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A Question To MCAT veterans

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by quiksilver87, May 15, 2008.

  1. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    As we all know, the BIO section is becoming more and more dependant on basic the knowledge of basic concepts (NOT the details). The questions are also becoming heavily dependant on the passages. When I took my exam, I really thought the BS section was like the verbal! What are your thoughts on this? Also, did you come accross any VERY detailed discrete questions (BS or PS)that required knowledge of specifics? I haven't but one of my friends said she did...
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  3. supafield

    supafield Dream Big 7+ Year Member

    May 18, 2006
    My bio was heavily passage dependent... but then some of the discretes I found were very specific... stomach ions and odd stuff.... but only a few questions...
  4. kronickm

    kronickm even par. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Yeah definitely a mix of both. Mostly passage based Q's but enough direct retrieval questions to keep you honest.
  5. TypeSH07

    TypeSH07 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    I feel like even the AAMC practice test BS is very conceptual and not too factual which is great.

  6. J ROD

    J ROD Watch my TAN walk!! Rocket Scientist Physician Pharmacist Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    working on my tan......
    I had some very specific discretes and of course the other questions were of the passage heavy kind.

    I barely had to read a passage on practice tests and the real one was nothing but the passage. I know better now!!
  7. SN2ed

    SN2ed Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    When I took the MCAT last Sept. I didn't think it was too passage heavy. It seemed like a mix, but I could still answer most of the questions based on my knowledge. However, it looks like it may have changed quite a bit from when I took it judging by some of the comments I've read.
  8. mterp45

    mterp45 Banned Banned

    Jun 2, 2007
    It's funny because as a non-bio major, I hadn't taken anything but the basic biology classes when I initially started studying for this test. I hated the bio section then. Most of the bio passage topics were new to me, so I couldn't simply go off of knowledge. I went on an upper level Bio knowledge mission and took biochem, genetics, mammal physiology, immunology, microbiology all this year to boost my bio score. However, what's funny is that now I can't remember If I used any of these upper level classes in the bio section. The whole thing seemed to be a reasoning test. Good thing I was prepared for that. :thumbup:

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