You’re thinking about taking the MCAT? Good for you! Bad for your stress levels! Earning your highest MCAT score is a big challenge that takes months of study and practice.
Most premeds preparing for the MCAT build upon strategies you’ve learned in prep courses or school, but studying habits you pick up from individual MCAT practice routines can prevent you from achieving your highest MCAT score. Typically, the ineffective MCAT study plans that hold your score back the most occur when you review your own MCAT practice tests.
Reach your highest score by trying these different methods when you take MCAT practice tests
- Study the Test — Gaining your highest possible MCAT score requires studying the test’s patterns, logic, and question formats.
- Study Yourself — Self analysis is critical to know how one answers questions, patterns of mistakes, and just plain wrong answers.
- Use Elimination — Identifying all the wrong answers leads to the right selection.
- Stay Positive — Study the questions you get correct and figure out why – flukes are inconsistent.
Common MCAT test-taking mistakes include:
- Overemphasis on the ‘right’ answer — Searching for the right answer first is a bad idea, most particularly when practicing for MCAT sections you feels weak in.
- Shallow Solutions — Studying is absolutely necessary, but after an MCAT practice test most test takers only study the questions they got wrong.
- Spread Thin — Test takers often assume that devoting equal time to each MCAT section will result in their highest possible MCAT score, despite the fact that they are clearly weaker in some MCAT sections than others.
- Misdirected Studying — Many test takers neglect to identify and correct the habits that lead them to incorrect answers time and time again.
So, how do you earn your highest possible MCAT score? You have to start thinking and interpreting the test from an analytical perspective that isn’t taught by any MCAT prep course out there.
Think of the MCAT practice tests as a research project rather than a study vehicle. The very act of recording encourages reflection and enables you to easily recognize patterns within different MCAT sections. Write by hand if possible — it helps with retention.
Working as an MCAT instructor and and a premed advisor, I developed advanced test-taking techniques over the last 18 years that work — techniques that my students have used to take their MCAT scores to the next level. Join the MCAT Club to start yourself on the way to your highest MCAT score by gaining access to my massive collection of online MCAT prep materials.