5 Simple MCAT Strategies To Almost Instantly Increase Your MCAT Score

Do you want to get the highest MCAT score that is within your capabilities?

A lot of students suffer during MCAT prep...

Some start out strong and feel the anxiety when their scores don't improve. Some are strong all the way through until there are only a few weeks left to the MCAT and they realize they're not on route to get the MCAT score they really want and need.

Others are terrified right from the start - not knowing how to even begin studying in the best way possible.

We know exactly what it's like to be in your shoes...

Which is why created MCAT Mastery to give you the keys to succeed on what may literally be the hardest, most stressful exam of your life.

In this article, we put together 5 great MCAT tips you can start using during your MCAT prep right away.

Take the time to read through each one because most of the tips here can lead to an almost immediate increase in your next practice test score.

So let's begin...


1. Get Through Passages Faster To Increase Rate of Right Answers

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One of the things that makes the MCAT super stressful is the limited amount of time they give you to get through sections.

While you're writing, especially on exam day, it can actually feel like a ticking time bomb. So tell me, how clearly can someone really think when there is that kind of pressure to deal with?

Most likely not very clearly at all.

So here's a potential solution...

What if you developed the ability to speed read?

Speed reading has been around since the 1950s. It’s not about skimming – when you skim you don’t remember much.

If you’re interested in speed reading, you can read up on it in detail later. For now however, here’s what you need to know for the MCAT:

When reading any passage, restrain yourself from reading from one sentence to the other. Instead, start reading from one idea to the other idea.

An idea can be expressed in one sentence, or it can be expressed in several sentences. As you keep track of ideas, your reading speed will increase, AND so will your comprehension.

Remember to never read word by word.

One more thing, make a habit of using your finger or a pen/pencil to trace your reading and guide your eyes to specific words.

This alone will significantly increase your reading speed, while also decreasing distraction AND increasing your focus.

2. A Quick Tip to Get Hints On Passages That Your Competition Misses

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Before reading any passage, observe any tables, figures, and charts that are also provided.

Sounds simple but you’ll not only be able to understand more this way, but also go through the passage faster.

Next, you’ll notice that at the end of every passage, in tiny letters, is the author name, the year, and the title. Read all of that.

Why? It will give you a big hint of what the passage and guide you’re reading will be about!

Moreover, carefully reading the title for Science passages is the smartest thing you can do because most scientists will tell you their conclusion in the title itself!

3. Be Smart With Your Precious Time On MCAT Day

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This is a tip for when you get to exam day itself.

In fact, practice doing this during your practice exams that you do under real testing conditions.

During the few minutes you get for the tutorial, jot down important equations on your notes page.

Unleash them from your mind while they’re still fresh – we’re talking diagrams, equations, sin/cos values, etc.

Everything you know will be valuable! When you need to make use of them when they’re needed, you’ll be thankful for the time and mental energy you saved just by taking this little step.

You’re welcome!

4. Answer MCAT Questions Like An MCAT Master Would

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A huge mistake most average MCAT test-takers will make on exam day is NOT picking the answer choice that actually answers the question.

This will usually happen when they're stuck between two answer choices.

You too, will (most likely) find yourself stuck between two answer choices at some points.

The key is recognizing that even though both answers are correct statements, only one actually answers the question.

Remember, if the statement is correct but does not relate to the question, it is wrong.

Keep this in mind because we've seen that it stumps a lot of students, confusing them in the midst of such a high-pressure exam.

Also, another trick to keep in mind for long questions is to read the last sentence of the question first!

Why? A lot of times a question is just overly-wordy and confusing, and as you’re wasting so much time reading it, you get to the end and realize that it was asking something very simple.

Save yourself all that trouble and read the last sentence first for really long questions (AND quickly look over all the answer choices as well!).

5. Make The Most Of Your Practice Exams

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What do you do after you take a practice exam? Do you just check the answers, read up on the wrong answers and then move on? That's what every other premed is doing.

That's not how you squeeze out all the value you can get from practice exams.

Here's a mini strategic approach to maximizing the value you get from MCAT practice exams:

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    After taking the exam, immediately write down your answers to questions such as: How was I on time? Which part made me feel nervous? Which questions was I confident in? How was my test-taking endurance?
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    Don't check your answers right away. Wait 1 or 2 days.
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    When checking your answers, make sure to log each question you got wrong. Write it down or better yet, make a spreadsheet.
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    Beside the question you got wrong, write out the answers to: Why did I get this question wrong? What should I do/know to make sure I never get this question wrong again? Be extremely specific. Don't go easy on yourself. 
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    Over time, as you keep going through your reasons for getting answers wrong, look for patterns. What is/are the recurring reasons? 
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    Once the reasons are identified, now you know what to improve because now you have discovered the core of your weakness.

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Although simple, I hope these tips helped you.

We know how frustrating MCAT prep can be. There's actually a lot of material to cover in such a limited time...

Plus on top of studying full time for the MCAT, most of us have simultaneous pressures from jobs, extracurriculars, research and clinical experience, AND our relationships (that we probably should probably stay away from during MCAT but doesn't end up happening!)

Having a 'balanced schedule' at this stage of life can be incredibly hard - and if your scores aren't steadily improving on MCAT practice tests, that can get scary.

The good news is that no matter what your situation is, we know for a fact that you have the ability to achieve a competitive MCAT score that you need for med-school...

We know that conquering the MCAT can literally be a painless process if you know the best templates, shortcuts, and strategies.

You just read 5 mini strategies that individually may not make a massive difference in your score...

But if you're applying 25-50 small and major hacks in your studying process, that don't take much more time than you're already putting in (in-fact they save you time)... you can actually rock the MCAT this year.

The best part about applying these type of strategies to your MCAT prep is that it gives you an edge over the competition.

We've said it many times before (throughout this blog) that the majority of those students who are sitting with you on exam day, won't have prepared with a special attention to strategy...

In fact, most will be extremely nervous on MCAT day and their anxiety will further cloud their ability to remember everything they studied. You don't want to be in that position.

You can get a higher score on the MCAT having put in far less effort, stress, and time, when you leverage all the effective, proven-to-work top-scorer strategies we have at MCAT Mastery.

The tips in this article were just a small sample of our top techniques we have to help you maximize your MCAT score. If you want our best MCAT strategies, shortcuts, and hacks, click here to download the MCAT Mastery Prep Strategy Guide.

This is going to be the year you dominate the MCAT.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


The MCAT Mastery Team
Your MCAT Success Mentors

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