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Just took my first practice MCAT

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by muja786, May 10, 2007.

  1. muja786

    muja786 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Wow, I mean were should I start. Well, it was the princeton review diagnostic 4011 MCAT exam(first exam you take in the class.) Just getting through the passages and not forgetting what I had read in the last paragraph was tough. I mean the passages were at a very high level, verbals were the most difficult to understand, than PS, than BS was the easiest probally. I would expend all my energy and focus just getting through the first 2 passages before I felt exhausted. I had to stop the test on multiple occasions to take a break, cause I would have to put my utmost focus to read a passage for comprehension and answer the questions only to have another 4 passages with equal difficulty waiting for me. I dont know how to take this in and were to go with it. In fact, I haven't even finished the test. I was able to get through about half the BS(final section) and now im spent already.

    Do I just have to take more n more to build up the stamina? I think the tough part was that the way the passages were worded and what not made me have to really focus in to comprehend what was being said (especially verbal were I was still lost.) ugh.
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  3. mvenus929

    mvenus929 Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Yeah, you might want to start reading the newspaper or something, because too many tests will wear you down, but you really need to get into the habit of critically looking at the passages.
  4. scotties123

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    i know from personal experience as well as from many friends that agreed with me that TPR diagnostic is designed difficult so that they can either scare u into studying hard from the beginning, or to show that they can "raise ur score" by the next practice exam.
  5. quiksilver87

    quiksilver87 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Yeah I also took the first diagnostic...
    I scored a 3 on my verbal! Welcome to the club...
    I was also exhausted by the time I got to the Bio section however, I dont know how i managed an 8 on that...
    I got a 5 on the PS section...and an L on writing...hah..

    I would suggest studying for 6-7 hours in a row. Take 10-20 minute breaks. This should give you the mental stamina needed for the MCAt. Thats what im doing now.

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