November 27, 2014

MCAT Study Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Breaks

Hello my holiday pre-med students! I know that you’re excited about your upcoming holiday break schedule. If you’re lucky, you may even have a whole month away from classes! Relaxing after a tough semester is obviously job number one. Job number two is making sure you don’t fall behind on your MCAT studying, especially if you’re getting ready for one of the final administrations of the current test. Today we’ll share MCAT study tips for making the most of your holiday break.

Tip #1: Make an MCAT study schedule

I know it sounds incredibly Type A, but making a study

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November 26, 2014

Pre-Health Students Bring Smiles to Guatemala: Emily’s Story

Kaplan Test Prep & Smile Train partner to send pre-health students on a trip to Guatemala. When people work together toward a common goal, big smiles emerge. So Kaplan teamed up with  Smile Train—an international children’s charity that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries —and sent four pre-health students on an educational trip to Guatemala. These future doctors, dentists, and healthcare providers not only spent valuable time with the children and their families, but they learned about Smile Train’s sustainability model, which empowers local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their …

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November 25, 2014

Prep Smarter, Not Harder: Your MCAT Study Schedule

How to prep for MCAT prep

The prospect of studying for the MCAT always seems the most daunting right at the outset. The uncertainties and questions you have may seem endless:

• Which materials should you use?

• What kind of MCAT study schedule should you set for yourself?

• Why do you keep hearing about “triaging,” and why is it a good study tool?

• Which resources—example questions, a practice MCAT exam—will best prepare you?

• How sacrosanct is your MCAT test date?

First, relax!

Instead of reinventing the wheel to study for the MCAT, treat it just …

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November 24, 2014

Getting the Pulse on Premedical Post-Bacc programs

Hello to all you Pulse-monitors out there! Monday, November 17th was yet another great edition of the Kaplan Pulse. This Monday’s episode centered on the benefits to premedical post-bacc programs and how they impact your medical school application. If you’d like to watch, you can view the recording of the event.

Just a quick reKap of some of the highlights-

1. There are different kinds of Postbaccalaureate and Masters programs

There are premedical post-bacc programs that are designed for students who are changing careers, which are usually two years long and include the majority of your medical school

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November 20, 2014

Preparing for Your MCAT Test Date

It’s almost here—your MCAT test date, and you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s. You’ve taken Kaplan’s AdvantagePlus MCAT Prep Course. You’ve attended all the classes; you’ve studied the review notes and spent countless hours practicing with both the Kaplan and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) full-length MCAT exams.

So what’s next? Let the experts at Kaplan help you get ready for MCAT Test Day itself so you can be on top of your game and get the score you want.

Scout out your MCAT Test Day location

By the time Test Day rolls around, you …

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November 19, 2014

2014 Kaplan Survey Shows Latest Trends in Medical School Admissions

The results from Kaplan’s 2014 Med School Admissions Survey are in

Every year since 2006, Kaplan has conducted a survey of medical school admissions officers to find out the latest admissions trends. In August, we spoke with 78 medical schools from across the country to give you, the applicant, the inside scoop on medical school facts and figures!

This is timely, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) just reported that the total applicants to medical school were up by 3.1% this past year, while total matriculants were up only 1.5%, with a 41% matriculation rate among applicants. This …

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November 17, 2014

9 Harmful Effects of Test Induced Stress

By Megan Weyrauch on November 25, 2013

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It is hard to believe that finals are right around the corner. By now you may have started studying for your last quizzes, tests and exams, and I have no doubt you are feeling the effects of test induced stress weighing you down.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger, the body’s defenses kick …

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