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i'm thinking that expending energy going over kaplan full lengths (ESPECIALLY ps) is kind of a waste of time right now, and i feel as though focusing strictly on aamc's might be of more benefit. i plan on taking all the aamcs ( i have four left ) and going over the stuff i got wrong and my weaknesses hardcore in between taking the tests. i've been doing that so far, and i've been going up in my aamc scores.

i'm still going to take the kaplan saturday full lengths, just to keep getting acclimated to the testing environment etc...

does anyone feel like there are other aspects of kaplan that still might be helpful?
 

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I did that about 3-4 weeks ago after FL 3.
The scores were frustrating me being 3-4 points lower than AAMC.
 

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i haven't bought any aamc tests but now i feel like i should've because i keep hearing exactly what you're saying...that kaplan tests are just harder than the real thing.
 
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lala83 said:
i haven't bought any aamc tests but now i feel like i should've because i keep hearing exactly what you're saying...that kaplan tests are just harder than the real thing.
You can ask Kaplan for the AAMC test during the full-lengths. Don't take the Kaplan FL... its just makes me depressed
 
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i didn't know you ask kaplan to do that! how far ahead of time do you have to request that? thanks guys
 

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i didn't know you ask kaplan to do that! how far ahead of time do you have to request that? thanks guys
just a day or so ahead of time. Just call your office and ask if its too late
 

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i'm sticking with kaplan and aamc. kaplan to get the hard stuff down and know that no matter what the mcat hits me with the chances are i've been hit in that spot before and i can take it better the second tme around. i'm using aamc tests to get a feel for exactly how the test is. lots of people rock the MCAT with just kaplan alone so i'm sure kaplan is good enough to yield results.
 

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gujuDoc said:
So you think I shouldn't bother with any more Kaplan full lengths. I've been struggling to figure out whether i should do a few more and then finish doing AAMC 7, 8, and 9 or whether I should not bother with them at all. I am thinking about doing 2 or 3 more Kaplan tests.
Depends on your burn out level, if you have timing down, how moody you get with your scores.
 

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Depends on your burn out level, if you have timing down, how moody you get with your scores.
Kaplan is NOTHING like AAMC in my opinion. The style of thinking is different. Kaplan is way more in depth as well. Which makes it useful for understanding material thoroughly... As far as getting used to moving through passages, and working the test. AAMC is better.
 

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Kikaku21 said:
Kaplan is NOTHING like AAMC in my opinion. The style of thinking is different. Kaplan is way more in depth as well. Which makes it useful for understanding material thoroughly... As far as getting used to moving through passages, and working the test. AAMC is better.
See thats what I feel about both EK and Kaplan. Their materials are created to match their methods. Detail heavy in Kaplan, Main Idea heavy in EK. The AAMC are a mix of both.
 

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I've heard a lot that the Kaplan PS is harder than the AAMC ones, but dont the curves adjust for that? My PS has been pretty consistent over both the AAMC and Kaplan tests. :confused:
Its the VR I am worried about... I've heard that Kaplan is bad prep for verbal and the scores are a bit to generous? :scared:
Anyways, Ill still take whatever FL Kaplan wants me to (up to FL5) and try to get AAMC 8 and 9 in too.
 

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Kaplan exams really ruin my confidence. One day i think i know the material very well, then i take a kaplan test and i feel like i dont know that much, which is probably true anyway..yea aamc is the way to go at this point..
 

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lala83 said:
i haven't bought any aamc tests but now i feel like i should've because i keep hearing exactly what you're saying...that kaplan tests are just harder than the real thing.
I took all 11 tests from Kaplan , all 7 tests from AAMC, all 5tests from TPR, 3 tests from the gold series, and 3 tests from Berkley Review, and finally took the April MCAT. (I got 13, 4, 12 and am retaking it)

If you will trust me on my comment, none of the tests are as similar as real AAMC tests to the real MCAT! Kaplan is way too harder, berkley review is unrealistic, TPR tests are easier and more similar but honestly just do 5-9 on AAMC and you will be fine.

Real MCAT is really easy just lack of enough time will kill you!
 

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sekem said:
I took all 11 tests from Kaplan , all 7 tests from AAMC, all 5tests from TPR, 3tests from the god series, and 3 tests from Berkley Review, and finally took the April MCAT. (I got 13, 4, 12 and am retaking it)

If you will trust me on my comment, none of the tests are as similar as real AAMC tests to the real MCAT! Kaplan is way too harder, berkley review is unrealistic, TPR tests are easier and more similar but honestly just do 5-9 on AAMC and you will be fine.

Real MCAT is really easy just lack of enough time will kill you!
jeez your score would have been incredible if it wasn't for verbal......i really feel for you....I hope your verbal is improving because its obvious you have the other sections down. Good luck!
 
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