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The MCAT Hat Trick Advanced Study Technique

The MCAT Hat Trick Advanced Study Technique

Published on August 26, 2015 in Resources

How to Do the Hat Trick

The MCAT Hat Trick is an advanced study technique for testing your ability to think deeply about the relationship between topics covered on the MCAT. As described by user SN2ed on SDN:

"Get a hat and write every single MCAT PS and BS topic onto a piece of paper. Then, when you're ready to practice PS, put all the PS topics into the hat. Draw two or three pieces of paper and connect the topics together. In addition to connecting them, come up with what a passage might look like and what kind of questions you might get. If you can't do this, go back and review each of the three sections. Rinse and repeat.
The hat trick days are important because they aid you in synthesizing the various topics together. On the MCAT, you utilize this skill for every passage because MCAT passages combine topics. Furthermore, you may also discover content weaknesses that you will need to go over."

The Hat Trick Tool

You can use MCAT.me's Hat Trick Tool to quickly select three random topics. The topics are drawn from the AAMC's list of MCAT2015 topics and can be limited to allow you to focus on a particular section and specific areas of knowledge.

Go to the Hat Trick Tool →

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