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  • What's going on guys!

  • You've now finished studying for your exam and it's the big day.

  • Whether you're about to take the MCAT Step 1 or Step 2CK, the principles and approaches

  • are gonna be the same.

  • So I'm gonna be going over some high-yield concepts to make sure that you maximize your

  • test score on test day.

  • The overarching principle across all these is that being well-rested and mentally sharp

  • will maximize your score.

  • So, here are the constants I'm gonna go over; first, what to do the day before the test.

  • Next, sleep leading up to the test.

  • Third, food before and during the test.

  • Fourth, getting to the test center and last, at the test center.

  • All right, so first; day before the test, you should stop studying by mid afternoon

  • or late afternoon at the latest.

  • The extra studying that you do will do more harm than good at this point.

  • Drive to the test center to familiarize yourself on the driving route, where to park and where

  • to enter the building.

  • You'll be happy you did the morning of the test.

  • Do something enjoyable and relaxing in the evening before the exam - don't call your

  • ex, don't go clubbing don't start a new workout routine that week, just stay the course.

  • Sleep: sleep is often overlooked as being something pretty simple.

  • I mean, just sleep enough before the test right?

  • Hold on, there's a little bit more to it than that; first, start waking up at the time you'll

  • be waking up on test day for at least three days before the test.

  • If you can do it longer, that's better.

  • This helps prime your circadian rhythm to align with test day.

  • If you're used to sleeping late and waking up late, your body is not gonna be able to

  • just properly come test day and you'll be sluggish with mental cloudiness.

  • This also means going to bed around the same time.

  • If you're sleep-deprived in the days leading up to the test, you will not be well-rested.

  • Second; understand that you may have difficulty falling asleep the day before the test and

  • that's totally normal.

  • You'll probably be a little nervous.

  • Meditation helps me relax and wind down.

  • My roommates use Nyquil and the other one uses Benadryl to help fall asleep.

  • I'm in no way recommending that you do the same, I'm just saying it worked for them.

  • Lastly, you do not want to oversleep.

  • I set extra alarms and alarm clocks which benefitted me for two reasons - first; there

  • was no way I would wake up late.

  • Second; the peace of mind knowing that I wasn't gonna wake up late actually helped me fall

  • asleep.

  • All right, food: breakfast; you must have breakfast the day of your test.

  • Skipping breakfast will decrease your performance.

  • Breakfast is like leg day; you want to skip it but you really shouldn't.

  • Eat a large enough meal that you'll stay satiated for several hours but not so large that you're

  • in a food coma.

  • Eat protein and starchy foods with a low glycemic index.

  • I would normally eat eggs, oatmeal, whole-wheat toast and either milk or juice.

  • Coffee; if you normally don't drink coffee, now is not the time to try it out.

  • If you normally do drink coffee, stick to your routine.

  • I rarely drink coffee and the adrenaline was enough for me to not even consider it on test

  • day.

  • Know yourself and plan accordingly.

  • Snacks; pack extra snacks.

  • You will be working your brain hard for several hours and that's gonna build up your appetite.

  • I would normally bring a sandwich, nuts, granola bars, a banana, some berries.

  • Again, stick with some healthy and light foods, no need to bring your leftover greasy Mexican

  • food from the weekend.

  • Water; stay hydrated but not so much so that you have to run to the bathroom frequently.

  • Don't overthink it.

  • So, what should you get there?

  • Plan to get there 30 to 60 minutes before you're assigned start time.

  • By getting there on the earlier side of things, you'll decrease your stress by not having

  • to worry about running late, you'll have enough time to use the bathroom and get familiar

  • with your surroundings and you'll be one of the first people called back to the testing

  • room.

  • Not everyone surges into the testing room at once, people go in one by one.

  • And as soon as you're inside, you can start.

  • This means that if you start early, you won't be one of the last ones finishing, when people

  • are packing up leaving and being noisy.

  • Going early also means less time sitting around letting your mind wander and getting stressed

  • out.

  • The last thing you want to do at this point is psych yourself out.

  • At the test center, minimize distractions.

  • I recommend using earplugs and possibly the earmuffs they provide at the testing center

  • to minimize distractions.

  • If they let you pick your seat, choose one away from the door as to minimize the distraction

  • from people walking in and out of the test room.

  • Breaks: the MCAT allows optional break time, use it.

  • Your attention span is limited.

  • Pace yourself by taking the breaks when allowed even if you feel like you don't need it.

  • I recommend that during the 10 minute break you get out, go to the bathroom, drink a little

  • bit, eat something quick and then go back in.

  • There can sometimes be a line to get back in and you don't want any extra stress if

  • you can avoid it.

  • For Step 1 and Step 2, you have the flexibility to plan your breaks between sections at your

  • discretion.

  • You're assigned an allotted break time, so plan your break time wisely.

  • Some people do the first two blocks back-to-back when they are fresh, just to conserve that

  • break time for later.

  • But again, because our attention spans are limited, I recommend you take a 5-minute break

  • even between block 1 and block 2.

  • Lastly, be confident.

  • You've already done the hard part and all your studying is complete.

  • Don't waste energy cramming or psych yourself out by doubting yourself.

  • Be confident, think positive and congratulations, you're almost done.

  • Alright guys, that's it for this video.

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