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No alkenes on MCAT?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Shrami, May 11, 2007.

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  1. Shrami

    Shrami Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Is it really true that there are absolutely no alkenes tested on the MCAT, or is it just the synthesis part, reactions part or what? I'm wondering. Does it still help to review alkenes anyway?
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  3. Shrami

    Shrami Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    and what about alkynes?
  4. MSTPbound

    MSTPbound student Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2006
    It's not exactly true. You're better off knowing everything. Even if they explicitly state "No alkenes", the fact that they test so much carbonyl chemistry implies that it behooves a test-taker to know "about" alkenes. Alklynes are probably not necessary, but it won't hurt.

    Review the Topics, but also be able to "read between the lines":


    For example... no alkenes, right? SURE. OK. What about alcohols? Of course you need to know alcohols... they're so important in carbohydrate chemistry. OK fine. So, what happens when you dehydrate an alcohol, catalyzing with sulfuric acid... OOPS... ALKENE LAND!

    Good Luck!:luck:

  5. ATP Synthase

    ATP Synthase 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    CA & NY
    Ther was alkenes on my exam today, but I believe it was explained in the passge.
  6. phatmonky

    phatmonky www.helpjacqui.com 7+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    I had a tautomerization related question :)
  7. uhohspaghettio

    uhohspaghettio Banned Banned

    May 11, 2007
    They even have Benzene related questions, such as which one is actiavted or deactivat4ed etc
  8. SolanoSkywkr

    SolanoSkywkr Accepted = Super Psyched 2+ Year Member

    May 7, 2007
    Bay Area, California
    I honestly think it's better to take anything the AAMC says about the tests with a grain of salt. I think they tell us that certain topics won't be on the test just to see who really understands the subjects or goes above and beyond in their studying vs. those who study only what is on the test.
  9. Inuranic

    Inuranic 5+ Year Member

    May 31, 2006
    Yeah, I had alkenes and benzene on my test today too. Fortunately, I just got out of Orgo II and love organic chemistry, so I wasn't too phased.
  10. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    LOL, when I saw that alkene rxn I was like wtf! SDNer's lied to me! :mad:
  11. Inuranic

    Inuranic 5+ Year Member

    May 31, 2006
    SDN? I think EK and the MCAT topics list lied to me :laugh:

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