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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by ermonty, May 16, 2002.

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  1. ermonty

    ermonty Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    I'm taking the MCAT in August and I've been taking pratice sectionals(Kaplan). I'm consistently making 80-85% on Bio and 65-70% on physical. But there's no grading key so I have no idea what scaled scores these %s whould correlate to. I understand it varies with the body of test takers, but there must be some general guidelines for %s and the scaled scores. Anybody know?
     
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  3. c_redleg

    c_redleg Member 7+ Year Member

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    rough estimate...
    80-85% = 10-11
    60-70% = 7-8
     
  4. Rapid Decomposition

    Rapid Decomposition 10+ Year Member

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    Not necessarily though. I remember on some of the Kaplan tests a 60-70 on physical was like an 11 or 12.
     
  5. RT

    RT Rt 7+ Year Member

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    Kaplan materials have been consistently more challenging than AAMC's. Their scales reflect that.

    AAMC: for both section
    80-85% ==> high 11 - low 12
    60-70% ==> high 7 - low 9

    Kaplan: (roughly)
    80-85% Bio ==> 11 - 13
    60-70% Phy ==> 9 - 10

    Don't trust the scales, but don't give yourself excuses either. Use the materials to learn what you haven't already known.
     
  6. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member 7+ Year Member

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    It depends what Kaplan tests you're taking I'd say this (and I've taken them all... and the real thing)...

    Kaplan tests I to V:
    bio 80-85%: 9-11
    phys 60-70%: 9-11

    Kaplan tests VI to XII:
    bio 89-85%: 10-11
    phys 60-70%: 10-13

    This is just my own educated guess though... Kaplan tests 6-12 have really messed up physical sceince sections... I got a 7s (by there scale not mine) on their PS sections and a 12 on the real thing.
     
  7. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I thought the sections were scored differently because more people do well on the bio than on the ps. for example getting 62 (81%) questions right on the bs would be like a 10 or 11, whereas getting 62 (81%) right on ps is like a 12 or 13. on my kaplan test for example, i got 80% right on the bs and got a 10 and got 67% right on the ps but got an 11. .........

    nero
     
  8. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by nero:
    <strong>I thought the sections were scored differently because more people do well on the bio than on the ps. for example getting 62 (81%) questions right on the bs would be like a 10 or 11, whereas getting 62 (81%) right on ps is like a 12 or 13. on my kaplan test for example, i got 80% right on the bs and got a 10 and got 67% right on the ps but got an 11. .........

    nero</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah I think that's sometimes true... but I think that Kaplan sometimes makes the bio section extra hard (for example puts in more o-chem) so it cancels out... I could be wrong though... it just seems that way :)
     
  9. laviddee

    laviddee Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    if you want to increase your physics score-- get Nova's MCAt Physics review-- it helped me out soooo much. I haven't received my scores, but every aamc practice test i took- I got a score of 12+, and on kaplan's i got a scaled score of 14. So get that book- and if you work through every problem- it'll help you out.
     
  10. sng33

    sng33 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    laviddee does Nova have any other subject books? How did you prepare for the other sections, and what were your AAMC practice scores. Looking for good bio prep also...
     
  11. Luv Nietzsche

    Luv Nietzsche Member 7+ Year Member

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    Nova has Physics, Bio & Chem - one book for each subject. I don't know how helpful they are. Here's Barnes & Noble links.

    <a href="http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=6525CYRB6M&mscssid=1E41QS36BK9C9N10LT04XS4WB94X8A22&isbn=1889057002" target="_blank">Physics</a>
    <a href="http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=6525CYRB6M&mscssid=1E41QS36BK9C9N10LT04XS4WB94X8A22&isbn=1889057088" target="_blank">Bio</a>
    <a href="http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=6525CYRB6M&mscssid=1E41QS36BK9C9N10LT04XS4WB94X8A22&isbn=1889057126" target="_blank">Chem</a>
     
  12. laviddee

    laviddee Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    i bought the gen chem orgo and physics..
    physics by far has the best..
    i dont' think it's worth it to get the other subjects..
     
  13. laviddee

    laviddee Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    also check out this post as well--
    <a href="http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=012648" target="_blank">http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=012648</a>

    i list all the books i used..
    also i liked signing up on <a href="http://www.e-mcat.com" target="_blank">www.e-mcat.com</a> where you have access to all the aamc practice exams and they grade it for you on the computer.
    I wouldnt' start using those exams till like 3 weeks before however to get the whole feel of the exams.
     

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