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McGill University abandons MCAT

MONTREAL, July 28 (UPI) -- One of Canada's top medical schools says it has decided to abandon the Medical College Admission Test as a requirement for Canadian applicants.

McGill University said Canadian students who get their undergraduate degrees at universities in Canada will no longer be required to take the MCATs, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Wednesday.

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The MCAT measures what students have learned in physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences during their undergraduate years.

A writing sample is also part of the test which medical school hopefuls typically spend months studying for.

In abandoning the MCAT, McGill is aligning itself with francophone or bilingual universities in Canada that don't require the MCAT because the test has no French equivalent.

Students from outside Canada who seek admission to Canadian medical schools will still have to take the test, The Gazette said.

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