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Kaplan or Princeton Review for the best MCAT prep course?

By | March 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

So what's the best MCAT prep course? In any given year, between 70 and 80% of MCAT takers enroll in a formal MCAT prep course. In this post, I review the courses offered by the two most popular test prep companies, Kaplan and The Princeton Review.

MCAT books: Review of Kaplan, Princeton Review, Examkrackers, Berkeley Review MCAT prep books

By | March 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

MCAT prep book sets come in all different shapes and sizes, with varying benefits and upsides to each. There is not one book set that is ideal for every MCAT studier, which is why you really can’t believe anyone who tells you one book set is ‘better’ than another.

How important is my science GPA vs cumulative GPA to medical schools?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.

Is getting an A in Organic Chemistry even possible?…and what if I get a C in a pre-med class?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Participate in class. One of your best resources is your professor, so use her/him when you're in class to clarify concepts. Also make use of your TA when needed. You need to understand each concept before moving on.

Should I re-take the MCAT? How do medical schools treat multiple MCAT scores?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

You'll need to ask the schools you're planning to attend how they treat multiple scores for those re-taking the MCAT.

What’s a good GPA/MCAT combo for acceptance to medical school—3.7/511?

By | March 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application, MCAT Prep|

A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!

Best books for aspiring doctors: What are the best reads for future MDs?

By | March 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

If you’re firmly in the doctor camp, and even if you’re on the fence about your career choice, I’d recommend taking a deep breath and sitting down with a good book or two to get a feel for what’s ahead. Where to find the best books for aspiring doctors? How better to prepare for a [...]

How is the new MCAT being scored? Here’s the lowdown…

By | March 10th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

AAMC, the organization that administers the test, has cautioned medical school adcoms not to put too much weight on the MCAT score, and that precaution applies not just in 2015, but from here to eternity.

Med school application timeline

By | March 10th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Med school application process: from MCAT prep through med school interviews It’s January, and for a lot of you that means getting serious about MCAT prep and thinking ahead about your med school applications. While some of you have been studying ferociously for months, I would imagine that the majority of you med school hopefuls are just [...]

A comprehensive list of MCAT prep books in 2017

By | March 1st, 2017|MCAT Prep|

Each line of MCAT prep books has unique strengths and weaknesses. It's not a one-size-fits-all purchase pre-med students are making here. And that's why we put this list together: you deserve to go into the MCAT with confidence that your books helped, not hurt, your score.