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How To Increase Your CARS Score on the MCAT Fast | MCAT CARS Strategy

Is the CARS section of the MCAT turning out to be one of your biggest challenges during MCAT prep?

Are you finding it difficult to know how to begin tackling the CARS section?

Do you feel like you're getting different advice from different people on how to do well on this section - and you don't know which path to take?

Do you want to increase your CARS score as soon as possible?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this article was written for you.

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How To Get A High MCAT Score: 510+ Scorer Strategies To Decode MCAT Questions & Passages

Getting consistently low MCAT scores and feeling confused, frustrated, worried, and stressed during MCAT prep is the result of one simple but crucial failure on your part...

Your failure to use the correct MCAT study strategies.

If you know someone who scored high on the MCAT, they had a strategy.

Whether they actually know it or not, they were using techniques and shortcuts that most others weren't using, which led them to getting a competitive score.

At MCAT Mastery, we provide you with the secrets 510, 515, and even 520+ scorers used to master the MCAT.

In this article, you'll discover:

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2018 MCAT Dates: How To Pick Your Test Day To Maximize Chances of Med-School Admission

2018 MCAT test dates (list below) are out!

It's time to decide on the best and smartest testing date for YOU.

It's time to make an optimal study and testing plan based on your unique situation.

And it's time to figure out your overall strategic approach that will put you ahead of all your MCAT and med-school competitors.

We'll cover all of that and more in this post. 

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Get A Higher MCAT Score: The Mad Scientist Strategy Used By 510+ Scorers

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. - Jimmy Johnson

Doctors all over the world believed, for decades, that stomach ulcers and stomach cancers were the result of spicy foods, a lot of acid, and too much stress.

Barry Marshall however, had different beliefs. As an Australian physician, and microbiology researcher, he believed that ulcers were in fact, triggered by bacteria; Helicobacter Pylori.

To most, this idea seemed crazy.

But to Marshall and his lab partner, this was the truth.

Unfortunately for both of them, they had been unable to provide evidence for how bacteria and ulcers are linked. They had conducted numerous lab experiments on pigs and now, his grant money was almost finished.

Disheartened, Marshall gained his confidence when he saw that thousands of people were dying from stomach cancer every year.

The cure, he believed, was easily available: anti­biotics. But mainstream gastroenterologists dismissed his conclusions, as they held on to the old beliefs that ulcers were caused by stress.

Not being able to make his case in studies with lab mice since H. pylori only affects primates, Marshall grew desperate.

To make matters worse, he was unable to experiment on people which was the only way he could prove what he already knew, and save thousands of lives.

It was July 1984, when Marshall did the unthinkable.

He experimented on the only human patient he could be allowed to experiment on...

Himself.

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130+ Scorer MCAT CARS Strategies: How To Approach Passages To Improve Your CARS Score

We know for a lot of premeds, CARS is one of the biggest hurdles in getting a BALANCED, competitive score.

It’s frustrating to have one section holding you back from seeing the score improvement you need to hit your target score goal.

We completely get it and that’s why we decided to put some extra focus on CARS by recently releasing more articles and resources showing you exactly how 130+ scorers increased their CARS score and ended up dominating this section.

Plus, a lot of CARS strategies are also transferrable to other sections of the MCAT as well…

Which is why many top scorers have found that once they get a handle on CARS, everything else becomes easier.

The Source of the MCAT Insights You're About to Discover

We conduct ongoing research and paid interviews with top MCAT scorers to discover the most common, more reliable, most recommended, and most effective MCAT study and testing strategies proven to result in 90+ percentile MCAT scores.


We then deliver them to YOU so you can do the same...

 

That's why we're called MCAT "MASTERY😉

With that said, in this (detailed) article we're going to cover:

  • [PART A] How 130+ Scorers First Start Reading CARS Passages
  • How To Use The 130+ Scorer 'Paragraph Review' Strategy To Improve Your CARS Score
  • 4 CARS Mistakes 130+ Scorers Avoid At All Costs That Hurt Most Student's Scores
  • How To Use The 130+ Scorer 'Highlight & Review' Strategy To Improve Your CARS Score
  • [PART B] How 130+ Scorers Use Key Points of Each Paragraph To Identify The Correct Answers
  • How To Use The 130+ Scorer 'Highlight & Review' Strategy To Improve Your CARS Score

So let's get started...

