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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by hookgrip, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. hookgrip

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    All the threads about this topic seem to be a few years old, so I was wondering whether anyone remembers what the monitor resolution was like at the testing center?

    I've been taking my practice tests on a 1920x1200 desktop LCD or the 1440x900 LCD on my laptop, so I don't have to do much scrolling. If the testing center is using a low resolution like 800x600 or something, that would really be a curveball on test day.
     
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    Mine was a 1920x1200 desktop LCD. Different prometric centers may have different screens. I would call your location to confirm the resolution.

    But in all honesty the screen size/resolution shouldn't matter that much. A curve ball would be if they give you a paper test.
     
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    :eek: Mine was on a 17" or 19" LCD with about 1024x768 or 800x600 resolution and an anti-peek filter over it. Made the text look sketchy to me and harder to read. More importantly, however was the font size, which was a lot bigger than I was used to. It was bad enough that I thought it certainly could have made a difference.
     
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    I've been to 2 testing centers.. one in NY and another in MD. I would guess the resolution is 1024x768.

    None of the monitors were widescreen monitors, so reading verbal was a pain because you have to scroll down three times to read the entire passage.
     
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    Hopefully it's at least 1024x768 at my testing center. 800x600 is just so ridiculously low (The iPhone 4 has a higher res than that). I just tried setting my LCD to 800x600 and the right column barely fit 1.5 questions before I needed to scroll...
     
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    Which was exactly my experience with the MCAT. I'd say 8x6 for sure - and yes, oftentimes I had to scroll even for a single question stem.

    It's really no big deal - you have the scroller wheel.
     
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    The testing center that I've been to did not have scroll wheels on their mice.

    just an fyi so you don't get used to using it at home.
     
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    My testing center had scrolling wheels. They worked half the time in the tutorial, and zero percent of the time in the actual test. I'm pretty sure there is no scroll wheeling in any MCAT testing centers.
     
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    Aha! This might be why people think their verbal passages are longer on the real thing!

    But seriously the scrolling without a scroll wheel is going to be a pain in the ass.
     
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    I think mine was similar to this.

    I would think that most of the testing centers would have anti-peek filter on their monitor (mine certainly did) and it can be really hard to see if you are not staring at the monitor at the perfect angle.

    So my advice for you is ask the testing center staff if it is okay to adjust the monitor ( like angles and such) and do so before the testing.

    You want to be in your best comfortable posture when you are taking such a long exam.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    So hey my testing center (Prometric) had scroll wheels. They even worked!

    Anyways, I guess your mileage will vary. Practice using the clunky scroll bar if you want to - I did all my AAMC practice tests with a mac notebook (with multi-gesture scrolling) and think that the bewildering new mouse interface at the testing center affected my score exactly 0.0%
     
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    I'll say this... I use an Apple Cinema display and after staring at pro strive monitor for 5 hours my eyes were killing me. I would practice on some different computers honestly. Mine was about a 17" in 1024x768.
     

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