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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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2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey: Social Media

Social MediaHey guys! I am back this week with a great question that came at the PERFECT time! What do medical school admissions have to say about the use of social media by applicants? In our recent 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey we found some interesting results! If you are looking for more answers to questions like below come join us for this month’s pulse event!  Thursday November 14th at 8pm EST Admissions Officers Tell All! REGISTER TODAY!

 

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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 …

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Kaplan Patrick Q&A: Efficient MCAT Studying Part 1

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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 …

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Finding Your Perfect Spot for Studying

EMILY HAUSE KAPLAN 02Hello my diligent medical school hopefuls! Today I would like to talk about something that can make or break your studying success: how to find your perfect MCAT study spot.

A couple of things to consider:

1. Do you study better around people or by yourself?
2. Do you like noise or quiet while you study?
3. How will your study spot contribute to your success on MCAT Test Day?

I’ll start with #3 first as it’s the most important. Research has shown that your environment can actually have a large impact on your ability to …

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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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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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What Will Med School Interviewers Ask You?

A review of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about the Med School Interview and what things med school interviewers will ask you!

In this video, Alicia Carlson-Bryant, explains what an interviewer is looking to ask an applicant! For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel!

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Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 9: Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses electrophilic aromatic substitution 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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First Med School Test Freakout!

Human AnatomyHello my persistent MCAT students! This week I had quite the adventure. I took my first tests of medical school and it seems that I have lived to tell about it. I’ll fill you in on a few details of the format, so you have an idea about the roller coaster of examinations I just completed. After three weeks of learning all of the muscles, bones, arteries and nerves of the back and extremities, I took a three-day long exam to ensure that I actually learned something.

Here’s the schedule:
Monday- A dissection lab quiz and

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