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…
We know what it’s like to be in your shoes.
We started MCAT Mastery because we think it’s unfair how the MCAT is probably the biggest factor in getting a med-school acceptance.
It’s mind-blowing to think that one can dream of being a doctor, and work towards being a doctor for years, and one standardized test has such substantial power in determining your future.
Which is why the entire MCAT process, from start to finish, is filled with frustration, anxiety, fear and uncertainty.
Not to mention the fact that the MCAT is arguably one of the hardest standardized tests out there.
None of the people closest to us really understand how tough it actually is…
Friends nor family understand the enormous pressure weighing down on your shoulders as you go through this journey from pre-med to med-school.
Unless they’ve been through it all themselves, they don’t know what it’s like to put in so much effort to balancing getting good grades in all your classes, with participating in extra-curricular activities, finding research and clinical experience, all while also studying to get a competitive score on the MCAT!
Some people even have part-time or full-time jobs to go along with all this!
Although we at MCAT Mastery don’t have solutions for all the struggles in this journey, we do know how to make the MCAT studying process much easier for you, so you can study in the most efficient way possible, to get the highest score possible.
We’re going to show you ways to continuously improve your results during MCAT prep, so you can easily and comfortably focus on other important things in your life during this challenging time.
You can find out more about MCAT Mastery throughout our blog but to sum us up…
We believe in maximum results for minimal time-investment and effort.
We believe in studying smarter, not studying harder.
We believe in shortcuts and ‘hacks’ to get desired results faster and easier.
Do our values resonate with you or intrigue you?
If so, good – you’re in the right place.
How To Conquer A Test With Substantial Power Over Your Future: Study Smarter, Not Harder
It all starts when you first sit down to study for the MCAT and you’re wondering where to start, and more importantly, HOW to start!
The worst is when you feel like you’ve gotten a later start than everybody else, and even after days and sometimes weeks of studying, not seeing much improvement in your score.
The biggest problem is that most MCAT writers don’t realize that conventional studying methods they’ve been using throughout school and university, aren’t going to cut it for the MCAT.
We grew up doing well in our high school and university/college classes because those classes are primarily focused on testing our ability to memorize facts, equations, and how well you know the content.
The MCAT however, is primarily focused on critical thinking, reasoning, and analysis.
That’s not to say there’s no memorization and learning content required – of course there is. That’s a must. But everyone writing the MCAT is already good at that.
So if everyone is already good at that, how is the MCAT going to filter out the “best from the rest”? What differentiates the top scorers from everyone else in this bell-curved exam?
It’s how they apply the knowledge gained – not just how much knowledge they have. To apply knowledge effectively, requires critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, and problem-solving abilities.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. That might not even be new information to you, yet I guarantee 90% of people won’t develop that skillset before going into the exam.
Why not? There are a lot of reasons. Some are:
- They don’t know how to even begin studying in a different way
- They don’t leave enough time to develop those skills
- They keep doing what’s comfortable (studying the old way), because stepping outside their comfort zone is hard
- They don’t know how to get through the memorization/knowledge acquisition phase efficiently enough and leave enough time to thoroughly learn other key skills like application
The main problem is that there is NO DIRECTION. No guide. No map. Every student is just wondering HOW.
We’ve heard a lot of fears and frustrations from students studying for the MCAT…
“How do I learn so much information, remember it, and still have time to figure out how to start thinking critically?”
“How do I get through this process smoothly and still get a competitive MCAT score?”
With no answers, most students just resort to studying in the same way they’ve been brought up all these years…
Fueled by anxiety, they study hard. Harder than ever before. Just like everyone else…
Without realizing that if they just figured out the keys to studying smarter as well, all their ‘studying hard’ would pay off ten times over.
The sad part is, most pre-meds end up writing the MCAT multiple times because they don’t want to give up the dream of going to med-school, becoming a doctor, making their friends and family proud, and having a positive impact on the health of people for years to come.
We get it – and we promise you, we have the directions, the guidance, and the map you need.
This is precisely why MCAT Mastery was born. Our mission is to help dedicated, deserving, and determined pre-meds master the MCAT the FIRST time they write it.
It warms our heart knowing that there are doctors in the world who we helped through one of the most challenging moments of their life…
As they help others who are in the most challenging moments of THEIR life.
So here’s what you need to know…
In med-school and as a doctor, you’re going to constantly be using critical thinking abilities. So the MCAT was created, as a “sneaky strategy” (as we like to say), to filter out people who don’t naturally think like that.
Why would they do that? Every med-school wants people who are most likely to succeed in becoming doctors.
For example, one tactic used on the MCAT is to present you with content that you’ve NEVER seen before. No matter how much you’ve studied through MCAT prep material.
