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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September 2, 2014

Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Hello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)

The first question I …

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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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February 4, 2014

Fact from Fiction on This Month’s The Pulse

Are you excited as we are for February’s edition of The Pulse? This month our theme is “Fact from Fiction.” Out great panel of experts will dissect the MCAT and separate the truth from those horrifying myths. This month’s panel includes Amit Raghavan, a full-time MCAT instructor who has heard every fear and myth there is in the MCAT book. Adam Grey, who you may remember from his spectacular, educational MCAT videos, will help dissect the toughest problems and how many students can misconstrue their meanings. And, of course, your awesome moderator Owen Farcy who will help lead …

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January 13, 2014

2014 Kaplan MCAT Summer Intensive Program!

Have you ever thought about attending an MCAT summer intensive camp? Kaplan has your answer offering our 2014 MCAT Summer Intensive Program. The program is offered in 5 different locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Toronto, ON
  • Boston, MA
  • San Diego, CA

Unique MCAT Summer Intensive Course Structure

Boost your MCAT skills with Kaplan’s results-driven curriculum, including comprehensive content review, exclusive test-taking strategies, and personalized attention, all designed to help you:

  • Build a rock-solid science foundation with dynamic lectures
  • Learn time-tested, score-raising strategies in small-group recitations
  • Focus on your needs in weekly private tutoring sessions
  • Practice your lessons at
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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 16, 2013

Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 11: 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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October 4, 2013

MCAT Social Media Round Up – What You Might Be Missing!

You may be getting our blog entries, but have you checked us out on social media lately? Did you know that we are active on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube? We share helpful tips and ideas, practice problems, and amusing pictures and jokes – a combination of the academic and the non-academic to keep all things MCAT at the top of your mind. Here’s a collection of recent greatest hits from our social media channels:

The MCAT doesn’t have to be all hard work and no fun. Sometimes we all need a good laugh to take a break …

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Tests & Scores
August 27, 2013

Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 7: Argumentation

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses argumentation from Verbal Reasoning 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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