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 21, 2015

Why Pre-Meds Love Kaplan’s 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program

Hello my intense readers! Today I’d like to talk to you about the Kaplan 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP). This program is a unique summer opportunity in which I’ve participated and highly recommend.

What is the 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP)?

It’s a six-week program where you work with top-rated Kaplan instructors (like me!) to improve your MCAT content knowledge, testing strategies and learn all about the medical school application process.

I love the summer intensive program because it emphasizes learning through tons of different methods:

  • large group lectures
  • small group sessions for digesting material and
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December 24, 2014

Pre-Med Expectations: Applying to Medical School

So, it’s December and all you’d like for the holidays is a medical school acceptance letter. Regardless of whether you’re just starting your pre-med journey or you’ve already applied, I think we can all relate to the intense desire to get into medical school and become an amazing physician. Last week, December 12th, marked my two-year anniversary of receiving my first medical school acceptance letter and it’s got me thinking. What can you, as premeds, expect as you start applying to medical school?

People who say you can’t/won’t/shouldn’t be a doctor

I encountered this phenomenon early in my application process. …

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December 17, 2014

Pre-Med Gift Giving Guide for the 2015 Holidays

Happy holidays my celebratory readers! It’s the time of year where we’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our favorite pre-med friends and family members. You’re in luck today as I’ve put together a great pre-med gift-giving guide for the holidays!

Molecule Jewelry

Nothing says you’re going to be a doctor like a necklace that features the chemical structure of a molecule of dopamine! As far as nerdy jewelry options go, these are classy enough to wear to clinic, but interesting enough to be a good conversation piece. Several of my medical school classmates actually own these …

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November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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October 27, 2014

MCAT Success Tips from Owen Farcy, Host of The Pulse

By Megan Weyrauch on October 10, 2013

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Basic MCAT information

Before we share Owen’s MCAT success tips, let’s cover the basics. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is a “computer-based, multiple-choice examination used by medical school admissions officials to predict future success.”

The current MCAT has three parts: physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences. The physical sciences portion tests knowledge of general chemistry, basic physics, analytical reasoning and data interpretation. The verbal reasoning

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October 15, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Verbal Reasoning Success

Verbal reasoning on the MCAT

It’s the bane of many an MCAT test-taker: the dreaded verbal reasoning section of the med school entrance exam. Most see the verbal reasoning section as a wordy jumble of dense information followed by questions that make you think, “Wait, did I just read the right passage? Are these questions to a different section? Did I lose consciousness there for a little while?”

Fear not! While the verbal section of the MCAT can be the most challenging to tackle—especially considering the time constraints—the following five tips will have you slicing your way through verbal reasoning …

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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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September 29, 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Hello my excited readers! Today I’d like to answer a question that I get a lot from interested students:

Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?

I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!

1. Flexibility

One of the best features of the Kaplan MCAT program is …

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