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  1. DarklingThrush

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    I am taking the MCAT on 1/24/19. I am currently unhappy with my progress and my inability to retain content.

    I have taken two full lengths, NS 1 and 2, with the exact same score/breakdown 507 (126,127,126,128). I have almost done all of UWorld averaging around 60s-70s, I have pages and pages of notes, I have Anki. I can’t figure out why the information isn’t sticking and why I can’t apply it to full lengths. I spend days reviewing them afterwards. Any suggestions out there? I was aiming for a 514+ and am worried I may come up short.

    Thanks!
     
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    I've heard that NS is deflated around that score range but I'm not entirely sure. An AAMC FL will definitely be the best way to measure your current standing. After taking the first AAMC FL, you should review whatever content you were not proficient in, and after some time (maybe a month apart with constant practice and revision) take the 2nd FL, then the 3rd. My friend went from 508 on FL1, to 514 on FL2, to a 519 on FL3. Ended up getting a score near FL3.
     
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    Agree with the Ordinary Doc above. NS exams are definitely deflated <508. I was around that NS range early on and ended up hitting a 500 on my first AAMC FL.
     
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    Deflated or inflated? The other poster is saying deflated, which means the NS score is lower than usual. Are you saying the opposite and that the NS score is inflated and thus will yield a lower score on AAMC exams?
     
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    Sorry I meant to say that the Next Step exams are inflated******

    As in, a NS exam of 507 would correspond to an AAMC score <507
     
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    Start using the AAMC material for practice. Question packs shoot for 90% or greater. Section banks 70% or greater that seems to correlate with 510+.

    5 weeks out from my exam I ditched all my Kaplan material thanks to the advice of some SDNers. I focused soley on AAMC material. I used the question packs to address my content understanding and fill in holes. With the section banks (SB) I did them untimed and went super slow. The SB is like a collection of the hardest questions you'll see on the real thing. While they are challenging they will help you develop your understanding of the MCAT and how to approach the harder questions without being overwhelmed. I reviewed everything, all right and wrong answers. In the last 5 weeks I pulled my score up 8 points; CP 130, BB 131 thanks to those section banks lol.
     
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    The Next Step exams get harder as you go and some people suggest just doing 1-4 because the rest of the exams are content heavy and can get ridiculous. That’s why many people I’ve seen on reddit actually do the exams in reverse order. After 1-4 I suggest some Alti test prep or EK exams if you are still looking to do some 3rd party exams.

    I’ve heard NS exams less than 505 are inflated. And the closer you are to 510 the more deflated they are. I’ve seen people getting 510-515 score close to 520 on test day with some people getting a tad above their NS scores.

    Also some of their C/P and B/B passages can be really long.
     
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    Also, I thought that NS's P/S was extremely unrepresentative. Most of the passages were 1 paragraph and asked straight content questions. The real deal P/S is much more CARS esque
     
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    This is true too. And a good number
    of their content questions weren’t on the AAMC official guide. They test you on random content sometimes. Passages are short and don’t have a lot of graphs or data interpretation. Alti test prep and EK are better options.
     
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    Yes, EK is solid for P/S. KA is my favorite
     
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    What about UWorld? I got above a 90% on the P/S section. I'm curious if that is more representative
     
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    Got a 129 in P/S, if your scoring that well on Uworld and your 128+ on NS your going to be A-okay come exam time.

    Edit: in addition I think Uworld is much harder than NS but I think both get you prepared for what your going to have to do on test day
     
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    Ok awesome. I took the first two NS without doing any P/S studying ahead of time. This UWorld is after studying a little and just going for it.
     
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    UWorld is more geared toward content. Khan Academy has some passages that involve more critical thinking and experimental passages. They have a lot of passages and they’re free. P/S section banks will help with these skills too.
     

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