How to Use the AAMC's "Show Solutions" Setting

Because you will be completing the AAMC Question Packs and Section Banks in small chunks, it can be a little confusing to know how to do this in the most effective way since the AAMC’s practice platform can be extremely confusing. Allow me to walk you through this step by step.

Let’s pretend you are going to complete the first Science Passage Reading Practice Session:

Session 1

Complete problems 1 through 33 of the Biology/Biochemistry Section Bank in less than 45 minutes.

From the User Portal of the MCAT Official Prep Hub, you would select the AAMC MCAT Section Bank, and click on “Go To Product”.

Next, you’d select the section you would like to practice. In this case, that would be the Biology/Biochemistry Section.

Once that has been selected, you will click on “Practice”:

Make sure the “Review Answer” function is turned off:

Now, set the timer accordingly (in this case, for 45 minutes), and then start practicing. After completing the required number of problems for that practice session (in this case, 33 questions), hit the “Done Practicing” button:

Now, you’ll be able to see the percent correct that you scored:

For Science Passage Reading Practice Sessions, don’t worry about plugging this number into the Study Plan Spreadsheet, but for the AAMC Mini Exams, I’d highly recommend plugging the percent correct you got for that section into the appropriate cell in the “Practice Exams/Problems” tab of the Study Plan Spreadsheet. This will convert your percent correct into a scaled score (118 – 132).

When it comes time to complete the next assignment that draws from that same Question Pack or Section Bank, all you’ll need to do is click on the “Practice” button again, and you’ll pick up right where you left off (i.e. on question 34):