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05/31 Test, Study Content or Prac Questions?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by deadlocked, May 16, 2008.

  1. deadlocked

    deadlocked always sciencing
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    So, I'm taking the test on the 31st. I've done 2 practice tests fully and the EK test in parts. I've done fine (30+), however I want to boost my score a few points. All I need is to get about 3 more questions right per section and I'll been in real good shape (just physics and bio, verbal is fine).

    What is the best strategy for these last two weeks?
    Should I focus on Content more or just crank out practice tests and problems?

    I'm now trying to do a little of both, but I'm leaning more toward content, just because I feel like I don't know many of the little, commonly tested details. I'm confident I can review all my notes and the sections of the EK prep books in a short amount of time, but is it worth the time (prob 3-4days)?

    I will be taking at least 2 more practice tests before the exam.

    I'm also working full time, so I've only got afternoons from 4-...pm and weekends to study.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. herewego

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    Heh, I'm in the exact same boat as you, only I've taken a few more practice exams. Personally, I'm doing very brief content reviews and some random passages from my princeton class just to find weaknesses/clarify things. I also intend to take atleast 2 more full exams.

    Personally, I think test taking is most beneficial because you get some practice AND you find potential weak spots, although content review definately has its merits.
     
  4. deadlocked

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    Yeah, I think I'm going to briefly go through my notes and make sure I know the important aspects of each area, like how muscles contract, the parts of the ETC and KrebsC, buffers, etc...

    If I'm not sure I'll focus a little more, but otherwise just a cursory glance through all the content, and do a few practice questions from EK1001 and a Kaplan book.

    I was thinking if I only focused on practice tests, I could easily neglect an entire topic that may show up on the actual MCAT I take, which would really suck.
     
  5. herewego

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    Agreed, the thought crossed my mind as well. c'est la vie..
     
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    If your goal is to review detail, Ek has about as much detail as a plain white shirt. You need to find a different source. I would recommend Ek to that guy who posted the other thread about cramming for the MCAT in two weeks. It's a good overall picture but that's about it.
     

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