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Hello everyone,

I'm having severe trouble in getting even a passing score on Mcat. First time i wrote in 2017 I took the Kaplan prep course (cost around 2k) and in the end recieved a score of 495. The next year in the summer of 2018 i wrote again, this time without a course and only self study. I recieved a score of 493. This year after self studying all summer, i again recieved a similar score.

When looking back at the percent correct in each section during my practice exams, i seem to be getting around 50-60% however this translates to a much lower percentile on the actual mcat. 

 

So now, I'm willing to write the mcat again in the summer of 2020, I was hoping if any of you had any sort of strategy i could implement, extra resources to be recommended, and whether or not i should take another prep course in order to improve my score. 

 

Thanks in advance :)

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I would not recommend a prep course. I started in the 490s as well and was able to improve to up to a 510 just by using AAMC/Khan Academy material. The MCAT isn't very knowledge based, its mostly applying concepts and thinking critically. So I would recommend doing a lot more practice questions and sticking to AAMC material. Don't rely on Kaplan too much. Just read the books and take notes on things you're not familiar with. Use the AAMC flashcards! I would also recommend looking over your practice tests and seeing which kind of questions you are getting wrong. Then create a strategy from there. 

 

Good luck :)

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Yes that may be a good idea. I think I've been focusing too much on trying to learn the material rather than practicing what I've learned. I will definitely try to do more practice exams. 

 

Also you mentioned Khan academy, do you know of any other free resources online that could help?

 

Thanks

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I did the practice test from Next Step too, they also have free discrete questions which they email you everyday. I used **DELETED** for CARS practice which has tons of free questions. Altius also has a free practice test and you can buy more if you like. Most resources aren't free unfortunately :(

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On 9/14/2019 at 9:21 PM, Rollerssb said:

Yes that may be a good idea. I think I've been focusing too much on trying to learn the material rather than practicing what I've learned. I will definitely try to do more practice exams. 

 

Also you mentioned Khan academy, do you know of any other free resources online that could help?

 

Thanks

Use Uworld if you have not already. I would do Kaplan books for a quick content review (don't spend more than a month), Anki to keep up your knowledge, do Uworld WHILE practicing, start doing nextstep/Altius/EK FLs (don't bother with Kaplan or TPR, they're too hard/underrepresented), and AAMC stuff in the last 4-5 weeks.

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uworld was a great supplementary tool for me, it helped a lot and it doesnt cost much compared to other companies. I used kaplan self-paced package, completed 90% of the adaptive bank, completed all of AAMC materials and used uworld ( I only practiced psychology, biology, biochem and CARS bc of time). I first started attacking my weak points using kaplan adaptive bank and watched videos and review books/notes from previous mcat writing. I practiced aamc materials at the same time. Then after I finished with kaplan, I stated uworld (you need to make a base for yourself and then add to it, I made the base using kaplan and then switched to uworld). Uworld was great. I suggest writing a full length everyweek after you make a base for yourself. 

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On 9/14/2019 at 10:19 AM, Rollerssb said:

Hello everyone,

I'm having severe trouble in getting even a passing score on Mcat. First time i wrote in 2017 I took the Kaplan prep course (cost around 2k) and in the end recieved a score of 495. The next year in the summer of 2018 i wrote again, this time without a course and only self study. I recieved a score of 493. This year after self studying all summer, i again recieved a similar score.

When looking back at the percent correct in each section during my practice exams, i seem to be getting around 50-60% however this translates to a much lower percentile on the actual mcat. 

 

So now, I'm willing to write the mcat again in the summer of 2020, I was hoping if any of you had any sort of strategy i could implement, extra resources to be recommended, and whether or not i should take another prep course in order to improve my score. 

 

Thanks in advance :)

Not to be mean here but practically if you have written this 4 times and can’t do better than 50th percentile should you maybe look at different career paths? Medicine isNt necessarily for everyone. 

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It would be helpful to know your exam breakdowns, but I started with a 21 (6/6/9 before the new mcat came out) and then got 514 (127/129/127/131) on my second attempt using TPR (aim for 127 on each section as that correlates to a bit higher on the actual MCAT). I also used EK for CARS and found between TPR and EK and the AAMC practice exams, I was ready. A big portion also is your test taking skills, time management, ability to stay focused for the length of exam. 

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