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Mcat Prep Reform

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by PAGuyana, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. PAGuyana

    10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2006
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    After taking the recent MCAT and seeing other people's similar experiences, it almost seems like AMCAS deliberately changed the exam to take people out of the test prep strategies. For example, PS had little or no calculations; the Verbal was long, meaning that if you used the ExamKrackers' strategy you would never finish the section; and finally the sudden resurgence of Organic Chem. That said, did anyone who took the MCAT recently feel the same way? For fellow retakers, are you going to change your prep strategy? If so, how?
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  3. Shrike

    Shrike Lanius examinatianus
    10+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2004
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    All of the changes you describe are consistent with applying good test prep strategy. EK strategy has always consisted, pretty much, of "read it until you really get it" -- that's not strategy, that's hoping you're smarter and a better reader than three quarters of the people who take the test. (Recall that only about a quarter of MCAT takers are ever getting into any medical school.) On the other hand, a strategy designed to enhance your speed -- and lets say these are certainly out there -- looks good on a long test.

    I'm not sure why an absence of calculations is inconsistent with applying good strategy.

    No, the recent changes to the test probably just reflect AAMC's not wanting to administer this thing any more. A longer test like what we faced up through last year probably would have been too expensive to do at Thomson, and it certainly would have been very expensive to write the questions for so many administrations of it, so they shortened it to a statistically-untenable length; then, they don't want it to look like the much shorter test that it is so they kept verbal at seven passages.
  4. floatingsponge

    7+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
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    <<For example, PS had little or no calculations>>

    Calculations really do not test whether you understand the subject or not. It is testing whether you can plug in numbers and do math without a calculator. Kaplan test has many of this type of problems and it is taking too much time to do division/multiplication of odd numbers. By changing into conceptual questions and analyzing relationship between variables (instead of cranking out numbers), AAMC is on the right path.

    <<the Verbal was long,>>

    This is OK if the passage is understandable. If it is like some philosphical passages where circular reasoning is used in a crazy odd-English language then it will be very tough.

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