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How do I get a good score on the MCAT?

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Joseph’s Answer
There are a lot of good answers to this question but the key is to not try and cram all the information at the last minute but to prepare over the year prior by scheduling monthly exposure to sections of the MCAT.
Then schedule a prep as close to the actual as possible. My daughter took a National test and her Bootcamp was the weekend prior to the test and the improvement she made from the beginning of the Bootcamp to the end of the Bootcamp reflected in her performance on the actual test.
Finally - tell yourself that this is not a test that you should have additional anxiety over because it is only an assessment of your knowledge so you cannot fail - it measures what you know so at the time of the test you can be relaxed by knowing you are merely showcasing your knowledge and there is no pass or fail result.
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Alyssa’s Answer

Hi Henry,

I hope all is well. I currently have a close friend who is studying to take the MCAT next month and
based on our conversations, I would like to make these suggestions to you:

📍 Register for an MCAT prep course-this will help you tremendously with the material and it is
great to be in a setting with other people who are preparing because you all can support each other!
Taking a prep course as you are approaching the exam is ideal so that the material is fresh.

📍 Develop a study schedule-it would be beneficial to you to create a solid schedule detailed
listing what sections you plan to study and on what days. This also helps you to see when you
have time to relax and connect with family/friends. It is important to still make the time a
few hours a week for your loved ones. I recommend a wall calendar that is big enough to write
things on. Visuals are always great =)

📍 Practice Exams-take advantage of common practice exams offered that way you can see
which areas you have room for improvement for leading up to the exam. Taking the practice
exams also during the time you plan to take the actual exam also helps your body adjust in advance.

The exam as you know is long, so your body needs time to adjust to sitting and reading material
for an extended period of time. I recommend doing this at least 3-4 weeks before your exam if
possible so that your body can develop a rhythm.

📍 Self-care- I get it, this test is very stressful, important, and requires a TON of studying,
but it is important that you maintain eating right, getting enough sleep, and doing relaxing
activities (yoga, meditation, listening to music, etc) to remain centered and in good spirits.

UWorld &Fee assistance-look into this as well.

I hope this helps and I wish you well!

Alyssa Cole
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Riley’s Answer

The most important thing about studying for the MCAT is knowing the topics that will be most important. Most of my professors in my science classes throughout college will highlight in the syllabus which topics are most relevant for the MCAT. It would be a good idea to buy and keep all of your textbooks and keep notes of what topics your professors suggested you study for the MCAT.
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Richard’s Answer

You could devote the summer between sophomore and junior year to MCAT. Then if you take the MCAT at the end of the summer you can have a chance to retake if you are not satisfied with your score. Then apply to med school during the summer between junior and senior year.

Consider paying for a prep course if you can afford it.

My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
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It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.