How much of the mcat consists of unscored "trial/practice" questions?

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i heard aamcs slips a ton of those questions in each section. what's the deal with this? seems like it could make scoring really unpredictable
 

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I highly doubt they do that. You might either be thinking of the SAT :p or you might be thinking of the trial section which they have this year in order to have questions for MCAT 2015. They specifically will ask you if you want to participate in the trial section. But if I'm wrong and you are right, I would like some info too.
 
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They actually do give you "experimental" questions. They themselves said so in their guide. You do not know how many there are. But one thing for sure, they do not count towards your score.
 

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Oh I see now.

"What is NOT permitted:
 Discussing or posting the text (full or partial) of a test question and/or answer
 Reconstructing an exam question (in whole or in part), list of topics, or exam question
arrangement tested in a particular section
 Mentioning a specific topic that was tested on an exam
 Outlining the steps or process to answer a question
Speculating about which passages are field-test or experimental items"
 
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Directly from MCAT essentials for 2014 and 2015 by AAMC:

Note: Each of the three scored multiple-choice sections includes some experimental items. Experimental
items, as well as questions contained in the Trial Section, do not count toward your score.
 

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I highly doubt they do that. You might either be thinking of the SAT :p or you might be thinking of the trial section which they have this year in order to have questions for MCAT 2015. They specifically will ask you if you want to participate in the trial section. But if I'm wrong and you are right, I would like some info too.
Just to clarify, the AAMC does state that every section of the test will contain some experimental items. We have no idea how many, but considering the scoring scales used for the practice exams (AAMC FL's), it's unlikely there are more than a few experimental items per section because it would reduce the number of scored items contributing to the raw score conversion, especially in VR.
 

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For anyone who cares to reference this, look at page 6 of the MCAT Essentials.