Hello all, I just took a practice MCAT from Kaplan offered at my school and got a 27 (13 VR, 6 PS and 8 BS, in case anyone cares). I took it cold since I wanted to find out where I stand right now before preparing, but I am wondering if anybody has experience with these and could tell me how much (if any) the practice MCAT correlates with the real thing. Obviously, at 3 hours long this was a lot less stressful than the real MCAT, but then again I do plan to actually study for the real thing. I was cautiously pleased with my performance (clearly I have a lot of science reviewing to do, but overall a 27 without any prep seems decent), but I'm not sure how seriously I should take it as an indicator of how I will really do. Anyway, was taking this test a waste of my time, or are these tests at least somewhat useful in determining where you stand? Also, I am thinking about taking a Kaplan course, even though the thought of paying $1350 (!) so some test-prep CEO can install another hot tub in his private jet really chaps my hide. However, I'm afraid that I'm not organized enough to study for it on my own, and since I only want to take it once I want to feel that I've prepared for it as best as I possibly can. For people who took the Kaplan course, how helpful do you think it was? Do you think you could have prepared as well on your own? Thanks for the input!