January 23, 2015

A Fond Farewell to the Current Version of the MCAT

We are here to bid a fond farewell to an old friend—the current version of the MCAT, the primary architecture of which has been with us since the early 1990s.

Today, for the last time, pre-med students around the country will take the MCAT exam as we have known it for almost a quarter century. In a sense, this is like saying goodbye to the Boeing 707 or the Space Shuttle or the original Macintosh computer—all unparalleled inventions that dutifully served their terms well beyond expectation.

The now-retired version of the MCAT has not only performed admirably in its prescribed …

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January 21, 2015

Why Pre-Meds Love Kaplan’s 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program

Hello my intense readers! Today I’d like to talk to you about the Kaplan 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP). This program is a unique summer opportunity in which I’ve participated and highly recommend.

What is the 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP)?

It’s a six-week program where you work with top-rated Kaplan instructors (like me!) to improve your MCAT content knowledge, testing strategies and learn all about the medical school application process.

I love the summer intensive program because it emphasizes learning through tons of different methods:

  • large group lectures
  • small group sessions for digesting material and
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January 14, 2015

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: A Great Education in the Midwest

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine prides itself in promoting education through mentorship. The school is located in the center of Hyde Park just south of the city of Chicago, Illinois.


Fast Facts

— The Pritzker School of medicine is a smaller medical school with 377 students and 891 faculty members. Each class has 88 members which makes it smaller than many other medical schools

— Because of its Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Medical School is known for its pediatrics education.

— The costs for full-time, one year tuition is $47,673, but an additional $4,218 …

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January 12, 2015

How to Balance School, Life, and MCAT Prep

You already know that the MCAT is not just any standardized test. If you underestimate it or go into Test Day without adequate preparation, you’re doing yourself a disservice. While everyone’s study schedule is different, one thing remains the same: a long-term strategy for MCAT prep is needed; cramming is just not likely to do the trick.

Customizing your MCAT prep plan

The first step to any MCAT prep plan is gauging how much time you have to study up until Test Day. Take into account your chosen test date, or if you have not chosen one, start …

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January 9, 2015

What’s Tested on the MCAT 2015?

After significant, soul-searching deliberations with yourself (not to mention hours of volunteering and shadowing) you’ve decided to go to medical school. Great! Your next step is to take the MCAT, which can sometimes feel like an insurmountable beast that stands between you and your white coat dreams. The first step towards conquering any obstacle is knowing what you’re up against, so read on for more details on what’s actually tested on the new MCAT 2015.

First, peruse the AAMC’s website on the changes made to the MCAT 2015 exam. They’ve broken it down into a handy interactive

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January 1, 2015

Pre-Med New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!

#1. Set manageable goals

This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …

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January 1, 2015

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Pre-Med Blog

2014 was an exciting world for the MCAT and medical school admissions. From the buzz about switching to the new MCAT 2015 to potentially including biochemistry, sociology, and psychology as prerequisite classes, we covered a lot this year. Our pre-med blog reflected those important topics while also delving into deeper issues like the pros and cons of who to date in medical school. Here are some of our best articles from the past year!

Best Pre-Med Blog posts of 2014:

MCAT Study Schedules:

Two of our most popular blog posts from 2014 revolve around the important topic of building a …

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December 31, 2014

Map Your Medical School Application Process

Regardless of where you are in your pre-med education—just starting out as a freshman or sophomore, completing prerequisites as a junior or senior, or studying for the MCAT—it’s never too early to start mapping about the medical school application process.

Don’t be fooled: the med school application process doesn’t begin when you start actually applying. It begins as soon as you decide to become a physician. One of the biggest mistakes pre-meds make is waiting too long to start thinking about their applications and how they are going to present themselves. So, no matter where you are in …

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December 30, 2014

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Social Media

Hello my holiday readers! Welcome to the Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014- the social media edition!

We filled up Facebook and Twitter with practical MCAT questions and silly memes to keep you going while you’re studying. Without further ado, let’s check out some of the best posts from this past year!

Getting ready for Test Day

So you’re a serious student and want some excellent resources? We regularly share great info graphics and articles from across the web. Here’s a great post to show you how to spend your weekend time wisely!

Want some additional MCAT practice? Every week …

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