65 (or so) Hours to Go

On Tuesday afternoon, supposedly at 5:00 p.m., I will find out how I did on last month's MCAT.  I am still not sure why it takes a month to get scores back, but it is going to be a nerve-racking experience.  My score will determine what schools I apply to, what (if any) financial help I can get, and how confident I will be during my application process.  Needless to say, its important and a bit scary. I have run some calculations from my practice full-length tests. I wish I was better at stats or had more data so I could make some better claims, but this is the best I can do.

On the 9 practice AAMCs, 3-11, I averaged (12.33/11.89/12.33) for an average total score of 36.56.  I was getting roughly 127.4 correct out of 144 possible points.  My best score was on #10, a 40, and my lowest was on #6, a 34.  I took them in order and noticed that the later ones were the most similar to the real deal.  AAMC 9, 10, and 11 were a lot like the actual MCAT (except for the PS, which was just weird on the real deal, see past posts).  Everyone says these are the best indicators of actual performance, and I will know shortly if that is true.  I was hoping for a 42Q, and I am sticking with that positive thinking.  For reference, I also took 6 Gold Standard CBTs, and was averaging (11.33/10/10), these tests were extremely hard/picky and had a lot of "bad" question and answers.

One thing I did notice was that I "marked," on average, about 22.5% of questions.  I always finished with time to spare, so these were the questions that I wanted to take a closer look at.  Sometimes these questions were just hard, or had tricky wording, or had two really good possible answers, or....I just had no idea  On my higher scores I was getting over 80% of the marked questions right. On the lower range this number was down to around 60%.  I think this is what the MCAT is all about.  Most people can get the easier questions right through studying or common sense or reading the passage. The key for a great score is having good test taking skills to make great guesses on hard questions. In the mid to upper 30's the difference between consecutive scores can be a single point, so every guess counts.  Here is to hoping my guesses were great on April 16th!

The last trend I noticed was that my VR score never really went up.  On my first Kaplan diagnostic I scored an 11.  I did every single one of ExamKracker's 101 VR Passages and scored anywhere from 9-13.  On the AAMC's I got anywhere from 10 to 14.  It was by far the most variable, but still my average was right about where I started.  It is the hardest score to raise, at least in my opinion.