How do top scorers study for the MCAT? This is a question we've been obsessed with answering for MANY years.
It's the reason why we interview top MCAT scorers, so we can extract their methods, strategies, recommendations, and piece together the most efficient, smartest, highest leverage MCAT study system on the planet, which we then deliver to you 🙂
In a recent interview, we interviewed a 99th percentile scorer, Sara Zayed. She scored a 522 and as you'll discover in her interview, getting to this score wasn't easy for her...
"Being able to achieve the score that I did took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears."
In fact, Sara was intimidated by the MCAT for years! It was one of the biggest barriers keeping her from the idea of applying to med-school...
If you haven't heard her interview yet, you can download it here:
Below we've included some key points and quotes from her interview! Enjoy 🙂
A Quick Intro to Sara and her MCAT journey
Sara was a non-traditional applicant who graduated in 2016 with a degree in Computer Science and worked as a Software Engineer for two years!
She studied for about six months straight. Three months in she took her first AAMC exam and didn't do nearly as well as she thought she would...
Yet she eventually increased her score from 503 to 512 in the span of two to three weeks. Then in the last two weeks before the MCAT, she raised her score from 512 to 522!
And she ended up getting accepted to eight M.D. medical schools!
If you're impressed already, wait until you hear Sara reveal how she studied:
Watch the her interview here on YouTube if you like
Today Sara is in med-school and inspires thousands of people from different backgrounds on her blog and Instagram page.
Key Points & Highlighted Quotes
How To Apply These Top Scorer Insights Into Your MCAT Prep
First we want you to understand that every top scorer, that you look up to, has gone through the pain of MCAT prep...
Each one of us, your mentors at MCAT Mastery, have experienced it. We know how frustrating it can be to be stuck at a certain score or not knowing how to master such a massive amount of content for the ONE exam that determines if you get to continue on your doctor journey...
So know that 1) you can get through this, just like we did and 2) you're not alone, we're always here for you.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming, even when you get so many amazing insights, on how to even START implementing them. This interview for example, was FILLED with some awesome wisdom on how to increase your score and get a competitive score on the MCAT...
But you might feel paralyzed at what to do next.
We recommend following a system, a step-by-step path, on how to increase your score. Starting with the ideal schedule (based on top scorer templates), to steps for mastering content, mastering mindset, the best and most recommended resources, mastering MCAT test taking and practice (which includes pacing, timing), learning strategies for each individual section, then mastering exam day strategies. This is the clearest way we've seen students increase scores quickly and efficiently.
It's all about learning HOW to study, which is our focus. Which is what we've covered in the MCAT Mastery Strategy Guide here.
If you prefer to have someone do the work for you and tell you exactly what you need to do, then we're here to help you with one-on-one MCAT mentoring as well.
Lastly, know you have what it takes. If you truly want to be a doctor, this one exam isn't going to keep you from that dream.
You got this,
The MCAT Mastery Team
Your MCAT Success Mentors