6 Tips for MCAT Preparations and Testing

The MCAT is a very intimidating test, to say the least. It is also very difficult to prepare for. It isn’t a test that you can cram for the night before. Instead you should follow a course of action that you set for yourself so that you will do your best on the test. Here are six tips to help you do better on the MCAT:
1. Take as many practice tests as possible before the actual test. Practice is very important when preparing for the MCAT, as there are not many things that will be on the test that you can memorize. Also, try taking the test in different environments such as slightly noisy, silent, cold, or hot. Preparing with various environmental factors will prevent you from being distracted by conditions during the test.
2. The day after you take the practice test, review it. Look back at some of the passages, questions, and concepts on which you had problems or that slowed you down. Looking back at the material will help you remember it longer and will keep it fresh in your mind.
3. If you need to, enroll in an MCAT preparation course. After you enroll you will have access to all of their information. This will probably help you more because they can help you study for the concepts and passages that you missed on the practice tests.
4. Use flash cards to help yourself prepare. Put equations, examples, concepts, and passages that you had difficulty with on the flash cards and study them whenever possible. You can also get your friends to write questions on flash cards for you so that you will not already know the answer to that question when you come to it. As you begin your preparation for the test, you should have a large stack of flash cards. However, as you get closer to the test you should start taking out the ones that have concepts you have mastered.
5. Practice your sleeping habits in the weeks prior to the test. Practice going to bed early on Friday night and waking up early on Saturday. This will help you prepare for the day of the test. Also make sure you eat a good meal and get a good night’s rest the night before the test. Going to bed early will ensure that you are fully rested and that you’re at your mental peak during the test.
6. Don’t get stuck on questions or passages during the test. If you come to a question or passage that you don’t know the answer to, move on. Staying on one question may cost you valuable time later in the test. If you have time when you have finished, you can come back to the question that gave you trouble.

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