Students often ask us, “how long does it take to prepare for the multiple mini interview?, or how long should I spend preparing for the multiple mini interview?” The short answer? As long as it takes to ensure your success, but how long does that take? Well, that depends on a lot of factors that I'll discuss in this blog. Ultimately, when you're finished reading, you will have a better understanding of the MMI and will be able to determine the most effective way to prepare for the multiple mini interview including how much time you should set aside to do so.
During your multiple mini interview (MMI interview), you are going to encounter many different types of MMI questions. Below we'll walk you through 7 common types of MMI questions to help with your MMI prep.
MMI Question Type #1: Scenario Questions
In scenario type questions, you will be given a hypothetical situation and a role and you must discuss how you would act in that situation – what actions you would take, whom you would call on to assist, where you would seek information, etc. Scenarios are generally provided in text format, though video isn’t completely unheard of in these stations. These are questions meant to explore your critical thinking, adaptability, creativity, willingness to collaborate, ethical boundaries, and general knowledge of key ideas in the field (e.g., confidentiality, patient autonomy, etc.). These are the most common types of MMI station, so be sure to check out our sample MMI question and answer!
Would you like to learn about the entire 23 possible types of questions, including sample difficult questions and answers?
MMI Question Type #2: Policy Questions
Policy multiple mini interview questions will ask your opinion on important current issues – often, these will be related to your field or discipline, but they can also ask about more general current events. For example, questions about health care coverage are common in medical school interviews and Multiple Mini Interviews, and can also come up in veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc. Larger social questions, such as your opinion on “hot topics” in the news, may require some reflection on your own perspective as well as perspectives of those on the other side, showing nuanced, balance, mature reflection. If, for example, you were asked your opinion on the recent legalization of cannabis in some U.S. states and Canada, it is crucial that you demonstrate an understanding of those who disagree with you and the reasons why they disagree with you, before explaining why you think your own position is the more sound option.
Applicants Significantly Improve Their MMI & CASPer Practice Scores with BeMo®
Arguably, the most challenging parts of the admissions process for many applicants are the dreaded situational judgement tests CASPer and the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI interview).
Applicants are generally not provided with detailed instructions on how to prepare in advance by official admissions and test administrators. In fact, a handful of official sources claim that it is not possible to prepare in advance for such tests and going as far as claiming that such tests are "immune to test preparation" and encouraging applicants to "be yourself".
We have already highlighted the myths about such claims in a previous report and we have advised future applicants to aspire to be their "best self" instead as part of their life-long journey of becoming future practicing professionals. We have also argued in this report that situational judgement tests are coachable just like any other tests.
In a new study highlighted here, we provide formal proof that both CASPer and MMI are highly coachable and applicants can significantly improve their practice scores with appropriate preparation.
- MMI and CASPer practice scores increased 23-27% on average with BeMo preparation programs, respectively.
- Applicants’ CASPer practice scores improved significantly by 10 percentage points going from a baseline average of 53% before preparation to 63% after just 3 preparatory sessions.
- On the other hand, applicants’ MMI practice scores improved significantly by 15 percentage points from a baseline of 66% to 81%.
- While CASPer practice test performance required only 3 coaching sessions to show improvements, MMI practice performance normally required at least 6 preparatory sessions to show improvement.
Will you transform your life in the new year?
Dear professional school applicant,
Your most important goal this year should be to ace that admissions interview (anticipated or confirmed) once and for all to avoid the dreaded rejection letter and the ensuing waste of time/money and the headache associated with the re-application process.
Whether you have applied to medical school, dental school, pharmacy, or any other professional program, the interview is the only thing that’s standing between you and that much sought-after acceptance letter.
The acceptance letter (or email) is going to be arguably the most important letter you will receive in your entire life because that letter will literally CHANGE your life. Forever.
But… when’s the best time to start preparing for your interview, EVEN if you don’t have an interview invitation right now? What’s the best strategy?
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An approach to the multiple mini interview (MMI):
- Synthesize, Don’t Summarize
- Clarify Context
- Weigh both sides
- Examine the best possible outcomes
- Name the Ethical Tension
- Take the Opportunity for Empathy
- Answer the Question
- Include Appropriate Caveats