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Allowed in lockers for use during breaks?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by GetThePointe77, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. GetThePointe77

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    So sorry if this has been asked/answered here or elsewhere on the internet but I cant seem to find it. I know it says that you cannot bring study materials in your lockers but what about something completely unrelated. Like for instance a novel or a cosmo (just an example but it is about the furthest thing possible from study material...) or would that count as study material for verbal? Im just trying to think of ways to completely clear my mind in between sections (since I cant just browse facebook like I did during my last fl)
     
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    I'm going to guess the answer is no, for obvious reasons.

    If you want to clear your mind just hum a tune or something :)
     
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    You can access your lockers. I really don't know about magazines. You can call your center and I'm sure they will let you know their policy.

    Just an FYI- You will barely have enough time to go to your locker, have a drink (maybe a snack). The breaks are 10 minutes, but you have to checkin and checkout (so you lose like 3 or 4 minutes). Most people sit down for a minute then head back in. I don't know where you would have time to read cosmo. Oh and I hope you're a girl.
     
  5. GetThePointe77

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    thanks for the info! and yes between the cosmo and the pointe (ballet) I can promise you that you were correct in your assumption that I am indeed a girl lol
     
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    The testing center I went to had magazines in the break area that I read (okay fine, I just looked at the glossy pics) during breaks.
     
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    Why would you WANT to read a magazine during a break of the MCAT? :confused:

    Regardless, I wouldn't risk it. More than likely they probably wouldn't care, but unless you just absolutely can't do without reading those magazines, the risk of having your score voided and/or something being noted by the test center would be too great for me.
     
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    My testing center had magazines in the waiting area as well... I flipped through them while waiting to be seated but there really isn't much time during breaks since it takes at least 3 minutes to check out/in.
     
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    Do you have time to go for pee breaks and stuff without worry?

    Lmao, because you guys are talking about how it takes 3 mins to sign in and out so I'm just wondering if you can comfortably go to the bathroom and stuff without having to rush or anything.

    The test waits for you though right? I mean it's not going to start and the timer start counting down unless you actually choose to go to the first passage.
     
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    The breaks go by fast. Keep an eye on the time. In the given time, you can use the bathroom comfortably, no worries there. You just can't snack for too long.
     
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    In reality, signing in and out only takes 30 seconds.

    Yes, you have time to take a restroom break. Just pray you don't need to take a dump.

    The test says you have a ten minutes break, but it doesn't penalize you from coming in a few minutes late. (A window will just pop up saying that your break time has expired). The break is just that, a break. It is a few minutes to get a drink, a small bit to eat, and just let your mind relax.
     
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    30 seconds? Maybe 1-2 minutes...
     
  13. centrigeugle

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    It's more like 30 seconds IME.

    The real worry however is that something might go wrong with the fingerprint scanner (as happened my session,) and getting stuck behind a couple other people who also want to check in/out (as also happened.) Both of these resulted in ~3 minute delays for those involved.

    Mine took 30 seconds.

    If you can, try to stagger your starting time so you've got somewhat of a buffer between you and the other testers. That way everybody isn't going on their break at the same time.
     
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    Now that I've taken it...a) they had zero problems with it b) it was the perfect thing to clear my mind in between sections. otherwise i feel like i would have been worrying over the previous section instead of looking at the next problem to be tackled with a fresh mind.
     
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    I doubt you'll have time to even read a magazine. I usually rushed through my breaks and tried to get back asap just in case I ran out of time. I usually ended up getting back with 2 minutes on the clock, which I used to get my head back in the game and pump myself up for the next section.
     

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