Which practice tests to buy?

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I bought all the AAMC tests and will be taking those.

In the event I feel I need more tests, which test maker should I go with (PR, TBR, etc) and do they sell practice tests without a course attached to it?

I just want the tests, no study materials.

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I think kaplan and TBR would be your best bet. Although, I think if you want TBR you have to do the whole mail in order nonsense. I'm pretty sure you can buy their practice tests without the course - I know for TBR you can. Not sure about kaplan.
 
I know they aren't tests, but for extra practice questions, I think TBR and EK 1001 books seem to be pretty popular.
 
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kaplan, you can not at least that's what my local representative told me, and i found no option on the website

'tis correct. Check out Gold Standard. Easier attainment process but, speaking on hearsay, their verbal isn't the greatest.
 
I think kaplan and TBR would be your best bet. Although, I think if you want TBR you have to do the whole mail in order nonsense. I'm pretty sure you can buy their practice tests without the course - I know for TBR you can. Not sure about kaplan.

SDN Consensus is that TBRs are the best however when you buy them you are limited to 45 days of use so you wont be able to take them over a span of 3 months.
 
I personally think the Princeton Review tests are a waste of time unless you are looking for, say, a 35+. The science sections seemed substantially harder and the verbal just wasn't representative of the actual MCAT. I had all the Princeton Review full-lengths and ended up only taking one of them. I don't have any insight for Kaplan material.

I would just budget the AAMC tests and take the later ones (9, 10 & 11) last because those, at least for me, were the closest to my actual MCAT score. The most important thing is studying the material. After taking all the AAMC tests, you'll be more than familiar with the test.
 
I personally think the Princeton Review tests are a waste of time unless you are looking for, say, a 35+. The science sections seemed substantially harder and the verbal just wasn't representative of the actual MCAT.

Thanks for your response. I'm taking the TPR online course, so I'll have access to all of them and I'm guessing that the practice can't hurt. Plus is there something to be said for taking tests that are harder than the real thing?
 
Thanks for your response. I'm taking the TPR online course, so I'll have access to all of them and I'm guessing that the practice can't hurt. Plus is there something to be said for taking tests that are harder than the real thing?

Extra practice never hurts and I'm sure some people will say they found TPR tests helpful because they were, in fact, harder which made the real test seem easier. It all comes down to what the right strategy for you is. I think the AAMC tests are more than enough if you do all of them. Like I said, however, you need to budget them properly. Make sure you review each one in detail and find your strengths/weaknesses and study accordingly. I saved three tests for the week before my actual MCAT so I really got in a groove with timing and the repetition made the real MCAT seem like another practice.
 
I wouldn't buy the AAMC 3457. They seem out of date. maybe the later ones 891011. And the TBR ones seem realistic.
 
Extra practice never hurts and I'm sure some people will say they found TPR tests helpful because they were, in fact, harder which made the real test seem easier. It all comes down to what the right strategy for you is. I think the AAMC tests are more than enough if you do all of them. Like I said, however, you need to budget them properly. Make sure you review each one in detail and find your strengths/weaknesses and study accordingly. I saved three tests for the week before my actual MCAT so I really got in a groove with timing and the repetition made the real MCAT seem like another practice.

So what materials did you use to study? and if I may ask, how did you do?
 
I used TPR materials that came with the Hyperlearning class. Though, for a lot of the material, I found myself consulting my textbooks from the various classes so I really used TPR as an outline. I got a 31O with an 8 in verbal.
 
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