Oct 19, 2009
okay, so this is my thrid time taking the MCAT.

Background Graduated with Honors in biology in 2009 with a 3.7 GPA

First time I got 20Q
Second time 22O

Now I am taking it again and my scores went up to a 28 and then plumeted to a 20 again! I have studied with Kaplan all through out and have been takign the AAMC test. I review after every test and doing everything possible but I am at my wits end, I can't see to touch the bare minimum respectable 30 !!!! I am not dumb, but this test sure makes me look like an idiot.
I take the exam 4/10/2010--any last minute advice?


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Doesn't sound like Kaplan is working for you.

Invest in EK and TPR.


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You have to reschedule. Those scores won't help you at all. Also, it sounds like you may be retaking tests which is bad. You have to use all new practice material whenever you study for a retake.

General Guidelines for Reviewing:

- Go over EVERY question. Both the ones you got right and the ones you got wrong.
- Reviewing should take 2-3 times longer than taking the timed practice problems.
- If your tests are fluctuating, it is due to the different topics on the various tests. In other words, you have some glaring weaknesses that when targeted, nail you, badly. You have to find out what those weaknesses are because they are evident by your scores. Do NOT dismiss any wrong answer as a "stupid mistake." You made that error for a reason. Go over your tests again.
- You might want to consider making a log for all of your post test results where you work through the questions below. Doing so, you'll be able to easily notice trends.

Some things to go over when reviewing:

1. Why did you get the question wrong? Why did you get the question right?
2. What question types get you?
3. How is your mindset when facing a particular passage?
4. Are you stressed for time?
5. Where are your mistakes happening the most? Are they front loaded? Are they at the end? All over?
6. What was your thought process for both the questions you got right and the ones you got wrong?
7. For verbal, what was the author's mindset and main idea?
8. Did you eliminate all of the answer choices you could from first glance?
ex. You know an answer should be a positive number so you cross out all of the negative number answer choices.
9. What content areas are you weak in?
10. How can you improve so you don't make the same mistake again?