Imagine how much that would throw you off during the exam and instantly make you anxious.
Another tactic is that sometimes you’ll find questions on the MCAT which appear vague and poorly written.
Imagine how annoying that is when you know the material but don’t quite understand what they’re specifically asking!
You’ve probably already seen these tactics at play in your practice exams.
It’s done on purpose because guess what, doctors have to deal with the unknown all the time. Doctors have to deal with vagueness and uncertainty and still make decisions. They have to figure it out through critical thinking, strategic thinking, analysis, reasoning, etc.
Most med-schools don’t really want to teach you this from scratch. They want you to already be thinking like this – which is why they give so much importance to the MCAT because that’s one of their biggest indicators as to if you’ll succeed in their school and at the end of the day, help their reputation (conspiracy alert).
Which is why if you’re struggling with the MCAT, or if you’re just starting out and want to study in the right way, you need to adapt a new way, a new approach to conquer this monster – because it’s not like any other test you’ve written before.
So what is the right way?
To answer this question, we turned to the most reliable source:
Top scorers of the MCAT. Generally anyone who scored in the 90th percentile or at least over 510 on the new MCAT.
After our research it was clear that those who master the MCAT, focus on one thing differently than most other MCAT writers who end up scoring ‘average’ and not getting a competitive score…
They focus on MCAT PREP STRATEGY.
Focusing on MCAT prep strategy means approaching the MCAT with a plan. Not just any plan, a plan that has been proven, tested, and is research-backed to create optimal results.
Most people make plans that they just kind of ‘make up’ on the spot, without putting any thought into it.
There are 4 phases that all MCAT writers go through (or should go through), when preparing for the MCAT.
- The Knowledge Acquisition Phase
- The Understanding Phase
- The Review Phase
- The Application Phase
The differentiating point between average scorers and those who get a competitive score, happens right in between the Review and Application phase.
We like to call this the ‘Mastery’ phase.
Most people pretty much stop at Review and just dip their feet into the Application side of things…
Some of the time they don’t care about it, other times they don’t know about it, and a lot of times they don’t have enough time for it.
The reason is that when they’re planning their MCAT study schedule, they consciously or unconsciously distribute their MCAT prep time like this…
- Knowledge Acquisition – 25%
- Understanding – 25%
- Review – 25%
- Application – 25%
Then what happens? By the time they get to the Review Stage, the MCAT is just around the corner.
The people who go through that process are the ‘average scorers’. They won’t stick out to med-schools because almost EVERYONE made this same mistake.
The ‘high scorers’, the ones who focus on MCAT prep strategy, the ones who stick out in this bell-curved exam will have approached the MCAT like this:
- Knowledge Acquisition, Understanding, Review – 50%
- Application – 50%
By learning proven MCAT prep strategies, you will discover how to go through the first 3 stages in the most efficient way.
This will leave you more than enough time to go through the Application stage, so you can build your critical thinking and problem solving abilities (the skills that REALLY matter).
That’s the ‘success secret’ of doing well on the MCAT.
When pre-meds don’t learn and use strategies for approaching the MCAT, they are doing themselves a huge disservice.
We’ve seen it before; not approaching MCAT prep with a strategy mindset leads to:
- Scores staying the same on practice exams
- Finding the material more challenging than expected
- Not having enough practice/understanding of CARS
- Feeling like you’re not retaining any information whatsoever
- Not being able to apply what you’ve learned on the test
- Once you’ve gone through the material once, feeling like there’s a lot to review
- Feeling like there’s way too much material to study for
- Stupid mistakes on practice exams even when you know the material
- Starting to study and realizing the limited time you have to cover such a vast amount of information
- For the first time in a long time, feeling like all your efforts won’t pay off
And the list goes on…
However, when you approach MCAT prep with special attention to strategy, you’ll be able to:
- Get through the first 3 stages in the most optimal way so that you retain all the information you learn and not waste time revisiting concepts
- Correctly analyze questions to get hints that other people miss, which can lead you to consistently finding the right answer… even if you know nothing about what the question is asking (which will definitely happen)
- Create the most efficient timetable and study schedule that allows you to space out MCAT prep in the smartest way which will lead to more efficiency and maximum productivity
- Keep yourself motivated, focused, and in high-performance mode, so you don’t lose studying momentum and forget information and/or lose precious time
- Distinguish between and remember the most important MCAT concepts and avoid unnecessary information that can cloud your mind during exam time and practice exams
- Boost your critical thinking abilities, analysis and reasoning abilities, problem solving abilities, through taking practice tests in a strategic way (yes, there’s a strategy to applying what you know properly), so you’re well prepared before exam the date with full confidence and no anxiety to paralyze you during the exam
- And there’s SO MUCH MORE that you’re able to do like perform calculated mistake analysis, track your progress strategically, enhance test-taking stamina, and the benefits go on and on…
How awesome would it be to know how to do all of these things and more, during MCAT prep?
