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Discussion in 'hSDN' started by tesfawMD, Dec 30, 2008.
Can anyone tell me the similarities and differences of studying for the MCAT and SAT?
I didn't take the SAT I took the ACT but I'm sure the differences are the same. For the ACT I walked in took the thing once and scored in the 90th percentile. For the MCAT I studied 2 months and still ended up around 3 points below my target score.
I actually got the exact same score on the MCAT as the ACT.
No question which one was harder though; I didn't give a second thought to the ACT and slaved in front of a computer/desk for weeks before the MCAT.
Well, which would seem harder... a college admissions test or a medical school admissions test?
maybe I'm a little dumber than the average person on sdn because i had to study REALLY hard for the MCAT and the SAT (but I did much better on the SAT). The MCAT is longer, more complex. It's a different beast all together.
Probably the only things that are even remotely similar are the reading comprehension portions. The MCAT requires you to know far more facts than the SAT. The breadth of knowledge the MCAT tests is far, far beyond what is on the ACT/SAT. It's also about critical thinking and knowledge application rather than just testing to see if you know how to perform a mathematical function presented to you.
I love the sarcasm smart*** .
Well he's kinda got a point.
SAT = AH
MCAT = AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
See the difference?
The most comprehensive explanation.
They are both testing two different things. The SAT is testing that you have the basics of high school down. Can you do high school math? Did you learn your vocabulary words. Do you have basic reading comprehension. The MCAT is testing that you understand all the medschool prereqs but also that you have critical thinking skills and are able to integrate what you know into novel situations. For instance can you apply your biology concepts to reading a passage about something you DIDN't learn in undergrad and answer a bunch of questions about that passage.
1. You can buy a comprehensive Kaplan book, know it front to back, do a ton of practice tests, and you'll probably do well on both tests.
2. You can shell out a ton of dough for a prep course from any of the big name companies and get a guaranteed score improvement.
3. Most people freak out about both tests.
4. Your score will, for better or worse, largely help determine how successful you are in the next big step in life (i.e., college and med school admissions).
1. Everything else.
I took the ACT, so I'll compare it to that.
The MCAT you need to walk in with much more factul knowledge. Only on the verbal reasoning section is all the information you need to do well found on the test.
Format is somewhat similar to the reading comprehension and Biology ACT sections. You are given a passage, you read it and answer questions about it. the differences in this are 1. The above where not all info needed is in the passages and 2. There are a few stand alone question that have nothing to do with the passage.
The MCAT is now on a computer, so you should practice accordingly (computer practice tests, reading on a computer ect).
I actually felt that the time limit was much more forgiving on the MCAT, but this could be because I actually prepared for the MCAT.
As far as studying goes I think lots of practices tests are the way to go for both.