Yesterday I loaded up and drove to Tulsa, where I met Mom and Dad and we came the rest of the way home to Joplin.
Today, we left about 10am for Springfield, arriving just after 11. They dropped me off at the Prometric Testing Center to take… the MCAT! I had been studying quite a bit ever since Christmas break started, so I felt pretty ready. The test took about four and a half hours but honestly it was pretty fun and I enjoyed taking most of it. All except the chemistry– I hate chemistry Background on the MCAT: it’s the exam needed to get into medical school in the US; you take it the year before you apply (your penultimate year of university). The test comes in 3 and a half sections. Physical Sciences includes physics, inorganic chemistry, optics, E&M, and electrochemistry. Biological Sciences includes human biology, genetics, organic chemistry, and vertebrate anatomy. Verbal Reasoning has reading passages and associated questions. Each section gets a score of 1 to 15 points, where 15 is the best. The “half section” is essay-based; you write two short essays in 30 minutes each about a provided prompt. Some highlights:
- I really decimated the Verbal section… I missed practically none. I’d say no more than 2.
- Having switched to Colemak, typing the essays was kind of a beast. I practiced QWERTY for about 10 minutes before starting the writing section timer. I had to look at my hands the whole time but I got it done .
- I really should have studied more chemistry.
- Tutoring at ZAP really helped my Biology.
I think I did pretty well but scores come back in a few weeks, so we’ll see! Yay for it being over!