So are the majority of my fellow April MCATers taking test prep courses or going it alone? I've decided to go it alone, and will be budgeting 3 hours an afternoon to studying. Any ideas on how to divide up my time - should I do 1 hour of practice tests, followed by 2 hours of studying the weak spots? Thoughts? Suggestions? Insights? Also, if anyone is looking for a way to boost up their VR, seriously, listen to people who say to "read for pleasure." I know we're all busy, and it sounds so bogus to read for fun when we've got stacks of reading for necessity to do, but believe me, it works. I spent my entire break working full time and then at night, reading for pleasure for about 2 hours, at the advice of a medstudent friend, to help prep for the VR. I would read a fiction (Barbara Kingsolover, Harry Potter, etc.) followed then by a non-fiction (a study of childhood anthropology, the biography of an over-sexed teenager in California, etc.). So I retook a VR prax this week and finised everyhing and went up 4 points!!! Seriously, read for fun, it sounds so lame, but it works!