I’ve always had a thing for standardized tests. That became clear when I got a 1200 on my SAT– in 7th grade. After getting a perfect score on my PSAT, I left Omaha and attended Harvard, majoring in biology.
It was at Harvard that I really learned about standardized testing. Taking the MCAT was a huge challenge, one that I was unprepared for initially. My diagnostic score was barely average. I doubted myself for the first time in my standardized testing history.
Through content review and repetition, I improved my science scores. But that verbal score (I know it’s called CARS now!) stayed about the same.
I finally made a breakthrough. The depth of my reading increased. I spent more time on the passages and found the questions to be mysteries that I could solve by utilizing strategy. The patterns in the passages, the questions, and the answers became evident. I finally saw verbal as a section with a solution.
The MCAT went well, as I scored in the top 0.5% overall and top 0.3% on verbal. I missed 2/60 questions on verbal.
In addition to learning how to beat the MCAT CARS, I also learned how important a great score can be. I got one year of med school for free and I’m pretty sure it was my MCAT score that earned the scholarship. I used the skills and strategy I learned on the MCAT to ace the Steps during med school.
Having finished my internal medicine internship and Masters’ of Public Health in Health Policy, I’m a health care entrepreneur. I facilitate meetings and consult with public health organizations.
But I do not want to leave tutoring behind as I move into public health! I recently had a student go from 125 to 130 on the MCAT CARS section and realized that I have a unique way of explaining CARS that works for many students. I want to bring that solution and those score improvements to more students.