The MCAT may be the most devious mind game that you will ever face, but you’ll be well on your way to your highest MCAT score once you learn these “mind tricks” that will help you mastermind the test.
I like to compare the MCAT to Star Wars, because Star Wars is awesome and the MCAT is just like the Dark Side: Its entire purpose is to trick and confuse you!
The MCAT is written by forces from the Dark Side, and you’re Luke Skywalker. You’re just beginning to understand the mental powers that you have, but the Dark Side is going to do everything they can to get into your head trip you up. Jedi Mind Tricks helped Luke defeat Darth Vader and the Emperor, and you need to use mind tricks to conquer the MCAT.
MCAT Mind Trick #1: The MCAT is a game, not an ordinary test
Think of the MCAT as a sophisticated game, not an ordinary test. When you think of the MCAT as just another difficult test, you run the risk of reverting to the test-taking habits that worked for you on the SAT and college exams.
The old tricks won’t work! When you start thinking of it as the most serious game you’ll ever play, you’ll stop perceiving it as “just another hard test” that you can beat with your old bag of tricks.
MCAT Mind Trick #2: The questions on the test are meant to trick you, not test your knowledge
The MCAT writers from the Dark Side have gone to great lengths to fill the test with trick questions that are intended to make you doubt and deny the facts you know to be true. If you approach the MCAT believing that it’s a simple test of trivia, you will fall prey to Dark Side mind tricks.
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MCAT Mind Trick #3: Right answers aren’t your goal, a high score is your goal
You are aiming for a score, not right answers. What do I mean? It’s hard to explain this mind-trick in a brief blog post, so join the MCAT Club to get personalized MCAT help.
The MCAT is more than just a test. It’s a battle of good (you) versus evil (the MCAT), and you can defeat evil if you approach the MCAT with the right mindset.