As some of you may know, yesterday I took the MCAT. There is no way around it, it was hard. I feel like I prepared to the best of my ability, and there was no single question that made me wish that I had studied more, yet it was still difficult. I have no regrets about my preparation, I worked my tail off. I walked out of the test center feeling OK about the test, then on the drive home I started feeling terrible about it, but then a few hours later I again felt pretty good about it. What does this all mean? I have no idea, but I am sure glad it is over. I am worried that I did not do well enough to get any kind of scholarship money for medical school though.... There are four sections on the MCAT. I obviously can't and won't discuss any specifics but I will give a general feeling about each section in the order of how they are presented. First up is the physical science (PS) section, and this was the odd ball of the test. It did not feel like any of the practice MCAT PS sections. There was a lot less math, and a few "out of left field" questions. In my opinion it ignored a lot of subjects that are usually tested heavily on practice CBTs. The verbal reasoning (VR) section is next, and it was pretty typical. I have no idea how I did, but I only had to make educated guesses on 3-4 of the questions. Then there is the essay section, which honestly doesn't matter too much, although I think I did really well on it. Finally there is the biological sciences (BS), and it wasn't terrible. I feel really comfortable with organic, and only 1 or 2 passages were what I would consider difficult, this section was a lot like the practice tests. I hope that I am not jinxing myself, but it should be a fairly strong subscore (...I hope).
So now I have to wait 30 days for my scores, and that really sucks. I am definitely anxious and a bit worried. I did well on the AAMC practice tests, I averaged a 36.55 with a high of 40 and a low of 34 (on my very first test), but I don't know if I was able to stay in that range. There are things called "experimental questions" on the real MCAT, which supposedly don't count towards your score. Maybe those account for the overall feeling that the real deal is harder than the practice tests? I don't think any of the AAMC 3-11 practice tests have the experimental questions. I also don't really understand the how the curve is made; if it is a pre-set curve, then why does it take a month to get scores back? Anyways it's just a waiting game now. I would probably be disappointed in myself if I don't score a 35 or up, so fingers crossed that hard work paid off.
I am going to wait on publishing my recommendations for studying for the MCAT. I think it would be pretentious to recommend how to study, especially considering I don't have my scores back. Any thoughts from readers about the MCAT? How did you feel walking out? How did it compare to your practice tests?
On a completely side note, my amazing girlfriend surprised me with a post-test watch. I have never been a watch wearer (if that is a word), but it is a beautiful watch, and I will definitely start wearing them now. Here it is: