<p>Not completely apropos to this thread, but I feel the need to stick this in every couple of months.
The MCAT is a different test. It is not the same as an SAT or ACT. Tough to wing this one. Looking back on my D's "preparation" , I can see what happened to her. Should have seen it coming. </p>
<p>Cautionary tale in a nutshell:</p>
<p>Very high scorer on standardized tests with very limited prep (think zippo).
After freshman year, prior to Organic or Physics, she decides to take a retired MCAT under test conditions.
Scores well. (The Kiss of Death.)
Head swells to the size of a watermelon.
Decides not to take a Prep Course ("too expensive" and doesn't fit her summer full-time research schedule).
Buys barely used Prep Course materials from another student. Buys access to retired tests.
Get's an equally over-confident study buddy.
Half-:eek: studies for several weeks.
Takes a half-dozen Practice Tests.</p>
<p>Gotta be good enough, right? Scores a whopping 2 points higher than her initial score. Has never once written a practice essay. Scores an impressive M. Gee, was she surprised. </p>
<p>Don't do this. I really don't care how special you think you are. You ain't. Put in the time. Take it once and do it right.</p>