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When did you start studying for the MCATs?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by beamiestface, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. beamiestface

    beamiestface Member 7+ Year Member

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    When did you start studying for the MCATs?

    What kind of studying schedule do you reccomend for someone who will be taking orgo and physics junior year (ie will have a few weeks of orgo and physics left to go before taking the MCATs)?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Qtip

    Qtip New Member

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    CRAM!!!
     
  4. Doctora Foxy

    Doctora Foxy Meow 7+ Year Member

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    I would honestly recommend you start studying right now and take it this august. But since you haven't taken orgo or physics maybe not...

    I started studying Feb 10th my junior year for the April exam and I needed more time. You should sign up for the cousre now if you're gonna take one, and start reviewing the stuff you have taken already in school (gchem, bio, and get a practice verbal passage booklet). Then come mcat time you will be ready--and have time left over to learn the orgo and physics mcat stuff.

    Other people take an mcat stretch course that starts in November and that seems to work well too. It all depends on your personal study methods.

    I had my kaplan books in october but I never knew how much I needed to learn, so I stupidly let them sit in the box until my mcat class started in Feb. Bad idea! Go study now! :) It's hard to study while you're in school. Maybe you could make use of this summer. I took 3 classes my spring junior semester and I recommend it--4 classes and the mcats would have killed me.

    Best of luck to you :D
     
  5. beamiestface

    beamiestface Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'm only a sophomore this year, so I was talking about next year's MCATs. I'm not about to take them in a few weeks, don't worry. :)
     
  6. spicoli

    spicoli Member 7+ Year Member

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    I started 2 weeks before the exam.
     
  7. spicoli

    spicoli Member 7+ Year Member

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    ...errr...

    maybe that wasn't such a good idea though. I probably could have done better had I not done the infallible spicoli test taking strategy.
     
  8. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by spicoli:
    <strong>I started 2 weeks before the exam.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Oh yeah?! Well i started THE NIGHT BEFORE the exam. I knew i messed up the PS and only ended up with a 38. I knew the trek method would screw me over. --Trek
     
  9. CANES2006

    CANES2006 Miami chica 10+ Year Member

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    I took the April 2001 MCAT. I took it while taking Orgo II and Cell and Molecular Biology, and I did just fine. I enrolled in a Princeton Review course that started in early February. They reviewed all the courses that I had taken up to that point and so my memory was really refreshed. It turned out that I only actually studied two weeks before the exam, and I did just fine. Really, don't stress too much. If you did decent in your science classes during your undergrad, the MCAT won't be too bad. It's not the world's easiest exam, but it is manageable and can be taken with a difficult semester.
    Cane
     
  10. KelliJelliBeans

    KelliJelliBeans Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    A friend of mine, who now is in this 2nd year at P&S, started to ease up on classes in his junior year and study like crazy for the MCATs. I remeber him doing pratice exam after pratice exam. He did both Kaplan and Princeton courses!
    He only got 9's across the board!!!
    He tried again the year after with less studying and got a WAY better score. I believe he scored 12 and up across. I will have to give him a call and find out exactly.
    So I think that whole cram, cram, cram / study, study, study thing does not work!!!
    Do not start too soon or too late. The perfect time to start will depend on you.
    GOOD LUCK! :)
     
  11. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

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