October 30, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: Maintaining Study-Life Balance

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

Along with maintaining a strong GPA and having well-rounded extracurricular activities, MCAT scores are a major factor in medical school admissions. At one point or another, every pre-medical student must take this test as a “rite-of-passage” before even applying to medical school. Since this test is so important, many pre-meds think it is necessary to be locked …

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October 27, 2014

MCAT Success Tips from Owen Farcy, Host of The Pulse

By Megan Weyrauch on October 10, 2013

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Basic MCAT information

Before we share Owen’s MCAT success tips, let’s cover the basics. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is a “computer-based, multiple-choice examination used by medical school admissions officials to predict future success.”

The current MCAT has three parts: physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences. The physical sciences portion tests knowledge of general chemistry, basic physics, analytical reasoning and data interpretation. The verbal reasoning

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October 21, 2014

Why do I have to take the MCAT?

Hello my hard-working readers! Today I want to address a question that I hear frequently from my students and even more frequently from my classmates: Why do I have to take this standardized test? My students are complaining about having to take the MCAT and my classmates are complaining about the USMLE, or Step 1, as it’s commonly known. It’s popular to bash on standardized tests, but today I’d like to talk about why they’re actually awesome!

 

1. They’re standardized

Your GPA can vary greatly depending on your school, your schedule, and the difficulty of your classes. That …

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October 20, 2014

Fast Facts to Help You Target Your Ideal MCAT Score

With autumn comes the white coat ceremony

When autumn arrives, so do lots of people’s favorite things—football season, pumpkin-flavored everything, crisp weather that makes you want to cozy up to a mug of hot chocolate. On medical school campuses across the country, autumn also brings with it the white coat ceremony—that time-honored tradition in which family and friends gather to watch you don the symbolic garment of the medical field and the singular identifier of you as a fledgling student doctor: the short white lab coat. After three months of constant wear in your third year, you’ll likely grow …

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October 16, 2014

Tips For a Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student

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.

Stefanie Smith: University of Missouri

 

The Busy Life of a Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student

Violin lessons, dance, parent teacher conferences, a test, two conference calls, multiple doctor appointments, and a full-time job; this is a pretty average week for me.

Being a pre-med can be overwhelming at times; when you add the intricacies of a non-traditional pre-med (e.g. family and work), it can seem downright impossible. …

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October 15, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Verbal Reasoning Success

Verbal reasoning on the MCAT

It’s the bane of many an MCAT test-taker: the dreaded verbal reasoning section of the med school entrance exam. Most see the verbal reasoning section as a wordy jumble of dense information followed by questions that make you think, “Wait, did I just read the right passage? Are these questions to a different section? Did I lose consciousness there for a little while?”

Fear not! While the verbal section of the MCAT can be the most challenging to tackle—especially considering the time constraints—the following five tips will have you slicing your way through verbal reasoning …

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October 9, 2014

Pre-Med Priorities: Tips for Building a Strong Academic Foundation

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.

Priscila Cevallos: University of Texas at Austin

 

The Pre-Med Journey Begins: Freshman Year

The night before my first day as a college freshman, I remember tossing and turning for hours unable to sleep. My mind wandered to thoughts of the future and what the next four years would hold in store for me. More than anything, my dream was to get into medical school

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October 8, 2014

Which MCAT Test Date Is Best For You?

One of the first major hurdles you’ll face on your way to unlocking the good life as a doctor is taking the MCAT. And there are many things you have to consider as you prep, including when you should schedule your MCAT test date to maximize your score.

Deciding when to take the exam isn’t always easy, and every student has his or her own unique situation, commitments, and timeline. Read on to find out what Kaplan recommends for you!

 

Which MCAT test dates should you avoid?

While the test is administered year-round, there are definitely some MCAT test …

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October 7, 2014

Pre-Med Prerequisites for Taking the New MCAT

New pre-med requirements for passing the MCAT

The upcoming changes to the new MCAT also mean a change to the typical pre-med prerequisite courses we are accustomed to advising students to take.

For many years, the “traditional” pre-med prerequisites have been a year of general chemistry, a year of general biology, a year of physics, and a year of that old fan favorite, organic chemistry.

But with the new MCAT exam, which will first be administered on April 17, 2015, additional content knowledge in upper-division biochemistry, introductory psychology, and introductory sociology will also need to go on your list of …

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