Is your Bio/Biochem score suffering on the MCAT? Did you recently do a practice exam and were surprised at how low your Bio/Biochem score was? Do you need to increase it as soon as possible?
If so, you're in the right place...
Maybe you know all amino acids and most of the content, but you feel like something isn't connecting. Maybe you've asked people for advice and all you hear is "just do more practice passages". Maybe you're worried that you haven't taken a Biochem course and won't know how to do well in this section.
We've heard it all and we have your solution...
What you need are PROVEN tips, strategies, and thought processes on how to approach B/B passages.
Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of MCAT test takers increase their scores to competitive levels. As we research and interview 515+ scorers and their strategies they used to dominate the MCAT, we also single out those who score over 130 (we usually single out 132 scorers) in particular sections and try to drill down on the most powerful strategies they used for those specific sections.
In this post, we’re going to provide you with some of the most effective 130+ Bio/Biochem MCAT scorer strategies which you can apply right away to increase your B/B score fast and get over that 130 level yourself.
Dear future doctor,
If your MCAT score isn't increasing fast enough....
If you got a disappointing score on your recent practice exam...
If you feel like you have a super long way to go before you reach your MCAT score goal, that you absolutely NEED in order to open doors to med-school...
The first thing we want to say to you is...
It's going to be okay.
How do we know?
What if we told you that almost every 90+ percentile MCAT scorer felt the same way, at some point during their MCAT prep?
What if we told you that there came a point in every "current med-schoolers" MCAT prep journey where they felt 'stuck', where they felt like there was not enough time, where they feel like there was way too much information to study, where they felt like med-school admission might just be unattainable...
Yet today, those same students are on their way to becoming physicians.
Over the the years at MCAT Mastery, we’ve seen premeds who have improved their MCAT scores from 499 to 512, from 489 to 509, from 500 to 521, from 505 to 517, from 50th percentiles to 90th percentiles (and the list goes on)... in a matter of weeks.
Clearly, something "clicks" for these top scorers that enables them to skyrocket their MCAT score very quickly. There comes a moment where they just 'get it'. Our goal is to give you the key insights you need to make it 'click' for you too.
Looking for the best MCAT prep books? There are hundreds of published resources out there to aid in your review and prep for the MCAT.
It’s understandable that since it’s the hardest exam you've written yet, there are going to be MANY options and MCAT prep books to choose from. We want to make sure you're not like most premeds who will be buried upon piles and piles of MCAT prep books, which will only bring you unnecessary stress.
You should only be reading the most effective, most recommended material. In this post, we cover just that.
Imagine taking the MCAT and getting a score so far below your expectations that you can’t find the courage to write it again...
For another three years.
Now imagine for two years within that time, being so scared to take the MCAT again that you deeply contemplate giving up your dream of being a doctor.
This was what Andrew experienced after he first wrote the MCAT in 2017 and scored a 490.
Hello future doctor!
This is Sam and welcome to another episode of the MCAT Master Interview series where it is my job to interview top MCAT scorers and extract their highest-impact MCAT study strategies, their research recommendations, the inspirational moments, and so much more, so that you can get the most reliable guidance to maximize your own MCAT score.
Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Troy Dolmetsch.
Troy scored an awesome 512 on the MCAT, but here's where it gets even more impressive. When there was just three and a half weeks left before his MCAT testing day, Troy was scoring a 499.
So he managed to boost his MCAT score by 13 points in less than 30 days. Of course, in this interview we're going to find out what he did to make that happen, and Troy is also currently in med-school so towards the end of this interview, I'll be asking him questions about med-school admissions, so make sure to stick around for that!
In this article, we'll discuss MCAT score and percentile changes from the old MCAT to the new MCAT and what that means for you.
You may have written the old MCAT and are now planning to write the new one. In that case, you need to know where you stood before in comparison to now. Here we have some tables to enable you to convert your old MCAT scores to new ones, including the appropriate MCAT percentiles for those scores so you can know your true standing.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) was introduced in 1928. The test has since evolved into the most recent MCAT which was released in 2015. The scoring system changed. The sections changed. The length changed.
Overall, it got harder and more competitive! But don't worry, we've got you covered. After you're done this article and have made note of your new MCAT score conversion, we'll guide you to further steps you can take to get started.
Are you considering joining or creating an MCAT study group? Are you already in one and want to find a better one? Or do you want to learn how to better utilize the one you're already in? If so, then this article was written for you.
Our focus at MCAT Mastery is on one thing; how can you hack your MCAT studying. In other words, what are those few key things you can do to get maximum results in your MCAT score.
This is why we've interviewed and researched 90+ percentile MCAT scorers over the last 6+ years, constantly refining our understanding of the highest yield paths to a top score.
And guess what? Being in an MCAT study group is a great hack (IF you know how to create/choose and utilize one to its full potential).
Big updates from the AAMC released on April 24, 2020...
You may be hearing a lot of things from a lot of different people.
Here's a short, simply summary breakdown of the changes.
