November 19, 2014

2014 Kaplan Survey Shows Latest Trends in Medical School Admissions

The results from Kaplan’s 2014 Med School Admissions Survey are in

Every year since 2006, Kaplan has conducted a survey of medical school admissions officers to find out the latest admissions trends. In August, we spoke with 78 medical schools from across the country to give you, the applicant, the inside scoop on medical school facts and figures!

This is timely, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) just reported that the total applicants to medical school were up by 3.1% this past year, while total matriculants were up only 1.5%, with a 41% matriculation rate among applicants. This …

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November 17, 2014

9 Harmful Effects of Test Induced Stress

By Megan Weyrauch on November 25, 2013

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It is hard to believe that finals are right around the corner. By now you may have started studying for your last quizzes, tests and exams, and I have no doubt you are feeling the effects of test induced stress weighing you down.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger, the body’s defenses kick …

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November 13, 2014

Overcoming a Low MCAT Score

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

 

Being a premedical student is a unique experience. You have to be on your toes all of the time. In my previous Kaplan Blog Post I spoke on how being a well-rounded premedical student can help you to matriculate into medical school. Today I want to present to you a personal story about overcoming a low MCAT score that will shed …

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November 12, 2014

Masters and Post-Baccs and Med School, Oh my!

Hello my knowledgeable readers! Today I’d like to talk a bit about why getting a Masters degree (specifically an MPH) or going through a premedical Post-baccalaureate program can help you strengthen your application and help you get into medical school! Let’s go through some common questions.

Who should get a post-bacc or MPH?

Premedical post-bacc programs are great for students who had a non-science major in undergrad and would like to move through the medical school pre-requisite classes in an organized and supported fashion. For example, I talked to two of my classmates who completed post-bacc programs and …

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November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 10, 2014

4 Organic Chemistry Study Tips for the MCAT

Organic chemistry, affectionately known in most colleges as “OChem” or “orgo,” is one of those hurdles that all medical students are happy to be done with after undergrad. It can separate students who will eventually make it to the white coat ceremony in medical school from those who won’t even end up applying. In many colleges, OChem is largely responsible for making students change their majors from the hard sciences and take up new disciplines.

Some people overlook the importance of studying for organic chemistry on the MCAT, which can sap points from their score. In order …

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November 4, 2014

Studying For Final Exams vs. Studying For The MCAT

Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.

Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…

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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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