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Why does the Exam Cracker O-Chem guide skip so many reactions and topics ?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by FreeMeDoctor, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. FreeMeDoctor

    FreeMeDoctor Banned Banned

    Feb 18, 2007
    Does anyone have any experience with the Exam Crackers o-chem book ? Is it safe to skip all the topics in the textbooks that are not in the EC review book ?
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  3. Wanna_B_Scutty

    Wanna_B_Scutty MS1 2+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2006
  4. TheAmazingGOB

    TheAmazingGOB It ain't easy bein' white 5+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    It's probably a safe bet. There are so many possible O-Chem reactions that there is no way the MCAT could test them all. Remember, the MCAT only tests general principles. So, if you know the EC OChem really well you should do fine.
  5. sagentt007

    sagentt007 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    The MCAT tests your understanding of electron movement for Orgo. It expects you to memorize very little for this subject
  6. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Chi-town royalty
    because orgo is being slowly minimized on the mcat so EK is reflecting that by focusing on the important stuff. also, as i found the mcat orgo section explains the mechs in a paragraph or draws them out for you, you just have to interpret you don't really have to memorize much.
  7. foofish

    foofish 7+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    I only glanced at EK when I was doing my prep, so I can't say for sure, but my guess is because many of those reactions are not tested by the MCAT. Alkenes, for instance, are off limits.

    Little-known fact: if you go to the official MCAT/AAMC website, they actually list outlines of the subjects tested by the MCAT....the orgo one is especially worth checking since a lot of topics you'd expect to be tested are not, and you'll save yourself a lot of time.
  8. FizbanZymogen

    FizbanZymogen Guitar Hero Champion 5+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Because you don't need to know every freakin O-chem reaction to do well on the MCAT. O-chem was definitely the lighest section when I took the CBT MCAT last year and had only one long difficult passage which everyone pretty mcuh agreed was an experimental (not graded) section. Trust EK!! Its the best study guide next to the actual MCAT Tests you can purchase and take.

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