The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has made a significant announcement regarding the 2020-21 MDCAT (Medical and Dental College Admission Test).
Reportedly, in the important announcement made on Tuesday, the PMC has announced exemption criteria for international students for 2020-2021.
The announcement has made on PMC’s official website. It reads:
“It was decided that to qualify for admission for the 2021 Session only SAT II results can be used instead of the MDCAT,”
The weightage of subjects are to be taken as followed:
- Biology: 40%
- Chemistry: 35%
- Physics: 25%
Moreover, the notification also clarified that because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the SAT I could not carry out universally.
“Therefore, English shall be an exempted subject to those students who have completed their HSSC/High School program from an institution/country where the medium of teaching is English.”
Important announcement regarding MDCAT exemption criteria for Foreign Students. pic.twitter.com/D0uT9HoMGw
— Pakistan Medical Commission (@pmc_org) October 27, 2020
2020-21 MDCAT Admission Criteria
MDCAT is a pre-requisite for admission in all medical and dental colleges, both public and private sector in Pakistan. Until 2017, it was called the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
The examination is to be held by PMC on 15th November 2020. Who students who wish to appear in the examinations this year, a fixed fee of Rs. 1,500 has been fixed. The online application portal will be available through the website soon.
Moreover, exam centers will be set up by PMC all across Pakistan, including Gilgit Baltistan and AJ&K. Students must obtain at least 60% of marks to pass the MDCAT examination.
— MDCAT Guide (@mdcatguide) October 3, 2020
2020-21 MDCAT Examination Preparation Tips
Acing an entrance examination is about putting your knowledge to the ultimate test. However, intellect is not the only factor that is judged, so is the emotional quotient.
Although most of the exams will be based on a student’s IQ and how well they’ve prepared themselves, a major chunk will also test how well they manage stress and time.
Students must ensure the first thing they do is clear their minds and reach a sound state. Moreover, a good night’s sleep is absolutely mandatory, as well.
They should keep themself motivated, give a pep-talk usually helps, run through important notes, and test themself is given a chance.
To give enough time to the overall examination, students need to ensure they give no more than 41 seconds per MCQs.
A few more things to remember are:
- Calculators, books/notes, erasers, lead pencils, stapler(s), metallic pen, cellphones, handbags, and any other electronic device (watch, headphones, and Bluetooth devices) are not allowed.
- Candidates must carry a clipboard.
- Don’t forget to bring extra ball pens.
- No Candidate will be allowed to enter the center without their admittance card.
- Please be at your examination centers at least 15 minutes before the gate-closing time.
- No candidate will be allowed to enter the center after gates have closed.
Most importantly, it is important students take care of their mental and physical well-being during this time to give their best.
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