[PART A] How 130+ Scorers First Start Reading CARS Passages


As they’re going through CARS passages, top CARS scorers have developed the ability to differentiate between what’s important and what isn’t.

So what’s important?

In general, top scorers are looking for the main ideas and arguments. At the same time, they’re not really paying attention to the details, examples, etc.

The best way to track the most important elements is by analyzing each paragraph individually and identifying the key point as you read.

So for each paragraph you want to zoom it down to that one main point, which is the author’s argument in that paragraph.

A lot of premeds wonder if it’s even possible to find just one main point for each paragraph. It definitely is. Once in a while you’ll find a paragraph with a few points, but usually for most paragraphs, it’s just ONE.

Once top scorers have identified the main point, they’re able to filter out what’s not important.

KEY POINT: All that is valuable when you're reading is the main point. Everything else is secondary! When you keep this in mind at all times, you’ll still be reading everything carefully, but now you'll have a new lens on. Now, like most 130+ scorers, you'll be effectively prioritizing what’s important and what isn’t.

Moving on, we want to share two effective strategies 130+ scorers use to identify the key points in paragraphs.

1 - The "Paragraph Reviews" Strategy

2 - The "Highlight & Identify" Strategy

Top scorers begin with the Paragraph Review Strategy. 

How To Use The 130+ Scorer "Paragraph Review Strategy" To Improve Your CARS Score

Top scorers have developed the ability to correctly write a quick 'paragraph review' of the main point in each paragraph. 

The key with this strategy is to boil down the paragraph’s information into one key idea. In the majority of cases, this will be an opinion. An argument. It will NOT just be a fact.

Most premeds have heard of a strategy similar to this, but most premeds aren't applying it properly. There are 4 common mistakes that a lot of premeds make that negatively impact their score and progress, and we'll quickly cover those here.

One of the biggest mistakes a lot of premeds make with this strategy is that they write down a fact and not the main idea. They write down names, dates, or some kind of terms, when they should really be writing down the author’s stance, their purpose, their viewpoint as they’re speaking about the facts.

Sometimes you’ll find a paragraph that is just complete facts or details or ‘fluff’. You’ll know when you see these.

The second mistake a lot of premeds make with writing paragraph reviews is that they don’t keep their review short and sweet. Limited to just a few words. Being concise is vital here to save time, and for the sake of your own clarity. Remember, if you’re writing over 5 words, you’ve written too much.

Keep in mind these reviews don’t need to be perfect or look good. These reviews don’t need to make sense to anyone else – only to YOU. Don’t spend too much time on them. It’s not smart to do so. Just put something down and move on. You can remove filler words and create abbreviations too. Whatever works best for you.

This isn’t easy but it’s good practice. It’ll force you to be concise and hone in on the main idea. Eventually you’ll get used to it.

The third mistake a lot of premeds make is highlighting while coming up with paragraph reviews. It’s not the most beneficial thing to do. It usually is a distraction. This isn’t a concrete rule, and you’ll know yourself best, but generally top scorers recommend against it.

The fourth mistake is a result of students panicking when they first start doing paragraph reviews and notice that they’re getting way too slow in their overall test-taking speed. Their timing gets affected and naturally, they abandon the strategy or half-ass it.

When this happens, keep in mind that this is completely normal. Don’t worry about it. The key is to keep at it, keep practicing, and soon enough your timing will improve. You’ll become quicker at it because you’ll have figured out how to make the reviews more natural for you through consistent optimization. It’ll all pay off in the end because your ability to pinpoint the right answer will have dramatically improved.

With that said, there are some cases where timing doesn’t improve for some premeds when they begin using the paragraph review strategy...

In that case, there is a slightly faster strategy to accomplish the same goal, but with speed also comes lack of effectiveness. That strategy is to highlight the main idea instead of writing it, which we'll talk about in a bit.

But ideally, do somewhere between 10 – 20 passages with the paragraph review strategy and see how you feel about your timing. If you’re getting faster, keep at it. Most top scorers prefer the paragraph review strategy over highlighting, which means there must be something to it.

