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MCAT tutoring | MCAT prep

Molly visited Top Test Prep’s office looking for MCAT tutoring and MCAT prep as she needed help on all three MCAT exam sections: Physical, Verbal, and Biological sciences.

Molly scored in the 20s on her MCAT diagnostic exam. We knew there was much work to do if she wanted to break the 30+ MCAT score. Molly was paired with a talented MCAT tutor who was able to target and improve the verbal, physical and biological sections.

With Top Test Prep’s help, Molly scored a 33 when she sat for the MCAT that spring, and gained interviews at 10 top medical schools. Her physical sciences section improved by 2 points, the biological sciences by 4 points, and the verbal section by 5 points.

If you’re looking for helpful tips, advice and strategies in your MCAT test prep, watch this video:


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The MCAT is the most misunderstood and the most feared aspect of the medical school admissions process. It’s also the most intense of all the graduate school exams, taking nearly five hours to complete and covering physical sciences, verbal reasoning, and biological sciences.

Some students do very well in one of the science sections, and some do well in both but stumble on the verbal section. It’s important to keep in mind that receiving a balanced score is important in order to be the strongest candidate possible for medical school.

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More Helpful Tips & Strategies for the MCAT

The Four Main Sections Tested on the MCAT

The MCAT tests four main sections in the following order and in the following way: 1. Physical sciences: 52 questions over 70 minutes 2. Verbal reasoning: 40 questions over 60 minutes 3. Biological sciences: 52 questions over 70 minutes

How the MCAT is Scored?

Each section of the test first receives a “raw score.” On the three multiple- choice sections (Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Verbal reasoning), the raw score is calculated on the number of questions answered correctly. No points are deducted for questions answered incorrectly.

On the Writing Sample, the raw score is determined by adding the scores that readers assign to each of the two essays that you write. Two readers read each of your essays, so the raw score is the sum of four readers’ scores.

Each raw score is then converted into a scaled score. For the three multiple-choice sections, scaled scores range from 1-15.

For the writing sample, scaled scores are reported on an alphabetic scale from J-T. J-L below average, M-Q is average, and R-T is above average.

The Three B’s for Taking the MCAT

Three B’s that are important to keep in mind when preparing for the MCAT are:

Balance is arguably the most important component of a good MCAT score. A balanced 29R (with a 9, 10, 10 and a solid writing sample score) may be preferable to a widely varied 33J.

Better than the mean. A good MCAT score generally needs to be 1 standard deviation (roughly 6 points) above the mean. This equates to around a 10 on each section and a P or Q in the writing section.

The best score possible. Before taking your exam, ask yourself if you could teach the MCAT material to someone else. If you can’t, you might not be ready yet to take the exam.

To help you learn how to improve your score, this information covers three steps to demystify the MCAT by covering:

1. What the MCAT assesses

2. How the test is scored

3. The three “Bs” for taking the MCAT