Huge discrepancy between AAMC 11 and the others...not sure what to think

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hookgrip

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For the past few weeks I've been taking one test every 2-3 days and doing some minor review in between. I started taking the AAMCs after I was done with content review, so it's not like I've suddenly learned a lot of new stuff in the past few weeks.

Anyway, my scores on 3, 4, 5, and 7 were 36, 36, 35, 34. I decided to take AAMC 11 today after hearing many people say it's more like the real MCAT and that it's harder than the lower-numbered AAMCs. I was expecting to score close to my previous scores.

When I finished AAMC 11, I was shocked to see that I had gotten a 41! (14P/13V/14B). This kind of huge improvement makes no sense to me since I haven't been doing major content cramming in the past few weeks. I'm not sure what do think now...
 
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Wow, that's great. Don't question it! Obviously you're doing something right if you can get a 41 on one of the harder tests that's supposed to mirror the MCAT. Just don't lull yourself into a false sense of security. Keep doing what you're doing. Review the test, do practice, and don't burn out. Best of luck on the real thing though.

Hopefully I can make that big of a jump when I take AAMC 11 and the real thing.
 
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For the past few weeks I've been taking one test every 2-3 days and doing some minor review in between. I started taking the AAMCs after I was done with content review, so it's not like I've suddenly learned a lot of new stuff in the past few weeks.

Anyway, my scores on 3, 4, 5, and 7 were 36, 36, 35, 34. I decided to take AAMC 11 today after hearing many people say it's more like the real MCAT and that it's harder than the lower-numbered AAMCs. I was expecting to score close to my previous scores.

When I finished AAMC 11, I was shocked to see that I had gotten a 41! (14/13/14). This kind of huge improvement makes no sense to me since I haven't been doing major content cramming in the past few weeks. I'm not sure what do think now...
I took my exam on 7/6 and I thought my exam was most similar to 11. A 41 is a great score, but it is an outlier. AAMC 11 could have had topics that were easy for you. I would guess that your actual mcat will be the averages of the AAMC tests you've taken (mine was).
 
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The reason people say AAMC 11 is harder is because it requires less outside knowledge and it's more passage based for BS. The PS has more calculations, and the verbal is I guess the same as the others.

My guess is you're pretty good at passage analysis, which is why on the earlier AAMC's you did comparatively worse.

However, I would agree that it's an outlier in the sense that a 41 isn't something you should expect on the real thing and be upset if you get 40 or lower. I came into this thread expecting the other way around (high early AAMC scores and a low #11) but I'm glad to see your scores are going up, not down. Just keep doing what you're doing and you should be set for a 35+ regardless.
 

paul411

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You're screwed.

:rolleyes:

AAMC 11 is the latest practice test and therefore it resembles the real MCAT most closely. Whether it is harder/easier than the earlier AAMCs depends on the strengths and weaknesses of the test taker.

Don't be surprised if you make a 40, don't be surprised if you don't. Be mad if you don't make a 35+ though.
 

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nice to see that score improvement on AAMC 11! best wishes on the real test! :)
 

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congrats. also keep in mind that the jump from a 35/36 to a 40 is really a matter of a few questions, which is why aiming for consistent 40s on practice AAMCs is futile.
 
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Nice work. On the real exam I scored pretty close to what I got on aamc 11 and I did a few points better on 11 than I had been averaging on the previous practice tests.

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