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Hey everyone,

I found the free 3 month trial of uWorld MCAT. Are there any practice exams on there because I can't seem to find it. I see MCAT Qbank but I don't see MCAT practice exams. Do you not get access to practice exams if you get the free 3 month trial?
 
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From what I remember, UWorld doesn't offer full length practice exams. But you can mimic a real exam section by choosing the number of questions you want to cover during a study session. So for example if you wanna practice bio, just choose 59 questions from the bio topics and it'll compile a question set that would be similar in length to a real exam section.

Word of warning though, I thought UWorld questions were more content-based and easier compared to the real MCAT, and the passages seemed shorter. For me it was good for content review but not that great for practicing MCAT-style questions
 
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From what I remember, UWorld doesn't offer full length practice exams. But you can mimic a real exam section by choosing the number of questions you want to cover during a study session. So for example if you wanna practice bio, just choose 59 questions from the bio topics and it'll compile a question set that would be similar in length to a real exam section.

Word of warning though, I thought UWorld questions were more content-based and easier compared to the real MCAT, and the passages seemed shorter. For me it was good for content review but not that great for practicing MCAT-style questions
Do you mind telling me what sources you used for each section, how you studied, and how you ended up scoring. I know this a very loaded question but it really would be helpful. Right now I'm using (Kaplan books, uWorld, I plan to use Khan Academy haven't started yet
 
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Do you mind telling me what sources you used for each section, how you studied, and how you ended up scoring. I know this a very loaded question but it really would be helpful. Right now I'm using (Kaplan books, uWorld, I plan to use Khan Academy haven't started yet
I used Princeton Review books for all the sections and made Anki cards for the bio section and P/S section. My gen chem and ochem knowledge was ok so I just made some review sheets/outlines and reviewed them once in a while. For physics, I hadn’t taken the class (claimed AP credit) so I had to self-teach and used Chad’s review videos in addition to PR books. I did content review for about 1.5mo and then focused on practice exams + some content review for another 1.5mo. This was all over the summer, probably like 20-25hr per week. For practice, I used Next Step and AAMC. I did a little bit of UWorld (worked through all the bio and biochem, did a little bit of the other topics too I think) but I didn’t find out about it until like 3 weeks before my exam so I didn’t use it much. I scored 518 (129/129/131/129).
 
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I used Princeton Review books for all the sections and made Anki cards for the bio section and P/S section. My gen chem and ochem knowledge was ok so I just made some review sheets/outlines and reviewed them once in a while. For physics, I hadn’t taken the class (claimed AP credit) so I had to self-teach and used Chad’s review videos in addition to PR books. I did content review for about 1.5mo and then focused on practice exams + some content review for another 1.5mo. This was all over the summer, probably like 20-25hr per week. For practice, I used Next Step and AAMC. I did a little bit of UWorld (worked through all the bio and biochem, did a little bit of the other topics too I think) but I didn’t find out about it until like 3 weeks before my exam so I didn’t use it much. I scored 518 (129/129/131/129).
How were Chad's videos? Did you use them only for Physics. Also, for the Psych/Soc section did you just study the Khan academy document? How many exams of Next step and AAMC did you take before the actual test?
 
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How were Chad's videos? Did you use them only for Physics. Also, for the Psych/Soc section did you just study the Khan academy document? How many exams of Next step and AAMC did you take before the actual test?
Chad’s were really helpful to me cuz I didn’t know **** about physics. Khan academy doc would’ve been a great resource but I didn’t know about it until too late, so I only used the TPR book. You should definitely use Khan if you have time tho, seems really good.

I took like 4 or 5 NS exams and 2 AAMC FL exams. I didn’t take the 3rd AAMC FL bc I was like damn what if I have to retake so I was trying to save it lol. My real score was 2-3 points higher than my AAMC FL scores.
 
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Chad’s were really helpful to me cuz I didn’t know **** about physics. Khan academy doc would’ve been a great resource but I didn’t know about it until too late, so I only used the TPR book. You should definitely use Khan if you have time tho, seems really good.

I took like 4 or 5 NS exams and 2 AAMC FL exams. I didn’t take the 3rd AAMC FL bc I was like damn what if I have to retake so I was trying to save it lol. My real score was 2-3 points higher than my AAMC FL scores.
How about Chad's Videos for the other science sections? Idk if I want to invest the money, (I feel like I don't know a whole a lot about sections because I just started studying again recently for the exam.
 
