Overview of the MCAT
What is the MCAT like?
Imagine a 7.5-hour multiple-choice exam that tests essentially every piece of content covered in all your basic science pre-med classes. It’s a comprehensive final for your pre-med experience. The official study guide is 200 pages long. That’s the MCAT.
The exam contains four sections of 50-60 questions each, including a section covering Chemistry/Physics, Critical Reading, Biology/Biochemistry, and Psychology/Sociology. Each section lasts 95 minutes (90 min for Critical Reading) and comprises 59 questions (53 questions for Critical Reading). Each section is scored from a scale of 118-132 with an average score of 125 per section. Overall scores for the MCAT range from 472 to 528 (~20 out of 80,000 students earn a perfect score like our tutor Theo) with 500 being the median score.
How should I study for the MCAT?
Because the MCAT covers so much content, it requires more diligence and careful planning than any other exam you have ever taken. One of the most important things you can do is to start your preparation early. This will give you ample time to thoroughly cover all of the content. Some students start tutoring with us years before their test date. Top scorers also make sure to practice as much as they can before the real thing. We recommend completing at least all of the AAMC practice problems in addition to the 5 full-length AAMC tests. Most top scorers consistently say practice tests were the most helpful aspect of their preparation. Completing 10-20 full-length practice tests will help you build stamina for test day. Your goal in the final month of MCAT Bootcamp Ecourse is to complete enough practice tests so that the 7.5 hour test feels like a 2 hour test. Going over practice problems will also help you learn how the AAMC thinks for test day. Last of all, top scorers tend to follow the examples of those who have already conquered this challenging exam.
How can an MCAT study program help me succeed?
Most medical schools require the MCAT for your application. Furthermore, medical school admissions committees consistently cite the MCAT as one of the most important factors for medical school admission. Some top scorers report that using an MCAT study program helped them stay on track and learn more than they would have if they had studied on their own. Sadly, most test prep companies charge outrageous prices, don’t prepare students using the best materials, and require students to follow a strict study schedule. MCAT Self Prep is committed to preparing students in the best possible way for the best possible price. Our Free eCourse is based on the experiences of over fifty students that scored between the 95th and 100th percentile. If you need extra help as many students do, we also only hire 99th percentile tutors. And the best part is, is that our packages start way below our competitors at. Schedule your first tutoring session to get started today!
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