We hope this makes things easier to process:
The MCAT is no fairytale. A lot of aspiring doctors put rigorous time, effort, and a lot of focus into studying for it. But it’s an added hardship when you are a non-traditional student and have been far removed from the academic world for quite some time.
Say, your last exam taken was years ago, and you are bound to take your MCAT in a few months. That’s a pretty tough scenario you’ve got there.
Too many premeds on forums dole out tips on how to study, which mostly just involves empty affirmations like “You can do it! Just focus and study.” But we know that’s easier said than done, especially if you have been out of the routine of school.
As you’re thinking about what you can do to get into your dream medical school, you may be wondering how you can be sure you’re a competitive applicant. Which leads you to wonder, what is a good MCAT score anyway?
In this post, we’ll not only cover everything about the structure of how the MCAT is scored, but most importantly, we'll also cover how you can use that information to create your score goal and then how you can achieve it!
If you have learning disabilities and need extra time, the AAMC offers flexible MCAT accommodations for you on test day.
This is a comprehensive MCAT Accommodations guide.
Later we also cover a student's experience with having learning disabilities, plus how you can 'level the playing field' and succeed on the MCAT even when you feel like you're at a disadvantage.
The big day to take the MCAT exam is now closer than ever before... In fact, it's here! To help you through this, here are 11 last-minute MCAT tips to make sure you maximize your chances of hitting your score goal!
In this detailed post, we'll cover everything you need to know about the length of the MCAT exam, the exact start and end times, the length of each section, the total length of the entire MCAT day, tips on timing, and a lot more.
Part of the planning and preparation for the MCAT is knowing the length of the exam, how much time you’ll be allotted for breaks, and how long you are going to be in the testing center.
Remember that it is an extensive exam composed of 230 multiple-choice questions, so prepare to be in your testing area for a full day.
Before the examination, you will need to sign in and present your valid ID, have your fingerprints validated and corrected, and have your test day photo taken.
MCAT testing dates are getting cancelled due to COVID-19. Now what? What do you do?
A lot of our students have reached out in panic, unsure of what to do. Here's what we would do and what we're recommending...
Many feel that having a group of pre-med friends can be a big stress relief because you have a built-in group of people who understand what you are going through.
The problem is that when you are in a group like this you hear so many thoughts, ideas, and opinions from others.
You hear about how someone studied for 4 weeks and got a 520. Or how someone studied 6 months and got a 487. Or how a friend of a friend recommended you don’t study physics because its barley tested!
My capstone course in my last semester of college (when I took the MCAT) had two students who sat across from me planning retakes for low scores and one next to me who got a 520 and got accepted!
They were constantly talking about the MCAT/applying to med school and it stressed me out!
I realized this has to be addressed because med school will be the same way...
"So and so got perfect score, so and so failed their test."
Which is why today I want to give you 6 tips to help you combat the "premed comparison" issue; a huge stress trigger that almost every MCAT writer faces…
When she first took the MCAT in her junior year of undergrad, Annabella didn't know how to study for the MCAT and ended up scoring a 496.
A year later, she gave herself 10 weeks to study while working full time.
3-4 weeks in, her score hadn't really improved. However in the next 6 weeks she managed to improve her score by 19 points and achieve an awesome 515 MCAT score!
How did she do it? What did she do differently the second time?
We're about to find out 🙂
If you haven't registered yet, this article was written to help you decide when you should take the MCAT and register.
You take your baseline test at the beginning of your MCAT prep, and you score a 500! Not bad right?
In fact, you're kind of pumped because you have 4.5 months before you write your MCAT! That's a lot of time to improve your score by 10 or more points! Especially since you're investing in a big-name MCAT prep company to help you study...
So you take the exam 4.5 months later, you get your score and you can't believe your eyes when you see that you scored a 501! Just a ONE point score increase from your baseline test!
This is the true story and situation of today's featured top scorer, Jennifer Nedimyer...
Have you ever wondered how some students increase their MCAT score in such huge jumps?
We're talking 20 point score increases! We're talking 20 point score increases WHILE managing full course loads and a job!
Well in today's case study, you're about to hear from someone who did just that...
We'd like to introduce you to Miriam A., a 509 scorer:
There’s nothing we love more than when a member reaches out with their awesome MCAT score and shares their MCAT success insights and strategies with the entire MCAT Mastery family 🙂
In today’s success story, you’ll meet someone who managed to achieve a 90th percentile MCAT score in just 3 months of MCAT prep!
However, it definitely didn't come easy. He dealt with many struggles during his MCAT prep…
A lot of which you’re probably experiencing (or have experienced) yourself; like plateauing scores and constantly feeling burned out!
These struggles are part of the process and most of us experience them, but only a few conquer them.
Which is why it's important to learn from those do, so we can follow in their footsteps.
In today’s MCAT success story, we’d like to introduce you to Tanmay Patil, a 514 scorer…
Every now and then, one of our students who scored a 510+ reaches out, excited to give back and share their journey with the community...
