05-16-2012, 02:34 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Originally Posted by VisionsFinest
I am new here and upon reading many other threads, I am unsure if my chances are ruined for getting into SUNY/NECO/UCB.
I have taken the OAT once and I scored the following:
Reading Comprehension: 290
Quantitative Reasoning: 300
Total Science: 230
Academic Average: 260
The reason for these low scores is that I studied about 8 weeks and rushed myself just to meet the deadline for a school. Unfortunately, I scored low and must re-take. This time I plan on scoring very high. My goal is a 350+ on each section.
The materials that I used were the following:
- Kaplan Book - Did not use it since I had Chad's Videos for understanding the concepts.
1. For Biology, I did about 300 multiple choice questions from the OAT destroyer. I made sure to not only memorize but to understand the big picture. However, I scored very low on this section and spent about 8 weeks studying, 7 days a week for about 6-8 hours daily. During the OAT, I remember seeing questions that I never had expected. They were very tricky and it was my first section, so the anxiety was kicking in.
2. For G-Chem, I watched Chad's Videos and took notes. I then did questions for G-Chem from the OAT destroyer. I spent a lot of time on this section as well, 7 days a week, for about 6-8 hours daily. I found the questions on the OAT destroyer really difficult for G-Chem and at times I would lose motivation while studying.
3. For O-Chem, I watched Chad's Videos and took notes. I tried working on the OAT destroyer questions, however, I found it really difficult and so I ended up trying to memorize the reactions and understanding the reactions through Chad's Videos. During the OAT, I ended up scoring higher in this section compared to Biology where I spent much more time studying on. Why? I ran out of time and ended up guessing like 15 questions for O-Chem and still ended up scoring higher than Biology.
4. For Reading Comprehension, pretty much I didn't study and during the OAT I simply jotted notes for each paragraph.
5. For Physics, I watched Chad's Videos and took notes. I did as much Physics OAT destroyer questions, but once again, found it really difficult and ended up using Chad's Videos and practiced his set of Physics questions. During the Physics section on the OAT, I realized that most of the Physics questions were conceptual rather than plug and chug, and so I was surprised on why we needed to memorize as many Physics formulas.
6. Lastly, for Quantitative Reasoning, I watched Chad's Videos and took notes. I worked out about 150 OAT destroyer questions and felt prepared for this section and I guess I scored average on it, a 300.
In summary, my question for those that have scored well on the OAT is what do I really need to do to make sure I score 350+ on each section?
I'm sorry for the long thread that I have posted here, I wanted to be as detailed as I can so that I can receive some feedback. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from you guys soon!
I think the best thing to do when studying for any standardized tests is to do as many practice exams as you possibly can. Of course, knowing the content is important, but it's definitely essential for you to master the test itself. There are some free Kaplan practice tests offered online that mimics the actual OAT. Since you said timing was an issue for OChem, maybe this would be helpful. Also, the ASCO has a sample test that I felt was the best indicator of my score since the set up and the content was really similar. Maybe you can try that.
Best of luck studying!