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August MCAT - The Countdown Begins!

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by u2ecila, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. u2ecila

    u2ecila Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    Since August is edging closer and closer, its time for me to start seriously studying for the MCAT. Any words of advice from all of you who just took the April MCAT? If you are taking the August test, what is your study plan?

    Woohoo - this is going to be one fun summer studying!!!!

    later gaters,
    alice
    :cool:
     
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  3. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg 1K Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by u2ecila:
    <strong>Hi Everyone!

    Since August is edging closer and closer, its time for me to start seriously studying for the MCAT. Any words of advice from all of you who just took the April MCAT? If you are taking the August test, what is your study plan?

    Woohoo - this is going to be one fun summer studying!!!!

    later gaters,
    alice
    :cool: </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">ask us when we get our test scores back =D Until then, use kaplan books to review science knowledge.
     
  4. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

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    you can buy books from me. hehehe
     
  5. RT

    RT Rt 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by u2ecila:
    Hi Everyone!

    Since August is edging closer and closer, its time for me to start seriously studying for the MCAT. Any words of advice from all of you who just took the April MCAT? If you are taking the August test, what is your study plan?

    Woohoo - this is going to be one fun summer studying!!!!

    later gaters,
    alice :cool: </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Start as early as possible.

    The MCAT is a conceptual exam. To me, memorizing facts on review books could only get you a 10. Understanding materials as clear as prep courses would teach you pulls you up to an 11. However, in order to get 12+, you need to put in tremendous amount of work, or if you're brilliant, be thankful.

    For science materials, I used Kap, PR and Examcrackers (last 1 wk). I consider that Kap and PR contain too much infos. Examcrackers contains too little. You don't need to memorize details, but know the basic by heart. Ironically, sometimes that suggests intensed memorization.

    For exams, I used AAMC, Kap, PR and Columbia. I used these exams to consolidate my knowledge. I recommend jotting down any detail you find useful on a sheet of paper for each exam. By end of the studying season, hopefully, you'll be able to review each exam in less than 10 mins.

    Go back to the books for topics you find strange. At this stage, once you understand the concepts, more memorization would help.

    A colleague of mine studied for only a month or so and got 38R. Maybe she's just bright.

    Though I have my own reason for careful planning, I understand that most of us are human, and so to get excellent scores, we need to put in the work.

    Cheers
     
  6. Kritenoel

    Kritenoel Smile and Wave 7+ Year Member

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    I'd reccomend taking as many practice exams as you can!!! Use them to get a feel for how long the test is, and how many questions are asked. I'm glad I took as many as I did - I was ready for a long day, and I was able to gauge my time (and doing writing samples in half an hour helped increase my confidence, I didn't spend five minutes worrying about it and actually finished with enough time to edit my essays).
     
  7. phatty925

    phatty925 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    hey,
    i took examkrackers for the april mcat.
    i thought the course was excellent- i just didn't put enough time into studying b/c i'm working full-time right now too.
    so i'm planning on taking the august mcat and i'm going to follow along with the EK class schedule posted on the internet. Practice tests are definitely key to doing well. I think more than just memorization, understanding the actual concepts is most important.
    are any of you gonna be taking the test in boston??
     

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