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Should i be happy?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Femtochemistry, Jul 20, 2002.

  1. Femtochemistry

    Femtochemistry Skunk Works 10+ Year Member

    May 13, 2002

    Well i just got back from Kaplan test#2 and i scored a 19 :mad:
    So, lets recap shall we?
    Diag. =14: 4,6,4
    Test#1=17: 4,7,6
    Test#2=21: 6,7,8

    We have about 4 weeks left till the real 'thang, what do you guys think of my "scores?" I am going to take a practice AAMC test (not the 1-6 ones, just a free copy i got) this friday, i will let you know my score ASAP :D

    EDIT: i got a 21 on test 3 not a 19. I know it is still VERY low :rolleyes:

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  3. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    have you taken the classes you need for the mcat yet? (ie organic, intro chem, molecular bio, physics, etc)

    it's been a couple years since i took organic :rolleyes:, but your grignard rxn looks weird.. why is the eto2 included?
  4. Femtochemistry

    Femtochemistry Skunk Works 10+ Year Member

    May 13, 2002
    You need to run a RMgX reaction.
    (i had EtO2, my bad!)

    I have taken
    bio,micro,chem.,orgo,physics, biochem1&2.

    I am a bad tester. I just need to improve my test-taking skill. What's weird is that my sci. gpa is a 3.85! :oops:
    .......my life sux!!
    :( :(
  5. GreenWaveWill

    GreenWaveWill Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2002
    Bad tester is just another way of saying overachievier.
  6. dr kevin40

    dr kevin40 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2002
    no. don't be happy w those scores. keep at it. and if u dont' see signfican't improvement, i wouldn't recommend taking it this aug. good luck tho
  7. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    AAMC not 1-6? What free copy? Try a real AAMC 1-6 to find out your real score...I've heard that's the only way.
  8. Femtochemistry

    Femtochemistry Skunk Works 10+ Year Member

    May 13, 2002
    thx for the adive, i will then be taking AAMC 1 on thur. since damn kaplan is closed on fri. :rolleyes: :mad:
  9. Dr. Kermit

    Dr. Kermit Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    Bronx, NY
    I don' t consider myself a very good test taker either. The first time I took Kaplan, I was scoring between 28-30s on the Diags. My first Kaplan was a 25. I ended up getting <25 on the real thing.

    The second time I took the MCATs, I didn't use Kaplan's course, but studied from books and used the AAMC tests. I was scoring 30-33s and ended up with a 30 on the test.

    My best suggestion for you is if you know the material, start practicing on tests closer to test time. (2-2.5 weeks in advance.) Make sure you are timing yourself correctly and pay attention to your weaknesses such as when you are getting tired, which passages are your strengths, etc. Since I was horrible at the verbal section, I found reading the NY Times, Time, Newsweek, and humanity magazines to my advantage. In addition, I would tackle the passages that appealed to me first and save the philosophical ones until the end.

    For the science sections, I would breeze through the chemistry in the Physical Science section and concentrate on the physics since it was my weakness. I did the same for the Bio section, only I did the orgo first.

    I believe I was better prepared for the test the second time around, but I also believe I was more relaxed and knew how to tackle the test better.

    Good luck.
  10. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    I have a feeling that this is great advice. I think by practicing tests too early (before you've brushed up on the material) you hurt yourself in two ways: 1) you hurt your confidence because you'll score low if you don't know the material 2) you waste time taking tests you won't do well on instead of getting down the material first.

    I think one is good to figure out your week spots but then study the science, then study the art of taking the MCAT.
  11. With those kind of scores I would suggest going back and reviewing instead of taking more practice tests. My advisor told me that generally if someone scores below a 7 on a section then they don't really understand the subject. A 7 to 9 indicates that the person knows the material but may not be used to the MCAT questions.

    I took kaplan last time aronud so I know how you are feeling. I had scores ranging from 19 to 25 and wound up with a 22 on the real thing. Retaking in augest using EK this time.

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