May 12, 2015

Primary vs. Secondary Medical School Applications

Hello my med school hopefuls! So, you’ve rocked the MCAT and you’re ready to take on the next challenge on your road to applying to medical school. Next up you’ve got to work on completing your primary and secondary applications. The focus for each application is slightly different and today I want to discuss how to make each application as strong as possible.


Primary Medical School Applications:

The personal statement on the primary application is your first chance to make a unique impression on your admissions committee. The rest of your application showcases your grades, extracurricular more
May 7, 2015

Get More from Your Pre-Med Research Experience

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who has managed to find a position in a lab or been accepted to a research internship, chances are your only exposure to lab work has been through your textbook or your pre-med classes.

Read on for advice on how to make the most of your pre-med research experience, survive the rigors of a real-world research setting, and become a scientific superstar.


Do your research

By the time you interview with the principal investigator, you should have an idea of his/her research and overall field of study.

Once you’re accepted … more
May 12, 2015

How Studying for the MCAT Prepares You for Medical School

When studying for the MCAT, there comes a time when you might feel the urge to rage about how unfair the exa, is. Taking the MCAT can’t possibly prepare me to be a better doctor! you might think. Then you take the test and you think, Whew! I’m glad I never have to do that again—especially, perhaps, now that the test has increased by a couple of hours.

Well, there’s good and bad news. The good news is, you’re right: once you’re done with the MCAT, you never have to take it again.

The bad news is that the … more
May 5, 2015

Five Tips for Shadowing a Doctor

One of the best ways to demonstrate your commitment to medicine in a tangible way on your application to medical school is by shadowing a doctor as a part of your clinical experience.

When reviewing your application, the admissions committee will want to see that you’ve done your research and are sure that a career in medicine—which is not for the faint of heart—is really for you. They’ll want to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for and that you’ve logged enough clinical hours to confidently make the decision to become a doctor.


How do you … more
May 4, 2015

Study Tips for Summer MCAT Prep

Whether you’re rescheduling your MCAT exam or simply planning ahead for a Test Day in June, July, or August, read on and find out how to optimize your summer MCAT prep with helpful study tips and insights.


Choosing your Test Day

It’s well known—at least among MCAT prep and medical school admissions experts—that completing the AMCAS application as early as possible will benefit you in the long run. The application is available at the beginning of May and can be submitted in the beginning of June. After that, it will take approximately two to three weeks for the AMCAS … more
April 29, 2015

Integrated Sciences on the MCAT 2015 Exam: Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1, most pre-med programs treat the sciences as though they were independent disciplines—teaching and testing students without regard for how subjects like chemistry and physics interrelate. On the new MCAT 2015 exam, however, you’ll be faced with integrated sciences.

The last thing anyone wants is a surprise on Test Day. So, it’s important that you start your MCAT practice and preparation for this new approach early.


How will the MCAT 2015 test your pre-med knowledge?

It’s a matter of fact—and almost a rite of passage—that taking chemistry or physics in college means … more
April 28, 2015

Join Us for First Reactions to the MCAT 2015

On April 17th and 18th, the new MCAT 2015 was administered for the very first time to a new group of test-takers. Their first hand experiences taking the new exam is very insightful for students preparing for the exam and Kaplan will be sharing those thoughts during “Reactions to the MCAT 2015.” Hear what other students thought of taking the MCAT 2015.

We will discuss student’s reaction to the new MCAT, the relative difficulty of the new sections, and their overall feeling of preparedness for the exam. We will review their test day experience at large, including the … more
April 27, 2015

A Pre-Med Guide to Surviving the Homestretch

It’s officially Spring! The changing of the seasons heralds what can be the craziest time of year for any student who is simultaneously applying to medical school while taking the MCAT in April, May, or June. Our pre-med guide will help you navigate this time, while maintaining a healthy level of sanity.

Other times of the year, studying for the MCAT has the potential to be stressful, but in May that stress can reach an impressively high level. In the next month and a half most students will have hurdles such as finals, graduation, moving, asking professors for letters of more
April 28, 2015

Kaplan’s Annual Medical School Admissions Panel Event

When we assemble our panel for our annual Medical School Insider event, we’re looking for one main thing – experts in the world of medical school admissions who can give students like you an inside look at the admissions process. I’m happy to say that this year’s panel meets and exceeds that expectation – here’s a sneak preview of the experts you can expect to hear from during Medical School Insider on May 4th!


Meet our Medical School Admissions Panelists:

Paul J. White

As the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Paul … more

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