Another huge reason why top scorers recommend starting with actually writing paragraph reviews instead of highlighting is that with paragraph reviews, you’re training yourself effectively to identify the main argument and idea of each paragraph.

This way, once you’re trained in this art, you have the choice of switching to highlighting and not being worse off because you decided to switch.

'KEY'P IN MIND: If you don’t have much time left before your test date (a month or less), and you know yourself to have trouble with timing, we recommend starting with the highlighting strategy. At this point, timing is very important and takes precedence.

How To Use The 130+ Scorer "Highlight & Identify Strategy" To Improve Your CARS Score

First thing to remember is that highlighting is optional. It’s not a must. But if you do choose to do it, here’s how 130+ scorers suggest you do it…

First, you want to highlight one key point from each paragraph. It’s not that different than when you’re identifying the main point/argument to write in your paragraph reviews.

Again, 130+ scorers are aware that they’re highlighting for the key idea of the paragraph, and not for any random details like dates, arbitrary terms, names, etc.

At the same time, you’re not usually highlighting just a word in a paragraph. In most cases, that's not going to serve you. What’s useful is if whatever you’re highlighting can be returned to for reference to the key point.

Highlight that which can act as a standalone in giving you the gist of the main idea of the paragraph. The same point that you use to create your paragraph review.

It could be half a sentence, a full sentence, or sometimes you’ll need to highlight a few pieces from here and there, which (when combined) give you a clear idea of the main argument of the paragraph.

Also, top scorers emphasize highlighting AFTER you read the paragraph and not as you’re reading. This allows you to think about what the paragraph said BEFORE deciding what you think is the most beneficial portion to highlight.

This also prevents you from making the common mistake most premeds make which is to highlight things that they thought were interesting while they were reading, until they actually  got to the important points.

Lastly, if your test date allows it, start with doing paragraph reviews before highlighting. We recommend you don’t mix the two strategies. Instead, find the one that works best for you and stick to that.

'KEY'P IN MIND: Highlighting can take some time to get comfortable with. So if you’ve been doing paragraph reviews for quite some time and decide to make the switch to highlighting, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the same level of efficiency. You need to give it a little bit of time and a few passages to adapt.

[PART B] How 130+ Scorers Use Key Points of Each Paragraph To Identify The Correct Answers

What do you do once you've reached the end of the passage? What do you do once you have strategically analyzed each paragraph to find the key point, by either using the Paragraph Review or Highlight & Identify Strategy?

Well when a top scorer reaches the end of the passage, he or she now uses all the main ideas they’ve identified from each paragraph to figure out what the overall argument of the ENTIRE passage was.

Your goal at the end is to find the ‘chief’ argument of the passage.

You have to figure out what the common connection is. Is there a consistent manner of thinking that is being conveyed throughout all the paragraphs? Is there a central idea that sticks out the most?

The chief idea or argument doesn’t necessarily have to show itself in every paragraph. Some paragraphs might have been just detail and fluff.

Sometimes you’ll find yourself confused where it’ll seem like the author is making several different points throughout the whole passage. In those scenarios, top scorers ask themselves which one or two stand out as being the most emphasized, or the most important.

After you pass the 50% to 60% marks in the passage, that’s when top scorers are most aware because that’s where the chief argument usually starts revealing itself. This isn’t a hard rule. There are instances when it’ll show up much earlier (even in the first paragraph).

Generally, it is said that it’s good practice to write down the chief idea after, but top scorers also say you don’t necessarily need to.  There are mixed suggestions on this point. It’s up to you really...

Maybe you like having it there staring you in the face while you’re reading through the questions. If you do choose to write it down however, be sure to keep it to just one sentence.

UNLOCKING YOUR 129+ CARS SCORE:  The techniques in this article are just scratching the surface of what we have for you to improve your CARS score. They should be great to get you started in approaching CARS passages the way top scorers do to increase your CARS score. However, you can literally fast-track and guarantee your score improvement to the 129+ level if you have the complete toolkit of ALL the most effective 130+ scorer CARS strategies.

How To Access The Complete Toolkit of ALL the Most Effective 130+ Scorer CARS Strategies To Improve Your Score Fast

Either you haven't really started studying for the MCAT and/or CARS...

