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Highly individual and really depends on your strengths and weaknesses, how well you test, etc. I scored above 95th on one section related to my degree with only a week or two of studying, and 95th on CARS with no practice other than a few full length practice exams. But hours and hours over weeks and weeks of studying chem and physics barely got me above 65th in that section.

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I did take a prep course, since I hadn't taken bio chem yet and had personal health issues affecting my second semester of o-chem and physics. Studying just through the prep course and on weekends for about 2 months, I got 98th percentile. However, I was near the 100th percentile in CARS and Psych and near the 80th-90th percentile in the science sections even though I majored in biology and took tons of chem courses. So things didn't turn out how I expected at all. 

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Pre-CARS MCAT in 2010. Did it during the summer between 3rd and 4th year undergrad. Engineering background. Took entry bio course spring semester with another option, June/July studied full time. Wrote end of July, felt it went so-so, so paid late registration fee and wrote second time two weeks later without receiving first score (I figured I would study once, write twice, and leave it at that.)

First writing got 14/11/11/Q (97th percentile), then 14/10/14/Q (99th) on the retake.

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15 hours ago, ChemPetE said:

Pre-CARS MCAT in 2010. Did it during the summer between 3rd and 4th year undergrad. Engineering background. Took entry bio course spring semester with another option, June/July studied full time. Wrote end of July, felt it went so-so, so paid late registration fee and wrote second time two weeks later without receiving first score (I figured I would study once, write twice, and leave it at that.)

First writing got 14/11/11/Q (97th percentile), then 14/10/14/Q (99th) on the retake.

You crazy haha. Although tbh your first score was probably better since more programs care about the verbal. 

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