Best books for 2015 MCAT

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Boromir’s right about taking the MCAT. Which is why we recommend taking your time scanning the reviews posted on Amazon.com and the Student Doctor Network to determine the best MCAT prep books for you. I’ve written my own reviews of the MCAT prep materials by Examkrackers, Berkeley Review, Princeton Review and Kaplan.

How do I know what the best MCAT prep books are for me?

Each line of books has unique strengths and weaknesses (i.e. depth of review, cost, emphasis on content vs. practice, similarity to the actual MCAT, etc.). 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.

For some pre-meds, there’s a lot of value in picking and choosing from different MCAT prep companies, depending on where your weak spots are and how much time you have to prepare. That’s what I did. I was especially weak in critical analysis and reasoning, so, although I went with the TBR full set, I also sprang for the Examkrackers Reasoning Skills and the Kaplan Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. And I’m glad I did, because in a month’s time, my CARS score shot up.

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EXAMKRACKERS

9th Edition Examkrackers MCAT Complete Study Package — $179 new

9th Examkrackers MCAT Psychology & Sociology, 204 pages, from $28 used

ExamKrackers MCAT Biology, 9th edition, 178 pages, from $23 used

ExamKrackers MCAT Reasoning Skills: Verbal, Research & Math, 9th edition, 184 pages, from $19 used

Examkrackers: 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics— $18 used

Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry— $18 used

Examkrackers: 1001 Questions in MCAT Organic Chemistry— $15 used

Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Biology Questions — $18 used

Examkrackers MCAT Audio Osmosis with Jordan and Jon, $77 used

Examkrackers MCAT Chemistry-$6 used

Examkrackers: MCAT Organic Chemistry-$27 used

Examkrackers 16 Mini-MCATs (Examkrackers MCAT Manuals) $62 used

PRINCETON REVIEW


MCAT Subject Review Complete Box Set: New for MCAT 2015, $96 used

Complete MCAT: New for MCAT 2015, 1,488 pages, $50 used

MCAT Psychology and Sociology Review: New for MCAT 2015, 352 pages, from $16 used

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review: New for MCAT 2015, 384 pages, used from $13

MCAT General Chemistry Review: New for MCAT 2015, 352 pages — used from $20

MCAT Biology and Biochemistry Review: New for MCAT 2015, 704 pages, from $24 used

MCAT Organic Chemistry Review: New for MCAT 2015, 272 pages, used from $17

MCAT Physics and Math Review: New for MCAT 2015, 592 pages, used from $11

Essential MCAT: Flashcards + Online, 1,102 pages, new from $28

KAPLAN

Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review: Created for MCAT 2015, from $120 used

Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review: Book + Online, 3,160 pages, used from $140

Kaplan MCAT 528: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students, 468 pages, from $25 used

MCAT Verbal Practice: 108 Passages for the new CARS Section, 618 pages — from $15 used

Kaplan MCAT Flashcards + App, 2,004 cards — from $40 used

Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Created for MCAT 2015, 480 pages, used from $17

Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Book + Online, 480 pages, from $23 used

Kaplan MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review: Created for MCAT 2015, 224 pages, used from $8

Kaplan MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review: Book + Online, 336 pages, from $25 used

Kaplan MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review: Created for MCAT 2015, 512 pages, used from $19

Kaplan MCAT Behavioral Sciences Review: Book + Online, 512 pages, from $23 new

Kaplan MCAT Organic Chemistry Review: Created for MCAT 2015, 336 pages, from $25 used

Kaplan MCAT Organic Chemistry Review: Book + Online, 336 pages, used from $24

Kaplan MCAT Physics and Math Review: Created for MCAT 2015, 464 pages, from $23 used

Kaplan MCAT Physics and Math Review: Book + Online, 464 pages, from $25 used

Kaplan MCAT Biology Review: Book + Online, 512 pages, used from $25

THE BERKELEY REVIEW

I’ll share a pre-med trade secret here. The Berkeley Review materials are the toughest MCAT prep materials to get your hands on. The only way to get them is by mail order. What?! What century is this? You can also check for them on Amazon, but they’re extremely difficult to find there. Their full set includes: Biology (2 books) $69, General Chemistry (2 books) $69, Organic Chemistry (2 books) $69, Physics (2 books) $69, Verbal Reasoning $69, and full-length simulated CBTs. The Computer-Based Tests (CBTs) are 3 tests for $110.

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)

Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT 2015), 375 pages, from $25 used

NOVA

MCAT Prep Course, 1,340 pages, from $30 used

The MCAT Physics Book — 440 pages, $25 used

The MCAT Chemistry Book — 496 pages, $1 used

The MCAT Biology Book — 412 pages, $25 used

BARRON’S

Barron’s New MCAT with CD-ROM, 2nd edition, Paperback — $18 used

Barron’s MCAT Flash Cards, 474 pages — $12 used

STUDENT DOCTOR NETWORK

The Official Student Doctor Network MCAT Pearls (paperback) $218 used
The Student Doctor Network What Every Doctor Should Know… But Was Never Taught in Medical School, 214 pages — $95 used

The Student Doctor Network Caribbean Medical School Primer: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go, 104 pages, used from $12

THE GOLD STANDARD

The Gold Standard Review Complete MCAT incl. ExamKrackers & AAMC Guide: New 2015-2016 MCAT, from $599 new

The Gold Standard New MCAT Bio: Biology and Biochemistry, 400 pages, new from $23

MCGRAW-HILL

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT 2015 4-Book Value Pack, Cross Platform Edition, used from $75

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 2015, Cross Platform Edition, 400 pages, used from $18

McGraw-Hill’s 500 MCAT Biology Questions to Know by Test Day, 192 pages, used from $5

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT 2 Full-length Practice Tests 2015, Cross Platform Edition, 304 pages, used from $14

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Behavioral and Social Sciences & Critical Analysis 2015, Cross Platform Edition, 272 pages, used from $16

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 2015, Cross Platform Edition: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics Review, 256 pages, used from $20

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT:General Chemistry, 208 pages, used from $15

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT 2 Full-Length Practice Tests 2015, Cross Platform Edition, 304 pages, $35 new

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, 272 pages, used from $15

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, 288 pages, $19 new

McGraw-Hill’s MCAT Flashcards, 608 pages, $16,99

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT: Behavioral Sciences, 336 pages$19 new

McGraw-Hill’s 500 MCAT General Chemistry Questions to Know by Test Day, 208 pages, used from $1

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Behavioral and Social Sciences & Critical Analysis 2016, Cross Platform Edition, Pre-Order, 272 pages, $35 new

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT: Biology, 240 pages, $19 Pre-Order new

McGraw-Hill Education 500 Review Questions for the MCAT: Physics, 304 pages, $19 Pre-Order new

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Organic Chemistry Questions to Know by Test Day, 256 pages, $5 used

MOBILE APPS

Bench Prep Mobile MCAT Prep App (interactive) — $199

KHAN ACADEMY

MCAT Prep all sections, collection of 1,000 videos and 2,800 practice questions. Check these out, as they are FREE!

This list should be current for all of your 2016 MCAT prep book needs. Now that we’ve passed the mystical year of 2015, the content on the MCAT is going to be pretty consistent, but I’ll try to keep up with new versions and updated inventories. Everything listed above should be the newest versions for 2016.