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I hate Kaplan!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by saimabean5, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. saimabean5

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    Kaplan purposely makes their tests harder so you can do "better" on the real thing. however, this just makes really frustrated and i just lose my confidence b/c i feel im not doing as good as i want to...i also feel that their passages do not reflect real mcat passages. what do u guys think who are taking kaplan????
     
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  3. willy

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    Kaplan makes their tests harder? Bull! They're composites of previous, actual tests. I got a 34 on practice 3 and a 30 on the real thing. Change your mindset.
     
  4. Street Philosopher

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    nobody can make you lose confidence but yourself.
     
  5. liberty

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    when i took the actual mcat i felt certain sections(such as verbal and bio) were as hard or harder than what i took in kaplan. good luck studying.
     
  6. THE instiGATOR

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    I don't know about Kraplan, but I do know that P.R.'s practice exams were brutally scored. I think the highest I ever earned on a P.R. practice exam was a 25 (5 points lower than my score on the real thing).

    I've heard that Kraplan tries to lift your spirits by giving you high scores and P.R. beats you like an ugly readheaded stepchild.
     
  7. Premed315U

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    Does anyone have the princeton review score conversion? How do they scale it?

    i.e. what's -13 Verbal, -11 Physical Sciences and -16 Bio?

    Thanks for any and all help!!
     
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    Kaplan is awful, from start to finish.....there's a center in Western Mass. run by the MOST insincere, condescending, self absorbed person I've ever met....they had decent instructors..but very poor, uncomfortable facilities...very disorganized teaching schedule..very intimidating style....
    Examkrackers A.O. is great so far...these guys really seem to know what they're doing.....
    DO NOT spend $$$ on Kaplan
     
  9. Doctora Foxy

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    I did crappy on kaplan's tests, good on aamc tests, and somewhere in the middle on the real thing.

    I think Kaplan's tests are harder so it takes longer to do them. I was able to finish each section on the aamca practice tests (3-5), but could never finsh kaplan's verbal and PS sections on time.

    It doesn't matter if Kaplan's tests are harder, b/c test day will make you nervous and that accounts for the test possibly being *slighly* easier, IMHO

    So go study! Practice makes perfect. :D Good luck to you
     
  10. THE instiGATOR

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Premed315U:
    <strong>Does anyone have the princeton review score conversion? How do they scale it?

    i.e. what's -13 Verbal, -11 Physical Sciences and -16 Bio?

    Thanks for any and all help!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wow! A 16 in Bio! That's impressive! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  11. Doctora Foxy

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    Swampy, I think he missed 16 questions, hence the negative sign. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    and your new name hurts my eyes! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" /> very cute
     
  12. BCgirl

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Premed315U:
    <strong>Does anyone have the princeton review score conversion? How do they scale it?

    i.e. what's -13 Verbal, -11 Physical Sciences and -16 Bio?

    Thanks for any and all help!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hi Premed,

    I'm not sure if PR has different scales for different tests, but by the scale that they give for thier practice tests A-D those scores would be:

    52/65 on verbal would be a 10 on that scale (10 = 52-55), 66/77 on PS would be an 11 (11 = 62-66), and 61/77 for BS would be a 10 (60-62).

    But, again, I don't know if that scale would fit whatever you're trying to score.

    Good luck! :)
     
  13. trout

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    I think I answered one of these already for you...but it depends on the diagnositic number! Beleive it or not the A-D scale is even harder than the 480 series!

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Premed315U:
    <strong>Does anyone have the princeton review score conversion? How do they scale it?

    i.e. what's -13 Verbal, -11 Physical Sciences and -16 Bio?

    Thanks for any and all help!!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    The kaplan tests are definatly harder than the real thing, but they scale them so that your score on their tests are indicative of what you'd score on the actual test. For example, the top 3% or so of scores on a kaplan test correspond to a 13+, just as a score on the actual test in top 3% would come out to be a 13. So even though the kaplan tests are more difficult, they should still give you a good idea of how you might do on test day. My scores on each of the sections of the real MCAT were exactly what I had been getting on the kaplan test.
    If you want a better idea of what the true content of the test is going to look like, take a look at the AAMC tests.
     
  15. Premed315U

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    Hi Trout,

    Thanks! So would that mean that my score on 485 would actually be higher than the score that A-D's scale indicates? Does anyone happen to have the breakdown?

    I'm curious how I am scoring on these tests because in searching this website, I've read posts where people say they got certain scores on the Princeton Review diags and then say what score they got on the real MCAT. I'm curious as to where my score is headed on the real MCAT.

    Thanks soo much.

    Doctora Foxy, thank you for clarifying. Yes, I got 52 on Verbal, 67 on Physical, and 60 right on Bio.

    Thanks to anyone who can help me figure out what my score is!!
     
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    I think the scale in A-D is what TPR uses to score all tests. That's just a guess though.

    A-D is hard not because of the scale per se, but because the scale isn't adjusted for the difficulty of the questions.
     
  17. in response to the OP, i scored exactly where kaplan predicted i would. granted, practice tests 1-5 fluctuated between a 30 and a 36, but my test day score was a 33...i cant really be mad at kaplan or myself, its right in the middle...although it is always nice to be on the upswing of your performance level on the test day.
     

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