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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Premed315U, Aug 8, 2001.

  1. Premed315U

    Premed315U Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    How are the Barron's practice exams? I bought the book a while ago (after I found out how bad it is), and I'm wondering if it's worth taking the practice exams.

    Thank you.
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  3. Sm00th13

    Sm00th13 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    That book is a waste of time. Just use your friends copy of Kaplan and Princeton Review and toss in the AAMC practice exams (III-V). Hope this help. :cool:
  4. kreno

    kreno Candy Man 7+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2001
    Yeah, Barron's is a waste of time. The passages are fine to read (it's not like they wrote them), but the quality of the questions is ridiculous. Moreoever, they're "scale conversion" is ridiculous. DO NOT USE that book as your primary, or even secondary verbal practice source. trust me.

    Columbia's is pretty good, surprisingly.

    TPR and Kaplan's are likewise very good

  5. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    Could you specify further? Are the scores harder, such that an 8 in Barron's is really a 9 or 10 in another book? Also, are the questions harder? I have heard from a few people that since the questions were harder and they had low scores, they were suprised when on the real MCAT they did better than their Barron's projected score.

  6. algae

    algae Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2001
    The types of questions asked in Barron's are just not at all similar to the real MCAT. I agree with the previous posters that Barron's is a waste of time. Stick to Kaplan, TPR, and the AAMC materials. The tests offered by Columbia Review are a pretty good review as well, but the AAMC tests are the best.
  7. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Plus some of the verbal answers are just wrong! It drove me nuts..the book would outright contradict itself.

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