The PMC MDCAT Test contains 58 MCQs from Chemistry, which makes a total of 58 Marks out of 220. Students have to cover three types of chemistry sections
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
Today, we will give you tips to prepare for MDCAT Chemistry in the best possible way.
Out of 58 MCQs, 30 MCQs came from the organic part, 18 from physical chemistry, and 10 from inorganic chemistry. So, you can say that the organic chemistry section is the most important of all, as out of 250, 150 marks belong to this section.
To help you kick start your preparation journey, let’s have a rundown of the best 10 tips to prepare for MDCAT Chemistry to score the highest in this second most important section of MDCAT after biology.
Start with organic chemistry
Organic chemistry has the highest weightage in MDCAT Chemistry, with 30 MCQs. That’s why it is important to start with this and secure your 150 marks first.
Organic chemistry is a tricky subject and has a lot of concepts. So, make sure you have the PMC MDCAT Syllabus to guide you on what topics you have to focus on while preparing.
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Focus on important topics first and then on the least important ones. For example, there will be 4 MCQs coming in the MDCAT Chemistry test from hydrocarbons, 4 from alcohols and phenols, and 4 from alkyl halides. While only 2 will be coming from Amino Acids and Environmental Chemistry and three from Macromolecules. So, make sure you focus on the important ones before you come down to the least important ones.
Chemistry is a difficult subject, and to understand something specific, you must know about the previous topic to learn the next better. After organic chemistry, go to the inorganic section and then to Physical Chemistry.
But it is not necessary to read all of the content. Just read those chapters and topics given in the MDCAT Syllabus. Learn all the definitions, differences, importance, and functions. You can only learn these by reading books at least three or four times.
Cram all of the numerical information given in books
Most of the numerical problems in MDCAT chemistry often come from intermediate books and have the same answer as given in the books. So, it is recommended for students to cram all the numerical problems, their answers, and examples from the books into their heads. It is not difficult to cram all of them. You can devise a strategy to do so. For example, you can remember some specifics from each statement, and if this appears in the paper, then it must have that answer.
But also, do not forget to practice the calculations, as a calculator is not allowed in the exam and sometimes you have to do calculations in points/decimals, which can get a little tricky for students. So, make sure you practice calculations in decimals after cramming them.
Compile all formulas separately on a sheet
Chemistry is all about formulas, and some chapters are based entirely on formulas and their structures. It is recommended that you compile all those formulas separately on a sheet so that you can have easy access to them. It will save you time from searching for any specific formula in the entire book.
For example, note down some of the most common and special formulas like picric acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, etc., along with their structures.
Make Notes on Physical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry is the most difficult section, and students find it really overwhelming to prepare. Notes can help you in this regard. Note down all the catalysts and their properties like heat, temperature, etc.
There are a lot of reactions in physical chemistry that you cannot remember. But catalysts can help you remember those reactions. Make a list of all those catalysts along with the names of the reactions in which they are used. You can do the same with organic and inorganic chemical reactions.
The Periodic Table can help you a lot
You must know all the elements in the periodic table along with their atomic masses, atomic numbers, quantum numbers, and energies. You must know which elements belong to which groups and which periods. Also, do learn the electronic configuration, electronegativities, and melting points of some prominent elements, like sulfuric compounds and nitrogen compounds.
If you have a grip on the periodic table, inorganic chemistry will be a lot easier to prepare. So, make sure you learn about the Periodic Table and revise the information about elements on daily basis.
Separate out the Common but Important Key Points
Substitution Reactions, Neutrophilic reactions, Electrophilic reactions, Oxidation and Reduction Reactions, and Reaction Kinetics are the basis of Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry. Note down definitions, differences, and functions along with their examples separately on a register. Note down common trends like those of ionization energy, etc.
After your first round of revision, always have a look at these important concepts before starting your next revision round. This will help you not only in the next compact revision, but will also save you time from having to re-read all the extra details.
Learn exceptions rather than ordinary stuff
PMC doesn’t ask the common questions in MDCAT. They always ask for exceptions; they will ask about elements you would least expect and have exceptional properties compared to usual elements. So, make sure you learn about the exceptional elements.
You can expect the same in the case of “reactions”. There are a lot of exceptional reactions where the products, catalysts, and reactants behave unusually. Focus on these kinds of reactions more than the ordinary and common ones. For example, there is a trend of Ionization energy all elements follow.
Practice Online MCQs with each chapter and take Mock Tests
In chemistry, never leave out the MCQs until the last minute. Instead, it is recommended to solve MCQs chapter-wise. After learning each chapter, concept, or topic, go ahead and solve the respective MCQs from past papers. This will help you a lot in learning and preparing for the MDCAT Chemistry syllabus.
You can find hundreds of online websites where you can practice chemistry MCQs chapter-wise, section-wise (Physical, Inorganic, and Organic), and then at the end, a full mock test. We cannot stress this enough, but in chemistry, MCQs solving is your preparation. Solve MCQs along with your preparation and at the end.
Welp, that should do the trick. These are the best tips to prepare for MDCAT Chemistry. We hope our article here helps you start your preparation journey. Our last piece of advice for you will be to focus on one thing at a time and don’t stress about un-covered material.
Focus on what you are learning because it is good to read one book a hundred times rather than a hundred books at a time. So, one step at a time, and you will eventually succeed.