How amazing would it be to have this level of efficiency when studying for the MCAT?
How would that reflect on your score?
The best part is that in the next 24 – 48 hours, you can know how to do each and every one of these things.
But remember, it all begins with approaching the MCAT with a focus on strategy. And not just any strategy, PROVEN, high quality strategy.
So where can YOU get such powerful MCAT prep strategies?
We wouldn’t recommend you do it. Obviously, you have enough things on your plate right now to prevent you from spending time to figure out the top strategies used by top scorers, to get all the advantages mentioned above. It’s just not worth it for you to do all of that right now.
Which is why we’ve spent months, doing that research for you and everyone in the MCAT Mastery community – so you can have the best, proven, most impactful MCAT prep strategies you can use to literally skyrocket your MCAT score, no matter where you’re at right now.
Some people just want a decent score, others just want a competitive score, and some just want to completely crush the MCAT and hit the 90th percentile.
Whatever your goal is, you can achieve it by focusing on MCAT prep strategy.
We’ve given away these strategies and have heard a lot of positive feedback from students who wrote the old and new MCAT.
These strategies will give you direction – where to start, what to do, and how to efficiently go about improving your MCAT score consistently.
When we first completed our research and saw how well they work, we brainstormed the best ways to deliver all that sacred knowledge to as many premeds as possible, as fast as possible.
We came up with the best solution we could think of…
We decided to compile ALL our research, all the strategies, tips, techniques, secret hacks, templates, and keys to mastering the MCAT, into one downloadable PDF e-guide, so anyone can get instant access to these MCAT prep secrets and not have to wait for us to mail it to them.
Our downloadable e-guide is called:
The Official MCAT Mastery Strategy Guide.
Yea, creative name right?! Clearly we put a lot of thought into it.
Our promise: If you download this guide and actually apply the strategies within it, you will see an increase in your MCAT score by 10 points or more (often within 30 days).
Most people think that those who dominate the MCAT must be some kind of geniuses. They’re not. They’re just preparing strategically – and you can too.
Again, it’s about studying smart, not studying hard.
Going through the guide, selecting which strategies you need to apply, and actually applying them, might take some extra time for you to do, but it pays off.
Remember, this is a competitive exam and in any competition, it’s the players who know what others don’t and take action on what they know, that always win.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
We’re not that big of a company yet. We’re no Kaplan or Princeton Review. So you can bet, that probably only 1 or 2 percent of people writing the MCAT with you, will have access to these insights.
If they do have them, they probably learnt them from their older brother and/or sister who dominated the MCAT, or they’re paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to hire an “MCAT tutor” or join private “MCAT strategy” groups, where they end up learning exactly what’s covered in the guide.
Which brings us to our next point – how much would the knowledge covered in the guide be worth to you? Others are paying hundreds and thousands for it because they know that amount is a tiny fraction compared to how much they’ve already invested over all these years, and how much they’ll be earning in the future because they decided to learn this stuff.
Well once you see how low we’ve priced this guide, you’ll think this is a joke. But it’s not – we’re not trying to make a living selling it. We want to cover the cost of running MCAT Mastery, plus have a small price point on there so you actually apply the strategies within it (the human mind tends to not value and act on things that are free – when you pay for the gym, you actually go).
Plus, we have an “Improve Your Score” guarantee – if you don’t see an improvement in your MCAT score once you apply the strategies within the guide, we’ll happily give you all of your money back. We don’t want your money unless you’re getting results.
So now’s the time to actually take action if you’re serious about “winning this competition”.
Now’s the time to download this guide, get some direction, and get ready to get the highest score you’re capable of getting.
Now’s the time to maximize your chances of getting med-school acceptance with a strategically earned and well-deserved competitive MCAT score.
Lastly, at the very least we hope this article opened your eyes to what the MCAT really is, what med-schools are really looking at in your MCAT score, and what’s really required of you to achieve your “DR.” dreams.
We’ve seen A LOT of MCAT writers come and go in our community and we can say with 100% conviction that anyone can succeed on the MCAT. If you can understand the concepts written in this article, you are capable of doing well and getting a competitive score for med-school.
The thing that holds most pre-meds back from getting the score they want is not having direction, not having the right tools, and not knowing the right principles to make this process a breeze…
But knowing what you know now, you have no excuse to let those things hold you back from getting score you want and deserve…