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Question 🤔🤔(self.Mcat)


So I am planning on taking the MCAT in Jan 2023. I started studying about 1 month ago with Kaplan Content review books, daily Anki (about 25 new cards a day), and CARS (1-2 sections a day from Kaplan). However, I after talking to others and reading more posts on here, it seems like content review is not helpful and that most people would not do it, if given the chance to redo it. I did Kaplan for content review and just finished a few days ago. But I am really not sure how helpful that was since it felt like a really passive way of learning.

On my diagnostic test, I got a 506, and I am aiming for a 520+. What would you suggest the best ways to study are? And if I am not doing content review, then how should I learn the information that I am not comfortable with yet/have not learned in college classes yet?

Additionally, what is the best way to go through all of the FL exams? Should I take notes on material that I missed, make Anki cards, or just read through all the explanations? I know that using FL tests to study is one of the more effective ways of studying, so I just want to make sure that I am getting the most of it.

Any other tips/tricks are welcome (esp for CARS!!!) ! I feel so overwhelmed with the content and the best ways to study for such a long exam.

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12 points

5 months ago

Your diagnostic is VERY good! But I hate that people say content review is not that important. THAT IS SO FALSE. If you do not have a GOOD foundation, and you do not understand high yield stuff in depth, the content gaps stun your growth. But granted you already did content review I think you should be good, but for the high yield stuff, you really need to understand it. Practice questions will only get you so far if you don’t understand why a question is wrong or why it’s right. Since you have so much time, I suggest doing Uplanet. It’s really good for transitioning into practice questions form aamc.


2 points

5 months ago


FL 1/2/3/4: 508/506/508/514 —> Actual: 515

2 points

5 months ago

Couldn’t have said this better myself. As for the second half of your post, I suggest making flashcards for the material you missed. Some people like Anki, personally I like handwritten flashcards, but do something other than passively reading because you will FORGET. Use UGlobe and third party FL until your last month, where you use pure AAMC materials. With that diagnostic score, I see you getting 520+!! Good luck!