Today's featured top scorer was one of our students who just took the MCAT, scored a 510, and is now here to share her insights with you (and there are a lot of them!)...
We'd like to introduce you to Tara Shannon...
2020 MCAT test dates are out!
It's time to decide on when is the best and smartest testing date for you to maximize your chances of med-school admission.
It's time to figure out your overall strategic approach for your unique situation, that will make sure you never have to write the MCAT again.
We'll be covering all of that in this article...
But before we get to all that good stuff, here are the 2020 MCAT dates if you haven't seen them already:
It's a good question...
Is it worth it for every student to get tutored for the MCAT?
You might expect us to say "yes", but to be honest, tutoring isn't for everyone.
Of course, there are the obvious few who shouldn't get tutoring like if you're just starting MCAT prep. Why not try to study yourself first and see if you can increase your scores continuously and hit your score goal?
A common recommendation we hear some MCAT “experts” make is to look at the questions first or to glance through the passage first, before properly reading the passage.
From our research of the way 90+ percentile scorers practiced for the MCAT, we don’t recommend simply ‘glancing’ or ‘skimming’ through a passage.
If you simply ‘glance’ or ‘skim’ through a paragraph, you’re most definitely going to have to revisit it. That wastes our precious and limited time. That also wastes mental energy that you want to use strategically throughout the entire 7.5 hour exam.
Instead, here's what we recommend...
Timing is a huge issue for a lot of MCAT test takers and it's something we want to address in this article.
The most counterproductive thing to do is to be taking your exam while worrying about time; constantly checking the clock and calculating how much time you have left and how much you’ve already used up.
That pressure alone is enough to cloud your thinking, making it harder to remember what you studied, and overall make you less effective during the exam.
To overcome this hurdle, top scorers used some specific MCAT timing strategies. We’ll share a few of them here with you...
Hey future doctor!
You've given yourself 8 weeks to crush the MCAT and get a 510+ score.
Beginning of your MCAT prep, you score a 498...
But that's no problem because you start studying extremely hard. You know if you spend the time and energy, you can achieve your goal...
4 weeks later (halfway through your MCAT prep), you do another practice test...
And you get a 499!
At this point you're panicking, you're demotivated, you're confused, and don't know what to do next.
All that work for a 1 point score increase!
This is exactly what happened to Troy Dolmetsch, today's featured MCAT Master:
Before you began studying for the MCAT, you thought it wasn’t going to be so bad…
You figured you’d have a good shot at getting a 510+ or a 515+ MCAT score if you just spent enough time memorizing the content…
But then you got your first practice exam score back and…
Ouch! Reality hits you in the face like a ton of MCAT prep books!
That’s what happened to Peter Kim, our featured top scorer in today's MCAT Master Interview.
Peter's goal MCAT score was a 515, but when he was 75% of the way into his MCAT prep, he did a practice test and scored a 499.
Extremely discouraged, Peter knew something had to change.
Want to know the smartest way to being successful? Follow the methods of successful people 🙂
Which is why we love bringing you the real life success stories of top MCAT scorers! So you can see how they progressed on this difficult journey and managed to achieve a competitive MCAT score that opens doors to med-schools.
In this success story, we have a lot of details for you, so you can really understand and get in the mind of how this top scorer prepared and studied to achieve her 88th percentile MCAT score.
It definitely wasn't easy...
She faced many battles that often had her really discouraged...
But no matter how hard it got, you'll see that she was always able to take a step back, recalibrate, and move forward with persistence, positivity, and an improved plan.
In today's MCAT Master Interview, we'd like to introduce you to Lindsay Partin, a 513 scorer...
You've heard the MCAT is a 'mindset' based exam (you probably heard it from us)...
Some people brush that off. Others know it's important but still don't do anything about it!
Taking care of your mindset takes some effort, but it's so worth it.
Here's one top scorer that demonstrated how powerful mindset really is when it comes to dominating the MCAT...
In this interview, we want to introduce you to Melissa Ma, a 512 scorer:
In this article, we've done a full step-by-step demonstration for you of how a 130+ CARS scorer would go through all the paragraphs of an AAMC CARS passage, analyze all the questions and all the answer choices, and consistently identify the right answer choice.
It's our hope that with this and the many other CARS passage dissections we have for you, you are able to get a better understanding of how all the strategies we talk about, are applied in different scenarios.
Before going through this, it would be helpful if you're already familiar with a lot of the top scorer CARS strategies we mention throughout our blog and emails. But if not, you'll still find this valuable (you might just miss a few things here and there).
In order to follow along you’ll need to have access to the AAMC CARS Question Packs (Volumes 1 and 2).
Here we’ll be covering Passage 15 from Question Pack 1. Before moving on, make sure you have it open.
It's exam day. You're taking the MCAT and you come across the hardest section you’ve ever encountered...
What do you do?!
Of course, you start panicking...
Is all your hard work going to waste?!
In this article, we're going to tell you how 515+ scorers dealt with a situation like this. Be sure to read to the end 🙂