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  1. Yuanjing

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    Just took FL2 today and got a 520 ^_____^ 131/129/130/130.

    I now have a really wide range of FL scores and have no idea how to predict my upcoming score, but as long as I score about 514+ I'll be fine with it.

    Test Date CP/CARS/BB/PS Overall
    AAMC FL 1 12/12 130/127/128/129 514

    AAMC FL 3 12/20 129/128/130/125 512

    AAMC FL 2 1/12 131/129/130/130 520
     
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  3. LebronManning

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    Have you been doing mostly content review since 12/20 or practice problems? What do you attribute to most for that score increase?
     
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    Almost exclusively content review. Also, I still think P/S on FL3 was a major fluke.
     
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    My scores on the 3 were very similar to your's with FL3 as my lowest. I thought P/S and CARS were a bit harder....fingers crossed for the real exam
     
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    Just to be clear, we are allowed to bring drinks other than water for breaks right?
     
  7. Master Thinker

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    Yes, you can put anything in your locker.
     
  8. georgia_boy1

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    Update: Took FL 2 today and scored 513 (130/127/129/127). Fairly happy with the score overall. I didn't feel "in the zone" with this test. Just felt sort of distracted for some reason. Maybe didn't get enough sleep the night before. Highly doubt it will be the same on test day. I also felt iffy on some of the discrete questions but felt good on most of the passage based questions so I feel like I just need to refresh my memory with Anki cards and I'll be good to go. Crazy that its almost here!
     
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  9. BBBallIsLife

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    good job to everyone, those are some amazing scores! No kidding its so close. Hopefully I can break that 510 mark when I take FL1 tomorrow...
     
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    I havn't posted in this thread yet but I have been following for the past few weeks. My MCAT is scheduled for the 25th. I am taking AAMC FL2 today, I didnt sleep well last night (around 4hrs) but I figured I wont sleep well the night before the exam either so....more realistic right? lol. AAMC FL1 was 512 hoping to match it today.
     
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    Good luck!!!! You got this!!


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    Found out that I converted the AAMC Sample I took last week wrong. SO..its actually a 509 not 513. Thats nice lol. Taking FL1 today in about 30 min, will update this evening!
     
  13. prairiemusic

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    Literally same down to the numbers, I wish they'd score it already
     
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    Took FL2 today and got a 511. Pretty disappointed as I scored 514 on FL3 last week and wanted to match it or ideally score higher.

    FL1 - 511 (125/130/127/129)

    FL3 - 514 (127/132/126/129)

    FL2 - 511 (126/130/128/127)

    It seems on each exam I have a surprisingly bad section (C/P for FL1, B/B for FL3, and P/S for FL2).

    I really hope P/S was an outlier for me today because I'd be dismayed with a score like that on that section, which I was counting on to make up for my lower sciences. I haven't watched all the KA videos or gone through the 300 page notes yet, so hopefully there's gains to be made. I have limited time left...I assume at this point going through the notes will be more time efficient.

    Here's my plan for the home stretch.

    Tomorrow: FL2 review, KA P/S notes
    Monday: OG questions + review, KA P/S notes
    Tuesday: Second half of C/P SB, KA P/S notes
    Wednesday: Final review of all topics and questions I missed from all AAMC material
    Thursday/Friday: Rest
    Saturday: *gulp*

    I'm definitely feeling less confident than I did after the 514 :( Open to any suggestions!
     
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    You've gotta keep the post-514 feeling alive. That 132 on FL3 is incredible, congrats! The OG questions might shake your confidence a little so look out for that. Honestly your plan looks solid to me but I'm no expert.
     
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  17. WMMCDNLD1

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    That interesting....

    I also just finished AAMC FL2 and scored the exact same as FL 1
    AAMC FL 1 (129/127/130/126)
    AAMC FL 2 (129/128/128/127)

    Ill trade you my c/p score for your cars score lol
     
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  18. prairiemusic

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    Welcome! How did it go today?
     
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    Have you done the AAMC Sample? If I were you I'd do that over the OG questions, your call of course
     
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    That's a nice even score though, you should be proud! Looks like you're in good shape.
     
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    If I weren't allowed to be bringing my coffee in with me there'd be some real problems
     
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  22. WMMCDNLD1

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    Thanks! Im happy kind of lol. Would have been nice to have made more improvement but a the same time consistency is a good. I need to figure out something to do for B/B and P/S im finishing those sections with a ridiculously large amount of time (25-30minutes).
     
  23. prairiemusic

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    Omg finally someone who understands. Honestly just click end section and move on with your life, unless reviewing helps you get more right.
     
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    Took FL2 this morning at 8 AM sharp (which I should have been doing earlier) despite a lingering cold and got a 519 (130/130/130/129). My average from the three scored exams is 521 now, so I'm pretty confident I can score 520. Ready to take it and be done with this.
     
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  25. WMMCDNLD1

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    I think im going to make an attempt to really really slow down when reading the passages. 30 minutes is enough for 3 extra minutes per passage, I feel like being more thorough in reading will only help.....
     
