It is a couple of weeks before the exam and you are daydreaming about how awesome you want to do on your MCAT. You go through many scenarios and then you realize you still have to study and take the exam. While sitting there you think about all of the questions you wish you could ask the MCAT makers….
- What is the one best resource you could recommend to someone taking the MCAT?
- What are some keywords to always watch out for in question stems?
- Where do you get the inspiration for question topics?
- How do the MCAT makers decide how much of a specific topic should be tested?
- What is the gold-standard book that MCAT makers use to confirm information?
- How to get into the mindset of the MCAT makers?
- Which topics do you feel most students struggle with on the MCAT?
- Which topics do you feel most students do really well on in the MCAT?
- If you had to take the MCAT, what would be your study plan?
- If you had to take the MCAT, what would be your test-taking strategy?
So if you take a look at the questions listed, many of these target the way that a MCAT maker thinks. Although we cannot get an answer from the makers of the MCAT, you can get pretty good at figuring out what they want by doing many types of practice questions and practice tests.
Also, some of these questions, like questions 1, 2, 7-10, could actually be asked of older students who have already taken the exam. They can provide you with information from a different perspective which could help you before you start preparing for your exam. Something else to keep in mind is to speak to people that did well on the exam but then also those that did not do well on the exam. Many times, the people that did well on the exam would not change their studying because what they did worked out for them. However, those who did not do well will later think about what they wish they could have changed and this piece of information can be very helpful to you.
Although you cannot ask the MCAT makers these questions, you can have them in the back of your mind to not only ask yourself when you are studying but also when you are talking to other people who have taken the exam already.