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Do you get scratch paper during the MCAT?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by ejay286, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. ejay286

    ejay286 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    I'm sitting here taking these practice tests and noticing that I'm using quite a bit of scratch paper, do we get to use any on the actual tests?
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  3. rowerlauren

    rowerlauren 2+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2008
    This question should be in the MCAT discussion section.

    Short answer though is yes.
  4. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod Physician 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Kansas City, MO
    hSDN Alumni
    It's not very useful, though. You might use it to write a physics formula or two, but that's about it.
  5. justapremed

    justapremed 2+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    My test had a LOT of computational problems (PS) and confusing genetics problem (BS) that required lots of paper... for me at least. And yes, you can get a new "booklet" of scratch papers at the end of each section, as needed, during breaks!
  6. TupacalipseT96

    TupacalipseT96 R U Still Down? 7+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    They give you a test booklet to write in and a couple pencils. You can't use your own paper or pencils/pens.

    I used mine for physics calculations, etc...and outlining my essay. So I used it quite a bit, though I didn't use Kaplan's silly mapping method.
  7. Character

    Character 5+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    use it for your essay, wrote a few punch lines here and there. outline it. your set.
  8. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Thank you - I concur. Moving there now.
  9. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    These would be good to get used to especially if this is how the test site does their scratch paper. The one I tested at used real paper and pencil though, so that's what I practiced with.
  10. Raryn

    Raryn Infernal Internist / Enigmatic Endocrinologist Physician 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    The test site I was at gave us a booklet of blue scratch paper and two pencils. We could request a new booklet of scratch paper at any time.

    Its useful for chem/physics and outlining your paper, though I dont think i used it much for bio...

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