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How advisable/inadvisable would it be not to set aside time solely for MCAT preparation?

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July 19, 2019 / By Berta
Question: I just finished my sophomore year of college, and I'm planning on taking the MCAT in January '11 so that I'll have time to retake it during the spring if necessary (I graduate in May '12), but I can't take time off from school to devote to studying or preparing for the test. Any alone time I'll have for test prep is about two weeks in between semesters. I've done a year each of biology and general chemistry, and a semester of physics, with As in all. This summer I'm taking the organic chemistry sequence and human physiology, and I'll have finished physics by the end of next fall. I've already set a study/review schedule for at least an hour each day starting next week (I'm not enrolling in a prep course), I have some MCAT books and practice tests, and I still have all of my textbooks/notes from lectures. I tutor general chemistry, so I have a pretty good grasp of that material. I'm not very worried about the Verbal Reasoning or essays because I always score well in those sections on standardized tests, but of course I'm not neglecting preparation for them. I'm a good standardized test-taker, but I'm not making this decision lightly as I know this test is more important than others I've taken. I know what I need to work on, and how to improve. My professors know me well and I don't hesitate in asking them questions during the year. I think I know myself well enough to believe that this is a good decision for me, and I'm sure if I asked my friends or others who've taken the test, they'd tell me it's a bad idea because it won't give me enough time to prepare. But they also told me that I should not take more than one class during the summer, and I'm doing well handling three. I'm 98% set on doing this, but I want to know how advisable/inadvisable this decision is, or to what degree I should take others' opinions into consideration. Thank you.
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Affrika Affrika | 10 days ago
I like the answer above me about taking a practice test and then deciding. BUT I really don't advise not studying for the MCAT. I took a full course load while studying for my MCAT and my score reflected that. Especially since takign the MCAT isn't like taking the SAT where you can keep retaking it, I would strongly consider rearranging your schedule. A good MCAT gives you your strongest chance of getting into the school you want and not having to settle. PLUS there's a HUGE difference between what you've learned in school and applying it to MCAT just because a lot of it is test taking ability etc. I'm a good standardized test taker and still my score wasn't as great as I would have wanted. Then you're left with the question of 'if I had studied harder could I have done better and gone to a better school', Good luck!
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Affrika Originally Answered: Is it advisable for a beginner to choose Oracle Database 10g/PL-SQL as first RDBMS & query language to learn?
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Affrika Originally Answered: Is it advisable for a beginner to choose Oracle Database 10g/PL-SQL as first RDBMS & query language to learn?
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Thomas Originally Answered: Mcat ?
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