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MCAT without Organic Chem 2

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by DOC G., Dec 6, 2005.

  1. DOC G.

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    I was wondering sense the MCAT is somewhat reducing the Organic Chem on the test would it be doable to make a 30+ without Organic Chem 2? I am going to be using the ExamKrackers Review material and also Kaplan material to study would that be enough to make up for the Ochem 2 stuff?

    Thank you
     
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  3. AtomKr

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    I took organic chem 1 and 2 over a single summer freshman year, hated it, and promptly forgot it all during next semester's science-free study abroad. I took the MCAT 2.5 years later and ignored organic altogether- NO studying for it at all. Like you, I used the Kaplan books, but I just threw the organic book away and focused on my strengths.

    I pulled an 11 on biological sciences and 33 overall. It's definately do-able. Orgo 2, at least for me, was nothing but memorizing reactions anyway and had very little to do with the MCAT (and NOTHING to do with medical school) If you have the time, just review your Orgo 1 stuff; if your class is anything like mine, that will be 75% of your organic chem MCAT questions anyway.


    Good luck!
     
  4. thadarknyte

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    I also HATE orgo and didnt study it. The only thing i studied was Sn1 and Sn2....and on my exam, i ended up with the bio section being approximately 40% orgo....hence I am taking it again....

    i guess it all depends on ur luck!
     
  5. HunterGatherer

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    It can be done especially if you have your Orgo 1 down very well. I suggest the EK book. EK gives you only the essential details of Orgo 1 & 2 and a nice seperate section on lab technique. MCAT orgo is a simplified version of what you see in class.

    Also the EK 1001 ochem book was on the money. I borrowed this from the library.
     
  6. Dr Trek 1

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    Yeah there is lots of stuff from Orgo II that you do not need to know for the MCAT. EK is definately the best source, since they know what you do not need to know. Kaplan, however, teaches you everything so they can cover all their bases.

    What I would do is get the EK orgo book. It actually says what you don't need to know, "but it won't hurt learning anyway". Ignore the last part and do not even bother studying what you do not need to know (for instance I believe that there are no alkenes or alkene reactions on the mcat). Just to be sure, go to the AAMC website and download the content list for the MCAT orgo section. Whatever is in the books but not on that list, do not waste your time studying. It takes courage (because all of your sucker friends who actually study everything will be stressing about stuff they do not even need to know), but it will pay off in the end.
     

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