OR you've been studying but are failing to see score increases that you're hoping to see...

If you haven't started studying for CARS yet, your new focus should be to completely MASTER CARS. Why? Two reasons. First, if you can master CARS, the other sections become much easier because you'll be thinking with the right frame of mind. Second, with nearly every premed struggling on this section, CARS is your opportunity to differentiate yourself.

If you're failing to score increases that you're hoping to see on CARS, if your CARS score is stagnant and has been for a while, even after consistent practice, you  need to make a change to your current approach. 

There’s something you’re missing in your approach that you need to add and/or there’s something you’re doing to hurt your progression which you need to stop doing.

You can use the 130+ scorer strategies we have for you to identify how you can improve and/or what you can fix. Usually the smallest improvement and change can get you the immediate point increases you need to get your score to the competitive level.

With a toolkit of correct strategies to improve your score, you just have to go through them one-by-one, applying them, and seeing which ones give you that score increase you’re looking for. Within a few practice passages you'll find the missing ingredient(s).

So how can you get access to a toolkit of correct 130+ scorer CARS strategies? We've put them together for you in two different downloadable resources. 

The first is the Top Scorer MCAT Strategy Guide. This guide covers top scorer MCAT study and testing strategies proven to get premeds substantial score increases. There's an entire section in there that's dedicated to CARS. If CARS is your only focus, then you can go straight to that section. Although, we recommend going through the entire guide. If you're truly determined, it has the ability to take your overall MCAT score to the 510+ level. If you're looking for a quick score increase, you can get that too.

Next is a the CARS Mastery Report: Additional CARS Strategies from Strictly 130+ Scorers. Like the report title says, these are 'additional' CARS strategies not included the Top Scorer MCAT Strategy Guide. 

With both these resources, you'll have a proven roadmap to accomplish your overall MCAT score goal that will guarantee your med-school application gets considered. Med-schools are known for immediately rejecting applications that don't hit their certain MCAT score threshold. In 2017-2018, the average MCAT admission score was 510. The year before it was 508. It's getting more competitive and we want to do everything we can to help you achieve your doctor dream...

But we can only show you the proven path to your dreams... You have to make the decision to walk it.

You can get access to the Top Scorer MCAT Strategy Guide and the CARS Mastery report by clicking here and here.

Lastly, don't forget to reach out to us with your score improvement story! We love hearing about how these proven strategies helped students take their scores to new milestones.

You got this, 

The MCAT Mastery Team
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5 Simple MCAT Strategies To Instantly Increase Your MCAT Score

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

Do you want to know the smartest, fastest, and simplest formula to make that happen?

In this article we'll cover 5 effective yet easy-to-apply MCAT strategies that can lead to a very quick score increase.

But first, understand that anyone who achieved a competitive MCAT score, did it by applying strategy to their MCAT prep.

The biggest reason most premeds end up writing the MCAT more than once is because they didn't understand that they need to study for the MCAT differently and a lot more strategically than how they've been studying for exams all their life.

They usually realize this after they bomb the first (or second) MCAT. 

Next, realize that most of the MCAT strategies and 'studying tips' that are out there are useless. They're made by people who don't have any evidence to back up their claims. 

The evidence we focus on is the only one that matters; the MCAT score.

If I'm going to spend my valuable time and energy applying someone's MCAT study strategy or tip, I need to be sure it works. I need to know what their MCAT score is and how many other high scorers have applied the same strategy. 

KEEP IN MIND

The key to achieving a competitive MCAT score is using the same strategies top scorers have used to master the MCAT and get into med-school.


Without a high MCAT score, med-schools don't even bother looking at any other aspect of your application. The MCAT score is how they filter out who's application they're going to spend time looking at.

If you understand that one simple insight, you're already ahead of most MCAT writers and med-school applicants. Now, your level of success on the MCAT depends solely on what you do with this knowledge and if you actually apply it.

At MCAT Mastery, we're the intermediaries between MCAT writers like you and top MCAT scorers.

We do the research, we run paid interviews, and we bring top-scorer strategies directly to you for you to apply and skyrocket your MCAT score...

So you can achieve a competitive MCAT score and greatly increase your chances of getting admitted into your choice of med-school.

