Hey Future Doctor,
We have a question for you...
What's better than getting a jolt of inspiration from the success of someone who was once where you are now (struggling with the MCAT), and is now where you hope to be soon (with an amazing MCAT score and med-schools knocking at your door)?
Answer: Finding out exactly what steps they took to get there so you can do the same!
In this post, you're going to get both: the inspiration + the steps 😉
This article covers the details of how Melanie Ledding, a former member of the MCAT Mastery Community, went from struggling with stagnant unbalanced scores, to achieving an impressive 517 score on the MCAT (129, 129, 130, 129), so she could get admission into the med-schools of her dreams.
Several years ago we realized (just like every top MCAT scorer eventually does) that consistently increasing your MCAT score fast enough to hit competitive milestones (500, 505, 510, etc), is not about how smart you are or how good at memorizing you are, it's all about how you approach MCAT prep and what strategies you use.
We asked ourselves what would be the smartest way to get the most credible, most reliable, proven MCAT strategies that are near guaranteed to get anyone results, no matter where they are in their MCAT prep...
Ever since then we've been conducting ongoing research and holding paid interviews with 90+ percentile MCAT scorers to find out their most common, most recommended, highest impact strategies they used to achieve their impressive scores...
So we could bring them all to YOU to provide you with clarity, with trustworthy advice, and with a guaranteed path to take to MAXIMIZE your MCAT score as quickly as possible.
Melanie Ledding is one of the hundreds of premeds who has used our proven top scorer strategies to achieve her goal MCAT score...
We use top scorers to create top scorers 🙂
According to Melanie, here are her top three 'highest impact' practice test strategies that she would recommend to anyone preparing for the MCAT:
"Do several exams in a test like environment over several weeks."
This isn't the first time we've heard a top scorer emphasize this strategy. It's incredibly powerful.
The benefits of doing practice tests under test-day conditions include understanding your timing abilities better, your stamina and focus increases, your confidence increases, you discover the ideal balance between reading passages and answering questions, and much more.
Melanie's next advice is to...
"Take at least twice the amount of time to review the exams as it took to write it."
Taking practice tests under test-day conditions is important - it's probably one of the most important factors in raising your MCAT score. However, post-test analysis is MUCH more important.
Conducting proper analysis and reflection of your performance, is where your transformation happens. There's a moment where you go from thinking like an average scoring premed, to a top scorer.
"During review, really try to figure out where you went wrong: Do you stumble on the same types of questions? Is it due to lack of knowledge? Is it because you didn't understand the question? Did you misread the question? Were you unable to interpret the data or graphs?"
The main purpose during post-test analysis is to identify your stumbling areas. Your weak areas. Those areas which are hardest to face. Those areas that require you to be critical of that which you want to be least critical of; yourself, your thinking process, your physical state.
The fact is most premeds know how smart they are. They believe they're smarter than the average because their grades have been reflecting it all their lives...
But when something requires you to question your 'smartness', when your practice tests keep showing horrendous scores you're not used to seeing, the last thing your critical mind wants to do is look at itself.
It much rather put the blame on how unrealistic this exam is, on how there's 'too much information to study' or on how 'the exam is way too long for someone to sit through', etc.
When you learn how to master yourself, you will master the MCAT...
And proper, strategic post-test analysis and review allows you to master yourself.
We're never surprised when all the top scorers we research and interview almost always mention the importance of taking practice exams strategically and how much it helped them improve.
As you'll read below, Melanie struggled with her MCAT prep in the beginning with unbalanced, low scores. For a while she was frustrated because it wasn't obvious to her what she was doing wrong and how she could improve...
But everything changed when she began using the top scorer practice exam strategies and many other strategies from the Official Top Scorer MCAT Strategy Guide...
MCAT Score: 517
Reading the MCAT Mastery Guide was one of the best things I did to prepare for my MCAT. I read it after having taken some practice exams without seeing any increase in my test score. I was panicking as I was only scoring around 505 and I knew I needed at least a 515 score for the schools I was interested in. Worst of all, my scores were very unbalanced between sections with my lowest score being the physical sciences with a 124.
After reading the guide, I completely revamped how I reviewed my exams and shifted my focus to tackling my worst sections with a vengeance. I’m totally thrilled that I scored a 517 and even happier to have brought my worst section score up to 129. I credit the majority of my progress to following the advice in the MCAT Mastery Guide.
Take that in: Melanie increased her MCAT score by an impressive 12 points (from 505 to 517)... and by using the same top scorer MCAT strategies she used, you can achieve similar results.
