LAKELAND (Oct. 28, 2020) – A spring 2020 graduate of Florida Southern College is the lead developer of a low-cost, trivia-style study app for students hoping to enter medical school. “MCAT: King of the Curve,” which was released Oct. 19 for iPhones and iPads, took shape with the help of a small group of other recent FSC graduates, current students, and professors.
Heath Rutledge-Jukes, the app’s developer, learned in July that his score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) was the highest in Florida Southern’s history, putting him in the 99th percentile of all scores nationally. His self-designed study technique had involved composing his own questions on a broad range of relevant topics, a technique he later adapted to produce the new game-based study app.
Rutledge-Jukes began by adapting his existing questions in the areas of biology and biochemistry, physics, organic and general chemistry, psychology and sociology. To meet his goal of offering users at least 3,000 unique questions, he reached out to three FSC professors: Dr. Deborah Bromfield Lee, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Jarrod F. Eubank, associate professor of chemistry; and Dr. Patrick Smith, professor of psychology and department chair. He also teamed with five friends with current or recent ties to FSC for marketing assistance.
Within its first two days of availability, downloads from Apple’s app store placed “MCAT: King of the Curve” among the platform’s top 100 education apps. It was downloaded more than 3,000 times in just the first week and a half.
The gameplay of the new study app allows users to choose between “timed mode,” in which they are challenged to answer as many questions as possible within two minutes, or “endless mode.” Users are able to collect MCAT-themed emblems and can see how their scores compare to the high scores of other individuals and academic institutions.
Subscription prices for “MCAT: King of the Curve” start at $9.99 for one month. Six-month, annual, and lifetime subscriptions are also available. A multiplayer update is planned, in addition to Android and web-browser versions.
Rutledge-Jukes graduated from Florida Southern in May with a psychology major and minors in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience. Currently living in Toledo, Ohio, he is applying to medical schools across the country.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in its 2021 “Best Colleges” guide, and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 “386 Best Colleges” guide, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021,” and Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.