Here we've compiled 5 simple 'quick application' top-scorer MCAT strategies you can start using during your MCAT prep right away.

We recommend you take the time to read through and actually try out 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...

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How To Cross The 500 Mark On The MCAT

Are you frustrated with not being able to consistently get over the 500 hump on your MCAT practice exams?

Or maybe you've already written the MCAT before and couldn't seem to break that 500 barrier?

You're not alone. We've come across many MCAT writers in our community who  faced the same frustrations...

But managed to successfully overcome it.

In this post, we'll discuss exactly how they do just that.

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MCAT CARS Strategy: How 130+ Scorers Master CARS on the MCAT

We were surprised to find out how underrated and often ignored CARS strategy (and CARS overall) is by premeds studying for the MCAT.

130+ CARS scorers on the other hand, take this section very seriously (sometimes even more than other sections).

The problem is most premeds view it as having a familiar format of passages and questions, and assume it's going to be easy.

As you've probably seen during practice exams, it's not. In fact, AAMC themselves tell you how complex this section is on their website...

"Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills passages are relatively short, typically between 500 and 600 words, but they are complex, often thought-provoking pieces of writing with sophisticated vocabulary and at times, intricate writing styles." - AAMC

Our focus at MCAT Mastery is to help you dominate the MCAT using the only method that has been proven to work over and over again…

Using strategy. Proven top MCAT scorer strategies.

In this case, in order to help you dominate CARS, we're going to focus on proven strategies from 130+ CARS scorers.

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How To Study For The MCAT Like A 510+ Scorer

One of the biggest causes of disappointing MCAT scores is premeds not knowing how to deeply learn the vast amount of information the MCAT covers. 

As we're sure you've already seen by now if you've started your MCAT prep, the MCAT covers a massive amount of information that you're expected to know. 

This is information that you can't get away with just simply reading once or twice or simply just 'memorizing' either. You need to understand it all on an in-depth level.

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How To Score 130+ On the CARS Section of the MCAT

Have you ever wondered how some premeds just simply ‘get’ the CARS section? How they easily master CARS with scores over 129?

Don't you wonder what they're doing differently than others who can’t stop scoring in the low 120s?
 
We wondered it too... 

So we did some research on strictly 130+ CARS scorers (several 132 scorers). If they didn’t score 130 or more, we weren’t listening. We kept it exclusive.
 
We heard what these CARS Masters had to say and we discovered A LOT of powerful CARS strategies that most premeds don’t know about and aren’t applying.
 
And of course, we did this so we can share their secrets with you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Retaking the MCAT | MCAT Retake Strategies

So you’ve decided to retake the MCAT…

We’re here to help you do this properly.

Perhaps you didn’t hit your target score the first time. Perhaps you’re worried your score isn’t good enough to get into your dream med school…

Regardless, you’ve made a bold decision and we’re here to support it.

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How 510+ Scorers Master MCAT Productivity, Focus & Information Retention

If your MCAT is coming up, you know that studying for the MCAT is really stressful. Personally, we all hate the stress. We hate the anxiety.

Once it's there, especially when it's regarding something important, it just sits there in the pit of the stomach. It's the same for everyone....

And what happens when we're feeling that stress? We try relieve it by doing the only thing that we think will help...

Studying more. Studying harder. Locking ourselves in our room or in the library for hours on end, thinking we're being productive.

It's like the anxiety forces us to keep studying. It puts our mind and our body into 'hyper-drive', releasing tons of cortisol, as we attempt to ease ourselves by (ironically) stressing ourselves more.

If you're writing the MCAT, you'll likely experience this as the date gets closer and closer...

In this article, we want to show you:

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How To Stop Scoring Below 500 On The MCAT

Are you spending days studying for the MCAT and still seeing low scores?

Do you feel you're doing a decent job at memorizing and understanding concepts, but still not scoring as high as you want to?

For most premeds there comes a point during MCAT prep where you hit a brick wall. A certain score or a score range that you can’t get beyond. 

Depending where you are in your MCAT prep it might be getting over the 500 mark, the 510 mark, or maybe it’s getting beyond mid 120’s on the CARS section.

