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Raising BS and PS from 10's to 11's

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by HirsuteAnthony, 04.01.12.

  1. HirsuteAnthony

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    Hey guys. I'm wondering, how hard is it to raise one's BS and PS scores from consistent 10's to consistent 11's on practice tests? Is it just a matter of practice, or (less likely) does the transition from 10's to 11's rely on a certain level of native intelligence?

    Apologies if this specific topic has already been covered.
  2. BestDoctorEver

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    If you are consistently getting 10 on BS and PS, I think getting 11 is very possible. I is not that big of a jump...only 2-3 more correct answers will get you to 11. I think most of us usually miss a couple of questions due to not carefully read the passages and questions at times. I think with a little more practice and careful reading of the passages, you should be able to score consistently 11.
  3. Melomare17

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    look at the type of questions you are getting wrong--is it discretes? then do more content review. if its more application based, do more practice
  4. MedPR

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    It's like 3-4 questions on each section. You might get a 10 on one day and an 11 on another day depending on the topics.
  5. railgun

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    I'd say more practice as well, while reading passages carefully. For me, ek 1001 was pretty good.
  6. Temperature101

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    How EK 1001 bio in particular help you? What are you getting in your BS FL practice test?
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    I just got better at reading passages and finding info from them. The book also made me realize I didn't know some of the stuff, so I studied that stuff harder/in depth. The book was probably not at the quality level of the aamc tests, but it was way more practice.
    I was getting 12's on the aamc, but got a 15 on the real deal. I generally had ~15 min left on the practice tests and I was just tired and didn't care to recheck, so maybe that's why it's lower, but getting a 15 is part luck.
  8. Temperature101

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    Great score in BS....What was your average overall in EK bio 1001 and EK 30-minute exams? I am averaging 75+ in bio 1001 and 9 on EK 30min exams...That's scaring me now since I am hoping to get 11+ on the actual stuff? Did you use anything else other than EK bio stuff?
  9. railgun

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    That's a good avg... I got 67%-82% (avg~73% or so) for 1001. I didn't do the 30 min tests so idk how accurate those are. I would start worrying after taking about 2-4 aamc tests. I also took kaplan practice tests which may have helped for bio. I used kaplan for bio (I don't think it was too good), but i knew pretty much all of the stuff from pre-reqs. I also read research papers so that may have helped me a little.
    I think with bio, it's about having good knowledge about all the different systems, hormones etc. and then being able to apply the knowledge. Like if I said calcitonin is upregulated, which hormone is downregulated... which membrane does it act on, what does it do, how does it affect other organ systems (renal & digestive). So I basically tried to make connections between whatever I could and that may not work for you, but I thought it worked for me - it made me think about the hormone, not just memorize it. Another thing, if you get a couple of 10's, that's okay... I got 10 on 3 aamc tests so don't get scared... be confident about it (after all you've studied so much for it) and you'll do better.

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