MCAT Examination Preparation
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How should I plan my MCAT examination preparation?
Initiate your preparation for MCAT exam with an overview of the content tested by the MCAT. Visit the official web site to familiarize yourself with the test format. The next step would be to take an initial practice test. You can find a number of free practice tests on the internet including one on the official web site. The results of this initial practice test will help you assess your preparedness to take the test. You will be able to identify your weaknesses and strengths with respect to the content tested by the test.
Start working on your weak subject areas in the beginning of your preparation and leave some time towards the end for a revision. Work out for a schedule in such a way that you are able to devote a couple of hours daily for it. The time that you spend daily in studying for the test can be increased slowly as the test date draws closer. Make an effort to stick to the time schedule. Utilize the study materials that you have collected to their fullest potential. Initially you should spend more time in reviewing the content tested by the test. It is essential for you to be well versed with the basic concepts of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the English language.
A sound knowledge of the fundamentals of the content tested by the MCAT is necessary for developing your problem solving skills that form a major portion of the skills tested by this test. You will have to inculcate good reading habits for developing your critical, analytical and reasoning skills. You will also have to develop excellent writing skills which will be tested by the Writing Sample section of the test. The skills tested by the test cannot be developed overnight by cramming books. You will be able to develop these skills with sustained efforts over a period of time. You are expected to have developed these skills while carrying out your undergraduate studies. However, if you find yourself lacking in any of them, then your exam preparation plan should be suitably customized to include strategies for improving in your weak subject areas.
There are a number of educational institutions, web sites and test prep institutes that keep conducting free practice tests and other preparation related events from time to time. Keep yourself updated on all such events taking place in your locality and utilize them for your preparation. You should make extensive use of the practice tests during your exam preparation. The results of the practice tests will help you monitor your progress in conjunction with your exam preparation. You can keep modifying your preparation method according to the results of the practice tests. The more practice tests you take, the more comfortable you will be with the strategies required for completing the test sections within the stipulated time period.
There is a lot of disagreement within the student community regarding the utility of a preparation course because of the financial implications involved in registering for one. If you can afford it, then you should definitely go in for an prep course from a reputed test prep institute. The course helps in fine tuning the specific skills that are tested by MCAT. Additionally, it provides you with excellent guidance for your preparation. Irrespective of the pros and cons of a course, the fact remains that you have to work hard for scoring high in the test. A well planned and comprehensive exam preparation schedule will pave your way to success in the test.
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