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MCAT questions. [Sep. 17th, 2006|02:46 am]
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Okay, I really hope this is accepted, I was looking around for any other MCAT communities but couldn't really find any, so I hope this is cool.

Well, I am not taking the MCAT, but I am going to... like, way into the future. I am 16 and in college [I got a GED and got in], planning to major in Biology and go into the medical profession.

Well, I have been asking others around me, but no one seems to know anything about it, so I was wondering... exactly WHAT is on the MCAT? The website doesn't seem to give a lot of information [or maybe I'm stupid and not looking hard enough] I mean, do they ask you specific questions on things, logical reasoning, facts and figures, mixture of everything?

I was also wondering, how hard does it seem from studying, or how hard is it? I am aiming to make a high score, not just make a decent score. Is it really hard to make a high score?

What are some good books or websites about studying for it? I know it seems early, but I want to be well-prepared, since I never really am.

Basically, I just kind of want some opinions and a general view of it... I thought about posting this in a med student community, but that REALLY seemed out of place. :/

If this is out of place or stupid or whatever, feel free to delete it or whatever.
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January CBT [Aug. 20th, 2006|10:14 pm]
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So.....how are all of you studying for the January MCATs? I took the ones this month but voided my score. Even though I did okay timewise on the practice exam, I was much slower on the real thing so I just canceled it. But the new MCAT is shorter, there are less questions and passages. Does this mean that the questions are harder? Also, how does the CBT work? I heard you can highlight and underline on it..is this true?
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(no subject) [Jul. 19th, 2006|03:22 pm]
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I'm selling my prep materials on eBay:

* Three New Kaplan Prep books

* Complete Gold Standard Prep package with cd-roms, books, audio, etc.

I am willing to pull the listing & sell it privately if someone here wants it

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(no subject) [Jun. 27th, 2006|08:32 am]
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Anyone doing the MCAT this August with me? I've been studying, although not as much as I'd like. When my research program ends in the middle of July I'm going to start studying full time for that.

Kaplan book 2005
Kaplan bio flashcards
Princeton Review practice MCATs
My brain
Trying to get a copy of the Examkrackers learning through osmosis CDs

I have no time/money to take a prep course so this is what I'm stuck with. I also signed up for the computer based test instead of paper and pencil.

Anyone else in Michigan? I'm the only one I know here doing it this August and it'd be nice to share...
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Study Time? [Jun. 13th, 2006|01:29 pm]
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How much time are you devoting to mcat study? One day a week? Everyday? All weekend?
How many hours?
Has everyone started already?
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Prep Materials [Jun. 13th, 2006|01:28 pm]
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So what prep materials are you using?
Anyone taking a course?

I think the Kaplan prep book (the big blue & white one) is really good.

If it's been a while & you're a visual learner, try the video cd-roms from mcat-prep.com (you can get them on eBay too, and Amazon, I think). Each subject (bio, chem, ochem, physics) has 4 cd-roms with the author teaching the material. The quality isn't stellar but it's good if you can't afford a prep course and need that kind of instruction. I find them very helpful. Sometimes reading it isn't enough, having someone explain it can make a big difference & help to solidify the material in your memory. He also sells audio versions (cassettes & mp3), which I own but haven't tried yet.
(and no, I don't work for the guy or have any interest in promoting his products -- I bought them & think they're helpful).

Does anyone else have suggestions?
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(no subject) [Jun. 10th, 2006|10:44 am]
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First post gets to be me! :)

The details:
* I have almost 2 degrees: A full BA in sociology (minors in psych & art history) and I'm going into my final year of a BSc in nursing (psych minor). My first degree gpa was only 3.2, my current gpa is 3.85 (long story).
* I'm writing the MCAT this August
* This fall I'm applying to University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University & Northern Ontario Medical School. I'm also considering applying to Dalhousie University.
* I'm using prep materials from Kaplan (the big review book, mcat practice test, mcat 45, online stuff) & the Gold Standard (big review book, cd-roms, audio). I also have practice materials from AAMC & most of the old tests (3R-7R). It seems like a lot but I have not taken university level chem/ochem/physics so I'm teaching it all to myself (which is fine, I learn fast). I have a very strong background in bio/anatomy/physiology so I'm not worried about that. Also, having a BA, I feel comfortable with the verbal & essay sections.
* I'm only working part-time this summer so I can spend time studying. My summer job is catering backstage at concerts & on film sets -- completely unrelated, but it pays the bills. :)

I'm stressing though!
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