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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by John2448, May 17, 2014.

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  1. John2448

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    What's the most realistic practice FL (besides) AAMC's. I have done all of those and I need more practice tests???
     
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  3. orthogenes

    orthogenes 5+ Year Member

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    After a while you might forget the questions. I kept retaking the AAMC ones until I got everything right.
    Went from a 28Q to a 33 with mostly AAMC practice tests and minimal subject area specific study. (First time around was more subject based study).

    Any practice tests help but the AAMC ones are pretty darn good. Go back to them after you do whichever other ones the other people recommend.
     
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  4. alfredo24pr

    alfredo24pr 2+ Year Member

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    when is your test date? how did you score on all those FL practice tests?
     
  5. John2448

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    I ranged between about 29-33
     
  6. Mad Jack

    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Your actual MCAT should be in that range then. How far away is your MCAT? If it is soon, I would almost be tempted to tell you to avoid any non-AAMC tests, as they will change your expectations toward the test itself and might actually hurt your performance.
     
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  7. John2448

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    I took the real thing and messed up with timing etc and need to retake. My Mcat is June 13. I want to do some practice test that I haven't seen before as well as do AAMC again
     
  8. xnfs93hy

    xnfs93hy 7+ Year Member

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    Your best bet is to just retake the AAMC practice tests again, IMO, since your MCAT is coming up soon. The tests from the AAMC are invaluable and will provide you with the most realistic MCAT score range.
     
  9. LabDoc33

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    Not from personal experience, but others have raved about Gold Standard FL's.
     
  10. alfredo24pr

    alfredo24pr 2+ Year Member

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    review concepts that you had trouble with. I dont know what materials you have available, but TPR workbook and TBR passages are really helpful to practice concepts that you had trouble with
     
  11. John2448

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    I have both... Tot is good too?
     
  12. alfredo24pr

    alfredo24pr 2+ Year Member

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    do practice passages in your weak areas. Im studying for MCAT now and they really help me with confusing subjects.

    What is Tot?
     
  13. John2448

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    I meant tpr

    Which has better passages?
     
  14. Next Step Tutor

    Next Step Tutor MCAT Guru 2+ Year Member

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    With less than a month left, don't use more than 1 practice test from prep companies. Take the free Kaplan exam (make an account with them and they'll let you take one practice MCAT for free), pretty sure Princeton has a free one as well. Buy like 1 test from Gold Standard / Berkeley. And then re-do all the AAMC self-assessment passages and re-do at least a couple of the AAMC tests.

    Good luck!
     
  15. John2448

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    What's the point of redoing the AAMC's... I know all the answers already
     
  16. Next Step Tutor

    Next Step Tutor MCAT Guru 2+ Year Member

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    That's probably the best summary I've ever seen of the mindset that leads good students to getting bad performance on the MCAT.

    Sorry, I don't mean that as a knock on you - after all, just "knowing the answer" was what it takes to get a 4.0 GPA in school so it's understandable that you'd carry that with you into the MCAT. Doing the AAMC passages is about learning and reinforcing the HOW and WHY of the question, not the answer to that particular question. It's not enough to know the answer - you have to be able to give a thorough analysis such that you could teach that problem to someone else. *That's* the level of mastery you need of the AAMC material, and for most students it takes a couple of passes to learn it that well.

    Good luck! :)
     
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