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only taken written version, thinking about taking computer version

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by mommy2three, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. mommy2three

    mommy2three PGY-1

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    i am tinkering around with possibly taking the mcat yet again. i have only taken the written version and therefore have no experience with the computer version. i was looking for anyone out there with experience and advice on going from the written to the computer version.
    tia.
     
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  4. mommy2three

    mommy2three PGY-1

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    i saw that thread but was hoping for more personal stories from people who had done both and had some insight to give on how it worked.
    i would like to know why you specifically think if you goof up one passage you are screwed over?? can you go back or once you leave a passage you can not come back...things of that nature. also prep wise what to do to get ready since i will have no experience with the ciomputer version.
     
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    Just be careful you don't run into a passage towards the end about an evil giant robotuna that throws off your "go back" strategy :p
     
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    I mean the following:
    The avg number of questions/passage is not that much less than on the paper version. Everyone has certain weak areas where they will on average get a higher percentage of questions wrong than on other topics. To use a personal example, I am terrible at equilibrium physics problems. They take me way too long and I don't always get the right answers. For this illustration, let's assume I get 50% of this type of problem incorrect, regardless of the exam format (that's another matter - it was nice to be able to write directly on diagrams on the paper version). Since each individual passage comprises a higher percentage of the total number of questions/section on the CBT than the paper version, missing 4/8 equilibrium questions should lead to a larger decrease in scaled score because there are fewer questions/passages. This is all hypothetical and other factors come into play, but there has been agreement on the strictly numerical aspect of this subject before.
     

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