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 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 2, 2014

Will Biochemistry Become a Medical School Prerequisite?

Hello my favorite carbon-based life forms! Today I’d like to talk about the content addition of biochemistry—which also just happens to be my personal favorite med school science course—to the MCAT 2015, and the related biochem medical school prerequisite course that might come with it.

Biochemistry on the MCAT

We all know that the MCAT 2015 is changing in big ways. In addition to adding psychology and sociology, the 2015 MCAT will be emphasizing more biochemistry material than previous MCAT administrations.

The idea behind adding more biochem to an already science-heavy exam is that there is a fair amount

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November 20, 2014

Preparing for Your MCAT Test Date

It’s almost here—your MCAT test date, and you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s. You’ve taken Kaplan’s AdvantagePlus MCAT Prep Course. You’ve attended all the classes; you’ve studied the review notes and spent countless hours practicing with both the Kaplan and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) full-length MCAT exams.

So what’s next? Let the experts at Kaplan help you get ready for MCAT Test Day itself so you can be on top of your game and get the score you want.

Scout out your MCAT Test Day location

By the time Test Day rolls around, you …

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October 22, 2014

Pros and Cons of Taking the New MCAT 2015 in April

As a society, we tend to remember the trendsetters—those who break the mold, pave new pathways, boldly go where no one has gone before. We think of Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary climbing Mt. Everest or Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon.

If you’re a med student, maybe your mind jumps to the cloning of Dolly the sheep; or Watson, Crick, and Franklin solving the structure of DNA.

These figures in history are heroes, no doubt. But we don’t often think of the fact that being the first one to do something, to break new ground, can also be …

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September 30, 2014

Which MCAT Am I Prepared to Take?

In order to unlock your good life, you need a great score. One of the biggest questions facing premed students is “which MCAT am I prepared to take in order to get my best score?”

The MCAT is Changing

If medical school is in your near future, you probably know that, the new MCAT will launch in the Spring of 2015. The major changes to new MCAT are:

1. More Tested Topics

2. Almost Double the Length

3. Different Scoring Scale

4. New Question Types and Skills

5. A More Medical Approach

Which MCAT Am I Prepared to Take?

One …

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August 25, 2014

What is Changing on the MCAT 2015?

If medical school is in your near future, you probably know that, as of April 2015, there’s a new MCAT in town, appropriately termed MCAT 2015 to differentiate it from the current exam.

While much of the popular conversation has centered around the new content areas of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, we think it’s important to understand not just how the MCAT is changing in 2015, but why the MCAT is changing, and why now.

Why is the MCAT changing?

Science and medicine have advanced at an exponential rate in the past 23 years, and so has …

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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
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