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December 20, 2013

MCAT Question of the Week! Immunology

Great work on this week's MCAT question focused on Immunology! Stay tuned next week for a special holiday themed question! Both the humoral response and the cellular response are specific immune responses which eliminates (A). Choice (B) is the correct answer! The humoral response is directed against antigens that have not yet entered body cells, while the cellular response is directed against pathogens that have entered body cells. Choice (C) is incorrect, because both the humoral response and the cellular response result in the formation of memory cells. Choice (D) is false, since the humoral response involves the production of antibodies. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Applying to Med School
December 18, 2013

How Significant Is Clinical Experience In Medical School Admissions?

On last month's edition of Kaplan's The Pulse, experts join us to discuss the 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey. These are questions you need to know about! When evaluating applications, how important is clinical experience in medical school admissions? In this video, learn what what medical school admissions officers are saying. For More Insider News On The Future Of Medicine, Getting Into Medical School and the MCAT, visit our Pulse Page. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Tests & Scores
December 10, 2013

Thank You for Attending Last Night’s #KaplanPulse!

We would like to thank everyone who attended last night's edition of the Kaplan Pulse! It was a great event and special thank you to Alex Macnow, MD and Barbara Fadem, MD for lending their insight on behavioral sciences. We are looking forward to the next editon of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 with the focus on research. Remember, between now and then if you are looking for short ReKAPs of our pulse events be sure to check out our youtube channel. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Tests & Scores
December 8, 2013

How will the MCAT 2015 Changes Affect the Course Load for Pre-Med Students?

On October's edition of Kaplan's The Pulse, experts join us to discuss the 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey. These are questions you need to know about! How will the MCAT 2015 changes affect the course load for pre-med students? In this video, learn what admissions officers foresee the new course load for pre-med students to be. Do you want more information on #KaplanPulse?  Join us Monday December 9th at 8pm EST! Register now! [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Tests & Scores
December 7, 2013

What’s the Best Way to Study for the Old and New MCAT?

On October's edition of Kaplan's The Pulse, experts join us to discuss the 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey. These are questions you need to know about! What is the best way to study for the old MCAT and the new MCAT at the same time? In this video, learn what to do if you are going to take the old MCAT and possibly take the new MCAT in 2015.   Looking for more action from #KaplanPulse?  Join us Monday December 9th at 8pm EST! Register now!     [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Tests & Scores
December 4, 2013

Thinking About MCAT Science With Adam: E05 Circuits & Heat Transfer

Welcome to Episode 5 of the "Thinking About the MCAT" series! There's an awful lot of circuits and heat transfer in the world of the MCAT science, and that means Physics and the Physical Sciences section. For more information about the MCAT and how to prepare yourself, find the Kaplan homepage, and start your journey to a better MCAT score. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
December 2, 2013

Dr. Josh Question of the Week! – Transcription Factors

  The correct answer choice here is D. This is a question that we don't want to OVERthink. From the question stem you know that the transcription factors will bind to nucleic acids. This means that SP1 will bind to both DNA and RNA. So all you need to do to answer this question correctly is figure out which organelle does NOT contain DNA or RNA. (A) rRNA synthesis occurs in the nucleoli and SP1 would be found there. (B) Mitochondrial DNA must replicate and SP1 would be fuond there. (C) SP1 would be found in ribosomes since they are partially composed of rRNA. So D is our correct answer. The Golgi apparatus is the organelle responsible for the processing, packaging, and distribution of proteins. It is not composed of nucleic acids, nor does it process them. Sine there are no nucleic acids within the Golgi apparatus, SP1 would not bind to it. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
November 22, 2013

MCAT Question of the Day Solution! Thermodynamics

Our question Thursday was from Thermodynamics in General Chemistry. The question presents you with the combustion reaction of methane and asks you to calculate the energy of a carbon-hydrogen bond. To begin this problem, you must use Hess's Law, which says that the heat of reaction is equal to the sum of the heats of formation of the products minus the sum of the heats of formation for the reactants. The heat of reaction is -802 kJ/mol, and the heats of formation of CO2, H2O, and Oare -393 kJ/mol, -242 kJ/mol, and 0 kJ/mol (the heat of formation of a compound in its elemental state is always 0), respectively. Now you want to solve for the heat of formation for CH4 -802 kJ/mol = -393kJ/mol + 2(-242 kJmol) - x where x is the heat of formation of methane. Solving for x, we get -75 kJ/mol for the heat of formation of methane. Since there are four equal carbon-hydrogen bonds in methane, the energy of one bond is -75 kJ/mol divided by 4, or about -19 kJ/mol. Match to answer choice B!   More question to come next week! [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
November 21, 2013

Dr. Josh Question of the Week! – Electrostatics

Our question this week comes from electrostatics in Physics. While electrostatics is a commonly feared sub-topic in Physics, remember it is going to reward the student who is able to UNDERSTAND both the equation to use and the concept behind it! Let's take a closer look at today's correct answer... The direction of the magnetic field is determined using the right hand rule: Remember to point your thumb in the direction of qv, your fingers point in the direction of the field, and the palm points in the direction of the force. In this question, since the negatively-charged electron is going to the right, point your thumb to the right, fingers point out of the page/ screen, and your palm is going to face upward. MCAT TRICK: Remember this is a NEGATIVELY charged electron so the force will direct in the opposite direction. This means the force on the electron due to the magnetic field will point up!  We can now eliminate answer choices B and D. This is CLASSIC MCAT. It is testing two concepts here. Not only do you have to know how to do the right hand rule you also need to recall the equation F = qvBsinθ, where θ is the angle between v and B. In this case the two are perpendicular, and so the sine term is sin90 = 1. The absolute value of the electron's charge, given in the question stem, is 1.6 x 10-19 C, v = 105 m/s, and B = 5 T. Multiply this together and you will get F = 8 x 10-14 N. Match to answer choice A!   Are you looking for more MCAT practice? Come join us in a FREE MCAT Sample Class!  Reserve your spot now. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, November 24th 4:00 pm EST

Sunday, December 8th 3:00 pm EST

    TAKEAWAY: The MCAT is going to reward the student who remembers not only the right equation but UNDERSTAND how and where to use it. Great work this week guys! Happy studies! [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
November 21, 2013

FREE MCAT Sample Class!

Happy Studies! The school year is in full swing and that means pre-meds everywhere are starting to think about the 2014 MCAT dates and their MCAT prep! Have you ever wondered what a Kaplan class is like? Now is your chance to see one of our own MCAT teachers in action, dissecting the MCAT and introducing the proven Kaplan strategies that will allow you to excel on Test Day.   Best of all, it's free! All you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection - you can attend from the comfort of your own home (or computer lab, or coffee shop...) Click to reserve your spot now. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday, December 17th 8:00 pm EST

Sunday, December 22nd 2:00 pm EST

Sunday, February 2nd  7:00 pm EST

Thursday, February 13th  7:00 pm EST

  Need a little taste of what you'll see in our MCAT Sample Class...     [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more

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