August 27, 2014

Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

Hello my MCAT-loving readers! Today I want to answer a common question posed by students – “When will I feel ready to take the MCAT?”

The short answer is that you may never feel ready to take the MCAT. It’s an intimidating test and feeling 100% certain that you’re ready to go destroy it, may not happen for you. That doesn’t mean that you’re not actually ready to take the MCAT.

What you should really be asking is – “How do I know that I’m ready to take the MCAT?”

You’re ready to take the MCAT if:

1. …

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June 14, 2013

Avoiding MCAT Meltdown

Hello my studious pre-med readers! Today I want to talk about a topic that gets brought up by at least one student in every class that I teach. It’s a topic that is very sensitive and when left unaddressed can be extremely detrimental to studying for the MCAT- Test Anxiety.

Now, if you have never had anxiety about anything, the concept of test anxiety is very foreign. But if you have had anxiety, you know all too well the tightness in your chest, the cramps in your stomach and the general loss of intelligent, rational thought that accompanies true

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March 21, 2013

3 Tips to Taking a MCAT Practice Test

What better way is there to see how you’ll score on the MCAT than to take an MCAT practice test? This is the best tool to predict your score and see where there is room for improvement. If you’re wondering when and how to take your MCAT practice tests, then look no further!

1. Take the practice test at the same time as the actual MCAT.

Students can choose between morning and afternoon administrations when registering for the MCAT.  Once you’ve registered for the test, start taking practice exams at the same time as the actual MCAT.  If …

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January 24, 2013

A Tale of Two MCATs: Which Should I Take?

With 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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November 13, 2012

The 2015 MCAT – Thoughts and Statistics

Last week Alex wrote about the The Big Buzz behind the 2015 MCAT changes.  Check out his post for more information on the new format and content which is also being highlighted in the Preview Guide for the 2015 MCAT Exam.

With all of this new information Kaplan surveyed medical school admissions officers to see what they thought about the revamped MCAT set to launch in 2015.  The new MCAT has the support of the medical education community.  Nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) medical school admissions officers support the changes to the MCAT, while only 1% don’t support the

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Tests & Scores
June 25, 2012

How To Avoid MCAT Prep Burnout

Face it, MCAT prep is tiresome!  The daily grind of studying and the pressure to do well can make you do some crazy things, and can also cause you to potentially over-study and exhaust yourself before Test Day.  Ideally, you want to walk into the testing center feeling excited, alert, and at the peak of your performance.  Burnout is a serious issue when studying for the MCAT because you don’t want to head into your test feeling absolutely sick and tired of the MCAT – you won’t feel as sharp or motivated.  We’re going to discuss 3 quick tips to …

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April 17, 2012

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

Oftentimes, 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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Tests & Scores
February 16, 2012

How to build the Ideal MCAT Study Schedule, Part 2

In my last post we discussed several tips for making the most of the limited study time that you have available as a premed. Now, in Part 2 of our series on the Ideal MCAT Study Schedule we’ll take a look at three different types of premeds and how each can properly utilize a day to get the most out of their studying.

One quick note before we get started: you will notice in reading these I really make a point of taking active breaks. It is important to only study for a max of around 2-3 hours, unless you …

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Tests & Scores
January 16, 2012

Read it, Hear it, See it, Try it: What is Well-Rounded MCAT Preparation?

Choosing your MCAT prep can be a difficult task in its own right, even before you crack open the books and start studying. Walk into any bookstore or search the internet for MCAT study materials, and you might be overwhelmed by the number of choices available to you. Throughout the years, people across all industries (academic, test-prep, self-help, etc.) have published study aids and materials meant to help students achieve their goals on the MCAT, and the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. To further frustrate your efforts, try asking a friend or classmate for recommendations on …

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