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MCAT organic chem.. how much lab techniques we really need to know?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jakethaiCSULA, Jul 9, 2001.

  1. jakethaiCSULA

    jakethaiCSULA Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 16, 2001
    los angeles
    Hey guys!! Just wondering, I am taking the MCAT this aug and I'm not sure how much of those organic chem lab techniques we really need to know. I took organic chem about 3 years ago and got A on both sections but I don't really remember much of those lab stuff . Any input will be great thanks a bunch.
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  3. Creolequeen

    Creolequeen Junior Member

    Jul 5, 2001
    New Orleans
    Mostly the extraction/saponification stuff and the differences between rxn types(SN1, SN2, etc.) You may also get some questions about rxn conditions i.e. what will happen to the system under hot or cold temperatures. The chiral center questions are favorites too.
  4. together

    together Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Study Kaplan's Comprehensive Review. If you got A's in both sections, a thorough review and practice tests should serve you well. The April 2001 test (form EM) had roughly 55% Organic Chemistry and 45% General Biology. In other words, the "traditional" 60/40 Bio/Orgo split appears to be shifting toward Orgo. Study those complicated mechanisms and be aware of what is going on. Don't worry about memorizing any of them. Just be aware of what's happening. I had a bunch of mechanism questions on April's exam (I scored an 11 on the section).



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