3 Tips to Taking a MCAT Practice Test

March 21, 2013
Susmita Baral

What better way is there to see how you’ll score on the MCAT than to take an MCAT practice test? This is the best tool to predict your score and see where there is room for improvement. If you’re wondering when and how to take your MCAT practice tests, then look no further!

Study table1. Take the practice test at the same time as the actual MCAT.

Students can choose between morning and afternoon administrations when registering for the MCAT.  Once you’ve registered for the test, start taking practice exams at the same time as the actual MCAT.  If you’re a night owl and take the practice test at 8 p.m., then chances are you’re not getting the best prediction of your score. You’ll be extra alert at night and not on your A-game during the real exam when you take it in the morning or early afternoon.

2. Don’t take extra breaks or a one-hour hiatus between each section.

Taking the MCAT requires a certain level of focus. So if you take a one-hour television break between each section or decide to finish up your exam another day, you’re not accurately simulating the real exam environment. You can take sections of the practice test individually if you’re just doing practice problems. But if you’re practicing taking the test itself, then follow the same guidelines the proctors use.

3. Take a free MCAT practice test before you begin preparing for the real exam.

The reasoning is pretty self explanatory: the practice test will let you know how much you need to prepare so you can study accordingly. Once you start preparing, take a practice test on a weekly or biweekly basis to see if you’re improving. Kaplan students have access to 19 full-length exams (including access to all AAMC exams), so you’ll have plenty of practice before test day.

Are you ready to get started? Sign up for a free MCAT practice test with Kaplan.


Susmita Baral I most recently (within the past six months) took the GRE and have taken the MCAT in the past (2009). I believe I can write about both these exams with unique insight. What's more, I started a chapter of a Pre-med co-ed fraternity at Rutgers University in 2007 (Phi Delta Epsilon), so I would definitely be able to share my articles via social media with a group of students who would find the content to be relevant. As for my writing experience, I have editorial experience, as I was formerly an editorial intern with Weight Watchers Magazine and Unique Homes Magazine. During my time as an intern, I was given the opportunity to hone my writing skills, assist in fact-checking both digital and print copy, conduct phone interviews, compose pieces for blogs and pitch ideas. I am also familiar with producing online content, CMS and social media marketing, as I am a Contributing Editor for—a food blog with more than 57,000 readers featuring recipes, restaurant reviews, fun food facts, and weird food news.

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