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  1. B

    Applying this cycle after voiding MCAT and punting on last cycle: outlook on time allocation and best interests

    Hello, thanks for reading and any input. I am a UC gradaute with ~3.9 sGPA/cGPA and a broad range of extracurricular experience, including undergraduate research, employment as an EMT/scribe, healthcare policy work, and some non-medical but application-pertinent work in electoral politics. I...
  2. S

    CARS Strategy under 1.5x Extended Time Conditions

    Hello, I have a well-documented learning disability and was recently approved for extended time on the MCAT, with 1.5x standard conditions. Reiterating that the basis for my receiving this is well-founded, I would be interested in how any CARS high scorers or ostensible extended-time CARS...
  3. Dr_Dentist

    BEST RC STRATEGY DAT FOR A NON READER (RC:13-> RC:22)

    okay so I’ve struggled with RC the whole time while practicing the DAT RC and taking the DAT my first time. i was ranging from 17-19 on all practice test and i made a 13!! My first time taking the DAT. I used the method where you list numbers on the page and write keywords next to the number...
  4. RooflessMD

    Selling Myself in my MD Applications: Focused or Broad?

    Main Question: In application essays, is it better to present oneself as a candidate with a very clear focus, or to be a generalist with an undetermined focus that can fit in anywhere? I ask, because I am considering presenting myself as a very focused candidate. My academic and work history...
  5. U

    MSAR 2018 stat to best assess chance of applicant admission

    Question rephrased: For a grouping of schools with similar MCAT/GPA medians, which is most likely to accept a single applicant? Question specifics - Measuring relative competitiveness of schools with acceptance stats: which is better, all else being equal, when making school selectivity...
  6. neutralobserver

    Retaking March 24th and used all AAMC resources already.

    So I had intended on taking the Jan 25th exam, and I still am, but voiding it due to practice FL scores not at my target (510+). :( I am planning on going for the March 24th one, but I have an issue. I have used all the AAMC resources (3 practice FL's, SB's, OG, etc.) and I used most of my TPR...
  7. U

    MCAT preparation plan for the risk-averse (feeling doubt)

    Thanks in advance for any input. This post may initially come off as a bit self-involved, but that is just to provide context for a little-articulated issue that I suspect effects many (often extremely successful) pre-med students. In particular, I refer to those students whose approach as...
  8. delf4660

    MCAT Studying

    I am currently set to write my MCAT in about 14 weeks while I am also working full time. I am looking for somewhere in my studies to "trim down." Does anyone recommend that I skim the chapters (as opposed to really spending 2 or 3 hours per chapter) and get right into practice questions and...
  9. ----x----

    ----x---- MMI Strategy

    I interviewed at one school with an MMI, got in, and as it is my top choice I am not doing any other interviews. I don't have a wide breadth of experience to share, but did prepare significantly for the interview and I definitely was more comfortable because of it. I have done mock interviews as...
  10. J

    MCAT Study Materials... Too much or too little?

    Hey guys! I've been doing some research and wanted to get your opinions on my study materials. I plan on taking the test on Jan 19th. I know it seems soon, but I've taken it before and I feel like 2 months of serious studying is probably good for me since I tend to burnout quicker with the 3...
  11. Bucopharynx

    My common sense stress free MCAT 2017 Strategy!

    I am going to make this super short and sweet! I've spent more time than I'd love to admit 'researching' prep/review books and courses. At the end still coming to the basic fact that the MCAT tests three core concepts; which we all already know: 1. Foundation Concepts, 2. Content, and 3...
  12. hubbsbubbs

    My Study Plan for MCAT: 523

    Hi All, I just got my score back today, got 523 (131/130/130/132) 100th percentile This was my second try. Last time I got 512 (128/127/126/131) 87th percentile I wouldn't recommend retaking anything above a 510 unless you are extremely confident you can score higher (I was sick during my...
  13. C

    Is this along the lines of a realistic question, has anyone seen anything this time consuming?

    So I just started practicing the PAT portion of the DAT and I decided to go with DAT Bootcamp. I am wondering how similar these question types are to the real deal, I've attached a picture of one that I just did, but it takes a good min to see the pattern. I am starting to get the hang of things...
  14. I

    NextStep Full Length Exams and General Approach

    Hi everyone, I have taken NS1 and NS2 and got a 511 (first practice exam) and 509. I was wondering what others opinions are on the difficulty of these tests compared to the real deal? Also when were the Nextstep exams updated? Is the scoring on the latest posts to the spreadsheet accurate the...
  15. The10thDentist

    NBDE Part 1 - Dental Decks Breakdown & Tips

    Here's a breakdown I put together for Dental Decks 2013-2014. It's a "14-day" schedule that a classmate shared with me and I made a few modifications and improvements. You can stretch it out to as many days as you want, it's just organized by topics rather than subjects. I found it easier to...
  16. Invictus1911

    USMLE Step 1 2016: Official Phloston advice

    This message thread is for Phloston. I've read numerous of your posts and some questions about board prep. 1) When doing a first pass through UWorld, do you recommend choosing questions by subcategory or big categories. Example: GI vs. pathophys, phsy, pharm of GI (excluding certain topics such...
  17. J

    A 3 Month Plan for the MCAT

    Presented here is a 3 month plan to tackle the new 2015 MCAT. June is almost here, and I have received many requests for the same advice (i.e. "how do I study for the new MCAT?"). I'm writing this in the same spirit that the SN2 Guide to the older MCAT was written. However, I am not posting a...
  18. O

    Need Help Timing Passages

    Hello my compassionate SDN peers, I am here to seek suggestions and tips on timing sections during the test. Do you time each passage or go by number of questions done in a given amount of time. Basically, I am rushing through all my sections, especially Physical Sciences/Chem. I strongly...
  19. P

    Pugs' MMI Interview Strategy

    In light of receiving an acceptance to NYMC recently, I decided to share the MMI strategy that I used in hopes that it can help you with your upcoming MMI interview. I created this strategy from reading over many different threads, posts, and websites to compile all of the things I thought were...
  20. L

    MCAT CARS - where would you expect to find this passage?

    I'm studying for the MCAT, and I'm trying to find a pattern in the CARS section for the inference question, "In which of the following would one most reasonably expect to find this passage?" Based on one question, I got that the editorial page of a scholarly journal would be opinionated, but...
  21. M

    Review Strategy

    Hello! I am taking practice tests and am not seeing much improvement. I am not sure how to go over my practice tests in order to improve my next score. Everyone says the most important part of studying for the MCAT is by learning from your mistakes. However I am finding it difficult to translate...