Tag Archives: Kaplan MCAT

Kaplan Takes Over Las Vegas

320px-WelcomeToVegasNiteHello my sweaty (good grief it’s hot today) MCAT students! This week I am writing to you from Las Vegas where I am at an annual Kaplan grad conference. This is my first time in attendance, so I’m excited to be sharing this experience with you! This meeting is essentially one of the nerdiest gatherings you will find, since everyone here cares very deeply about test preparation and isn’t afraid to talk about it. I have already had so many conversations about the subtleties of organic chemistry, the virtues of computer-based testing as well as the joys of MCAT teaching

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MCAT Re-booted: Study Block Part 1

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Following up on last week’s entry on Study Schedules, I want to continue the focus and narrow in on what “study blocks” are and how to best implement them.  Many of you were asking what a typical day in the week would look like. Remember, the focus of re-thinking your MCAT studying is to build consistency over to aid in preventing burnout and producing a happier you!

The first question that many students ask is how long they should be studying for.  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that …

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MCAT Re-booted: Study Schedule

In part one of “MCAT Re-booted”  I want to cover what is going to make the ideal MCAT study schedule. The AAMC recommends on average 300 total hours to study for the MCAT.  They also have a “Creating a Study Plan” listed on their web-page. With all of this information out there and the rumors that run rampant in the pre-med community on “secrets” of MCAT studying, where does a student go to get the real answer? Well right here of course!Weekly Schedule

Now how long is 300 hours in reality? You could easily break that into 10 weeks …

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A Tale of Two MCATs: Which Should I Take?

MCAT BlogWith the major MCAT revision coming up in 2015, many students are starting to ask:  which MCAT should I take?  Is there an advantage to one test versus the other?

The short answer is:  it’s possible to do either and score extremely well, but you’ll have to plan starting today.

What’s changing in the 2015 MCAT?

If you haven’t read our other articles about the MCAT 2015 exam, make sure to go back and check them out:

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Happy Holiday Season!

On behalf of the Kaplan MCAT Team, we want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.  With Santa come and gone, we want to share with you what came for Christmas this year.  We know you have all been good pre-meds and were hoping for no coal in your stockings! So here is our top 5 list!

5) Anatomy Coloring Book

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4) Coffee

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3) Book: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

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2) Fake Skeleton

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1) Kaplan MCAT Flashcards Mobile

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Changing the MCAT Test Date

In my MCAT prep courses, I have been getting a common question from many of my students. “When is it appropriate to change your MCAT test date?”  Now there are many factors to consider in this decision and it is not something to take lightly, but first to get the facts straight from the AAMC policy on changing the MCAT test dates.  Yes, you are allowed to change your testing date, provided there is an open spot on the date you are newly considering.  You will be charged a $70 fee when changing your testing date and center.  …

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From the MCAT to Harvard Medical School: Dr. Ricky Grisson’s Journey

MCAT blogOftentimes, we are asked about the performance of our past MCAT students; how they did on the test, where they went for medical school, and where they are today. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with one of our many amazing Kaplan MCAT course alumni, Dr. Ricky Grisson, about where his journey in medicine has taken him and the role that Kaplan played along the way. 

1. What was your reaction to taking the MCAT for the first time?

Wow! I was surprised by the difficulty and really disappointed in myself. I performed poorly and felt really terrible …

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MCAT Practice Tests: Learning from your mistakes

Every Monday morning during the months of September through December, professional football players gather at their respective team’s facilities tired, weary, and groggy from the previous day’s game. They spread out based on their positions and assemble in dark rooms where video projectors display game film while position coaches break down the plays screen-by-screen. The players hate this. They just finished playing barely 24 hours ago. The last thing they want to do is watch the game again. If they won, they want to storm the practice field and keep up their positive momentum. If they lost, they want to …

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