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1st diag score under 18 but real thing over 30? Anyone?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Streamline, May 2, 2007.

  1. Streamline


    May 2, 2007
    Has anyone gotten a diag score under 18 and manage to pull off 30+ on the real thing? If so, how did you boost? What did you use as prep?
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  3. Tropic Risk

    Tropic Risk 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    I didn't get below an 18, but if i remember correctly, I got a 21 on my Kaplan diagnostic and got a 34 on the real thing. What I did is study Kaplan stuff for 8 hours a day everyday for the 2 weeks up to the test. Although to be honest, I don't think I tried all that hard on my diagnostic (plus the Kaplan diagnostics tend to be more difficult anyway).
  4. djones473

    djones473 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2007
    one of my good friends got a 16 on the diagnostic kaplan and a 38 on the real thing. I believe his highest score on an AMCAS practice test was a 33 too. weird **** happens!!!!
  5. dolemike

    dolemike 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    it is a diagnostic. It tells you what you need to study NOT what you are going to get on the actual exam--unless of course you don't study in your weak areas
  6. prettymonkey

    prettymonkey 2+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    we have heard stories of people that did better than their best practice test and people that hit their average practice test score on the real mcat... but does anyone know someone that did worse than their average or equal to their worst practice test score?
  7. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes, I know someone who scored lower than her average practice results, though I don't know by how much lower (or what the exact digits were). Considering she's in med now, I doubt it was a significant difference.
  8. apricotattack

    apricotattack 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Western US
    I've said this a billion times on similar threads... but YES, it's possible.

    It probably just means you're not a science major, am I right?

    A friend got an 18 diag, 34 real thing, and pulled some 36 practice scores. It's well within the range of reality.
  9. johnbeck

    johnbeck 10+ Year Member

    May 3, 2007
    I got a not so great score on my kaplan diagnostic. I haven't taken the real MCAT yet (I'm taking it on Friday), but my scores have risen dramatically. Just lots of practice and studying does the trick. I found that reading the Kaplan books multiple times as well as doing a lot of practice problems really helps.

    I have gotten as high as 38 on Kaplan full legnths and 36 on the AAMC CBTs. It's possible. You can do it. I have taken 25-30 full verbal tests (I also have a subscription to the Economist) and I have seen my verbal score consistently rise. Today I got a 13 on the verbal section on CBT 6. Just practice practice practice practice. You'll be fine if you put in the time.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  10. wutwinb

    wutwinb Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    17 on my first diagnositc

    33 on the real thing

    I took Kaplan. I didn't think they're classroom was helpful, but the amount of materials they give you is amazing. like everyone else, i spent time focusing on my weaknesses and enhancing my strengths. i went through every test (full length, section, subject) until i knew why i got questions right and wrong.

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