chemistrt part has more emphasis on gen chem?

Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by kies89, May 13, 2014.

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  1. kies89

    kies89 7+ Year Member

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    I think i saw somewhere it was like 80% genchem 20% ochem
    Is it true?
    Also do we need to absolutely know all the rxns and mechanisms for ochem?
     
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  3. blueheron

    blueheron Chemist

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    Yeah they'll throw just about any kind of reaction at you. I didn't even worry about it since the last OChem I took was in 2010. Still got a 97 in chem. They only had like 2 or 3 on reactions anyway. If you know the gen chem stuff you'll be fine, as even most of that stuff is easy. Stoich, Radiation, gas laws, MWs, etc.
     
  4. tiffster5

    tiffster5

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    Hey! how did you study for the pcat?
     
  5. blueheron

    blueheron Chemist

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    About a month out I spent an hour or so a day reading the Kaplan book and took the Kaplan practice online to see what I needed to focus on. Basically I was trying to teach myself anatomy/ physiology and statistics since I never took them. I had a chem degree so no need worrying about chem, math (at least algebra and calc anyway), and I didn't feel I could improve much on Verbal or Reading comp, so I looked at like a GRE word list 5-10 minutes and spent the rest on AP/stats. About 2 weeks out took a Pearson practice and had all 79-99s. The week of, I took the other two and got 79-99s. I never took the whole test at once, though. I just took them mainly to familiarize myself, as there wasn't much to improve by that point.

    Basically it was mostly a review and trying to at least know something for AP/stats. Most of my prep was my schooling, since I decided last minute (March) to apply the next cycle. Ended up with a 97 Comp, which I was fine with since I was missing 3 prereqs, and was out of school for two years.
     

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