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    Taking Fl 2 either monday/tuesday. Hopefully I'm heading in the right path. READY FOR THIS TO BE OVER THOUGH!
     
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  27. prairiemusic

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    YMMV but I've found that I just overthink and change to the wrong answer. Try it and let us know how it goes?
     
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    Haha I feel this, but pretty sure we can't :(
     
  29. prairiemusic

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    Who else has thank-God-it's-over parties planned this weekend? Lol
     
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    Any CARS tips?
     
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    1. When reading the passage, summarize each paragraph with just one sentence in your head. Keep it short and sweet, no matter how complex the paragraph is or what the author is throwing at you. I think this is the #1 tip and will get you most of the questions.

    2. When practicing, articulate a reason for why each answer choice is right/wrong, especially for answers you get wrong, guessed on, or are 50/50 on. This is the only way to train your CARS skills. See the 7Sage Blind Review method on YouTube for more detail.

    3. ALWAYS choose the answer choice that is DIRECTLY supported by the passage. No matter how fancy or appealing an answer may sound, DON'T choose it unless you can defend the answer using a specific sentence/paragraph/example from the passage. Never use your own reasoning or justification. The simpler answer that is directly supported by the passage is always right over the flashier answer that sounds right.

    4. When it comes to those 50/50 questions, think really hard about them but then let it go. Let go of all the thoughts, connections, intuitions, etc you've just made and look at the question again with "fresh eyes", as if it's your first time reading the question. Then choose whatever your gut tells you. Sometimes you might even get the "aha" or "duh" answer. DON'T overthink it. This works great when coming back to flagged questions. I think this works because it's easy to get tangled up in our thought processes, and sometimes those thought processes can go astray or lead to overthinking, or if you think too hard you'll be able to justify all four answer choices. Letting go for a second can clear your mind and give you the fresh clarity you need.
     
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    Thanks so much!! I youtubed what you said and just saw LSAT stuff, is that right?
     
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    Lol not until I get my scores back. If I did well, I will have the party. If not.....then it's back to the grind
     
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    I'm going to a* party tonight to loosen up. Does that count?
     
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    Yep, that's it. The method was meant for the LSAT reasoning test but works great for CARS.
     
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    Just got a 506 (127/125/127/127) on FL1. Im ****ed. Worst CARS performance ive had. Gonna do the section banks and FL 2 and FL 3 this week and send it on test day. I just need a 510 man
     
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    You mean in the actual test environment?
     
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    Totally. I’m going back to my hotel to take a long nap and then get crunk . And then it will be time to have chronically elevated BP until February 23rd.
     
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    Yeah you can only have it on breaks
     
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    How long does it take you all to review an FL? Do you take notes? On every question or just missed ones? How extensive?

    Sorry, just have to do 2 more FLs after reviewing mine today and I wanna get the most efficient result since I have a week
     
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    So I have a google spreadsheet with a tab for every full length I've taken plus things like section banks and question packs. And then I have a bunch of columns: section, question, whether I got it wrong or right, and topics to review for that question. I include every question I got wrong (even if it was a careless mistake) and then also any questions I got right but wasn't 110% sure about or saw terms or names in the other answer choices that I didn't know. I think doing a thorough review like this is really helpful, especially when you don't just ignore everything you technically got right!
     
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    Yeah at this point, depending when your test is, dont spend too much time on your review FL. Just go through and write down the major topic/vocab words down, focus on those for a little bit, but then you gotta keep grinding away and move on. Also agree with the poster above.
     
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    I'll give it to you lol. I just went to specs w/my roommates and bought some nice hq whisky, so thats what i'll be looking forward to
     
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    The cars question bank is freaking tough, I tried to do the first one yesterday and missed ALL 7 QUESTIONS for the first passage about Picasso.... wildcherry seems to be onto something with his tactics. I plan to watch some 7sage videos in the am....
     
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    I'm very envious of the scores above.
    I just finished taking FL #3
    and got a 505 (126,124,128,127) CARS is killllllllllllllling me. :help:
     
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    Yeah totally agreed. The first Qpack def gets easier towards the middle, so I wouldn't freak out too much about the first few passages.
     
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    What's your current approach like?
     
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    What are people’s strategy this week? I don’t have anything left to do other than review Notecards. But I want to stay in the groove of things because I feel good based on my practice test scores.
     
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    I have one more FL to take but I'm thinking of just relaxing and doing P/S KA intermittently and going over the AAMC stuff I've taken. I'm really over this exam and I haven't even worked as hard as some of you people. On that note, when should I take this last FL?(I write on Saturday)
     
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    I'd try to take it as soon as possible! More time to review any weak areas that come up, plus better not to sit for a full length too soon before you have to do it for real.
     
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    I would say tomorrow if you can. I would give yourself a couple days of review and adjustments and then a couple days to relax/prepare for Saturday.
     
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    Thanks guys! Looks like tomorrow it is. Honestly, I just didn't want to take up early tomorrow. :(
     
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