Regardless, the walls are normal and come up almost inevitably for most students. But this can get extremely frustrating…

We truly feel you on that one. When your scores aren’t improving, and especially if you’ve gone days or weeks without seeing that improvement, things get scary. 

But don't worry, it's not your fault. You just need to take a new perspective...

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How To Overcome MCAT Stress and Anxiety

A lot of times, while studying or beginning to prepare for the MCAT, our mind gets bogged down with thoughts that make us feel anxious, nervous, or worried.

At MCAT Mastery, we know exactly what you’re going through because we’ve experienced it ourselves. There’s pressure from everywhere...

Time pressure especially!

So how do you stay calm in such stress-provoking times?

We'd like to share some guidance and insights that we leverage when we're getting incredibly stressed.

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A Powerful Top Scorer MCAT Study Technique To Skyrocket Your MCAT Score

Here’s a simple and very common top MCAT scorer strategy that isn’t repeated enough and isn’t taken as seriously as it should be...

We suggest you take it seriously if you want to see some powerful improvements in your MCAT score:

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MCAT Science Passage Strategies Used By Top MCAT Scorers

Are your science sections suffering on the MCAT?
 
Do you feel like you know a lot, if not all, of the content but something is just off because it’s not reflecting in your score?

Are you looking for logical ways to approach those confusing science passages?

Do you want a quick score increase especially on the Chemistry/Physics section of the MCAT?

If so you're in the right place because in this article we’ll be covering:

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How 515+ Scorers Tackle MCAT Practice Exams

Did you know at least two weeks before your MCAT test date, as you're constantly doing practice exams...

You need to be consistently scoring near or above your target score.

If you're achieving this, you can confidently walk into the MCAT knowing you have a high chance of hitting your score goal. 

But what if you're not scoring in the range of your goal score during MCAT practice exams?

If this is the case for you, you may need to reschedule your test date, depending on how bad you want and need that score.

Or if your MCAT is still a while away, how do you make sure you're scoring in that range when there are only a few weeks left?

One major factor is in how you're approaching MCAT practice exams.

In this article, we're going to cover 515+ scorer recommendations on how to strategically take and review MCAT practice exams.

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How To Increase Your MCAT Score By 10 Points Within 30 Days

Do you want to finally give your MCAT score that boost it needs to be competitive for med-school?

Do you want to finally stop scoring below 510 or near the low 500s?

If so, you're in the right place.  In fact, this article will be valuable for you if you can relate to any of the following...

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90th Percentile MCAT Scorer Memorization Secrets: Keys To Studying Efficiently for the MCAT

Memory questions make up 25% of science questions on the MCAT.

But that's not a problem right? All those science heavy classes in your undergrad years have made you quite impressive at memorization...

At least that's what you thought before you came across the big fat monster of an exam that is the MCAT!

The sheer volume of rules, equations, and concepts that we need to memorize for the MCAT still blows my mind.

Not only do you have to memorize it all, but also apply it all to unfamiliar situations. Which means drilling it all into your mind and knowing everything like the back of your hand come exam day.

So it makes sense if you're feeling overwhelmed, fearful, or nervous as you're studying for the MCAT - I'd be too!

But worry not future doctor, we have your back!

If you're struggling with consistently getting the right answer and the scores you're aiming for, memorization might just be your main problem. 

We wrote this detailed article with some of the best ways top-scorers force themselves to deeply understand and remember all they need to know...

To destroy the MCAT once and for all.

Ready? Let's begin...

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How To Study for the MCAT to Score in the 90th Percentile

Are you unsure of how to start studying for the MCAT?

Are you overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated with the amount of information you need to cover?

Have you already been studying and not seeing scores improve as fast as they should?

We wrote this in-depth article on How To Study for the MCAT and Score in the 90the Percentile for you if you're determined to get a competitive MCAT score but aren't feeling the most confident right now.

We've done months and months of research and I can tell you with 100% certainty that those who destroy the MCAT, are approaching the MCAT from a different, more strategic angle than 90% of MCAT writers out there.

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How To Stop Killing Your MCAT Score With These 5 Common Testing Mistakes

Remember that one person in your life told you “we all make mistakes”…

Stay away from them.

(At least until your MCAT is over!)

We as future doctors, can’t afford to be “okay” with mistakes!

