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Dissecting the MCAT Workshop given at the Mentoring In Medicine Conference in 2009

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Dissecting The MCAT Workshop Dissecting The MCAT Workshop Presentation Transcript

  • Sze Yan, Director ExamSherpa
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  • Test Section Number of Passages Number of Questions Time Tutorial (optional) 10 minutes Non-Disclosure Agreement 5 minutes Physical Sciences 7 52 70 minutes Break (optional) 10 minutes Verbal Reasoning 7 40 60 minutes Break (optional) 10 minutes Writing Sample 2 60 minutes Break (optional) 10 minutes Biological Sciences 7 52 70 minutes Void Question 5 minutes Satisfaction Survey 10 minutes Total Content Time 4 hours, 20 minutes Total Seat Time 5 hours, 20 minutes
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  • Undergraduate Major N Total (mean) PS (mean) BS (mean) VR (mean) WS (mean) Biological Sciences 23,486 27.1 8.9 9.5 8.7 O Humanities 1,438 28.7 9.2 9.6 9.9 Q Math and Statistics 308 29.0 9.8 9.8 9.4 O Physical Sciences 4,764 29.2 10.2 9.8 9.2 O Social Sciences 4,393 27.2 8.9 9.1 9.2 O Specialized Health Sciences 1,056 24.1 7.9 8.4 7.9 O Other 4,658 27.4 9.1 9.4 8.9 P All Majors 40,103 27.3 9.0 9.4 8.8 O
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    • Study my old science textbooks – Unfocused study
    • Take as many CBTs as possible - Overpracticing
    • Memorize all content before taking tests - Procrastination
    • Lecture is a waste of time, I’m better by myself – Unfocused
    • I got all A’s in undergrad, I don’t need to study – Not Knowing the MCAT
    #1: How should I prepare for the MCAT?
    • 1-month (not ideal)
    • 2-month (better)
    • 3-month (recommended)
    • 4-month (ideal)
    #2: How long should I study for the MCAT? Moral: Depends on your background: different for science majors, non-trads, non-science majors
    • Less people in September and January – must be easier to achieve better score
    • More people in April, May, July, August – must be harder to get higher score
    • Curving and Scoring on the MCAT
    #2: Is each MCAT curved?
    • Reading First Sentence of Passage
    • Skim Passage Then Read in Detail
    • Read Questions Firsts
    • Passage In Order
    • Rank Passages
    #2: What is the winning strategy for a high score? Moral: There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for the sciences and verbal sections.
    • Once
    • Twice
    • Thrice
    #3: How many times can and should I take the MCAT? Note: AAMC recently removed the lifetime cap of taking a maximum 3 MCAT administrations. We would recommend that you spend some time to reprepare between administrations. In 2007, 13% took the MCAT twice, and there are isolated instances of matriculants having taken the MCAT 4 times.
    • Average of the scores
    • Take the highest
    • Ignore the lowest
    • Discussion on Reapplying to Medical School
    #4: Which score will medical schools take?
    • Over-the-Counter Medications
    • Cell phones
    • Clothing
    • Scrap Paper
    • Pens and Pencils
    • Discussion on Accommodated Testing
    #5: Can I bring my stuff into the testing room?
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    • Pre-Program
      • Diagnostic
      • Orientation Seminar
    • Pre-Lecture
      • Using Commercial Test Prep for Textbooks
      • MCAT Reflex Exercises
      • Mnemograms®
      • Access to pre-recorded lectures
    • Lecture
      • Integrated Verbal Practice
      • 10 total science lectures
        • 3 lectures for Physics & General Chemistry each
        • 2 lectures for Organic Chemistry & Biology each
    • Post-Lecture
      • Science Practicums
      • Verbal & Writing Seminars
      • Online Reinforcement Exercises
      • Online Simulation Quizzes
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    • Integration of VR in every lesson (30 minutes)
    • Verbal & Writing Workshops (2 hours)
    • Randomized class sections for:
      • Online Science Practica (2 hours)
      • AAMC Practice Test Review Sessions (2 hours)
    • Post-Midterm Meetings (30 minutes)
    • Web Conferencing to enhance interactivity
    • Social Networking to enhance communication
    • Individualized attention & tracking
  • MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 1 2 3 4 Writing Seminar 5 6 Lecture 7 AAMC Test 8 9 Practicum 10 11 AAMC Review 12 13 Lecture 14 AAMC Test 15 16 Practicum 17 18 AAMC Review 19 20 Lecture 21 AAMC Test 22 23 Practicum 24 25 AAMC Review 26 27 Lecture 28 AAMC Test 29 30 Practicum 31
    • Students of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
    • Currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate program
    • GPA minimum of 3.0
    • Completion of premedical requisites
      • Biology (i.e. Micro, Physio, Immuno, Cell, etc.)
      • Inorganic Chemistry
      • Physics (Calculus or non-Calculus based)
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Allow for concurrent attendance of one prerequisite
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  • Sze Yan Director, Premedical and Prehealth Programs [email_address] Examsherpa Tel: (917) 720-3221 Email: [email_address] Website: www.examsherpa.com