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    august 19th mcat

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    can anyone who has taken the mcat before give me some advice on the amount of time i should plan to study for it. do you think one month of full time studying is enough? that's all the time i have because of the way my courses are arranged. i don't want to blow it so please help.

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    have you taken all 8 pre-req science classes?

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    one month is not enough time....unless your brilliant, have straight A's, excellent reading comprehension, and excellent memory. and you learned everything from your pre-med courses really really well the first time and still remember most, if not all, of the material taught....so unless that describes you....one month is definately not enough time

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    Quote Originally Posted by LastDance
    one month is not enough time....unless your brilliant, have straight A's, excellent reading comprehension, and excellent memory. and you learned everything from your pre-med courses really really well the first time and still remember most, if not all, of the material taught....so unless that describes you....one month is definately not enough time
    There are people who studied for one week and scored a 35 but then again, they did really well in all pre-reqs and did very very well on verbal.

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    "have you taken all 8 pre-req science classes?"

    no, but i've studied everything except organic chemistry. 1 yr physics, calculus & statistics, english, 1 yr general chemistry, and 1 yr of biological sciences.

    i don't know how well i can do on the mcat without a good foundation in organic chemistry. the biological score might end up a little on the low end. i'm a little worried about that.

    i thought a month might be enough to do a general review of basic concepts and a crash course on intro o chem. i've heard of people not studying at all for the mcat and others studying as long as 6 months in advance! the only other option is to apply for the mcat next year but that might make my applications late?

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    I don't know much about the MCAT, but the courses that you haven't studied are pretty much the entire test if I guess correctly.
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    Organic is only 25% of the bio section so it is not a huge deal if you are great at bio.

    General review will be fine for mediocre 26 score but if you want a 30+ then a Kaplan course would suffice.

    Try a diagnostic or a practice full length to see where you stand.





    Quote Originally Posted by dr kevin
    "have you taken all 8 pre-req science classes?"

    no, but i've studied everything except organic chemistry. 1 yr physics, calculus & statistics, english, 1 yr general chemistry, and 1 yr of biological sciences.

    i don't know how well i can do on the mcat without a good foundation in organic chemistry. the biological score might end up a little on the low end. i'm a little worried about that.

    i thought a month might be enough to do a general review of basic concepts and a crash course on intro o chem. i've heard of people not studying at all for the mcat and others studying as long as 6 months in advance! the only other option is to apply for the mcat next year but that might make my applications late?

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    Since it is rather early for submitting med school applications, I would suggest postponing the MCATs by about a month or 2. You will still be able to admit applications for the same year as you would if you would take the MCAT now. MCAT is too big a test to be taken lightly...
    Good luck

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