MCAT Practice Tests: The Right Prep Attitude
students prepping for the MCAT – or any one of those life-changing exams for
that matter – stress over how their practice scores compare to that of the
AAMC’s and the real MCAT. Keeping track
of your results from practice tests indeed define the extent and pace of your
preparation before the “actual thing.”
other hand, one essential thing that many students tend to overlook is the fact
that confidence is also a vital test-taking element. Oftentimes, how "easy" or
"difficult" an exam depends on your endurance to focus on multiple
passages, familiarity of the flow of the whole test, and knowing that you are
up against random topics.
practice full-lengths that simulate the real exam should prepare you with
content knowledge, effective strategies, and a mindset that will keep you from
panicking when faced with that infamous “verbal passage from hell.”
of the practice tests should be utilized primarily to identify and learn from
your weak areas. MCAT success entails
acquiring the right strategies as well as addressing your errors. Here are some important questions to ask in a
- Did I
read the questions thoroughly?
- Did I
fully understand what the questions were trying to ask?
- Did I
have any idea what the passages were talking about?
to feel comfortable with the real scenario.
Flunking the exam despite going through such and such prep materials is
a common MCAT story. Time constraint and
“surprising” passages or questions can get the better of you. Be ready to take on these major ego-busters
and know that confidence and focus grow with constant practice. Ideally, you should set aside one timed
full-length a week before ‘the real thing.’ This should give you an opportunity
to yet uncover some unexpected weak points.