April 15, 2015

Fun In The Sun (With MCAT Prep!)

Hello my springtime readers! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, all of which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer MCAT prep plans! The summer is a great time to prep for and take the MCAT, because most students either do not take classes or have a lighter course-load. Fewer responsibilities will allow you to fully dedicate your time to prepping for the MCAT and getting your highest score possible! Let’s talk about the steps to get your summer set up for MCAT test day success:



Step 1- Register …

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April 13, 2015

The Journey to Becoming a Doctor

Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.

A day in the life of. . .


A First and Second Year Medical Student:

You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for …

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April 8, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.



In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees …

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April 2, 2015

Gaining Pre-Med Global Health Experience

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Smridhi Mahajan – University of Texas at Austin


Sometimes it may seem like medical school is extremely far away and you that you still have several hurdles to overcome before you get there. Maybe you still have to finish your medical school prerequisites, take the MCAT, or write your personal statement. No matter how far along you are on your journey to medical

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April 1, 2015

Getting into Medical School with Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

Organic chemistry, both on the MCAT and in pre-med undergraduate classes, has long been one of the most consistent enemies of many a hopeful medical student. Now, with the addition of more biochemistry on the MCAT, these two subjects have become crucial for getting into medical school.

Don’t fret—this is actually great news for your future medical career. There is hardly a subject more important during your first year of medical school than biochemistry, so mastering it early on will work wonders on improving your understanding of the material and mitigating your stress level once you officially start

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March 31, 2015

Exploring Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Written by Kelly Lee


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis can boast of being one of the most prestigious medical schools in the United States today. Located in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, this campus finds itself in the middle of one of the biggest cities of the American Midwest. While applicants who are used to enjoying coastal beaches might feel wary of moving to a land-locked state, students at WashU happily declare that their city provides them with more than ample entertainment opportunities.

Vital Stats

♦ There are 123 students matriculating per year.

♦ While …

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March 26, 2015

Tips for Creating Successful Pre-Med Study Groups

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida


As we advance in our pre-med studies, there is a tendency to become overwhelmed. We are held accountable for understanding massive loads of information for our undergraduate pre-med prerequisite classes and the MCAT, while also juggling extracurricular activities, family responsibilities and work commitments. One effective way to create balance and efficiency when tackling the mounds of material …

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March 16, 2015

MCAT Success Stories from Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program

Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!


What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?


Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence

“Last summer, I …

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March 15, 2015

Tips For Preparing Your Medical School AMCAS Application

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Stefanie Smith: University of Missouri


The road to medical school is long, and once you finally get to the point of applying, it can be a relief. And then you log into the AMCAS application, and all your fears come racing back. It is a very daunting application, if you’re not properly prepared for it.

Application Overview

The first few sections of the application …

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