I felt relieved for the most part. I studied pretty intensely for 3 months and to be done with the MCAT was a feeling like no other. It was also the end of my school semester, I had one month left to finish, so I had to study for my finals and finish up projects. The week before I got the results back, I took a trip to visit family in Denver, CO and didn't really think about it at all that week. I knew I did my best, so I wasn't nervous. The morning the results were released I was pretty nervous though.Were you nervous the month waiting for the test results? How did you feel throughout the process of waiting?
what was your break down? Do you have any tips for C/P and CARS?
sheesh congrats on the score... what was your approach to prepping physics?
How did you study? What was your schedule for 3 months? What do you think the biggest reason for your score improvement is?My first serious score (I took a FL months before I ever started studying in about two hours and got a 478) was a 501 on the AAMC practice exam, about three months before I took the MCAT.
I hated physics. Kaplan has a list of need to know physics equations (I think it's in a book called quick facts) and so I made flashcards out of those and kept cycling through them for months. Obviously I also went through concepts and tried to watch a lot of Kahn Academy videos, but just knowing the equations and recognizing units used on the test was a lifesaver. It helped a lot. Honestly, I think that's the most you need to know for physics based passages because the rest of the information should be in the passage.
Do you know the specific name of the Kaplan book that has those need-to-know physics equations? Is it the physics and math review or a different one?
what are your tips for succeeding on each section?
Would you recommend any classes besides Bio GenChem OChem Physics Biochem Psych?
How did you study? What was your schedule for 3 months? What do you think the biggest reason for your score improvement is?
Did you use Kaplans approach to CARS? Consisting of making a outline and consistently referring to the passage? Or did you just read the passage once and answered the questions?
I took 11 FLs, that is hands down the reason I think I did so well. Most people I talk to didn't even take half that many, especially in the short time of 3 months. I studied using Kaplan Test Prep which meant that I utilized all of their resources (read all the books, used the QBank flashcards, took the FLs, watched their videos, went to class once a week - I should mention I started the class 5 months before I took the test, but only went to class once a week and didn't study for those first two months, just wrapped my head around what it meant to take the MCAT). Additionally, I would rewatch Kahn Academy videos on subjects I wasn't clear on and took notes that I could look back on later. Everyday except Saturdays, I studied 2-6 hours after class. On Saturdays, I took FLs and then took the night off.
Thanks! How long would you spend reviewing your practice tests and what exactly should you take away from reviewing them- sometimes after reviewing I dont' really think about the test again so I'm unsure if thats the right way to go about it or? Thanks!
Just something that helps people understand and do well on CARS! So many students struggle on that section and having different strategies for them from different perspectives can really help in my opinion!
hey, how did you study for psych and soc? Did you just spam flashcards of all the theories?
How many hours total would you say you studied for the MCAT?