Mistakes determine everything in our life and especially on the MCAT.

It’s not only the amount of right answers you get on the MCAT that contribute to your score, but it’s also the amount of mistakes you make that determine your score as well!

Making a mistake as a practicing medical professional can cost you everything!

However, as we’ll cover later in this post, mistakes (during the practice phase) can also be the REASON you succeed.

How? If you know how to use them to your advantage.

We’ll cover more about how to do use them to your advantage later in this post.

First, let’s talk about the stupid mistakes you keep making on the MCAT, or are bound to keep making eventually… (we all experience them!)

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A Powerful 510+ Scorer MCAT Study Hack Every Premed Should Be Using

One of the biggest failures we see in those who are studying for the MCAT, is that they don't invest time and energy into maximizing their mental and physical performance abilities during this critical phase of their lives...

A phase on which the fate of their medical future rests.

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How To Conquer Your Fear of the MCAT

When we hear from you and all students in our community, that you’re scared of the MCAT coming up, we completely get it.

You might be feeling like people around you, who you look to as ‘role models’, such as family or even profs, don’t get you and your current fear you’re facing. Truth is, they probably don’t get it.

They don’t know what it’s like to work so hard at getting the grades, racking up the extra curriculars, competing for great research and clinical opportunities, while ALSO figuring out how to destroy the MCAT.

They don’t know what it’s like to have the fate of your dreams rest on one standardized test that is known to be one of the hardest standardized tests out there.

So yeah – prepping for the MCAT can get scary. We get it. What’s scarier is that as you move forward in your medical career, this fear is going to show up more often…

It’ll show up when you’re going through interviews, filling out applications, waiting for acceptances, your first day of med-school, and so on.

In this article, we’re going to show you how you can quickly alleviate these negative, mind-clouding emotions… not just for the MCAT, but throughout your entire doctor journey.

In fact, we’re even going to show you how you can use this state as a way to boost your productivity and learning during MCAT prep.

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How To Improve Your MCAT Score With Every Practice Exam

Do you want to avoid spending weeks and sometimes months studying for the MCAT, without seeing any significant improvement in your score?

Do you want to know the most effective and efficient way to get a competitive score on the MCAT?

Do you want to know the best way to use your limited time to study for the MCAT?

In this article, we’ll cover all of that and more…
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How To Prepare One Week Before The MCAT

The week leading up to the MCAT can be very stressful. Especially if you don’t have any guidance.

Here are some helpful tips to be completely prepared, come test day…

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MCAT Passage Timing Tip: Boost Your Answering Speed & MCAT Score

Not too long ago, we heard the question:

“How much time should I be giving myself per passage per question for the new MCAT?”

This is an important question and you’ll definitely want to incorporate what we’re about to tell you during your MCAT prep, if you want to take your MCAT performance and score to the next level.

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6 MCAT Study Tips to Dominate the New MCAT

As pre-meds everywhere are more stressed than ever before as they take on the new 7.5 hour long monster…

We at MCAT Mastery have decided to share some key MCAT study tips and habits we discovered from analyzing the learning habits of some of the highest scoring test-takers.

Here’s are 6 habits that differentiate the “average-scoring MCAT writers” from the MCAT Masters…

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Are You Practicing the Art of MCAT Prep Optimization?

What is MCAT Prep Optimization?

MCAT Prep Optimization is the path by which all the MCAT Masters before you have traveled.

How often do you ask yourself, “what is the most optimal (most favorable or desirable) way for me to study for the MCAT?”

That’s a question MCAT Masters ask themselves all the time.

MCAT Prep Optimization is the art of studying for the MCAT, in the most efficient way possible. It’s what we, your MCAT Mastery Mentors, have dedicated ourselves to figuring out and sharing with you.

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4 Inevitable Fears of the MCAT Writer and How to Conquer Them

“I don’t know how I’m going to do this…”

​For most pre-meds, this is their first thought as they’re looking at their schedule and seeing how much time they have before they take on that beast.

You might be feeling the same way. Well we’re here to tell you that’s okay. It’s normal.

You’re not alone in the way you’re feeling right now.

Check out the following thoughts of current med-school students BEFORE they wrote the MCAT, and see if you can relate…

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