MCAT prep notes
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Make gold notes - your personal, condensed notes that contain the most valuable learning points from each MCAT practice test that you do. You should have no more than 1-2 pages after each test and you should review all your Gold Notes before doing an additional practice test.
Also, review the MCAT Biochemistry Review Summary, MCAT Physics Equations Sheet, MCAT Organic Chemistry Mechanisms and MCAT General Chemistry Review which we have put online.
How often should you take practice tests?
Strive to start taking practice tests at least 2 months prior to your test date at a frequency of 2 to 3 practice tests per week. You will get the most out of each MCAT practice test by:
- studying for the practice test before taking it
- taking practice tests in a systematic manner
- scheduling time to review each completed practice test
- seeing each practice test as an opportunity to learn and improve
- monitoring your performance and recalibrating as necessary
- pouring over explanations for your mistakes/guesses, and
- making Gold Notes!
There is a basic and critical concept in medicine called "pattern recognition". It is not true that there is an infinite number of possible concepts tested by the MCAT (though you may have felt this way because of the wide breadth of your learning and practice materials). The concepts are quite limited and so are the patterns. It's OK if you have no clue on a couple of questions, that's not important. However, you should be on the right track for almost all questions, and it is very important that you remain focused to the point that you assure yourself that if you know the answer, you get it right. Before you go on, don't tell yourself: "Great, I got that one"; say the opposite: "I wonder what silly mistake I just made." That way, you will seek, find it and then move on.
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