Studying For The MCAT

10 Tips For MCAT Study

MCAT is a standardized computer based test whose score is required by aspiring medical students to get admitted in medical schools of their choice in USA and Canada. This test consists of four sections namely:

  • Physical Sciences Section
  • Verbal Reasoning Section
  • Writing Sample Section
  • Biological Sciences Section

As we all know that an examinee's preparation for a test and the time and hard work he or she has dedicated towards it plays a pivotal role in making or breaking his dream, similarly, if you study MCAT in an effective manner, then it is surely going to pay off one day. Looking at the names of the four sections given above, MCAT study might seem to be a very subjective and tedious process. However, if you follow certain rules and prepare for the test, then obtaining a good score wouldn't be that difficult and aspiring medical students can make their dream come true. Therefore, if you are looking for ways of effective preparation for MCAT, then go through this 10-tip preparation guide and fetch yourself a good score:

  • Start at least 6-7 months before taking the actual test. This is because as you can already see that this test contains sections which are based on completely different subject concepts like physical science that covers physics and general chemistry, biological sciences section that covers biology and organic chemistry. The verbal and writing parts are based on your proficiency in English. Therefore, you need to cover a large number of topics. So unless you start early, you will not be able to revise each and every topic individually.
  • Secondly, don't forget to make a routine for yourself and follow it stringently. This will basically help you organize your preparation properly. For example, initially get hold of all the materials necessary to prepare like test series, essay topics and sample responses, sample problems for the MCQ sections etc. Then see how much you need to revise and practice and make a routine accordingly.
  • During the first month, revise each and every topic individually of the MCQ sections individually. Make sure you finish all revisions within that month itself. Always maintain the time limits for each and every section. Practice at least one test every day and evaluate yourself. AAMC, Kaplan, Princeton Review etc. have several test series and these are quite effective.
  • Review your scores every week and find out your weak points and strong areas. While you should focus more on your weaker areas, don't neglect your strengths. Give equal stress to them too. In this way, you will get an even preparation.
  • You should dedicate at least one hour to the writing sample section every day. Practice writing responses daily and evaluate how much you have improved. Practicing this section daily will get you accustomed to the habit of typing within the stipulated time. However, in case you are unable to evaluate yourself then consult an expert, who might help you improve your essay.
  • The process of guessing is a very important aspect of scoring well in the MCQ sections. You should be well accustomed to the process of "educated guessing", where you should learn the process of elimination properly.
  • You should practice under adverse situations. By adverse situations, it means that you cannot expect the exam center to be absolutely noise free. Hence, practice accordingly so that you don't face any problem owing to these reasons, on the final day.
  • Practice as much as possible for the entire six or seven-month tenure. Write as many tests as possible. Though you should practice a lot, you shouldn't stress yourself as that might affect your efficiency.
  • Finally, sleep well and eat healthy while you prepare for the exam. Moreover, try and relax on the day before the exam. Don't panic during the exam. Keep your mind calm and composed.

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