3: Do I Need to Take a Diagnostic MCAT Test?

Session 3 In today's episode, Ryan and Bryan talk about the next steps when you want to dip your toes and start preparing for the MCAT test, particularly starting with the diagnostic test - why you need to take it, when you have to take it, and more information you need to know about taking the diagnostic test. Here are the highlights of the conversation between Ryan and Bryan: Everyone has to take the diagnostic test. You have to take something that is very similar to the MCAT. It doesn't have to be a full 8-hour day but with the following conditions: In the format of the exam Simulates the difficulty Has to give you approximate score at the end so you know where you're starting out The diagnostic test at Next Step: Free one is half-length (20 passages long and 3 and 1/2-hour day) The initial diagnostic test at Next Step has a high statistical validity and it is of a difficulty that closely approximates the real AAMC. They have tweaked their scoring scale to make those adjustments so the diagnostic score would highly predict how you would do in the official AAMC practice exam. When to take the diagnostic test: You shouldn't even be taking the MCAT until you've done the prerequisite coursework The diagnostic test falls at the very beginning of the prep process (Anywhere from 3 or 4 to 5 or 6 months before when you plan to take the MCAT so you would know the amount of work you have to do) The amount of time you have to put into the MCAT varies by orders of magnitude for some students. Links and Other Resources: www.mededmedia.com Next Step Test Prep Next Step Test Prep Coupon Code: MCATPOD and get $50 off any of the tutoring packages and 10% any of their MCAT exam products Next Step Test Prep diagnostic test AAMC Official Guide

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