MCAT Preparation Guide

MCAT Preparation Guide

Miriam S. Willey
Barbara M. Jarecky
Copyright Date: 1995
Pages: 144
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    MCAT Preparation Guide
    Book Description:

    Competition for admission to American medical schools has always been intense. Now, with more than 40,000 pre-med students applying for the few available slots each year, scoring well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is more critical than ever.The MCAT Preparation Guideoffers students a systematic, sensible way to improve MCAT test scores. It recognizes their need to understand not only the subject areas covered but also the way the MCAT is structured and what test scorers look for.

    Extensively field tested at the University of Chicago, Tulane University, Howard University, and the University of Kentucky, this Guide has already helped hundreds of students to boost their MCAT scores significantly. With this edition, the Guide becomes available nationwide for the first time. One excellent feature is the chapter on preparing writing samples, a section of the MCAT often omitted or slighted in other guides. Here is a step-by step process for attacking writing sample prompts to produce superior essays.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5817-4
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[ii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [iii]-[vi])
  3. INTRODUCTION THE MCAT PREPARATION GUIDE
    (pp. 1-6)

    The purpose of this workbook, theMCAT Preparation Guide (Guide), is to provide you with an independent method of review for theMedical College Admission Test (MCAT). It is designed to be used in conjunction with theMCAT Student Manual (Manual)and theMCAT Practice Testwhich accompanies theManual.

    TheManualandPractice Testare available from theAssociation of American Medical Colleges.¹ You really should try to get your own copy of theManualbefore you begin to prepare for theMCAT.

    TheGuideis written so that you, as a well-motivated individual student who is preparing for...

  4. I. PHYSICAL SCIENCES SECTION General Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
    (pp. 7-44)

    General chemistry, physics and selected mathematics concepts are tested in this section. The 75-80 test items are all the “One Best Answer” multiple-choice format.

    About 80% of the test items are presented in 10-11 problem sets:

    Information is given in passages (paragraphs, formulae, graphs, diagrams, etc.)

    Each passage is followed by a related series of 4 to 8 test items.

    About 20% of the items are independent of passages and of each other.

    For your best performance, your primary motivation has to befinding your best answer toeach test item … instead ofgetting the whole test over with....

  5. II. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES SECTION Biology and Organic Chemistry
    (pp. 45-76)

    Reasoning in biology and organic chemistry are tested in this section. Most of the 77 test items are simple “One Best Answer” multiple-choice format with only oneTruestatement. Other items have one to threeTruestatements.

    About 80% of the test items are presented in 10-11 problem sets:

    Information is given in passages (250 word paragraphs, graphs, tables, figures, etc.).

    Each passage is followed by a related series of 4 to 8 test items.

    About 20% of the items are independent of passages and of each other.

    For your best performance, your primary motivation has to befinding your...

  6. III. VERBAL REASONING SECTION
    (pp. 77-92)

    Understanding, evaluation, and application of written (text) information and arguments are tested in this section. The 65 test items are all “One Best Answer” multiple-choice format. Most items have only oneTruestatement. The other items have one or moreTruestatements.

    All items are written the same way asProblem Setsin thePhysicalandBiological Sciencessections.

    Information and arguments are written in about 7-9 passages (500-600 words each) from the humanities, social and natural sciences.

    Each passage is followed by a related series of 6-10 test items.

    Answers are based only on the information given in a...

  7. IV. WRITING SAMPLE SECTION
    (pp. 93-122)

    TheWriting Samplesection of theMCATconsists of two statements orprompts. Each of thepromptsis followed by a description of three tasks associated with writing an essay (writing sample) in response to thepromptpresented. You will have 30 minutes to compete each essay in afirst draftform.

    For eachpromptyou will be directed to write a unified essay in which you perform the following tasks:

    That is, state it in another way. For each explanation and/or interpretation you will need to include: Definitions, cause, effect, reason, example, etc.

    That is, describe a concrete example...

  8. V. PRACTICE TESTS
    (pp. 123-138)

    TheMCAT Student Manualis accompanied by a fullPractice Test. The ideal situation is to take thePractice Testjust as it would be administered under testing conditions, that is, in a single, timed sitting beginning around 8:30 in the morning.

    If it isn’t possible or practical for you to set aside a day for this practice test, then do one section at a time under the same timed conditions.

    For example, no notes, no talking, no interruptions, etc. Remember to watch your motivation because you will be using your wrong answers to guide your review activities.

    After you...