Tag Archives: MCAT scores

How is the MCAT Scored?

Understand how the MCAT is scored to get ahead on the med school exam.

Understanding MCAT scoring can help in your medical school admissions.

Over the past 15 years at Kaplan, I have spoken to thousands of pre-med students, and the question I get asked the most is “how is the MCAT scored?” Today, I want to dispel the most common myths about the current MCAT scoring process and get you the facts.


Why Do I Have to Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)?

Before we dive into the question of “how is the MCAT scored,” let’s take a step back and look at the dual purpose this …

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What Makes For a Good Test-Taker?

iStock_000015742269SmallHello my devoted MCAT students. For those of you who are taking a July or August test, you may be losing steam in your studies. I encourage you to not lose hope! You’re almost to the finish line, so give it your all for these last few weeks or days. Today I want to talk about something that you may not have thought about while you’re studying for the MCAT, but it will hopefully be useful both in your MCAT studies and ideally someday in your medical school studies: What Makes for a Good Test-Taker?


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Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 3: Peptide Bond

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses the peptide bond 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. Do you know the peptide structure?

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

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Thinking About MCAT Science with Adam: E02 Combustion

Here’s Episode 2 of the “Thinking About the MCAT” series!  We’re going to take a trip to some General Chemistry this time, because I’m always thinking about it this time of year.  And based on the all these fireworks shows going on, I’m not the only one…

For more information about the MCAT and how to prepare, visit Kaplan’s MCAT Homepage.

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Do You Get Good Grades, But Don’t Score Well On The MCAT? Here’s Why…

You get good grades.  Maybe even great grades.  So why is it so many “good students” like you do great on regular tests but hit a brick wall when it comes to the MCAT?  There is actually a very logical explanation.  Listen as our new MCAT Mentors explain.

Need that extra push when it comes to prepping for the MCAT? The MCAT Mentors are part of Kaplan’s new Advantage Plus course.

Along with specially designed classes to prepare you for the MCAT, this new course includes study group meetings and exclusive one-on-one discussions with our MCAT …

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Teaching the MCAT for Kaplan

MCAT-TEACHER-EMILYHello my dedicated MCAT students! I have been spending the past few weeks working with some of the best MCAT teachers in the country at the Boulder MCAT Summer Intensive Program. As a teacher, this is a unique experience because I get to share and brainstorm strategies and mnemonics in-person with my fellow teachers. Additionally, I get to nerd out like crazy about things like organic functional groups (see last week’s post) the glory of the the inverse relationships that are prevalent on the MCAT and the sheer beauty of a well-crafted passage and

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Functional Group Friends!

Alkene-2D-skeletal.svgOkay, industrious MCAT students, even though Organic Chemistry has been losing some of its prevalence on the MCAT in recent years, it still makes up approximately 25-30% of the Biological Science Section. What does that mean for you as students who hope to achieve that perfect 45? That means you need to make friends with your functional groups.

Now, most of you probably dedicated a portion of your Sophomore or Junior year to rote memorization of the names and properties of various functional groups. However, on the MCAT, mere memorization won’t cut it when you’re

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Equations and Units and Relationships, oh my!

iStock_000015742269SmallFor the past few days in the MCAT SIP program, we have been focusing on the first few chapters of the Physics review notes book. We have been tackling topics like Kinematics, Force, Motion, Gravitation, Work and Energy. There is a lot of high yield material in the first few chapters and it can often be extremely overwhelming, especially for students who haven’t taken physics in a few years.

When it comes to the physical sciences, there are three things that can help increase your physics speed and accuracy.

1. Equations- It is absolutely essential

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Correcting a Common MCAT Misconception

320px-Panic_buttonOne of the questions I get asked most frequently as a teacher is, “Exactly what questions will I see on my test?”  If I knew the answer to that question, I would be making tons of money setting everyone up with their personalized MCAT answers. Although I can’t tell anyone exactly which questions they will be answering on Test Day, I do want to help out all of my intrepid MCAT studiers today and correct a common MCAT misconception.

Misconception: When I take my test, all of the material will be 100% familiar

Here’s the deal- …

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The MCAT Summer Games

With the London Summer Games upon us, the whole world is tuning in to watch the athletes that have spent years preparing and rehearsing for their particular sporting events. There are a lot of things to take away from London Games’ athletes, particularly their hard work and dedication to following their dreams.  Just like studying for the MCAT there are long hard training days where self-doubt can creep in! So what can we learn from these elite athletes?

Physical Sciences –This is the first section of the MCAT and one that most pre-med students need to …

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