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 8, 2014

Which MCAT Test Date Is Best For You?

One of the first major hurdles you’ll face on your way to unlocking the good life as a doctor is taking the MCAT. And there are many things you have to consider as you prep, including when you should schedule your MCAT test date to maximize your score.

Deciding when to take the exam isn’t always easy, and every student has his or her own unique situation, commitments, and timeline. Read on to find out what Kaplan recommends for you!

 

Which MCAT test dates should you avoid?

While the test is administered year-round, there are definitely some MCAT test …

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March 10, 2014

Setting Expectations for Preparing for the MCAT!

Greetings MCAT Rockstars!

Tonight I am teaching my Physics 1 class. This is the first content class Kaplan teaches when preparing for the MCAT. Before I begin my first content lesson I always begin class by setting expectations!  It is important to begin your MCAT preparations by thinking about your own study habits and things you could change to make your MCAT preperation as optimal as possible!

Class

Are you doing the preview work before class?

Are you mentally alert and engaged in class?

Homework 

When are you going to do the homework?

Have you scheduled into your weekly plans?…

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February 24, 2014

MCAT Success Starts Here!

The first topic that I address with a new class is always the same. You are going to take the MCAT. Repeat it with me guys! “I am going to be taking the MCAT.” Sounds kind of strange when you say it out loud, right? Not if you want MCAT success!

One of the first things we acknowledge when we start a class is the MCAT can be a scary thing. In general, most pre-med students go through the pre-med track looking at the MCAT as an obstacle. The MCAT can NOT be seen as an obstacle – rather an …

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Tests & Scores
November 6, 2013

Thinking About MCAT Science With Adam: E04 Blood Types

This episode takes us to donating blood, where there’s a lot more MCAT science than it first may seem. No matter where Adam is he can find a way to see MCAT science!

For more great lessons from Adam, and a whole lot more, jump over to our MCAT YouTube Channel. There’s hours of footage from events, lessons, and more that can help you prepare for the MCAT and medical school. Enjoy!

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November 1, 2013

Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 2

Continuing our discussion from ‘Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1′ we ask what is the most efficient way to study during our block. Looking back at the sample schedules, note that we are trying to get in at least 20 hours of studying a week at the very minimum, included in that time would be 1 full length examination a week.  At the minimum you should be trying to get in at least:

  • 2 Topical Tests
  • 1 Verbal Section Test
  • 1 Science Section Test
  • 1 Full Length Test

I understand that a lot of the content people are comfortable with. The …

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October 30, 2013

Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1

Hey guys! Following up on my student question from yesterday reminded me of a blog post I wrote a while back about proper MCAT studying.

In order to help my students become more productive in their MCAT studies I always start with a question back! The first question to ask is how long should we be studying for?  Right away many say “9, 10 hours? All day even?” I am here to tell you that is simply not the case.  Remember that the goal for total hours studied for an MCAT should be around 300 hours on average. Keeping that …

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Tests & Scores
October 1, 2013

MCAT Fast Facts: Predicting Reactivity

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses how to predict reactivity as tested on the MCAT. Note that the MCAT tests critical thinking, not just science recall, mastery of certain science concepts is a prerequisite for the test.

For more great videos concerning Fast Facts, Current Events, and more, head over to our MCAT YouTube Channel….……

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Med School Experience
September 23, 2013

Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 10: Genetic Mutations

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses genetic mutations as tested on the MCAT. Note that the MCAT tests critical thinking, not just science recall, mastery of certain science concepts is a prerequisite for the test.

For more great videos concerning Fast Facts, Current Events, and more, head over to our MCAT YouTube Channel….…

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