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How about Chad's Videos for the other science sections? Idk if I want to invest the money, (I feel like I don't know a whole a lot about sections because I just started studying again recently for the exam.
Not sure about the other sections, I only used Chad’s physics videos. I think there’s a free option that doesn’t include practice problems though
 
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Word of warning though, I thought UWorld questions were more content-based and easier compared to the real MCAT, and the passages seemed shorter. For me it was good for content review but not that great for practicing MCAT-style questions
I agree with lm1106 about their questions being too content-based and unlike the actual exam. I heard about them at SDN and tried some out for about two days, but I was done with my review by that point and I didn't find them as helpful as what I had already been using. I appreciate that they were free, but at that point time meant more than money, so I did AAMC q packs and section banks and I finished the last of my phase 3 homework sets in my review books.
 
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I agree with lm1106 about their questions being too content-based and unlike the actual exam. I heard about them at SDN and tried some out for about two days, but I was done with my review by that point and I didn't find them as helpful as what I had already been using. I appreciate that they were free, but at that point time meant more than money, so I did AAMC q packs and section banks and I finished the last of my phase 3 homework sets in my review books.
Do you recommend Khan Academy in addition to that? Do you have some insight on Chad's videos?
 

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Chads videos are absolutely clutch. He makes everything seem so simple and is an excellent teacher. I would recommend his videos for physics, gen chem, and o-chem. For bio I would recommend ak lectures. I also agree that UWorld is more question based and less passage based than the real MCAT but I would 100% finish all of uworld on top of doing some 3rd party practice exams. After completing UWORLD my FL scores jumped 10 points.
 
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Chads videos are absolutely clutch. He makes everything seem so simple and is an excellent teacher. I would recommend his videos for physics, gen chem, and o-chem. For bio I would recommend ak lectures. I also agree that UWorld is more question based and less passage based than the real MCAT but I would 100% finish all of uworld on top of doing some 3rd party practice exams. After completing UWORLD my FL scores jumped 10 points.
Thank you very much for your advice I'm going to start incorporating all this. With Chads videos should i take notes or what exactly? Did you watch Chads videos as you went through the books? This might seem like a very basic question but when reading Kaplan books should I take notes, make anki flashcards or something along those lines. I'm just trying to see what everyone else who did well on the MCAT study plan.
 

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Thank you very much for your advice I'm going to start incorporating all this. With Chads videos should i take notes or what exactly? Did you watch Chads videos as you went through the books? This might seem like a very basic question but when reading Kaplan books should I take notes, make anki flashcards or something along those lines. I'm just trying to see what everyone else who did well on the MCAT study plan.
You can either watch chad's videos before you read the books or you can watch them after you read the books there really isn't a certain order that is better. I personally would just play chads videos on my lap top as I went to bed every night, or if I read something and couldn't quite grasp the concept I would watch a video from him on it. Handwritten notes are extremely time consuming and it would be better to just throw the notes into anki to get through the books faster and onto practice problems.
 
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Do you recommend Khan Academy in addition to that? Do you have some insight on Chad's videos?
I'm not much of a video person. I used KA for P/S and on occasion I'd look at one of their science videos, but after a few weeks I ditched the idea of augmenting my studies with videos. I found I was more of a learn from the sample questions in my books person. I'd painstakingly do the questions embedded in the reading and then thoroughly do phase 1 homework and spend plenty of time going over each answer explanation. I took more notes on the homework questions after reviewing them than I did on videos or reading. The problem with relying on videos is that they give you information without making you apply it.

By the time I finished phase 2 and phase 3 homework sets for each chapter, I felt on top of the material. When I got to AAMC packets, it felt easy.
 

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Hey everyone,

I found the free 3 month trial of uWorld MCAT. Are there any practice exams on there because I can't seem to find it. I see MCAT Qbank but I don't see MCAT practice exams. Do you not get access to practice exams if you get the free 3 month trial?
I just read about there being a UWorld 90 day free trial, how do I get that please? All I hear is great reviews about 'em
 

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As of Jan 1, 2019 - all the Uworld full 14 and 90-day trial codes seized to exist. They now offer a limited 100-question 7-day trial. If you need lower cost practice questions - basically everything is cheaper.
 
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As of Jan 1, 2019 - all the Uworld full 14 and 90-day trial codes seized to exist. They now offer a limited 100-question 7-day trial. If you need lower cost practice questions - basically everything is cheaper.
oh nooo, of course now it seizes to exist right when I just found out about them lol. Thanks so much for letting me know. May have to postpone utilizing the 7-day trial a lil later into my prep, I just started...again. sigh
 

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The 7 day trial is 100 questions. The whole bank is close to 2000. What makes UWorld better than most sources and has questions that are experimental in nature is that they have very good explanations currently - but there are plenty of other excellent practice questions/tests out there as well that are cheaper and also very good for your preparation that also have great explanations.
 
