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Why pay for CBT's if you have the R-versions?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Jumb0, Sep 20, 2014.

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  1. Jumb0

    Jumb0 5+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    So I have all the AAMC R-version practice exams.

    As far as I know, R exams = CBT exams + extra passages. In other words, CBTs are merely a subset within R.
    If this is the case, what would be the point of purchasing CBT's ? As I understand it, the only reason one would shell out $35 a piece for the CBT's when they already own the R-versions would be in order to gain familiarity with using the MCAT software. Is this correct? In all other aspects, R seems to be superior. It will expose you to more topics + build more testing endurance.

    My plan is to purchase only one CBT and do that in addition to the free one that they offer (#3). I figure two CBT's would be more than enough to get familiar with the testing software...it's not rocket science.

    So am I correct in my assessment here?
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  3. DocKingh

    DocKingh 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    I didn't buy any CBTs. I had all of the R-versions and used them. AAMC 3 CBT is given for free so I would do that one online. However, just do the others with the R-version. I think taking one CBT is enough exposure to the computer test (especially if it saves money!). If you have the pdf versions of the R exams, I would do them on a computer instead of printing them.
  4. Gauss44

    Gauss44 5+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Answer to title: Because the R versions contain some of the same passages in AAMC's current self assessments. They are also a different length than the CBTs, so if you want to get your stamina and rhythm down, using a different length exam for practice may or may not be a good plan.
  5. Carbon090

    Carbon090 Coffee pls 7+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Not sure if you guys could help, but where do you find the R versions online?
  6. justadream

    justadream 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    1) R-versions may have some content that is no longer tested.
    2) Timing will be off
    3) It's not simulating the CBT experience. I think doing it 8 different times helped me.
    4) If you use the R-version, are you going to get the Self-Assessment (which takes passages from the R versions)? If so, now when you go through the SA, you may have to decide for each passage whether you have done it before. Alternatively, if you do the SA first, then on the R-versions, many of the passages will repeat and you will have an inaccurate assessment of your scores.

    There are certain things you can be cheap about in the pre-med process. AAMC FLs is not one of those things.
  7. canttellmenothin

    canttellmenothin 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2014
    Just my 2 cents but I used the R-version exams to prep and felt that because they were longer, it helped build up my stamina and endurance. When I took the real thing it went by really quickly and I never felt tired or pressed for time. I'd say if you found some way to get them free... (arrggh!) go for it and save the money. I never had a problem adapting the the CBT format for the real MCAT.
  8. SOOyC52H1Sof

    SOOyC52H1Sof 2+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    one of the biggest annoyances was with the 4R test. None of the answer keys matched up, and it was a pain to grade. I decided to be nice and post up an answer key on scribd, and so far, over 2600 people have used it so far.
  9. organesha

    organesha 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2013
    I did pretty much the same thing. Took 3 online, 4,5,8, and 9 R, and then bought 10 and 11 CBT to get back into the CBT zone before the real deal. Taking the R tests built mental stamina that helped later on.
  10. nolookpass

    nolookpass 5+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Any answer to this?
  11. BrothaX

    BrothaX 5+ Year Member

    Message me
  12. DocKingh

    DocKingh 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    I second this! The R versions helped build mental stamina and they also made the real test seem to go by quickly. You are still going to be pressed for time (at least on verbal) on the real test though, but you will have the endurance to keep going and not feel as tired because of your practice with longer tests.
  13. Ailleurs

    Ailleurs 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    I've heard accounts of people using the AAMC 1 test, but know that it is rather "rare." Anybody know where I could find it/get it?
  14. justadream

    justadream 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    Some portions of that may be in the AAMC Self-Assessment.

    I think it was removed since its covers a lot of old (not tested) content.
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  15. Ailleurs

    Ailleurs 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
  16. SN2ed

    SN2ed Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Thread closed. Discussion of pirated material is not allowed.

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