When did you start prepping for the MCAT?

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  1. bella_dottoressa

    bella_dottoressa make it happen

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    Just curious as to when all of you started studying for the MCAT at any level...anyone start outrageously early, because I'm thinking about it...like maybe studying the general chem and bio stuff this summer (will be summer after my frosh year) since I'll have taken those sequences already....sound crazy? :)
     
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    I wouldn't say crazy but a bit premature i think...i studied with Kaplan for a month and did ok. Kaplan or PR will teach you everything you need to know...i hadn't even taken second semester physics or any pysiology or anatomy courses until studying for MCAT but picked it up in Kaplan....
     
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    Wow, I admire your ambition. I would try to get some organic and physics under your belt before you beging prepping. The sciences are intermingled on the MCAT. A passage (on the physical section) may have basic and organic chem, as well as some physics. Its hard to only pull out "chem" or "bio" Q's.

    In retrospect, I consider all of undergrad to be MCAT prep (especially learning how to read technical passages). My serious studying was dedicated to learning the format of the test, not learning the test material.

    Good luck,

    Isid
     
  5. bella_dottoressa

    bella_dottoressa make it happen

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    Thanks, that helps alot. :)
     
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    Woots32 kinda funky, kinda fine

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    I took a Kaplan class that started in January - I took the MCAT in April. Now I teach for them, and most people who take the class take the 2nd semester one, but a few take the full year. I think it depends on your schedule, and if you'd rather study intermitently as you go, or concentrate/cram before the test.
     
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    I would wait till after you take organic chemistry. The reason why is that organic chemistry really helps you to understand general chemistry much better.

    Ex: I remembered seeing a resonance question in Kaplan's prep material in the physical section... but resonance is covered in SO much more detail in organic (its usually just glanced over in general chem)
     
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    Where do people say "Frosh"? Annoys the hell outta me+pissed+
     
  9. Random Access

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    Ummm...because that's what they are?
     
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    I started two months before the test date and didn't waste my money on a review course. I bought only the Princeton, Columbia, and Betz books all for $100 and scored 11, 12, 11. Used the money that I had saved for a nice stereo.
     
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    I've seen people study for about 2-2.5 months-ish while doing Kaplan (although not going to the classes because they were useless--they just used the vast test library) and do really well.

    Summer after frosh year is quite a bit early though. I'd get some orgo and physics under your belt, as someone else said.

    -RA
     
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    hmmm... format of the test? I think that's probably how some people master MCAT some people struggle... Mastering the format of the test surely should improve ur score a lot? What is ur stat for MCAT?

    OSU sent out 50 acceptance letters today 10/16
     
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    Dude...have you said that on enough threads yet? Are you padding or something? The rest of your comment on this thread was barely applicable...
     
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    I agree. Too early. Who knows? O-chem could be his undoing and the MCAT would then be irrelevant. Better do other things like volunteering at a hospital just to see if medicine is a good career choice or other activities not necessarily related to medicine.
     
  15. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: my sentiments exactly
     

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