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When should I take FLs?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by zogoto, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. zogoto

    zogoto 7+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2008
    I'm taking a Kaplan course that started this week, and I'm taking the test on Aug 15th. My Kaplan course ends on July 27th. They schedule like 3 FLs for the class, but they have 8 other FLs plus the 8 AAMC ones. I have about 20 days after the class before the test. Should I just do one every day during that period, or should I also take some now and then do one every other day during the period between the end of class and the test? What is the best way to distribute FLs?
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  3. MCP1

    MCP1 2+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Ann Arbor
    I took a Kaplan test after every "third of material".

    I had a little over three weeks after school got out. During this time, I studied all day every day except Saturdays and did about 3 AAMCs a week.

    At various times though, I would do passages from Kaplan full lengths. Personally, I do not like their full lengths. Some of the questions are awful (especially verbal) and I felt their scale let you get too many wrong.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Rdavido

    Rdavido ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    Once you feel comfortable in the content review and your comprehension of the high-yield MCAT fundamentals, it's oftentimes a good idea to devote 3+ weeks to practice tests. The more the better. Just make sure you do a thorough review of the test of both questions you got right or wrong to determine how your though process was, why you got it wrong, what you should review, and how you can improve your weaknesses.

    Also, come join the August 15th MCAT Club.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2008
  5. SN2ed

    SN2ed Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I suggest taking the majority of your FLs within the last 32 days of studying. You should probably take another FL at the half way point in the content review and again when you're 3/4 done with the content. Once you reach the 32 day mark (should be done with content review), take at least a day off, two would be better. Next, alternate between a day where you take a FL and a day where you thoroughly review the FL you took the day before. As a side note, you should still be doing as many timed practice problems as possible.

    Lastly, get two sheets of paper, rip off pieces and write down the MCAT PS & BS topics. Put the PS topics in one hat and the BS in another. Draw three pieces of paper from one hat and try to connect all the topics. After you do that, make up what a passage would look like in your head and what kind of questions you would expect. If you don't know how to connect the topics, review ALL three topics.

    Edit: Posted at the same time :)
  6. Rdavido

    Rdavido ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    May 28, 2008
    Good timing ;) and good strategy with the hat trick

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