3 ka?? pde po ba dun ang installment? tnx po hope you reply to my question..goodluck po sayo:)

Anonymous said...

Hi doc aubrey").. im a graduating nursing student and i really wanna pursue medicine only at PLM...haaayyy i really wish i can pass the NMAT and MCAT....see you there...saNa")))...MARC REYES here:)

Anonymous said...

hello po ms aubrey, your blog was very helpful thanks! just a question, will they allow you to take mcat again if you failed the first time?