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The 7 day trial is 100 questions. The whole bank is close to 2000. What makes UWorld better is that they have the best explanations currently - but there are plenty of other excellent practice questions/tests out there as well that are cheaper and also very good for your preparation.
No like you're totally right, they're apparently the gold standard for their Qbanks most especially cause of their explanations. I'm definitely gonna see what I can do, even if I have to get someone(S) to GIFT a subscription to me, heck yes! lol
 

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The 7 day trial is 100 questions. The whole bank is close to 2000. What makes UWorld better is that they have the best explanations currently - but there are plenty of other excellent practice questions/tests out there as well that are cheaper and also very good for your preparation.
What sources do you recommend for passages other than Uworld?
 
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It depends. Are you looking for foundation knowledge or are you seeking for experimental passage/reasoning. IMO any strong content + AAMC materials will do the job and many sources help build your content and apply the material.

For C/P - Berkeley Review is excellent for foundation learning + practice.
Khan Academy passages are VERY HIT OR MISS - but they still help you extrapolate some information from the passage and they are free.
TPR Science Workbook is a good middle ground.
EK 101 is very experimental - and students like the CARS book, Psych book, and Bio/Biochem books particularly.

All practice for the MCAT looks expensive, but they vary widely when you break down the per question cost. TPR Science Workbook is expensive for a book ($80-100) but has 300+ practice passages (1800 questions~) and is resellable once you are done for example.

Berkeley Review has 6600 practice questions in their set of 10, and again resellable once you are done.

I typically recommend TPR Science workbook or Berkeley Review in addition to AAMC practice questions if a student does not want to do Uworld.NS/Altius/EK tests are fairly good too if someone doesn't need topic specific practice passages.

I have seen good results come out of students who forwent UWORLD for other resources countless times this year,but there is no denying UWORLD is a good resource. Remember though that UWORLD is NOT enough - you need to have a solid content foundation before you go into the questions. If you don't have a big picture understanding - the explanations will NOT hang together.
 
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I'm not much of a video person. I used KA for P/S and on occasion I'd look at one of their science videos, but after a few weeks I ditched the idea of augmenting my studies with videos. I found I was more of a learn from the sample questions in my books person. I'd painstakingly do the questions embedded in the reading and then thoroughly do phase 1 homework and spend plenty of time going over each answer explanation. I took more notes on the homework questions after reviewing them than I did on videos or reading. The problem with relying on videos is that they give you information without making you apply it.

By the time I finished phase 2 and phase 3 homework sets for each chapter, I felt on top of the material. When I got to AAMC packets, it felt easy.
What do you mean by phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 homework?
 
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What do you mean by phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 homework?
TBR sets up their homework in three phases, which sat really well with me. Each phase has a different emphasis, from content, to timing, to test skills. You develop as a test taker with each phase. This worked really well for me and I am 100% convinced my science scores are the result of mastering their approach and applying it on AAMC materials.
 
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The 7 day trial is 100 questions. The whole bank is close to 2000. What makes UWorld better is that they have the best explanations currently - but there are plenty of other excellent practice questions/tests out there as well that are cheaper and also very good for your preparation.
Sorry to disagree here, but TBR explanations are better than UWorld. UWorld is easier to use because of the format, but TBR teaches you how to be a better test taker with tricks and strategies on top of covering the material. I think people are enamored with UWorld because of how much more detailed the explanations are than KA or AAMC, but there is a whole other level of explanation utility above them.
 

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TBR sets up their homework in three phases, which sat really well with me. Each phase has a different emphasis, from content, to timing, to test skills. You develop as a test taker with each phase. This worked really well for me and I am 100% convinced my science scores are the result of mastering their approach and applying it on AAMC materials.
TBR sets up their homework in three phases, which sat really well with me. Each phase has a different emphasis, from content, to timing, to test skills. You develop as a test taker with each phase. This worked really well for me and I am 100% convinced my science scores are the result of mastering their approach and applying it on AAMC materials.
Where do you find the different phases of homework?

Is it all in their content books?
 
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Where do you find the different phases of homework?

Is it all in their content books?
Yes, look in the back of the books. They explain each phase. The passages are broken into phases, except for the biology ones. I broke biology sets into thirds, as suggested in a couple of the study technique threads here.
 
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