Just like her, you can also get a BALANCED score you need to get acceptances from your first-choice med-schools.
Remember it's not about how smart you are. It's about how well you follow a proven process to get your desired end result.
Can you follow simple instructions? Can you follow a map? If so, then you should have no problem using the Top Scorer MCAT Strategy Guide to get your score to a competitive level, that actually gets your application considered for med-school instead of being rejected by a computer...
Lastly, we'll leave you this key insight: the MCAT tests for how you think about things and not how much you studied.
The best part about using proven 90+ percentile scorer strategies is that after you constantly practice the correct ways to prep for the MCAT, you automatically start thinking like a top scorer.
You naturally start reading, analyzing, and answering questions in ways which the correct answer becomes obvious. AAMC has created the MCAT in a way where only the individuals who think in this way, can truly master the MCAT and get all the trickiest (not necessarily the toughest) questions right.
Once you get to this level of thinking, in fact the moment you see the clear path you need to take by getting a blueprint , the MCAT stops being a burden. There's no more confusion, frustration, stress, and worry.
Eventually after a little bit of practice, it can even become fun.
Your med-school dreams are closer than ever before...
You got this,
The MedLife Mastery Team
Your "MCAT Success" Mentors
Additional Reading -- MCAT Success Stories:
- How Jennifer Increased Her MCAT Score By 10 Points In Less Than 30 Days
- A 17-Point MCAT Score Increase: 496 to 513! (ft. Stephanie Hayes)
- From 490 To 511 On The MCAT: His 21 Point Score Increase
- Siraj’s 3-Month 523 MCAT Study Plan As A Full-Time Student
- From 485-495 Plateau + 4 MCAT Attempts To 514 (1.5 Years Later!)
- 41-Year-Old Accountant and Father Dominates The MCAT With a 520!
- Noah’s MCAT Success Story: From 496 To 510 On The MCAT In Less Than 30 Days!
- 19 Point MCAT Score Increase In 6 Weeks While Working Full Time
- From 500 Plateau to 516 in Less than 30 Days (ft. Abbi Shrontz)
- How I Went From 500 To 513 on the MCAT In 4 Weeks
- From 501 Plateau To 513 On The MCAT
- From 499 to 512 on the MCAT in 24 Days
- Melissa’s MCAT Scores Kept Going Down, But She Didn’t Give Up
- How Tanmay Scored 514 On The MCAT In Just 3 Months!
- How Peter Went From 499 To 513 On The MCAT In 8 Weeks
- From 494 (2015) to 502 (2019) to 513 on the MCAT (ft. Jennifer Nagel)
- From 498 To 514 WITH A Busy Schedule!
- From 499 To 511 In 4 Weeks On MCAT Retake!
- From 500 To 512 (Exact Goal Score) In 30 Days!
- From 500 To 514 On The MCAT (2.5 Years Later)
- From 501 To 514 In The LAST 2 WEEKS Before The MCAT!
- From 64th Percentile To 98th Percentile On The MCAT In Less Than 30 Days
- How He Increased His MCAT Score From 499 To 512 In 3 Weeks
- How Kayla Scored 131 In Psych/Soc on the MCAT (MCAT Case Study)
- From 489 To 509: How Miriam Improved Her MCAT Score By 20 Points
- 6 Point Score Increase In the Last Week Before the MCAT
- Interview with a 519 Scorer, Re-Taker, and MS1: Julia Meguro
- MCAT Master Interview With A 100th Percentile Scorer: Priya Swaminathan
- Best MCAT Bio/Biochem Strategies – Top Tips From A 131 Scorer
- From 499 To 515 On The MCAT In 7 Weeks!
- Hope’s MCAT Retake Story: I Went From 500 to 514 In 6 Weeks!
- How Oleksandra Retook The MCAT and Scored 510
- How Suman Scored Over 510 The Second Time
- From 503/505 To 511 In The FINAL 2 Weeks!
- How Sara Scored 522 On The MCAT
- Taylor's Secret To Scoring 131 On CARS and 511 on the MCAT
- Tara’s MCAT Study Advice Based On Her 510 MCAT Score
- Jenny's Motivational MCAT Success Story: From 499 To 511 In 3 Weeks?!
- A Non-Traditional Applicant’s 514 (91st Percentile)
- How Lindsay Scored 513 On The MCAT While Working Two Jobs
- How Morgan Improved Her MCAT Score From 498 To 511 While Working Full Time
- 10-Point MCAT Score Jump in 2 Weeks: From 503 to 513!
- Can You Have A Social Life During MCAT Prep? (ft. two 515+ scorers!)