January 12, 2015

How to Balance School, Life, and MCAT Prep

You already know that the MCAT is not just any standardized test. If you underestimate it or go into Test Day without adequate preparation, you’re doing yourself a disservice. While everyone’s study schedule is different, one thing remains the same: a long-term strategy for MCAT prep is needed; cramming is just not likely to do the trick.

Customizing your MCAT prep plan

The first step to any MCAT prep plan is gauging how much time you have to study up until Test Day. Take into account your chosen test date, or if you have not chosen one, start …

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January 9, 2015

What’s Tested on the MCAT 2015?

After significant, soul-searching deliberations with yourself (not to mention hours of volunteering and shadowing) you’ve decided to go to medical school. Great! Your next step is to take the MCAT, which can sometimes feel like an insurmountable beast that stands between you and your white coat dreams. The first step towards conquering any obstacle is knowing what you’re up against, so read on for more details on what’s actually tested on the new MCAT 2015.

First, peruse the AAMC’s website on the changes made to the MCAT 2015 exam. They’ve broken it down into a handy interactive

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January 8, 2015

How to Get Clinical and Research Experience for Med School

GPA and MCAT score. These are the two primary things on everyone’s mind when they start thinking about putting together their medical school applications.

And why not? After all, one’s MCAT score and GPA serve as quantifiable metrics that are useful in comparing applicants, and everyone knows that med schools weigh them heavily when ranking pre-med candidates for admission.

Of course, you probably also know that being a physician is not just about having good scores on paper. Doctors are expected to work with patients and members of an entire health care team while contributing to the overall …

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January 6, 2015

Finding the Right Medical School For You

Hello my lucky readers! Today I’d like to talk about something really exciting! In the ideal world when you apply to medical school, you’ll not only get into a medical school but potentially you’ll get into more than one school. How will you ever choose which medical school is right for you? This is an awesome predicament in which to find yourself! There are tons of factors that go into determining the right medical school for you, so let’s jump right in!

How do you go about selecting with medical school is best for you?

First you need to …

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January 1, 2015

Pre-Med New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!

#1. Set manageable goals

This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …

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January 1, 2015

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Pre-Med Blog

2014 was an exciting world for the MCAT and medical school admissions. From the buzz about switching to the new MCAT 2015 to potentially including biochemistry, sociology, and psychology as prerequisite classes, we covered a lot this year. Our pre-med blog reflected those important topics while also delving into deeper issues like the pros and cons of who to date in medical school. Here are some of our best articles from the past year!

Best Pre-Med Blog posts of 2014:

MCAT Study Schedules:

Two of our most popular blog posts from 2014 revolve around the important topic of building a …

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December 31, 2014

Map Your Medical School Application Process

Regardless of where you are in your pre-med education—just starting out as a freshman or sophomore, completing prerequisites as a junior or senior, or studying for the MCAT—it’s never too early to start mapping about the medical school application process.

Don’t be fooled: the med school application process doesn’t begin when you start actually applying. It begins as soon as you decide to become a physician. One of the biggest mistakes pre-meds make is waiting too long to start thinking about their applications and how they are going to present themselves. So, no matter where you are in …

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December 31, 2014

Pre-Med Reading List

You may already be thinking, “Pre-Med Reading List? Aren’t reading lists for high school?!” As a premedical student, the last thing you would typically consider during the academic year is reading more; between studying for classes, clinical work, research, and an array of extracurricular activities there isn’t much time or desire for extra reading. During the summer and winter breaks though, there are several opportunities to kick back, open a book, and lose yourself for a bit while still working towards your future in medicine.

The 5 books listed here are fun reads that can provide great tips, stories, and …

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December 30, 2014

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Social Media

Hello my holiday readers! Welcome to the Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014- the social media edition!

We filled up Facebook and Twitter with practical MCAT questions and silly memes to keep you going while you’re studying. Without further ado, let’s check out some of the best posts from this past year!

Getting ready for Test Day

So you’re a serious student and want some excellent resources? We regularly share great info graphics and articles from across the web. Here’s a great post to show you how to spend your weekend time wisely!

Want some additional MCAT practice? Every week …

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