Top scorers knew that getting a high MCAT score means you have to get as many questions right as you possibly can… And all questions are made up of passages. The key therefore, is to use strategies that allow you to analyze MCAT passages and questions in the correct way to GUIDE you to the right answer choices.
It’s all about HOW you read the passages and answer the questions that makes the difference between a high score and a low score.
Top scorers also apply passage-based deduction strategies. They understand strategies on how to take apart an MCAT passage the way AAMC (the creators of the MCAT) want you to but won’t tell you. There are so many right answer hints you can get from a passage that most people miss but top scorers pick up on through simple deduction that anyone can learn.
Top scorers also realized that when you’re not approaching the MCAT with correct strategy, you easily lose focus. When you lose focus, you become anxious and your confidence falls, which severely destroys your scoring potential.
Top scorers have come up with strategies which allow you to recognize why certain answers are wrong and why others are correct. This is useful especially during the many times you’re stuck between two or more answer choices or when you don’t even know which answer choice is actually answering the question and which isn’t.
Top scorers have also shown how applying the right strategies is the only way you’ll finish the exam on time. The key is in identifying the root causes of why your timing isn’t where you need it to be.
When it comes to timing, there are strategies top scorers recommend not only for enhancing your test-taking stamina, but also for: improving your ability to understand the author and the passages faster, identifying the most useful points so you can speed through the rest, identifying the right answer quickly, and more.
When it comes to practice tests, which is probably the most important aspect of MCAT prep, top scorers know strategies on how to correctly perform self-assessment and mistake analysis to raise their MCAT score with every practice exam.
We’ve just listed a few of the DOZENS of benefits of applying top scorer strategies to MCAT prep, but in the end it will all come down to this #1 biggest reason you MUST use proven MCAT strategy…
By the time you go through all the most recommended top scorer strategies, you’ll come out knowing how to naturally think like a top scorer…
You’ll get ‘it’.
For the first time in a long time during MCAT prep, you’ll have clarity.
That moment of clarity is priceless. It’s a moment where you’ll be thinking “I got this.”
Not only will you be thinking like a top scorer but by the exam date, you’ll be walking into the exam exuding true confidence, like most top scorers do, because your practice test scores will be hovering around your target score – and you’ll have a strong knowing of what kind of awesome score will be waiting for you a month down the road.
Being able to think in a strategic way like this is the end goal. Not only for you, but also for AAMC. Test creators want to see who’s thinking like a ‘top scorer’ (i.e. someone who will be able to handle med-school) and the MCAT shows them exactly that...
It’s why they use the MCAT as a filtering strategy; if your MCAT score doesn’t meet a certain score threshold, they don’t even look at the rest of your application. Which means all your years of hard work (including extracurriculars, references, etc) get tossed away.
90% of MCAT writers, your med-school competition, won’t be approaching the MCAT with such a strong focus on strategy. A lot of them will have to rewrite or push their test dates because of that.
But when you conjure the motivation and apply the correct strategies, that will make all the difference rising above and standing out with an impressive MCAT score that will get med-schools reaching out to you...
That’s how you unlock your med-school future.
Remember, you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to get a high MCAT score and med-school admission, you just need to be the most strategic.
So knowing what you now know… You have three options:
1 - Spend the next few weeks, or even months, depending how long you have before you write the MCAT, trying to prepare for the MCAT doing what you’ve been doing so far.
Or if you haven’t started studying yet, you can start trying to figure out how to start preparing to defeat this 7.5-hour monster in the most efficient way.
Either way, you’re essentially trying to get to a destination without a map – kind of ‘winging it’ and hoping for the best.
After that if you don’t reach your destination, if your score doesn’t reach your target range, it’s a lot of time wasted.
You might push your date further or worse, you might choose to still write the MCAT and likely get a score you’re not happy with. This is what every average premed ends up doing.
2 - You can spend time and effort absorbing MCAT prep and strategy advice from friends, forums, a prep company, and hope you’re learning the right stuff, in the right order. This usually leads to more confusion because not everyone says the same thing.
Hopefully at the end of it your score will have increased to the point where you’re scoring around your target score goal. If it doesn’t work, that’s a lot of time and energy wasted when there has always been a simple, better, faster, and more reliable way to do this…
3 - Learn the proven strategies from multiple mentors who have already written and mastered the MCAT and are now on their way to becoming doctors, so that you have a guaranteed map and blueprint to hit your maximum MCAT score that gets you into med-school.
No more wasting time.