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what kind of calculator do they make you use for the exam? Is it on the computer or do they have one sitting at the work station? What functions does it have... if its on the computer, hopefully theres some "calculator" java program out there similar to it that I can start using when I study for PS and I can put down the TI83
I will make it easy for ya.

There are no calculators involved.
 
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yep no calculator.

either paper and pencil or dry erase board and marker.

for me, this was one of the worst parts of mcat. I'd have done probably 2 points higher with a calc.
 

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Just out of curiosity how do you have over 1000 post on SDN and not know that there are no calculators on the MCAT?
 

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Just out of curiosity how do you have over 1000 post on SDN and not know that there are no calculators on the MCAT?
is there a point to your question?
 

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is there a point to your question?
By "a point" do you mean I have some insightful reasoning behind my question? No. It was just a question (which I thought was reasonable). I didn't mean to upset anyone. 1000 post is a lot and such a question seems fairly basic for someone who spends that much time on SDN.
 

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Just out of curiosity how do you have over 1000 post on SDN and not know that there are no calculators on the MCAT?
Maybe the OP just decided to go to med school. Therefore, he just started looking into the MCAT.
 

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I hate that you cannot use a calculator.

It would be such a huge time saver, and prevent dumb errors.

Not to mention that nearly every professional working with numbers uses a calculator...


Does the writing portion have a spell check?
 

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trust me, using calculators won’t help much, because they would adjust the exam to be difficult enough so the mean average MCAT stays the same (which I think is around ~ 25-ish)....

If you can't get a 30 or 35 or 40 without a calculator, chances are, you won’t get it even with a calculator.

Me personally, It doesn't bother me that they don't allow calculators, more than 80% of every MCAT practice question I've looked at was based on concepts, and not number crunching
 

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Does the writing portion have a spell check?
LMAO @ THIS !!!! (sry not trying to be a dick)

you might as well ask if they proof read it before you hit "submit".

Dude, before the MCAT was CBT, it used to be paper and pencil, did they have spell check back then? you guessed it !
 

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Calculators would be such a huge security hazard with all the programs kids can put on there nowadays.

In any case, no question on the MCAT requires a calculator, so not allowing it is not going to hurt you. And even if it did, it is the same across the board with all test takers...yet another aspect of this great equalizer known as the MCAT.:thumbup:
 

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LMAO @ THIS !!!! (sry not trying to be a dick)

you might as well ask if they proof read it before you hit "submit".

Dude, before the MCAT was CBT, it used to be paper and pencil, did they have spell check back then? you guessed it !
LOL I figured not. Was not really a serious question...

yet again, everything we write, even on websites, MS WORD, emails, cell phones, etc. has spell check so I was not 100% certain.
 

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Also...

I have only been going through NOVA physics and it has felt like a calculator would help a lot more... perhaps since most of the problems involve number crunching.

Hopefully it won't be a problem when I start taking FLs.
 

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I am doing BR physics, and I round EVERYTHING... if something is 1.7, I treat it like 2, if something is 0.006 I treat it like 6X10^-3,

If I see a fraction like 173/245 I treat it like 200/300 which is really 2/3....

In ALOT of times, if the correct answer (using a calculator) comes out to exactly 50 MPH, then if you start using the rounding strategy, your answer will always be very close to the actual answer (like 45 or 55 MPH, which is close enough for you to make your best educated guess)
 

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I hate that you cannot use a calculator.

It would be such a huge time saver, and prevent dumb errors.

Not to mention that nearly every professional working with numbers uses a calculator...


Does the writing portion have a spell check?
No, a calculator would've slowed me down considerably and, for me at least, lead to more dumb errors. It's all head math and rounding--no hardcore calculation involved.
 

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By "a point" do you mean I have some insightful reasoning behind my question? No. It was just a question (which I thought was reasonable). I didn't mean to upset anyone. 1000 post is a lot and such a question seems fairly basic for someone who spends that much time on SDN.
By point I mean, really, what do you expect to get as an answer from the OP? There are PLENTY subsections in the SDN forums where one can rack up 1k posts. I'm sure you didn't mean to upset anyone but I'm just really curious how you feel your question could benefit anyone, including yourself, in anyway.
 
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