December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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December 2, 2014

Will Biochemistry Become a Medical School Prerequisite?

Hello my favorite carbon-based life forms! Today I’d like to talk about the content addition of biochemistry—which also just happens to be my personal favorite med school science course—to the MCAT 2015, and the related biochem medical school prerequisite course that might come with it.

Biochemistry on the MCAT

We all know that the MCAT 2015 is changing in big ways. In addition to adding psychology and sociology, the 2015 MCAT will be emphasizing more biochemistry material than previous MCAT administrations.

The idea behind adding more biochem to an already science-heavy exam is that there is a fair amount

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October 29, 2014

Nerdy Halloween Costumes

It’s the time of year again when even the smartest students take some time away from studying to come up with a creative and fun Halloween costume. We can skip the Mean Girls version of Halloween where you wear a sexy outfit and some ears and call it good. This year you want to impress your friends and family with a science-based, nerdy Halloween costume and I have some great ideas for you!

Costume idea #1- DNA

This is a great group costume, originated in the late 1990’s classic film, Never Been Kissed. You can can take it a step …

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December 20, 2013

MCAT Question of the Week! Immunology

Great work on this week’s MCAT question focused on Immunology! Stay tuned next week for a special holiday themed question!

Both the humoral response and the cellular response are specific immune responses which eliminates (A). Choice (B) is the correct answer! The humoral response is directed against antigens that have not yet entered body cells, while the cellular response is directed against pathogens that have entered body cells. Choice (C) is incorrect, because both the humoral response and the cellular response result in the formation of memory cells. Choice (D) is false, since the humoral response involves the production of …

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Tests & Scores
September 17, 2013

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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Tests & Scores
July 1, 2013

Thinking About MCAT Science with Adam: E02 Combustion

Here’s Episode 2 of the “Thinking About the MCAT” series!  We’re going to take a trip to some General Chemistry this time, because I’m always thinking about it this time of year.  And based on the all these fireworks shows going on, I’m not the only one…

For more information about the MCAT and how to prepare, visit Kaplan’s MCAT Homepage.

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