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random or sequential?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by moto_za, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    is it better to take the aamc mcats in random order or sequential? Does it just mean the difficulty level for sequential? thanks
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  3. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I have no idea what the point of random order is, but sequential (I believe) just means they are in the sequential order of the real thing. They are not limited by difficulty level of questions unless you check one of those boxes.

    I always chose sequential, and that format was structured just like the real MCAT was. It alternates between passages and discretes with the final couple of questions being discretes (again, just like the real thing).

    I guess I don't know what RANDOM would accomplish, but sequential is NOT progressively more difficult.
  4. .surgical.

    .surgical. Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    EDIT: I checked it out

    RANDOM just puts the passages in random order.
    i.e. you get passage 6 first, then passage 3, then passage 1, etc.

    SEQUENTIAL is obviously the way to go
  5. prionsRbad

    prionsRbad Mooooo 5+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    I think the OP is talking about starting with AAMC test 3, 4, 5, 6 etc. Am I right? In than case, yes, the earlier tests ARE easier because they are from the early to mid 90's! The test has changed quite a bit since then. From what I've heard and experienced, the more recent AAMC tests are a better representation of what you can expect on test day. Good luck :)

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