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Similar to other admissions test, your success on the MCAT will depend on your test preparation and how early you begin your preparation. Plan to begin your preparation 6 months before you plan to take the exam. This allows you plenty of time to become comfortable with the exam so that there are no surprises come test day.
Tips for success on the MCAT exam:
Understand, Don’t Memorize: The MCAT assumes you know new information and know how to use formulas. It now tests your ability understand the physical, biological, or chemical processes they describe. When preparing for the exam, try explaining out loud or writing down an explanation of these processes.
Know what you’re up against: Don’t be blindsided by the test. Take a practice exam under the time constants and pressures of the actual test day. Then, assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Hone in on your weaknesses: While it may be easier, and more self-fulfilling, to practice your strengths, really zone in on your weaknesses. The best course of action when studying for the MCAT is to further your strengths and improve your weaknesses.
Where can you take a practice exam?
Kaplan is offering a free practice exam at a location near you or anywhere online via Kaplan’s Classroom Anywhere.
How do I sign up?
RSVP for the exam here!
Immediately following the exam, you will be able to receive your score report with full comprehensive feedback on your individual performance, on a web-enabled mobile device (smartphone or tablet). One of our expert instructors will provide a short overview on how to interpret your score report, followed by an optional workshop on test-taking strategies.
For more MCAT information with weekly tips, strategies, and advice, follow their blog at Med School Pulse.