April 23, 2015

MCAT Registration Is Now Open—Reserve Your Spot!

It’s official—MCAT registration is now open for the July–August and September exam dates. Registration for the summer administrations began on Tuesday, April 21, and the fall dates opened up today.

There are multiple test dates at testing locations currently open in the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, so sign up early!

Stay on top of MCAT registration

If you’re pretty confident about when you want to take the new MCAT 2015, get your MCAT registration out of the way early to secure your spot for the summer and fall administrations of the 2015 MCAT …

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Studying for the MCAT over summer.

Kaplan SIP instructors (Andrew Quick, Tom Flesher, and Becca Felde) at the 2014 SIP welcome dinner next to the Flatirons in Boulder, CO.

Hello my SIP-ready readers! So far we’ve covered what students love about Kaplan’s MCAT 2015Summer Intensive Program (SIP), what faculty love about it and our favorite MCAT student success stories. Today we’re going to cover one of my favorite topics: the fun things you can do at SIP when you’re not studying for the MCAT.


We asked a group of Kaplan teachers to tell us about their favorite SIP activity outside of the classroom. Take a look at their responses below.


Kerranna Williamson: Exploring a New City

Free time in general is awesome – whether spent exploring the surrounding city on bike, tossing the Frisbee around on the field, or getting sushi downtown. It’s nice to have breaks and to get off campus every once in awhile. It helps balance out the intensiveness of the program and makes for a great summer.

Meet Kerranna: Kerranna has worked for Kaplan for over nine years in roles including teacher, Med School Mentor, Content Developer, and SIP Program Manager. She has worked at five SIP programs in the past four years between San Diego and Boulder. She would argue that working at SIP has been the most intense and rewarding of her time with Kaplan.


Tyler Fara: Enjoying the Outdoors

At the San Diego SIP, my favorite out-of-class activity is definitely going to the beach! The UC San Diego campus itself is perched on a cliff, about 150 feet above the beach itself, so the view from the study hall lounge is already beautiful. But to get down the beach, there’s a small stream that has actually carved a path right through the sandstone cliffs, and over the years surfers have hiked a path next to the stream. Climbing down to the beach through the cliffs is almost as satisfying as laying on the beach itself. In an intensive, six-week program, it’s important to take a break for the scenery!

Meet Tyler: Tyler started teaching for Kaplan in 2010 while also working as a molecular genetics researcher. He quickly fell in love with the dynamic nature of teaching and transitioned to teaching the MCAT full time. During his tenure with Kaplan, Tyler has received awards for both his excellent teaching ratings and his contributions that helped develop Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.


John Linick: Having Fun With Your New Pre-Med Friends

My favorite activity at the San Diego SIP is long boarding or surfing with students. At the Boulder SIP, it’s skiing at a Basin in June!

Meet John: After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Chemistry, John moved to Colorado to teach as a Kaplan MCAT instructor, volunteer as a Wilderness EMT, and for a short while, teach as a lecturer at the University of Colorado. He joined the San Diego Summer Intensive Program faculty in 2008, and returned to San Diego as Academic Director from 2009 to 2013. He directed the Boulder Summer Intensive Program for it’s first year in 2013 and returned to direct the program in 2014.


Sonali Bishnoi: Team-Building Outside of the Classroom

At the Boulder SIP, my favorite activity was the high ropes course! It was awesome seeing everyone work together for a non-MCAT-related goal. Plus some of the students conquered their fear of heights!

Meet Sonali: Sonali Bishnoi graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. She took a gap year to gain clinical experience and also joined Kaplan as an MCAT instructor in Connecticut. Her favorite part of teaching is the “aha!” moment, when a student’s confusion transforms to excitement and understanding. Sonali was a faculty member at the 2014 Boulder Summer Intensive Program, before embarking on her Master of Science of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine.


Kricket Davis: Finding Fun Ways to Decompress When You’re Not Studying for the MCAT

At the Atlanta SIP, there was a really cool game store close by, and that really encouraged some friendly non-MCAT competition between faculty and students!

The weather is always amazing in San Diego, so hanging out in a hammock and reading a good book was a relaxing way to decompress from the intensive part of SIP!

Meet Kricket: Kricket graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s in biochemistry.  He has been teaching MCAT for Kaplan since 2008.  He has taught or managed SIP seven times at three locations: San Diego, Boulder, and Atlanta.  Most recently, he has been creating questions and content videos for Kaplan’s new MCAT 2015 curriculum.


The new MCAT represents the most significant change for pre-meds in decades! With the introduction of Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as a new length of 7.5 hours, the new MCAT 2015 demands innovative and intensive preparation. Our answer is Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program. This elite program has been carefully redesigned for 2015 to accurately cover all areas of the new MCAT and maximize student success.

Though the test content is new, you can expect the same immersive experience led by expert MCAT Faculty Members from across the nation that students have valued so highly in the past. If you’re ready to make your summer count with the ultimate MCAT prep experience, reserve your seat at your preferred location today! Our Summer Intensive Program Enrollment Counselors are available for guidance by at 1-800-KAP-TEST.

April 15, 2015

Fun In The Sun (With MCAT Prep!)

Hello my springtime readers! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, all of which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer MCAT prep plans! The summer is a great time to prep for and take the MCAT, because most students either do not take classes or have a lighter course-load. Fewer responsibilities will allow you to fully dedicate your time to prepping for the MCAT and getting your highest score possible! Let’s talk about the steps to get your summer set up for MCAT test day success:



Step 1- Register …

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March 23, 2015

Free Study Tools for 2015 MCAT Prep

Over the last two weeks we’ve showcased our nominees for some of the best Kaplan MCAT prep resources to help you boost your MCAT score and get into medical school.

We’ve covered two of the three categories:

♦ Best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction

♦ Best resource for personalized content instruction


The Kaplan awards continue this week with our nomination for the best resources to get you started on your MCAT prep: our Free MCAT Practice Test and the Kaplan MCAT 2015 Flashcard app.

Start your MCAT prep with a free practice test

Mastering your MCAT prep …

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March 16, 2015

MCAT Success Stories from Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program

Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!


What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?


Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence

“Last summer, I …

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February 9, 2015

4 Steps to Choosing Your MCAT Test Date

As you may have already heard, the AAMC recently announced that registration for the April – June MCAT test dates will open next week on February 11Registration for the remaining 2015 test dates (July – Sept) will follow in late April. This means that it’s time to decide which test date is right for you so you can be ready to register for your ideal test date as soon as possible.

Acting quickly is imperative. The new MCAT will be offered on only 14 dates in 2015 from April through September. This is about half the number of …

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March 2, 2015

Preparing for the New MCAT Part 1: Bio/Biochem and CARS

As you probably know, the old MCAT has officially passed on to greener pastures, and you might be wondering, what now? How should you be preparing for the new MCAT 2015?

In this two-part series, we will explore the new sections of the exam and how you can start laying the foundation for your MCAT preparation. Today we will explore the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (Bio/Biochem) and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) sections.


The MCAT 2015’s Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

The new MCAT 2015 exam contains integrated sections, meaning the …

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January 23, 2015

A Fond Farewell to the Current Version of the MCAT

We are here to bid a fond farewell to an old friend—the current version of the MCAT, the primary architecture of which has been with us since the early 1990s.

Today, for the last time, pre-med students around the country will take the MCAT exam as we have known it for almost a quarter century. In a sense, this is like saying goodbye to the Boeing 707 or the Space Shuttle or the original Macintosh computer—all unparalleled inventions that dutifully served their terms well beyond expectation.

The now-retired version of the MCAT has not only performed admirably in its prescribed …

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January 12, 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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