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Importance of timing in practice mcat?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Tobtolip, Mar 2, 2002.

  1. Tobtolip

    Tobtolip Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2002
    I know this is probably not the best way to study. But throughout the week I do 1-2 problems a day, (general chem or verbal). I know I should definately time the verbal passages so I get through them in 8 min and no more. But what about the sciences? I am using the kaplan material and the general chem portion is really tough! It usually takes me 12-15 min to ansewr a passage completely. (I still get like 2 - 4 out of the 8 questions wrong ouch!)

    Should I time the chem portions as well? Also, is this an okay way to study? Of course I'll do full length timed things, but I plan to do those sporadically. I figured that I can do a passage per day, and then coupled with full length practice every so often might be good preparation.
    What does everyone think about this regime?

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  3. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    that seems too little to me. i'd would also only worry about timing about a month before the mcat. right now it's important to get a lot of experience with the passages, the type of questions, and practice critical thinking (like what answer choices can i eliminite right off the bat... etc) once you understand the important concepts, and are used to thinking critically, then you should worry about timing. but that's the least important step right now, unless you're like late by 20-30 minutes.
  4. HairlessHeart

    HairlessHeart Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    It seems like by now you probably have a good grip on what kinds of questions they will ask and in what form. Whether or not if you anticipate stamina will be a problem for you, you should practice for longer periods of time. You don't want to go into the test and suddenly find out that you've lost all your mojo by the time you get to the biology section. Also, it's great that you can normally do a verbal passage in 8 minutes, but can you consistently do a whole verbal section in the time allotted? A lot of people who have problems with the verbal have problems finishing...because they get bogged down on one or two or more passages. The same goes for the other sections. It's pretty tough to do well if you don't finish.

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