I think the diagnostic is geared for people not to do very well (I think I got a 21 when I took it) so that you will take their course, improve your score and therfore not need to take the course again (a $1500 hit for them). Sure many people do well on it, but for others whom this is their first MCAT, the scores aren't that great.eric23 said:
nope, it's pretty much representative of what you'll get on the real mcat...sorry sucka!eric23 said:
same story here... its meant to get your a$$ in gear!!!gdbaby said:I think the diagnostic is geared for people not to do very well (I think I got a 21 when I took it) so that you will take their course, improve your score and therfore not need to take the course again (a $1500 hit for them). Sure many people do well on it, but for others whom this is their first MCAT, the scores aren't that great.
The diagnostic tests are created so everyone does poorly...that way they can say they raise scores an avg of 10 pts...whoo! I took Princeton Review, and it was the worst decision ever. I stopped going halfway through the course. I was actually so upset with the loss of my money/time, I decided to take another of their self-created diagnostic tests about 2 weeks after the MCAT just to see what would happen. The results:eric23 said:
Not so. Yes, the Kaplan diagnostic appears to be designed that way, (especially if you take it cold like I did) but the full-length exams they administer (and all the other ones they provide at your local center) were, I found, remarkably accurate. I was scoring 33s-36s on the full-lengths that I self-administered, so given that I was amped up on adrenaline and super-concentrating on the actual test day, they were quite predictive. They also provide the AAMC released practice MCATs as well, and there is little difference between the AAMC released practice exams and the Kaplan-released practice exams.DNM503 said:Kaplan likely runs the same way. The real MCAT is sooo much easier (or at least easier to score higher) than their made-up tests. You will realize that when you start taking past-MCAT's as practice tests. Your real score will likely be much more comparable to those. Good luck!
If you've taken the real MCAT before taking their course, they guarantee that you will go up from that score. If not, they use the diagnostic. So they definitely don't rely on their diagnostic test to stop people from claiming the Higher Score Guarantee.Orthodoc40 said:Kaplan "guarantees a higher score" - of course you bombed!
They don't want to give anyone their money back!!
It is intentional.