Friday, August 5, 2016

Post Exam Thoughts

Yes, I really did it.

At the age of 51, almost 52, I sat in a room, with a timer and headphones, and watched passages and questions come up.

After about 5.5 hours of actual testing, I left, sat in my truck and pondered life for a second.

See.  The test, or at least my version of the test, was not insurmountable.  It was not a venomous snake with dripping fangs ready to strike, it was more like a green broke mare that needed to be coaxed to give up the right answers.

Remember as you take it:

The AAMC goes to great lengths to make sure you have the right answer right there, on your screen, right in front of you.

There were some questions I had to think about for sure.  Not going to lie and say it was a cake walk but the answer... it was right there in front of me.  All I had to do is pick it, and quit it.  Just like the fine folks at Kaplan taught me to do.

Remember that.  Remember that there is no stupid trick question on the exam.  Yes, they might and will intentionally put 3 wrong answer choices on the question and 2 will be 100% off the wall wrong, leaving you with a 50% chance of getting the right answer.

Seriously.  Something like this (and no, AAMC, I will never break the oath I took when signing into the center - promise):

A black cat walks across the road and sees a chicken sitting on the fence.  A dog runs to the cat and neither tries to play with the chicken and the chicken looks upset.  Why do neither the dog or the cat want to play with the chicken?

a.  the chicken has a beak and talons
b.  the squirrel played with the chicken instead
c.  the dog has a black spot on it's back with a baseball cap
d.  the chicken was eating seed

There you have it my friends.  The MCAT in a nutshell.

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