How should I utilize the AAMC tests?

Clinicall

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I plan on buying all of them, and I take the MCAT on May 30th, however I was wondering if I should save roughly 3-5 for 2 weeks prior to the MCAT, and spread around the remaining ones leading up to that point.

I'm taking my first one this Friday, but I was just wondering if I should save some and not smash through all of them, since I'm obviously still on the learning curve of the material and the testing style. Thanks.
 

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Take a look at SN2ed's schedule for days 64-95. See here: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=623898

He maps out a great way to pace yourself through all the AAMC practice tests towards the end of your studying. I would save them for closer to your MCAT date as they are the best practice you will get and are close to useless without adequate content review prior to taking them.
 

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I would save them for closer to your MCAT date as they are the best practice you will get and are close to useless without adequate content review prior to taking them.

Thank you for mentioning this. There are some prep companies (e.g. EK) that want you to take a FL before you even start studying to "get an idea" of your strengths and weakness. Doing that is more or less pissing money down the drain. Utilize these to know your weak spots at the END of your content review so that way you can shore up weakness in your post-phrasing of the test.
 

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I would definitely save at least the last 3-4 for the end of your review so you can get an idea of what to expect after completing most of your review. I did AAMC 3 just because I was curious but I don't think it matters either way. Just make sure that you're emulating testing conditions when you do them (ie, use headphones to block out sound, take the breaks, don't answer your phone, etc.). I think that's really where you get the most out of the FLs.

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