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What did you do you last days before the MCAT?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by jrb4087, May 6, 2009.

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  1. jrb4087


    Dec 11, 2008
    I'm curious to see what everyone did the couple days before the test.
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  3. Mattabet

    Mattabet Doctor Thunder 2+ Year Member

    I didn't overdo it. Six days or so before, I took a FL, and my score was right where I wanted to be. I'm sure I spent a couple of hours looking over information and reviewing, and I probably ran through a couple passages just to stay sharp, but it's not really something you can/should cram for.

    I remember the logistical stuff being the real battle. I woke up super early (like 5:50 am) to get used to the fact that I'd have to be awake and lucid for the test, bright and early. I also got a taxi scheduled so that I could get to the testing center on time, for sure, no matter what. Things of that nature.
  4. PRodulous

    PRodulous 5+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Same, I definitely didn't want to over do it. I know people that wanted to do 2 practice tests in a day, but I didn't think that was necessary. I kept reviewing as I had in previous weeks. I studied 2 hours so I kept myself in a good groove. Also had plenty of rest, ran 5 miles before my test (calmed my nerves), and got to the testing center an hour ahead of time. Where I tested, Prometric Testing Center, they allow you to take the test 30 min before the scheduled time.
  5. drpharMD

    drpharMD Accepted Student

    Apr 3, 2009
    Wow - the above poster was FOCUSED lol. I approached the exam like a regular exam the day before. I NEVER go into a test "dry" - meaning that I have to look at SOMETHING, no matter how miniscule it was. I did a practice Physical Sciences at the same time I was to take it the next day - not to overdo it, just to calm my nerves a bit (it definitely helped - I was real jumpy while doing the practice test and calm during the real thing). I had ordered all of the AAMC practice tests, so I looked through each Bio/Phys to see any problems that gave me trouble that could reappear in some other context (there were TWO on my exam - honestly!) Most importantly, I tried to keep my routine normal - I didn't want to overblow/overstress the importance of my test until I was sitting at the computer at the Prometric center. Finally, I avoided doing any Verbal Reasoning three or four days before the real thing - that was the section that would make me feel drained.
  6. texahn

    texahn Yes 7+ Year Member

    May 5, 2009
    A lot of people will tell you that studying will not help you on the last day.
    Maybe it won't but I feel that it will hurt your confidence if you don't study up until you take the test.
    Look through all the practice exams, memorize again all equations, small facts, notes.

    I psyched myself up for the test and told myself to expect the test to present a lot of unexpected sh*t. Which was true, much of stuff on my test was stuff I couldn't really have studied for directly. They didn't ask me to find V after giving me I and R.
  7. mcnulty

    mcnulty 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    My gf and I broke up about 2 weeks before, so I had no place to sleep. I ended up sleeping on a matress located on the living room floor of a friend's house. It was actually a lot of fun.

    As david byrne would say 'my friends are important, don't you worry about me'
  8. OneMCATAway

    OneMCATAway MDog 2K+ 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    i did everything i could to NOT study at all (only looked over some stuff for less than 30 min).. woke up at the same time i was going to wake up the next day, had lunch with my grandmother, and watched a movie before going to bed.. still didnt fall sleep for hours and when i did it was in cycles of <2 hrs :p

    there is nothing you can learn the last that you haven't already learned so just try to take it easy and dont worry!! Good Luck :)
  9. olemissbabydoc

    olemissbabydoc Baby Doctor Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Between "there" and "there"
    The first time I tested, I didn't study the day before at all - it was what everyone told me to do. That didn't work out so well :lol:

    The last time, I continued light studying all the way through time to go into the test. Not cramming, just refreshing. That worked out much better.

    I took my last practice test probably 3-4 days before, then reviewed. It's a little different for every person.. but if not studying freaks you out, by all means, look over your weak points the day before.
  10. mimigor


    May 7, 2009
    just relax the day before. don't study! get a massage
  11. rockaction

    rockaction casemed'14

    May 2, 2009
    I took practice tests that week but on the day before I didn't do anything. It was actually my school's "service day", so I went with a group to sing songs and play bingo with alzheimer patients. That's the way to go.

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