Gold Standard MCAT Practice Tests

One of the biggest problems that pre-meds face when studying for the MCAT is finding enough practice tests. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers actual old retired tests, but there are only eight of those available. In my opinion, that is not enough for a successful preparation. I took 22 different full-length computer based practice MCATs, and used material from the AAMC, Kaplan, Exam Krackers, and Princeton Review. However, I think the best practice exams were offered by Gold Standard, and here are a few reasons why: 1.  Price and Quantity- The Gold Standard offers 10 unique, full-length tests. The best part is that you can get them all for only $15 a piece. As comparison, the AAMC sells their tests for $35 a pop. Studying for the MCAT is a big financial burden for most college students and other pre-meds. You won’t find a better product for the price than the Gold Standard MCAT Practice Tests.

2. Difficulty- These practice exams kicked my butt. The breadth of content and difficulty of questions that Gold Standard uses is outstanding. I can’t tell you how many times I found my areas of weakness while using these tests. As I have said in other posts, reviewing the practice MCAT is just as important as taking it. After taking eight Gold Standard practice MCATs, I felt that no topic could surprise me on the real deal.

I will prove it to you:

Date

Test

PS

VR

BS

Total

3/17

AAMC 3

12

12

10

34

3/18

AAMC 4

13

12

10

35

3/19

AAMC 5

12

11

12

35

3/24

AAMC 6

11

10

13

34

3/25

Gold Standard 1

10

9

10

29

3/26

Gold Standard 2

10

9

10

29

3/27

Gold Standard 3

12

12

10

34

3/31

Gold Standard 4

10

10

10

30

4/1

Gold Standard 5

10

10

10

30

4/2

Gold Standard 6

10

10

10

30

4/4

Gold Standard 7

11

11

11

33

4/5

Gold Standard 8

11

12

11

34

4/7

AAMC 7

12

13

13

38

4/8

AAMC 8

13

13

12

38

4/9

AAMC 9

13

12

12

37

4/12

AAMC 10

14

13

14

41

4/14

AAMC 11

11

12

15

38

This is a table of my practice test scores and sub-scores leading up to my MCAT test date last April. I decided to take AAMC #3-6 before starting on the Gold Standard full-lengths. I was sitting in the 34-35 score range. After taking eight different Gold Standard tests and generally scoring around 30, I came back to the AAMC tests. Look at the scores on AAMC #7-11. I was killing it! As you know on the real MCAT I scored a 37, but I don’t think I would’ve gotten there without the gauntlet that was the Gold Standard practice MCATs.

3. MCAT Prep Forum- Something unique about Gold Standard is that with the purchase of the practice exams, you are given access to a forum. This forum has a place for individuals to ask questions about any question, on any exam. Most times when I needed an explanation there was already a question and an answer on the forum. However, when I asked follow-up questions there was an answer posted within hours. It is nice to have an expert with answers at your fingertips and this resource was priceless. I even got into a healthy debate over the answer to one of the questions, and an administrator would always respond and explain why my reasoning was faulty (which it was).

When I took the Gold Standard practice tests on my laptop, it felt like the real MCAT. The interface was user-friendly, with scores and explanations available as soon as you submit your test. I didn’t have any real problems with the Gold Standard practice MCATs, but I was occasionally frustrated with the difficulty of some of the questions. If you are getting ready to take the MCAT this spring or summer I suggest that you take a look at the Gold Standard website and consider buying the 10 test package.

 

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