1. Hey Guest! Check out the 3 MCAT Study Plan Options listed in the 'stickies' area at the top of the forums (BoomBoom, SN2ed, and MCATJelly). Let us know which you like best.

    Also, we now offer a MCAT Test-Prep Exhibitions Forum where you can ask questions directly from the test-prep services.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. This forum is for support and discussion only. Please promote test prep materials/services (including AMAs) in the Special Offers subforum only. Thanks!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Last chance to give your feedback! Fill out the 2019 SDN Member Survey to let us know what's important to you (and win prizes!)

Kaplan FL score inflation

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by rhettoric, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. rhettoric

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    Heya folks,

    I'm suspicious of my Kaplan FL scores

    I took one back in January and got a 28 on it. Not great, room for improvement, I'm currently taking Physics 2 and orgo 2, so I fully expected to improve.

    So now I've taken FL 2, 3 and 4 and earned a 34, 34, and 35 on them respectively. These are great scores (at least to me), but I'm concerned that they may be inflated.

    For example, on FL 4, I got 20 wrong on the PS section, 9 wrong on the verbal, and 21 wrong on the BS, and that corresponded to 12, 12, 11. I'm embarassed to admit I got so many wrong but I'd much rather know I need the hard-core improvement now than end up getting a 25 on the actual MCAT. So, if anyone can help, are these scores a good predictor?
     
  2. killinsound

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2006
    Messages:
    908
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Kaplan's grades are a little inflated i would say... actually it really depends to why you missed the questions.

    Kaplan's FL's are much much harder, but allows more room for error.

    When you finally take an AAMC test you are going to be shocked about how much easier it is, but each point really does count, and a stupid mistake can drop you a whole point.
     
  3. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,817
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  4. OP
    OP
    rhettoric

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    I realize that Kaplan's practice exams had high predictability in the past, but I'm concerned that since they switched to the computer models they haven't updated their scoring system accurately.

    Did you take the MCAT this past January? Those are the practice test/ score comparisons I'd like to know :)

    It looks like killinsound did take a CBT...I dunno, I'm planning on taking the AAMC tests, but maybe I should throw some EK stuff into the mix.
     
  5. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety
    Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,817
    Likes Received:
    4
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Ah that's a good point. But you realize the jan scores aren't out til Feb 28th, right?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. OP
    OP
    rhettoric

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    1
    Status:
    Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
    doh, I thought they were released last week for some reason.

    Guess we'll find out!
     

Share This Page