# MCAT Tips

### Have you ever been in a study group where everyone's struggling with a difficult problem, and this kid does it in a few seconds? Then everyone goes hey, how did you do that? The kid explains it, and you thought wow, that's pretty neat, why haven't I thought of that before?

Cracking the MCAT is no different. It's all about ideas, tricks, shortcuts. For example:
• Some questions are inherently easy to crack. Consider a really difficult chemical redox equation that you are asked to balance. Normally, it may take you well over a minute to do it, separating out the half reactions, balancing charge, atoms, recombining the half reactions, add back spectator ions... etc. But what's to prevent you from simply looking at the answer choices and pick out the right answer in just a few seconds? After all, there's only 4 choices. All you have to do is to check for each one to see if their atoms, charge are all balanced.
• To handle other questions, you need to not make careless mistakes. Imagine that the MCAT is a field you have to cross that is filled with well-hidden traps and pits. If you charge recklessly through, you are probably going to fall in one. However, if you crawl through it, cautious of every step, then you won't finish on time. But what if you knew ahead of time exactly where the traps are placed? One such trap in the MCAT is the molecular weight of oxygen in stoichiometry. An oxygen atom in a compound has a MW of 16, but for everything else oxygen will have a MW of 32 because it exist as a diatomic. However, the MCAT will not warn you in flashing letters this is so. In fact the MCAT will do the opposite: one of the answer choices will be the wrong answer you get from using 16 as the MW of molecular oxygen.
• Some other questions requires you not fall prey to common misconceptions. One misconception involves the equilibrium constant Keq. The equilibrium constant lets you know where the reaction will be at equilibrium, but not how fast it will get there. Therefore a reaction with a Keq = 1x1043 does not necessarily proceed faster than a reaction with a Keq = 1 x 103, unlike what many people would intuitively guess.

Here at MCAT-Review.org, we believe that it is possible to beat the MCAT. If enough people come together and develop tricks, finding shortcuts, thinking outside the box for every type of question, then we can develop something that can give students an extreme advantage on acing the MCAT.

Here's how it works:
• Get our MCAT tips ebook. It is a pdf eBook containing 9 pages of tips, all the content on this website in pdf format, and the activation code for the smart, collapsible, outlines of the entire site. It does cost \$15, and the only way you can get your money back is if you submit a tip/trick/strategy good enough that we included in our MCAT Tips ebook. Or, you spot an error on the online material at mcat-review.org.
• Prep hard, prep smart, and go take the MCAT.
• If you are one of those smart students, you must have gotten something out of this whole process. All that prep, all that review, you must have come up with something for at least one question type. For example, see our tip above on answering redox equation questions? That student was able to answer redox-balancing questions super fast, and without having to go through the whole process of actually balancing the equation. That's the kind of stuff we're looking for. It doesn't matter if your tip works for just a single question, because if everyone submits a silver bullet for a certain type of question, then that will be how we crack the MCAT. We want to crack the MCAT, and we want you to submit your ideas after you take the test, and we'll refund your purchase of our MCAT tips ebook if your idea is good enough. Submit up to 3 of your best ideas to mcatrelated@gmail.com and if we include any of them in our MCAT Tips ebook, you'll get your money back.
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