There are four weeks left. Here’s where I’m at so far.
- I am about 1/3 of the way through the Exam Krackers 101 VR workbook. I’ve been working passages in sets of 4-5 and then trying to review them the next day. My scores have seemed to fluctuate a bit – I scored what was probably a 7 this afternoon on a set of passages and a 10 on another set a couple days ago. I’m really worried that I’m going to wind up with a low verbal score. I can completely see a scenario where I’m unable to get into medical school because an exam that is made intentionally vague and ambiguous concludes that I cannot read.
- Mostly completed all of my content review – I have about one section or so for each of the four subjects.
- I’m planning to take all of the AAMC practice exams between now and the exam and then do heavy post-test analysis on what I missed, what I got right, and why.
- At the same time, I’m going to go back through all of the chapters in my review books and work the remainder of the passages for each chapter and try to make a summary sheet for each major topic. Mostly the basic things that I need to have cold – pKa estimates, amino acid structure, net equations for glycolysis, summaries of the basic physiology systems, and a few of the more notable MCAT organic reactions (e.g., aldol condensation).
- I’m really worried about verbal.
That’s more or less a summary of my plan for the next four weeks. If I’m not scoring in the mid-30s a couple of weeks before the exam, I may postpone until February, but I really don’t want to do that. I just want to be done with this infernal thing so that I can go on and finish the other things I’m working on – research, some other teaching things, work. If verbal doesn’t improve though, I’m screwed – not seeing any point in applying to medical school or even taking the exam if I’m scoring 7s on the verbal section.