Tag Archives: MCAT studying

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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Back-to-School Pre-Med Resolutions

New School Year Pre-Med Resolutions

Emily and her roommates on the first day of their second year of medical school.

Hello my scholarly pre-med readers! Let’s talk about our pre-med resolutions for this year! Summer is winding down and for many of you sophomores, juniors and seniors, that means it’s time to head back to school. Now, the novelty of college may have worn off and moving back into a dorm room or frat house may not be as exciting as it was your freshman year. You may be dreading classes such as Organic Chemistry or Cell Physiology (a notedly difficult …

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Am I Ready to Take the MCAT?

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 …

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How studying for the MCAT benefits you as a med student

EMILY HAUSE KAPLAN 02Hello my studious readers! I was sitting in a Cardio lecture this week when the lecturer flashed the equation on the screen, P1V1=P2V2. That equation looked very familiar and I had a flashback to when I memorized it for the first time when I was studying for the MCAT. That got me thinking about skills that I had honed and material I had committed to memory when I was studying for the MCAT that has come in handy in medical school. So, despair not MCAT studiers! Here are the parts of your MCAT studying that will

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REKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Gen Chem 1!

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MCAT Rockstars!

MCAT Gen Chem 1 is in the books! We had a unique opportunity to review some Chemistry that we probably haven’t seen in quite a while!

Some of the big takeaways from Gen Chem 1!

  • Preview Work is absolutely essential! I constantly remind my students as we are moving through Unit 1 how important the preview work and going back to some of the basics can be.
  • Content is King. When was the last time you reviewed Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, and the Periodic Table? Those all seem like simple straight forward Gen Chem
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Don’t forget the 3C’s of the MCAT!

xb0nh0.jpgHello my critically thinking MCAT students! One of the very first things you learn in your first Strategy and Critical Thinking Session is that there are 3C’s that are important to keep in mind on your MCAT journey. They are Content, Critical Reasoning and Crisis Prevention. Now, most students keep these in mind for perhaps the first week or so while they study, and by week four of studying have completely forgotten that there should be a balance between all 3 C’s. Today, let’s focus on how to keep all 3C’s in mind throughout your

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Thinking About MCAT Science With Adam: E01 – Respiration

Come join us with MCAT Expert Adam Grey as he introduces how to relate MCAT Science to everyday life!

Like a lot of people in the world of med school admissions, I think about MCAT science a lot. Seeing the world through this lens is vital to becoming a successful medical student and physician, and it helps to maximize your MCAT score as well.
That’s why I’m pleased to announce the first episode of “Thinking About MCAT Science,” an web series about seeing echoes of the MCAT in our everyday lives.  Each video will be …
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Summer Sun and Study Fun, The MCAT Way!

395px-Man_sitting_under_beach_umbrellaHello my diligent MCAT students. Here we are in the glorious month of June and you’re probably thinking to yourself that signing up to take an MCAT class during the warm, sunny months seemed like a great idea in January. Now you may be rethinking that decision since you are sitting inside missing out on some wonderful vitamin D production while all of your friends play sand volleyball and do other fun summer activities.

Today I’m going to argue that yes, you have to spend a lot of time inside studying for the MCAT and taking

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MCAT’s Summer Intensive Program

mcat-sip-scheduleI have embarked on a fun new journey! I’m an instructor at the Boulder MCAT  Summer Intensive Program, commonly known as MCAT SIP.  I have gotten to spend this week with some of the brightest minds in MCAT brainstorming awesome ways to teach MCAT and I’m super excited to start teaching next week.

If you have been considering an MCAT SIP program, there is still time to sign up for the San Diego SIP which starts June 29th. If you’re planning on taking the MCAT next year, I would strongly suggest thinking about SIP

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Something Is Better Than Nothing

Frustrated_man_at_a_desk_(cropped)It’s one of those days. I am exhausted. My body hurts because I’m so tired. My brain is full. I can’t concentrate and my to-do list is decidedly too long to even contemplate.

With the full schedule of a pre-med student (taking classes, volunteering, studying for the MCAT , working, shadowing and applying to medical school), I have a lot of experience “powering through” and “playing through the pain.” I have made it through the toughness of finals week with mono and the absurdity of finishing a half marathon on a broken foot.  But, there are …

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