AAMC Full-Length #11 – Last Practice Exam

Took the last practice exam last night:

Physical Sciences: 11
Verbal Reasoning: 10
Biological Sciences: 12
Comprehensive: 33

I do all of my practice exams at the office since it’s air conditioned, quiet, and there are no distractions.  That’s never been a problem until yesterday.  I had just finished reading the first passage and was getting started when my boss and some other people showed up.  I work for a really cool guy and he knows about my intent to go to medical school, so I didn’t feel like I had to hide or anything like that.  It still distracted me quite a bit and I paused the exam for a couple of hours and did some work-related stuff until he and the others left.  When I got started again, I had a hard time getting my timing down, which is weird because timing has never been an issue at all.  I wound up not finishing the physical section on time and making several calculation errors, none of which had happened before.  When I finished up with that section, I knew I probably hadn’t done well.  All things considered, scoring an 11 isn’t ‘tanking’ the section, but it’s still not what I want to see.  The physics section has been my best section by far.

One of the challenges I’ve noticed is that, after doing so well on the PS section until now, I feel like I have to double and triple check every answer.  There were a couple of sections on the exam that tested things I’m not too familiar with and I really let that get me sidetracked.  I spent at least 5 minutes trying to figure out a problem on stress and strain.  That’s a big mistake – on the real exam, if I get stuck like that, I need to make my best guess, mark it, and then come back to it at the end.  That’s much wiser than burning a bunch of time trying to answer a question on an unfamiliar topic.

Ultimately, I’m not going to let a bad performance (33 is bad?) get me discouraged or anything like that.  I’m going to review that exam this afternoon, work some problems on the topics this exam stumped me on, and then call it a night.  It’s hard to just let it go and I still feel like I could have studied harder or better, but it’s too late to do anything about it.  I’ve scored at and above my target score, I’ve freaked out on some sections and learned how to relax, and I know that if I do my best, I’m going to be fine and will be pleased with my results.  Now, just need to tie up a couple of loose ends and relax.

In other news, the lady is coming over this evening – I’m introducing her to the Alien franchise.  Chestburster is going to freak her out something fierce.

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7 Responses

  1. Hey! I just wanted to say I’m in the same boat as you — premedical bost-bac — and good luck! I too have had some ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ when it has come to my practice tests and am also trying to let it all go and just relax for the day. Hope you have a great night and a great day off tomorrow– certainly well earned!

    Also — most of my class took the MCAT in April, so it has been great hearing about your prep as it has made me feel not as ‘odd’.

    Cheers!

    • Most of my friends I’ve met doing my post-bacc took the MCAT last year as well. For the most part, none of them really studied as much as I did. A lot of them took prep courses, figured that would be sufficient, and wound up scoring in the high 20s. Hopefully, I won’t be in their position!

      Thanks for the comment – best of luck to you as well.

  2. Taking that last practice exam was a huge mistake – really rattled me confidence. A lot.

  3. Good luck tomorrow! You’re going to do GREAT. That last practice test turned out awesome considering all of the distractions you had to deal with. Most people would have scored way worse than that. Your 33 on that test is a testament to how well prepared you are.

    (How’s that for a pep talk? Go get ’em Tiger!)

  4. So, how did you feel about the real deal?

  5. Hey,
    Found your blog today (incidentally just after I made the first post in my own) and it’s really nice to see someone going through a similar process (I come from a math background myself). Also just took my MCAT (sep 6th) and I was definitely considerably less prepared than you, sounds like you’ll do fine.

  6. […] back and read my post on the last exam I took – I let a single error ruin me. I had become so accustomed to getting every question on the PS […]

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