•••quote:•••Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
•Dude, I've taken the MCAT twice now. I have 2 semesters of bio, 2 semesters of physics, 2 semesters of gen chem, and 1 semester of orgo/biochem. I haven't had a single science class in a year and a half now, (I'm a non-science major). I'll admit, I was lost on the immunology passage. It wouldn't process, but it was really a reading comp passage more than anything else. I studied so much freakin bio, and hardly any of it was on there. I'm not about to advocate somebody put themselves thru the hell of an immunology class just coz it may come up on an MCAT passage that prolly won't even test what they learned anyway. At least not directly. The problem is that you're under such time constraints that you have a tendency to rush thru the passages. I know I rushed thru yesterday on the BS section, and I'll prolly pay for it when the results come in. The cysteine question was not THAT hard even if you haven't had biochem. Think of the tertiary structure of a protein. What's one of the forces that holds it to together? DiSULFIDE bonds b/t cysteine amino acids. DiSULFIDE means sulfur is one of the components of the amino acid. And of course we all know that all amino acids also contain N,H,C, and O, so there's your answer. Pointless test of your ability to recall a useless detail and apply it, but that's what the MCAT tests. I hate this stupid exam, but I know that I would've probably done the same even if I had taken genetics, immuno, and analytical. Trust me, there's nothing on the PS section that required analytical chemistry.•••••I agree with papasmurf.
I am a Bio major and I took MCAT twice already. BS is more of reading comprehension than anything else. If you have like 10 PhDs in different fields like biochem, micro, evolutionary, blah blah, BS should be easy, but no MCAT taker is an expert in every field. That tells us that we don't have to be experts in any field as long as we can read the passages.
I had a frigging passage on Bombay phenotype (this is popular for soap operas) yesterday, and it was all advanced biochemistry. However, all the answers were in the passage. Basially all you had to know was if A inhibits B and B synthesizes C, then A inhibits C.