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- Mar 8, 2015
Grapes, can I pm you about my situation? I've gotten a lot of mixed reviews about whether or not I should retake and feel pretty conflicted about the whole thing.Given you only got a 64% on your CARs practice test it's not a shocker at all you got a 124 on the real deal(on the old AAMC tests 64% would usually translate to an 8 on the old scale AAMC tests and you got the equivalent of a 7-8 on this test for the new scale).
Lots of people have reported disparities between what they were getting on their psych/soc scores and the real deal. The real deal is just alot different and on a subject that is relatively simple to grasp for so many pre-meds you have to make the test rather tricky and difficult so only 20% of those pre-meds who take the test get a 127+ or whatever.
Your Bio score could easily have been 1 or 2 simple mistakes and that could have been the difference between a 128 and a 129-130 which is what your practice score might have predicted.
I would give some consideration to re-taking. If you do in fact decide to
a) Don't take a test this important on 2 hours sleep.
b) Absolutely do all the stuff EK and Next Step is offering.
c) The AAMC is releasing more practice test material in November. Do it all.
d) For Verbal/CARs improvement, EK 101, TPRH workbook, and the old AAMC practice tests are almost mandatory to do.
Thanks for the input @Jack Westin ! So I'm not completely sure if I'm going to retake or not (I'm kinda just leaning towards rolling with my score and seeing how the next cycle rolls out), but is there an approach you suggest? Like is your method to CARS more like a straightforward approach and no mapping/highlighting? Also, you're saying just re-do the AAMC passages over and over again? Do you think that will help? I feel like half the battle with CARS is just not knowing the passage before hand, but I'm completely open to anything at this point. I think this is just the one section that repeatedly trips me up, and I have no idea what to do. I've literally done every passage conceivable (TPRH, EK101, AAMC passages), and the only stuff I haven't done is probably the Next step verbal book and the full length CARS exams in the Next Step and EK full lengths. Realistically, the only way I would even attempt another exam, is if I know for sure I could break at least a 127 in the critical reading section. Otherwise, it's just probably not going to be worth the risk/mental anguish of retaking.@itsallgood92 based on your initial post it seems like you really put in the time to practice. But that doesn't mean you'll do well. You need to study the MCAT the right way. What I suggest is look at only the AAMC CARS passages available. Do each one several times and try to find a pattern to how they ask questions. You should also read a lot every day. If you can learn to approach each passage with a consistent strategy, you will find a pattern to how they ask questions. Good luck.