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So whats on the 2015 mcat now and hows it organized. Include the following words, physics, biochem, biology, genchem, ochem, please and danke
 

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The quick and dirty:

4 sections, each scored 118-132.

1. Bio/Biochem
2. Chem/Phys
3. Psych/Soc
4. Crit Analysis/Reasoning

More Biochem, less o-chem than the old one, though people have reported this being variable. Way longer than the old one.
 
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The quick and dirty:

4 sections, each scored 118-132.

1. Bio/Biochem
2. Chem/Phys
3. Psych/Soc
4. Crit Analysis/Reasoning

More Biochem, less o-chem than the old one, though people have reported this being variable. Way longer than the old one.
I like the quick and dirty, hows physics more/same/less?
 

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The quick and dirty:

4 sections, each scored 118-132.

1. Bio/Biochem
2. Chem/Phys
3. Psych/Soc
4. Crit Analysis/Reasoning

More Biochem, less o-chem than the old one, though people have reported this being variable. Way longer than the old one.
Almost....
These sections, in order:

1. General Chemistry, O-Chem, Physics and Biochem
2. CARS
3. Bio, Biochem
4. Psych, Soc (maybe 1-2 bio questions)

The difference is that the sections are much longer and more application of material than the old test. You won't really see straight physics questions, but physics questions in the context of medicine (pressure may be tested through blood pressure, for example). I thought the physics was way easier on the new test than the old.
 

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For what it's worth...I found it easier than the previous MCAT (probably due to my biochem background). But even the way the questions are posed...they are all asked under the context of medicine..which for me made it much easier to assess, plan, and attack questions. (I got 67 % old MCAT, 91% new MCAT). But it is a much longer test with more content..so don't take my opinion as advice for not preparing thoroughly for MCAT2015.
 

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@OSUkid , that owl avatar is super cool, imo.


As to the length of this sommbit, it's about 7.5 hours if you use all the allotted time. It's not really as bad as it sounds once you've worked through a few full-length practice exams. I always had a good bit of time left over in each section, even on the real deal.
 
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https://www.aamc.org/students/download/377882/data/mcat2015-content.pdf
Is this all I need, it includes all the topics, should I try to make a study guide off each topic?
This is exactly how I approached studying for it and I was successful. I kept it organized by section which was really helpful for review of weak areas.
Obvi, the AAMC question packs were tremendously helpful. I used Khan Academy and the MedPortal for supplementing material.
I did this over 4-5 months (while working 70+hours/week) with the last month of intense review and LOTS OF VACATION TIME USED.

Looking back, I would have spent more time practicing the four question types and coming up with a way to apply them within each section.
Best of luck to you!
 

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For more detailed differences, the Bio/Biochem section is not like the old Biology section in that it asks more content based questions. Instead, this section has a lot of questions based on research journal-style passages. The Chem/Phys section actually somewhat deemphasizes raw physics and instead tends to apply physics to more biology-related concepts (but still know your physics as it makes it much easier).
 
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Almost....
These sections, in order:

1. General Chemistry, O-Chem, Physics and Biochem
2. CARS
3. Bio, Biochem
4. Psych, Soc (maybe 1-2 bio questions)

The difference is that the sections are much longer and more application of material than the old test. You won't really see straight physics questions, but physics questions in the context of medicine (pressure may be tested through blood pressure, for example). I thought the physics was way easier on the new test than the old.
thats good so no physic type exam questions, but knowing conceptual stuff which relates to human body?
 

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thats good so no physic type exam questions, but knowing conceptual stuff which relates to human body?
There are definitely general physics questions on the exam. Or maybe not lol! I didn't get any, while others got tons. It depends, but you def. need a foundational understanding of physics if you intend to do well on the C/P section. While most of them will somehow relate to biology, it's not uncommon to see a classic box on a ramp problem.
 

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I had a lot of straight up physics questions, not related to medicine at all on my test. So know all of it!
 

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You'll need to score at least 510 to be competitive for MD schools.
 

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1) Be good at reading.
2) Understand science.
3) Take some Adderall.

You should be fine. Actually, take 10mg one hour before you start, then 10 more mg at the mid-way point.
 
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