21: What to Expect on Your MCAT Test Day

Session 21 In today's episode, Ryan and Bryan talk about what to expect on test day and some tips leading up to test day on how to best maximize your test day experience. Knowing what's going to happen is important to help alleviate those stresses that build up. Knowing the basic mechanics smooths out the whole process for you. Here are the highlights of the conversation between Ryan and Bryan: What to expect leading to test day: Visit your testing location. (Know where you're going to park, how to get there, etc.) To be able to go to a test site near you, you need to register to make sure there are open seats available. Register as soon as you can to get a good seat. Different tests are going on in the test center, so don't freak out thinking you're in the wrong place. What to expect on test day: Bring your ID. You get a ton of notifications from AAMC to make sure the name that appears on your ID is exactly the same as the name you used to register for the MCAT. Make sure that happens! You get a one-page laminated sheet with test instructions. You get a locker key and you're expected to put everything in the locker. You can put your cellphone in the locker as long as it's turned off. But generally, leave your cellphone at home or in the car. Don't bring it in the room with you. Sit in the waiting room with your locker key and ID (the only two things you're allowed to carry around all day) for about 15-20 minutes. They call your name and bring you into a little side room (in between the waiting room and testing room) where they do the security check. They get your fingerprint scanned and picture taken. Then you sign your name and the time you're starting. They open up the door to the testing facility and ask you to stand by the door. Then the proctor will take you to your cubicle. As you sit down, you'd see the testing screen in front of you. Confirm your name and begin the tutorial for how you take the exam. Don't skip the tutorial just to get yourself settled in. Begin the test itself. It will look, feel, smell, and taste just like your practice exams. How to use the breaks: First, go through the checkout process. Go back to the security room, re-scan your fingerprint. You get 10 minutes for the first break and 30 minutes for the second break and 10 minutes for the last break. Get up and move around to get the blood moving and freshen up your brain. Drink water and get a mouthful of food. Use the restroom. Even if you don't need to, just splash some water into your face to freshen up and refresh your brain to get yourself ready for the exam. Links and Other Resources: www.mededmedia.com Next Step Test Prep - Use the code MCATPOD and save yourself money when you sign up to their products and services.

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