Altius is offering free COVID-19 practice exams that will mimic the real test in length. Has anyone used these or other shortened exams that mimic the real exam?
I used their regular exams before. They're decent. I'd probably recommend getting exams form a different resource (NS, TBR, EK, etc.) if you're dropping cash. But free is free, so why not? There have been some threads about how they are relentless with sales, so you are probably going to get hounded after.
Given that Altius is generally deflated this would probably make them on par with the real deal.This is a bit late but wanted to update on this situation for any other prospective students that are considering taking the shortened COVID-19 tests offered by Altius through the end of September.
The COVID-19 tests from Altius are inflated by 3-points. If you were to zero one of their shortened exams, the lowest score would not be a 472, but rather a 475.
-Former Altius Tutor/Supervisor
This seems very strange. I understand scaling COVID tests differently since Altius is historically deflated, but just boosting all scores by 3 points instead of reworking the actual curve system seems amateurish. N=1 but the Altius exams, even shortened were right on the money for my CP and BB scores, when compared to the 4 AAMC full lengths. PS and CARS were however all over the place and were neither representative of the real deal, nor predictive in my scoring. If anyone wants to see my scores from #2-10 as well as my AAMC I'd be happy to share.From my experience as a supervisor of working with other Altius tutors and students under their ward, the Altius standard FLE/CP section seems to be overinflated by 1-3 points, the CAR section is fairly predictive within 1 point in either direction, the BB is reflective within 1-2 points in either direction, and the PsS is deflated by 1-2 points.
Unfortunately, the shortened COVID format tests from Altius are not accurate, instead are hyperinflated by 3-points (base score is a 475, instead of 472). Image attached. This is an issue that was raised by students and tutors alike to the Altius administration shortly after they were being offered back in late June.