Are you ready for MCAT registration? If you have been studying, then you know it can be nerve-racking as you wait for the test day. In the time leading up to your test, you may put off studying, but the highest MCAT scores typically have over 50 hours of studying. In addition, waiting for your test score will be even more stressful, which is typically 30 days.
Basically, you have plenty of time to get ready for the MCAT, and you should be studying as much as possible before you complete your MCAT registration. If this is your first time taking the exam or you have scored low on all your practice tests, there are some ways you can incrementally improve your score or even dramatically get a higher score.
These are some of the secrets that students have used to get higher scores.
1. Take the Right Prerequisite Courses
Preparation for MCATs starts early in undergrad. You want to make sure that you are in the right pre-requisite courses. If you are no longer in undergraduate school, you can still improve your scores by taking preparatory courses. There are also several review sets for MCATs that are good options if you didn’t do well with your pre-requisite courses.
- Try the Kaplan 7-Subject box set. However, there are plenty of other guides out there for the MCAT.
- Focus on the material and be as thorough as possible.
2. Master More Subjects
- If you have taken the MCAT and scored low, then consider taking some post-baccalaureate classes to help you boost your knowledge in biochemistry or cell biology, whatever subject is causing you issues.
Perhaps you are doing well in a few subjects, but you aren’t doing well with psychology or microbiology questions. If you want to score in a higher percentile or get a score that is above 508 or more, then you’ll need to know all four subjects.
In addition, studies have shown that it’s easy to make 127s in each section of the test than trying to make 130 in a single subject. While you may think that studying longer in a certain subject you are stronger in will make you better, it may actually make you lose time and do worse in other subjects. It’s important that you prepare for all subjects with enough time as possible.
3. Don’t Ignore Where You’re Weak
All medical students go through a similar feeling when they get a weak score in that subject. How did that happen? It may be because you dislike critical reading, but you score higher in CARS than in other areas. You should remember that the goal is to score above the average in every section. The new scoring system for the MCAT says that a score of 500 equals 50th percentile of all the MCAT test takes. This breaks down to 125 in each section.
So 125 is the bare minimum to shoot for if you want to do better than the 50th percentile, meaning an above average score. This means that you’ll need to be proficient in every subject.
4. Practice the Real Exam Setting
Before you take the MCAT, you should take a timed practice test in the same settings, which means without a nearby computer or phone. It’s just you in a quiet setting at a desk taking the test as logically and fast as you can, so you can go back and review answers or fill in areas where you skipped.
5. Always Review Your Practice Tests with Someone Else
Know someone else who is studying for MCATs or who has taken the MCATs? You should work with this person to go over your material and get a second eye on your answers.