Which MCAT Am I Prepared to Take?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In order to unlock your good life, you need a great score. One of the biggest questions facing premed students is “which MCAT am I prepared to take in order to get my best score?”

The MCAT is Changing

If medical school is in your near future, you probably know that, the new MCAT will launch in the Spring of 2015. The major changes to new MCAT are:

1. More Tested Topics

2. Almost Double the Length

3. Different Scoring Scale

4. New Question Types and Skills

5. A More Medical Approach…

Which MCAT Am I

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4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello my excited readers! Today I’d like to answer a question that I get a lot from interested students:

Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?

I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!

1. Flexibility

One of the best features of the …

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Creating A Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond the Classroom

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

Isaiah plays tennis as a way to maintain balance in his hectic pre-med life.

Sometimes it feels as if trying to get into medical school is synonymous with searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pre-medical students hear many stories about how to find their pot of gold. The truth is, there is …

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Top 5 Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical School

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Veterans returning from military duty, whose numbers have exceeded one million since the 2001 terrorist attacks, often return to unfavorable circumstances, including a much steeper unemployment rate than the general population. For some, the pursuit of higher education—even getting into medical school—presents a good way to improve job outlook and unlock the good life.

 

How to get into medical school after returning from military service

It’s common for future doctors to worry about how to get into medical school, no matter what their qualifications—and it helps to remember that all the current doctors …

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Med School Letters of Recommendation, Part 2

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s a well known fact that med school letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of your application. In my last article, I provided some tips and guidelines to consider when choosing who to pick as your letter writers. Now that you know who you’ll be asking for letters, today we’ll pick things up by discussing how to request your letters and make sure you get them.

 

Set Expectations for your Letter Writers

As soon as possible, and in person, ask each of your potential writers if they are willing to submit a …

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What to Expect as a Pre-Med

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello my eager, freshman readers! Today, I’d like to talk about what to expect as a pre-med student (aka step one in becoming a doctor and living your version of the “good life”).

So, you’re super excited to start four years of pre-med awesomeness! Let’s set appropriate expectations for this time in your life.

There will be challenges

The nice thing about being a pre-med student is that you can major in pretty much anything. I have classmates that majored in engineering, art, music, business, Spanish, English and pretty much every other major you can think …

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The Myth of Healthcare Salaries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014The stereotype of healthcare salaries

The public perception of healthcare salaries in medicine is skewed. Picture a surgeon or doctor the way they’re portrayed on TV. Go ahead, close your eyes.

You probably see a Mercedes convertible cruising down a palm-tree-lined boulevard, an impeccably dressed physician in the front seat, perfect veneers, laughing while on the way to lunch with his or her other high-powered doctor friends. At night, the car pulls up outside a pristine oceanside mansion with expansive views and a live-in housekeeper.

This image is plastered on every episode of Grey’s Anatomy and …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Tuesday, September 16, 2014Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats for …

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How is the MCAT Scored?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Understanding MCAT scoring can help in your medical school admissions.

Over the past 15 years at Kaplan, I have spoken to thousands of pre-med students, and the question I get asked the most is “how is the MCAT scored?” Today, I want to dispel the most common myths about the current MCAT scoring process and get you the facts.

 

Why Do I Have to Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)?

Before we dive into the question of “how is the MCAT scored,” let’s take a step back and look at the dual purpose this …

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Picking a Medical Specialty

Wednesday, September 10, 2014What Kind of Doctor Are You Going To Be?

Hello my excited readers! Before you start medical school, when people ask you what you’re going to be when you grow up, you answer with the phrase, “a doctor.” Once you get into medical school, the question gets more specific and people ask what “kind” of doctor are you going to be and what medical specialty you’ll focus on. My standard response, since I’m a sassy-pants by nature is, “a good one, hopefully.” However, this is an important question, and at some point within the next three …

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