January 30, 2014

Bonus! New MCAT Test Dates Announced

Hello my excited readers! I have some awesome news for you today! There are new MCAT test dates! If you are hoping to the the MCAT before the big changes come in 2015, but aren't quite ready to take your test in August or September, the AAMC has heard your needs. They recently announced that they are adding test dates in October and November! 
You can check out the new test dates and important registration dates here! 
This is an unprecedented, wonderful opportunity to get in your MCAT before the AAMC adds the social science information and lengthens the test overall. Check out this great Pulse video to see how and why Sociology and Psychology are integrated onto the new MCAT. People who are going to really benefit from these extra test dates are people who aren't applying in the 2014 application cycle, but in the 2015 cycle. By taking your test in October or November,  you can maximize your time studying this summer (potentially with a class or by attending the rockin' MCAT Summer Intensive Program) and early into the fall. You'll have your MCAT score long before applications open in June 2015 and you'll be able to take the shortened version of the test. Hopefully you can see why I'm super pumped about the opportunity for you! Anyone out there in MCAT-land as excited as I am about the new test dates?
Happy studying!
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January 10, 2014

Choosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 Test Date: Part 2

Choosing MCAT 2014 or 2015 test date is a big decision with a lot to consider. One of the biggest questions on everyone's minds with the significant change coming with MCAT 2015 is "If I want to get the best MCAT scores, is it better to try and take the old MCAT or the new MCAT?" Is there enough time to prepare and take the old MCAT? What if I don't have the proper course background to take the new MCAT? Which exam will be easiest for me to get a top MCAT score?

Listen in as expert panelists discuss these exact questions and more!

  Are you looking for more information on MCAT 2015? Check out http://www.mcat2015.com/ for up to the date information on all things #MCAT2015! ...read more
January 3, 2014

Top 10 of the Kaplan Pulse 2013

2013 has come and gone and it has been a super exciting year! One of the things I am most proud of as a Kaplan MCAT Team Member is our Kaplan’s The Pulse Series.  We wanted to ReKAP 2013 with Top 10 of the Kaplan Pulse 2013. With so many engaging topics and positive student feedback we are looking to an even more in depth and successful 2014! If you are looking for more be sure to check out our Kaplan MCAT Youtube Channel! On behalf of Team MCAT and Kaplan Pulse 2013, I wanted to say thank you for tuning in each month and we are excited to bring you even better speakers and topics this year. Our next Kaplan Pulse event is Wednesday, January 2nd at 8pm EST. This month’s topic is on clinical and research experiences.  We will discuss their integral place as part of your applications to medical school. In this hour-long event we'll explore what these activities look like and how to make the most of them! ...read more
December 31, 2013

Med School New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to 2014, my celebratory readers! Like many people, the end of 2013 has me reflecting on how I can approach my life a little differently at the start of the new year. That means it's New Year's resolution time! Now, you may be thinking- Emily, you're a successful med student who balances going to medical school, working, and generally being awesome- how could you possibly need to improve in the new year? Or maybe you're thinking- thank goodness, it's about time for Emily to work on some self-improvement- both of which actually bring me to my first resolution.
Emily's 2014 New Years Resolutions:
1. Worry less about what people think. This is a good resolution for pretty much everyone, since most of us spend a fair amount of our day thinking about how we're perceived by others. We put ourselves out there in different media- Facebook, Twitter, and everyday life and agonize over whether or not someone likes something we posted or said. In 2014, my goal is to rock out and be who I am with minimal worrying about the opinions of others.
2. Eat pizza only once (okay maybe twice) a week. Seriously. I have eaten more pizza in the first semester of medical school than I have in any other four-month period of my life. I have a sneaking suspicion that all of that cheese and  bread is not suuuper good for my cardiovascular system, but then again I haven't had those med school lectures yet.
3. Pre-read before class every day. I always tell my MCAT classes that pre-reading before class is an essential component for success. It's probably time I started taking my own advice and actually the material before I sit through the lecture.
4. Take a dance class at least once a week. Dancing makes me so happy and it's usually the first thing I sacrifice when it comes to finding additional study-time. Time to reclaim my dancing passion and integrate it into my medical school life.
What are you resolutions for the new year?
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Tests & Scores
August 21, 2013

Psychology & Sociology On The New MCAT

Get the advantage from Kaplan's 2013 Medical School Insider as we discuss why the AAMC has decided to add both psychology and sociology to the new MCAT in 2015. Listen in as expert panelists share firsthand experiences of what this change on the new MCAT means to them as resident doctors as well as to you as a future medical student. For more great videos, check Kaplan's MCAT YouTube Channel. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more

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