[MCAT Success Story] — From 500 To 512 (Exact Goal Score) In 30 Days!

June 25, 2024

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MedLife Mastery Podcast: Show Notes

About The MCAT Master Interview Series

Welcome to the MCAT Master Interview series!

We’re on an ongoing mission to put together THE formula for achieving a top MCAT score.

We’ve been doing this by gathering the most effective MCAT study strategies from verified top scorers, and then we bring them to you in the form of blog articles, daily emails, YouTube videos, strategy courses, through tutoring sessions and anything else that can help you along on this journey to reach YOUR maximum MCAT score.

We’ve been researching and holding interviews with top MCAT scorers for many years now, until recently we thought "Why not let you all in and give you a seat at the table during these interviews!”.

So, that’s what this series is for ????

We hope by listening to these interviews, you learn proven MCAT study strategies you never thought of, that you can start implementing right away!

And most importantly, we hope you feel an increase in inspiration and motivation because the MCAT journey can be very tough and it can be easy to fall into negative mental cycles...

But as you’ll learn from these success stories, every top scorer had to deal with the struggles, the challenges, and through perseverance, through strategy, through mindset work, they all made it to the top score that was right for them. ???? ???? ????

About Yusuf

Yusuf Hs

Yusuf had started off with a 490 and after a lot of effort, managed to get his score to a 500.

Even though he was studying 7-8 hours a day, his score ended up plateauing...

He kept making small mistakes, his studying lacked structure, and he knew he needed to improve his critical thinking and test-taking strategies...

And he only had 4 weeks left before test day.
His goal score? 512.

He needed a 12 point increase fast...

That's when he found us and got an MCAT mentor who helped him skyrocket his score to his exact goal MCAT score on test day!

Yusuf Scorecard

Yusuf was kind enough to come on the podcast to share his tips and strategies with you ????

You can listen to his full MCAT success story and learn how he improved his score by 12 points in just 30 days, here on YouTube or on any of the podcast platforms below:

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Topics Discussed

  • [0:00] Intro
  • [10:00] MCAT materials that Yusuf recommends
  • [16:15] How he studied for Bio/Biochem
  • [18:48] Strategies for Psych/Soc
  • [20:37] Tips for CARS section
  • [23:34] Studying for Chem/Phys
  • [26:29] MCAT exam day!
Do Your Best

Memorable Quotes

  • There’s always room for improvement but it’s important to have a practical and reachable goal.
  • You have to learn how to answer the way AAMC wants you to answer the questions.
  • Family and community support are important.
  • We have to realize that we cannot control everything. Do what’s best in the moment, and hope for the best.
  • It’s important to be motivated when you’re studying for the exam, make it fun!
  • Give yourself a break.
  • For Psych/Soc, make an outline according to the scientific method.

  • Know your content.
  • Know the nuances.
  • Expect the unexpected. Do your best, relax and hope for the best.
  • For Chem/Phys, don't get too caught up in the passage, because the passage is really just data confusing and tricky. Simplify the passage, simplify the question.
  • Believe in yourself, be calm.
Fam And Friends

Yusuf’s Written Answers

What was your lowest MCAT score on practice or the real MCAT? How long did it take to get to your highest score?
My lowest practice score was a 490 and it took me
Was this your first time writing the MCAT or did you retake? If your retook, tell us a little bit about the first time you wrote - what happened, what did you score, etc.
This was the first time I wrote the MCAT
How long did it take you to go from your lowest score to your highest score? What are your biggest pieces of advice and strategies for helping someone increase their score like you did?
It took me about 10 months, however, I was not studying consistently. It was only during the last 3 months that I started to study every day full time. My biggest piece of advice is to know your content and do lots of practice questions. you have to know the way the AAMC writes questions.
Please share more about your journey to MCAT success! What were some of your struggles and how did you overcome them? What advice do you have for other premeds who would love to achieve a score like yours? What materials did you use and which would your recommend?
I recommend using MedLife Mastery my tutor was a huge help. the resources he offered were really useful. Also, know what type of learner you are when it comes to content. I am a book learner and I love to make content outlines. When it comes to knowing how to read and answer AAMC questions ask for help. My tutor really showed me where I was making mistakes.
How did you study for C/P? What advice do you have to students who are struggling the most with that particular section?
Don't get caught up in the passages because C/P is mostly quantitative. I would also make sure you know how to do math using scientific notation and just practice.
How did you study for B/B? What advice do you have to students who are struggling the most with that particular section?
BB is my favorite section. I really loved biology and biochemistry and my advice is to enjoy studying and draw things out. Even on the exam, I would draw out biochemical pathways. They can get really complex at times.
How did you study for CARS? What advice do you have to students who are struggling the most with that particular section?
Look for the Main Idea, it will help you answer all the questions.
How did you study for P/S? What advice do you have to students who are struggling the most with that particular section?
PS is actually not a bad section, make sure you have your content down and you know how to analyze graphs and research articles.

Resources Mentioned

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"[My tutor] was excellent... from day one he showed me how to utilize MCAT resources properly. You have to know how to read the AAMC passages properly and we would go through them together. I went from a 490 diagnostic to a 512 on test day!!!"

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