How to Review a Full-Length Practice Exam

Taking a full-length exam is exhausting! After taking a practice exam, the last thing I felt like doing was going through the questions again. However, going through practice exams is one of the greatest tools in your MCAT prep arsenal. In this blog post, I will share how I go through practice exams with my students to maximize their learning.

Review Each Question

Be sure to go through each question carefully. I highly recommend following the steps outlined in the Create-Your-Own Study Plan Course. These steps are also included in this flow chart:

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Appreciate Your Mistakes

Making mistakes is inevitable, especially on the MCAT! It’s natural to feel discouraged after going through dozens of incorrect answers, but a change in mindset can be incredibly helpful. Rather than assessing your mistakes as failures, view them as an opportunity to maximize your learning. Reviewing your missed questions allows you to identify your weaknesses and practice the AAMC mindset. Remember that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process!

Don’t Rush!

It can be easy to rush through reviewing your exam, but I highly recommend taking your time. This process is one of the most important parts of MCAT preparation, and investing time in getting to know the exam now will pay off in the long run.

If you’re feeling frustrated or bored, feel free to take a break from reviewing. Take a walk, watch a couple of episodes on Netflix, or do something else that makes you feel rejuvenated. I strongly believe that taking more time to thoroughly review the exam is more beneficial than flying through it and missing valuable information. However, don’t let reviewing your exams stand in the way of progress in your MCAT studying. Reviewing your exam should take 2-7 hours max.

Use Strategy Courses to Maximize Improvement

The CARS Strategy Course and Science Strategy Course are designed to take your MCAT preparation to the next level. Each course contains ten modules that focus on a specific reading strategy, including a walk-through lesson, practice assignments, and recommended assignments to work through with a tutor or study buddy.

The Science Strategy Course also comes with exclusive access to the Science Passage Mistake Analyzer, which allows you to categorize your missed questions and track your progress over time.

I personally used both of the Strategy Courses in my MCAT preparation, and I cannot recommend them enough! Before I started these courses, I got lost in the practice exam passages despite my confidence in the material. My mini-exam scores skyrocketed after implementing these courses into my study plan!

I hope that helped! Feel free to check out our FREE ecourse or schedule a FREE 10-minute consultation with any of our tutors for more personalized feedback.

Warm regards,

Jess Hack

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How we Matched up the Khan Academy Passages with the eCourse Lessons

Each lesson of the eCourse contains links to 1 to 5 Khan Academy science passages for the purpose of providing you with non-AAMC material to practice your science passage reading skills on. By completing all the linked passages within every lesson, you will have finished all the freely available Khan Academy science passages.

To match up the Khan Academy Science Passages with the eCourse lessons, we carefully examined the passage and question content of each one. Then we decided which lesson of the eCourse best correlated with that content. You may notice that some passages don’t match up perfectly with the current lesson. If they don’t match up with the current lesson, they should match up with one of the previous lessons in the module. We did this carefully so that you could practice your science passage reading skills on passages that contain the content you’ve already learned.

Why we don’t recommend non-AAMC CARS practice questions

We recommend practicing CARS by reading non-AAMC CARS passages but not doing the associated practice problems. The reason we don’t recommend doing the practice problems is because the MCAT is written by the AAMC. They have a very unique style in which they write CARS practice questions that third-party companies (try as they might) are unable to replicate. When students spend time on non-AAMC CARS practice problems, they get familiar with the wrong style of questioning, leading them to overthink and incorrectly respond to the questions written by the AAMC. Thus, it is in your best interest to solely practice on AAMC CARS practice questions.

That said, we highly recommend practicing your reading skills on non-AAMC CARS passages. In our Ultimate CARS Strategy Course, we provide you with 1,000 free CARS passages and 100+ homework assignments, giving you ample material to practice on. Reading countless passages while practicing the proper reading habits and strategies will prepare you well to conquer the CARS section as it was written by the AAMC.

Which books do the lessons match up with?

The books we use in each lesson are linked below. We plan to stick with these older editions of the books since very little has changed and the older editions are much more affordable:

First Edition of the Kaplan 7-book Series
First Edition of the Princeton 7-book Series

Do the chapters match up perfectly?

The Kaplan Books, Princeton Books, and Khan Academy Videos were all produced by different authors. For this reason, there are some chapters in the Kaplan Book or Princeton Book that are not even found in the Khan Academy Videos and vice versa. For instance, the Kaplan and Princeton Books have chapters that cover certain experimental procedures that the Khan Academy Videos do not cover.

Our goal in matching up the books with the videos was to correlate the content as best as possible while also covering ALL the content from every resource. For this reason, when nothing in the Kaplan Books matched up with one of the video playlists, instead of leaving the reading assignment for Kaplan blank, we inserted material that did not fit in anywhere else (i.e. one of those chapters on an experimental procedure that was not covered by Khan Academy). So, when the assignment doesn’t appear to match up right, please know that this was intentional.

*If you follow the reading assignments outlined, you will finish the entire Kaplan 7-book series and/or Princeton 7-book series by the time you finish all 10 content modules.

Do the sections match up perfectly?

If the sections assigned in our eCourse do not match up with the sections contained in your content review book, you may have a different edition. The sections should still match up the large majority of the time, but in the rare instance that they don’t, I’d recommend simply reading sections that do match up and saving the ones that do not for a future lesson.

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