Everything You Need to Know About the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Preparing for the MCAT is the most difficult task for any pre-med student. However, with a well planned study schedule and the proper mindset you can take the MCAT confidently.
Courses that all students should take:
– Introduction to Biology
– General Chemistry
– Organic Chemistry
– General Physics
– Human Physiology
– General Psychology
Courses that might help:
– Cell biology
– Human Gross Anatomy
– Research Methods in Psychology
Whats on the MCAT? (Before Coronavirus)
– Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
59 Questions, 95 Minutes
– Chemical and Physical Foundation of Biological Systems
59 Questions, 95 Minutes
– Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
59 Questions, 95 Minutes
– Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
53 Questions, 90 Minutes
Links to Information that can benefit you for the MCAT:
KA Notes (rest under the KA FAQ guide on the fb files): https://www.dropbox.com/…/94w36y…/AAD_C8G78bsMvFTqINEjgWsaa…
AAMC Content Outline: https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/…/combined_mcat-c…
Anki App: https://apps.ankiweb.net/
Kaplan QuickSheets: https://www.kaptest.com/static/pdf/ktp-mcat-quicksheets.pdf
Premed95's P/S anki deck (https://www.reddit.com/r/Mcat/comments/5xdg6i/by_popular_demand_the_anki_deck_i_used_to_get_a/)
Khan Academy P/S 300 pg doc (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y4ancipr305f001/AACwrHVVVP9pHEzr2g3_9doxa?dl=0)
Khan Academy for Ochem lab techniques (https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/chemical-processes#separations-purifications)
Khan Academy for Lymph system (https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/organ-systems#lymphatic-system)
The MCAT is meant to assess your ability to succeed in Med School. To this end, it equally tests your ability to think critically / analyze your mastery of the scientific content it covers. Even if you know 100% of all the content the MCAT tests over, you are not guaranteed a 528. Secondly, the way that you think critically and analyze needs to coincide with the way AAMC wants you to critically think and analyze. The only way to train this is by taking AAMC material over and over through AAMC Question Banks, Sections Banks, and FLs. Next a little about Kaplan. Kaplan is a good resource for a lot the content covered on the MCAT, as they adhere very well to the theme of the MCAT; however, this also means you will need to supplement their material with other resources at times.
Please go to the AAMC website for updates on the changes of the MCAT due to this pandemic in this world. Test times, test dates, and the amount of questions have changed because of everything going on in the world.
Here are some common MCAT preparation mistakes (U.S News):
Spending excessive time memorizing small details
Spending more time reading than practicing
Sacrificing prep time for extracurriculars
Not studying efficiently
AAMC’s Top 10 Test Day Tips:
Check your registration the day before your exam
Read AAMC’s “MCAT Essentials” online resource
Practice with exams features at mcatdemo.starttest.com
Learn about the check-in process
Read “Honoring Your Examinee Agreement”
Read through the “Guidelines for Discussing the MCAT Exam”
Be sure to have a valid ID that you can present on test day.
Plan to arrive at the testing center 30 minutes prior to the exam start time.
Bring food and drinks.
Report any issues to the Test Center Administrators
– Source: AAMC
TIPS FROM REDDIT
1.)Get rid of distractions when you study. When people say “Oh man I studied for 8 hours last night” usually they didn’t really. They spent like 2 hours lost in wandering thought or breaks, 1 hour checking social media, 1 hour talking to friends, etc. When you study, get rid of all distractions. Your phone is on silent with no vibrate, your door is locked, and you are 100% unreachable. Is your mom dying? Too bad I need to review electrochemistry!
2.) Take one break day every week for mental health where you literally do nothing MCAT related.
3.) The week before the actual test do very light content review on things you know you’re weak on, and do not push yourself in any way shape or form. Relax!
4.) Have a soft max of 3-4 months of content review. The most important part is that the last 1.5 months are back to back practice problems, SBs, Question packs, FLs. Especially the last 3-4 weeks need to be focused, intense testing conditions using only AAMC material. You are training your brain to endure a 7 hour test, and to think the way AAMC wants you to think. Start the FLs at 8am, wake up at 7am. Do everything just like you would on test day. Do not use any other company’s testing material during this time period.
– Source: REDDIT
Review school course material in conjunction with MCAT material
Use practice exam to gauge your understanding
Use uWorld Practice bank question and Anki flash cards
Take notes and create summary sheets as you go
Take breaks while studying
Form study groups