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hey im new here, this is for all the kaplan takers...

how well did the kaplan full lengths match up with the real MCAT...first in the type of questions..like were they similair topics, mostly for biological im conncerned with...because the kaplan tests a lot on hormones, human anatomy, and stuff like that, that reappear on every test...is this an accurate representation of the MCAT??

and also how did your scores match up?

thanks a lot,

Justin
 

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I am not taking the Kaplan review, but I am taking all of the Kaplan tests and I definitely see what you mean. I am planning on taking at least 3 of the new AAMC tests (which are real MCATs) so I will let you know how they match up. They shouldnt be thaaat much different. There is a post somewhere where people are putting up all their practice test scores and their real MCAT score so you can compare.
 

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I took kaplan for MCAT prep and found the scores for my practice tests to be pretty true to my actual score on the MCAT. i was lucky enough to sit through the real thing twice and as for the bio section, the first time i took it, there was a lot of genetics. the second time, there was a lot of anatomy. the content will change from test to test, so it's really luck of the draw. if you have other questions, feel free to PM me...
 

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LT2 said:
I took kaplan for MCAT prep and found the scores for my practice tests to be pretty true to my actual score on the MCAT. i was lucky enough to sit through the real thing twice and as for the bio section, the first time i took it, there was a lot of genetics. the second time, there was a lot of anatomy. the content will change from test to test, so it's really luck of the draw. if you have other questions, feel free to PM me...
Anatomy?!? Don't you mean physiology or something? I thought anatomy wasn't a subject tested on the MCAT.
 

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Sorry, sorry, didn't mean to freak you out! not anatomy, yes, physiology, all of the stuff in your kaplan book. i studied solely out of the kaplan books and did fine.
 

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My actual score was at the top of my Kaplan range, which was cool. My 2 Kaplan teachers both got in the middle of their range, and one my teacher's teacher was 2 above his highest Kaplan full-length score. I had the same VR score on my last 4 Kaplan full-lengths and the real thing. My BS and PS scores were within 2 of each other on all of my full lengths, and I got the top score on the real thing. So for me, the scoring was an excellent predictor.

As for the questions, my BS section had more genetics than the typical Kaplan full-length. It was more molecular genetics (DNA/gene stuff) than pedigree/mendellian, just so you know.

As far as PS goes, I thought the actual MCAT questions were easier than the Kaplan PS questions. There were a lot more freebies and the concept questions generally didn't require you to integrate 2 or 3 concepts like so many Kaplan questions do. Still, I liked that the Kaplan PS questions were harder than the real thing. Plus, Kaplan's questions may be harder but they scale it appropriately. I have a feeling the real MCAT scale is a lot less severe than most of the Kaplan full-lengths' in the PS section.