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July or August: Which MCAT setting would have a higher curve?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Asianagirl, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Asianagirl

    Asianagirl 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    anyone knows? If so, why ?
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  3. finality333

    finality333 fĭ-zĭsh'ən 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    You would think that July (maybe MAY---for people trying to stay in priority sequence) and august would have high curves just because people have more time to prepare, but over all i have heard that it all balances out, there are those who prepare more then others and so on. Whatever the reason is, friends of mine who took the paper pencil exam in april and august made the same scores; with their practice scores not increasing your theory would mean they would do worse in august. However, the only thing to fear with the cbt is a smaller testing groups then paper pencil and if you have taken statistics you know what that does. As sample size increases the mean of the sample test takers comes closer to the actual population mean.

  4. jessie

    jessie Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    I would say August b/c ppl have more time to prep. But that's just a guess....

  5. Asianagirl

    Asianagirl 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    So with that logic, the Sept ones should have the toughest curve?
  6. IckeyShuffle

    IckeyShuffle MS1 t-minus 1.5 months.. 2+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    all MCATs are graded on the same curve. You are not curved soley against people in the same sitting as you. The point of a standardized test is that it has to be scaled to the same degree no matter when you take it. People who take the MCAT in July will have crossover passages with people who took it in April and these are all scaled together. In the end, it doesnt matter when you take it. AKA, take it when YOU feel the most prepared.

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