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Summer MCAT prep boot camps…burning hot!

By | May 31st, 2017|MCAT Prep|

Six weeks of scorching heat! Summer MCAT prep boot camp: Ready? Set! Go. It's time to ramp it up! If you're on the fence about putting the finishing touches on your summer MCAT prep or getting help from the professionals, you are down to the wire for finalizing your decision! Kaplan and Princeton Review both [...]

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

By | May 9th, 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!

My MCAT prep study schedule for pre-med procrastinators: MCAT prep in 8 weeks!

By | April 3rd, 2017|MCAT Prep|

I started by reading the Examkrackers Complete Study Package, then taking practice tests every 2-3 days. I added reading from the Berkeley Review full set, and finished by taking a practice test every single day, followed by a 3-4 hour review session. That's it!

My review of the Altius MCAT prep course

By | April 3rd, 2017|MCAT Prep|

Should I go with the Altius MCAT prep option? I think the Altius MCAT prep course is somewhat unique in its offerings, which is why I'm reviewing just Altius in this post... Altius MCAT Prep is available in several cities in Utah, as well as Portland and Corvallis, Oregon; Pullman, Washington; Moscow, Idaho; Lawrence, Kansas; [...]

Will reading The Economist really improve my MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning score?

By | March 29th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

If you've started prepping for the MCAT, you not only know the MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section is mind-numbingly hard, but you realize that it accounts for a hefty part of your overall score. Verbal reasoning is a skill, and getting good at it takes practice. There are lots of tips and techniques you’ll get in [...]

MCAT CBTs: Best of the bunch!

By | March 28th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

If you’re looking for insight into how to prepare for the MCAT, you’ve come to the right place. My recommendation is that, while studying, you should take at least one CBT each week, and more if you can handle it.

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.

What are the MCAT test dates in 2017?

By | February 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

As you can see, the MCAT test dates are grouped around the most beneficial times for students….early enough in the semester (two in January!) so as not to ruin your whole semester—only part of it—and early enough to take the test again...

What were the changes to the new MCAT?

By | January 1st, 2017|MCAT Prep|

The emphasis on added science classes, as well as the new humanities and critical reasoning sections, mean the new MCAT will make it more difficult (but not impossible) for non-science majors to finish their undergraduate requirements in four years.

Study break before the MCAT—good idea or bad?

By | December 30th, 2016|MCAT Prep|

Some people say you should take a study break before the MCAT of at least two or three days, in order to clear your mind and relax. I'm worried I'll be off my rhythm if do. Any thoughts? -Kristine The key to your question are the words "some people."  You need to do what works for you [...]

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