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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November 13, 2014

Overcoming a Low MCAT Score

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 premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

 

Being a premedical student is a unique experience. You have to be on your toes all of the time. In my previous Kaplan Blog Post I spoke on how being a well-rounded premedical student can help you to matriculate into medical school. Today I want to present to you a personal story about overcoming a low MCAT score that will shed …

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November 12, 2014

Masters and Post-Baccs and Med School, Oh my!

Hello my knowledgeable readers! Today I’d like to talk a bit about why getting a Masters degree (specifically an MPH) or going through a premedical Post-baccalaureate program can help you strengthen your application and help you get into medical school! Let’s go through some common questions.

Who should get a post-bacc or MPH?

Premedical post-bacc programs are great for students who had a non-science major in undergrad and would like to move through the medical school pre-requisite classes in an organized and supported fashion. For example, I talked to two of my classmates who completed post-bacc programs and …

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November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 10, 2014

4 Organic Chemistry Study Tips for the MCAT

Organic chemistry, affectionately known in most colleges as “OChem” or “orgo,” is one of those hurdles that all medical students are happy to be done with after undergrad. It can separate students who will eventually make it to the white coat ceremony in medical school from those who won’t even end up applying. In many colleges, OChem is largely responsible for making students change their majors from the hard sciences and take up new disciplines.

Some people overlook the importance of studying for organic chemistry on the MCAT, which can sap points from their score. In order …

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