November 24, 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 … more
November 3, 2014

How is the MCAT Scored?

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 famed med school exam serves in admissions.

First, the MCAT is used to predict more
October 24, 2014

What Makes For a Good Test-Taker?

Hello 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?

What separates people who are more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

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.… more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

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. more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

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 mentors. The mentors will … more
October 24, 2014

Teaching the MCAT for Kaplan

Hello 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 its questions.

This quality more
October 24, 2014

Functional Group Friends!

Okay, 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 looking at an entirely more
October 24, 2014

Equations and Units and Relationships, oh my!

For 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 to know the equations more
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