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When to start taking full lengths?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by evoviiigsr, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. evoviiigsr

    evoviiigsr 7+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    I have a lot of topics left to study before June 15th, but I was wondering when I should start taking full lengths for practice? Would it advisable to go ahead and take some even if I haven't covered all the material? I don't want to end up taking 7 CBTs 1 month before the test.
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  3. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    I would take one ASAP to get a baseline and to see how you do on verbal (which requires no content review). This will give you a good estimate of where you are content-wise and how solid your test-taking and critical reasoning skills are.

    Once you know this, if your test-taking and reasoning skills are good, I would deemphasize practice tests and focus on content review. If you know the material but struggle on the test, then more practice would help. My point is that you need to tailor your studying to your specific needs. I've seen a lot of people (in real life and on this site) take a ridiculous amount of practice tests, which to me is a waste of time. Those 5-7 hours would probably be better spent reviewing content.

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