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Which MCAT Test Date Is Best For You?

Make your MCAT test date boost your MCAT test score!

BREAKING NEWS: AAMC just added an additional MCAT test date on Saturday, December 6, 2014! Find out more at https://services.aamc.org/20/mcat/

One of the first major hurdles you’ll face on your way to unlocking the good life as a doctor is taking the MCAT. And there are many things you have to consider as you prep, including when you should schedule your MCAT test date to maximize your score.

Deciding when to take the exam isn’t always easy, and every student has his or her own unique situation, commitments, and timeline. Read on to find out …

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Pre-Med Prerequisites for Taking the New MCAT

Pre-med students incorporate the new MCAT prerequisites and content areas into theier schedules.

Content areas to study in your pre-med curriculum for the new MCAT

New pre-med requirements for passing the MCAT

The upcoming changes to the new MCAT also mean a change to the typical pre-med prerequisite courses we are accustomed to advising students to take.

For many years, the “traditional” pre-med prerequisites have been a year of general chemistry, a year of general biology, a year of physics, and a year of that old fan favorite, organic chemistry.

But with the new MCAT exam, which will first be administered on April 17, 2015, additional content knowledge in …

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4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Kaplan MCAT Class OptionsHello 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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Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Kaplan MCAT Tools for SuccessHello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)…

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Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

Am I Ready To Take The MCAT?Hello my MCAT-loving readers! Today I want to answer a common question posed by students – “When will I feel ready to take the MCAT?”

The short answer is that you may never feel ready to take the MCAT. It’s an intimidating test and feeling 100% certain that you’re ready to go destroy it, may not happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you’re not actually ready to take the MCAT.

What you should really be asking is – “How do I know that I’m ready to take the MCAT?”

You’re ready to take …

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5 Tips for MCAT Success

Plan For Your MCAT SuccessSome of you reading this may be planners. You may have color-coded binders with tabs and dividers, organized desktops and files; you may group your apps into folders based on category. Some of you may refuse to use any writing tool other than an ultra-fine point Pilot G2 0.38mm (yours truly).

If this doesn’t sound like you, you might need to “fake it til you make it,” because doing well on the MCAT and getting into medical school is all about planning. And it starts now.

5 Tips For MCAT Success:

1. Start your MCAT prep …

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Stepping up toward Step 1 and the USMLE

USMLEHello my hardworking readers! I got a talk today in med school celebrating the near end (2 more weeks left!) of my first year of medical school, but also looking ahead to what next year holds.
Of course, one of the highlights of second year looms at the end- the USMLE. It’s a big standardized exam, not all that different from the MCAT. It also happens to be a major factor in which residencies you can do and whether or not you’ll be allowed to do clinical rotations in your third year. No pressure. I’ll be …
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MCAT Summer Intensive Program 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 10.34.42 AMHello my summer-ready readers! I’m spending this week with a group of fellow teachers who are all getting ready to teach at the Boulder MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP) starting next week. For those of you who have been reading awhile, you’ll remember that I taught at the Boulder SIP and San Diego SIP last summer. I’m super excited to be returning and working with some great new students!
What is the Summer Intensive Program? I’m glad you asked.
It’s six weeks of nerdy, MCAT awesomeness. Basically, you get tons of instruction time, workshops and private …
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Burn, baby, burn! Avoiding MCAT Burnout!

MCAT burnoutHello my stressed out readers! Today, I’d like to share one of the most valuable pieces of information that I give my students, one that I also find that students resist the most. If you’re struggling, take a break! Chances are that you’re experiencing MCAT burnout!

It sounds like common sense, right? You can’t function at optimal studying capacity all day every day without time to digest the material. Even if you’re switching it up with different subjects, styles and locations, you’re still at risk for serious study burnout. So, let’s address some common questions about

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Solid Preparation to Reduce Test Day Stress!

reduce test day stressI’m sure you’ve all heard the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” As it turns out, this quote is incredibly applicable to your MCAT studying! One of the best ways to reduce test day stress and ensure success on Test Day is to plan for both the best and worst case scenarios.

What things can you do to prepare for success? I’m glad you asked!

Planning for the worst:

1. Drive the route to your test center at the same time of day that you’ll be taking your

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