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Best MCAT prep course: Honors to Kaplan or Princeton Review?

Kaplan or Princeton Review

Golly, Kaplan…or Princeton Review?

What makes for the best MCAT prep course? In any given year, between 70 and 80% of MCAT takers enroll in a formal MCAT prep course. But read this next sentence closely…

More than 50% of all pre-meds who take the MCAT end up taking it at least twice. Obviously, their preparation the first time was inadequate! If you can avoid it, trust me…you do not want to have to sit for the MCAT twice.

In this post, I review the courses offered by the two most popular test prep companies, Kaplan and The Princeton Review. Because if you’re going to take a class, it behooves you to make sure it’s the right one for you.

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Decisions, decisions….

The words they use may be different, but every Kaplan or Princeton Review recruiter is going to try and convince you of  three things:

  1. The MCAT is tricky and terrifying, so you need serious help to prepare.
  2. Medical schools care about your MCAT test score a ton, so you had better not screw this up.
  3. How absurdly high their companies’ instructors scored on the MCAT.
  4. Oh, and that theirs is the best MCAT prep course ever!

You’ll notice that none of these tell you anything about why one company offers the best MCAT prep course over another company’s. They’re focused, instead, upon manipulating your fears about the MCAT and getting you to sign up right then and there. That doesn’t mean that either of the courses are bad by any means, but it does mean that ambitious pre-meds need to do some digging on their own (reading this page is a good place to start) to find out what distinguishes the MCAT prep giants from one another.

Now for…the B A S I C S

The Princeton Review MCAT Prep Course

Reviews of The Princeton Review’s 3-month MCAT prep course are positive on the whole. I occasionally encounter students who complain that their instructors were weird or condescending, but that’s rare and it’s the risk (albeit small) you run when signing up for any prep course. Students tend to speak very positively about the number of class hours and the breadth of their study materials with The Princeton Review as well.

Class Time, Practice Tests, Accelerated Classes

The main classroom TPR offer comes with 34 3-hour class sessions and 20 one-on-one office hours with an instructor, who is on hand to help you work on problem areas or questions you don’t understand. That comes out to about 123 hours total of live instruction, which is more than any other MCAT prep course on the market offers. Instruction is offered by a team of certified instructors, all of whom are considered “subject experts.” Also included in the normal course are 14 full length practice exams, including official CBTs from AAMC. The rest are created by TPR. A typical semester-long course meets 3 days per week for 3 hours per class session.  You can sign up for a more accelerated class that meets four days a week, or others that meet only on weekends. The Psych/Soc classes must be added by the student to the standard schedule, though there are 18 hours of Psych and Soc offered.  The cost for this class, called MCAT Ultimate is $2,399, depending on the location. However, that price is discounted right now for premedFAQ visitors, so you can click on the link above today and get a $300 discount! Or $600 on a Summer Immersion class.

Extra Resources

  • On online “dashboard” helps you plan a customized schedule for when, what and why to study.
  • A recent addition to the TPR classroom course is its new “Amplifire” online workbook, which integrates and complements the practice material you get with the TPR MCAT book set. More on this below.
  • If you take a course, and are unhappy for any reason with your score, you can take the course again, for free!

Kaplan MCAT Prep Course

Kaplan’s MCAT prep course is probably the most popular choice for pre-med students, if only because of Kaplan’s name recognition in the test prep industry. It simply has more courses available in more cities than any other test prep provider. So, there’s actually a pretty good chance that Kaplan is your only option for a live MCAT prep course. Like TPR, reviews of Kaplan courses are positive as well, although I think certain types of pre-med students respond better to Kaplan than others.

Class Time, Practice Tests, Higher Score Guarantee

Like TPR, Kaplan’s live MCAT prep course is typically spread over a semester with 2-3 hour class periods 2-3 days per week. In that time, you’ll have 540 hours of instruction and online practice, including 13 class sessions and 14 full-length practice tests (including the AAMC practice materials). Kaplan’s courses come with a “higher score guarantee” so you can repeat them at no additional cost within 2-3 months of your first attempt. If you miss a session you can listen to a recorded make-up session.

Extra Resources

  • When you sign up for the Kaplan course, you get access to The MCAT Channel, as well as Qbank, Kaplan’s online practice question database with 11,000 practice questions for you to take on your own along with digital books and a flashcard app.
  • You’ll be able to access 130 interactive science videos.
  • You’ll be provided with a personalized study plan that takes into account your strengths and weaknesses
  • Kaplan has several unique options and services, but they’re mostly sold separately. More on this below. The standard MCAT In-Person Prep Course is $2,299. By using our link you’ll get the premedFAQ discount!
  • As with Princeton Review, with Kaplan if you take one of their courses and are unhappy with your MCAT score, you can opt for a re-do, at no additional cost!

Comparing the two…

Practice Tests and Books

Both of these well-respected courses come with access to AAMC computer-based full-length MCAT tests. These are the best indication of what to expect on the actual MCAT. Kaplan and Princeton Review have also created their own practice tests, which are a regular staple during the class periods. Students are almost unanimously in agreement that Kaplan’s MCAT practice material is better than what you get from TPR. That’s because TPR’s tests and passages are not particularly reflective of the actual MCAT question style. In my estimation, they over-emphasize memorization and calculation, and many of the reviews I’ve read by other students express similar feelings. Kaplan’s certainly aren’t the best on the market (I’ve written more about the various brands of MCAT CBTs and how to use them here), but they’re pretty well respected.

Before the changes to the MCAT, TPR was usually thought to have the better book sets, but things have seemed to change with the new test, and Kaplan appears to have come out slightly ahead. The Kaplan books tend to focus on test skills and practice, while the TPR focus more on the science of the MCAT. But, both book sets get great reviews from MCAT studiers. (If you’re thinking about supplementing your prep with either of these book brands, I’ve written reviews of both.) Almost as important as choosing the best MCAT prep course is choosing supplemental materials that fill in the gaps each prep company inevitably has.

Edge: Kaplan

One-on-One Tutoring

The Princeton Review offers a “Plus” MCAT prep course option that comes with 20 hours of personalized tutoring; Kaplan’s comes with three one-on-one sessions with a med school mentor, and small group test review sessions led by MCAT instructors. Granted, instructors are able to answer your questions in class, but if you’re looking for as much as 20 hours of one-on-one help, you’ll have to buy an extra plan with either company. Kaplan sells tutoring hours separately at roughly $185/hr. when you buy them in bulk. Yikes. Or here’s a link to purchase tutoring from The Princeton Review as needed! And they have a self-paced course as well.

Slight Edge: Princeton Review

Online Tools

Up until a year or two ago, Kaplan had an overwhelming upper hand on this, simply because TPR didn’t have anything to rival QBank. Even then, QBank was not thought of as being particularly helpful, since Kaplan’s practice material isn’t great, and QBank is just more of the same. But a couple of years ago, the Princeton Review added its Amplifire online test prep software, which I have to say is very impressive. It’s very focused on illuminating your thought processes while you’re answering each MCAT question. If you want to see what I’m talking about, check out the video on TPR’s site. Pretty cool, if you ask me. QBank has around the same number of questions—2,300 compared to TPR’s 2,700—so if you’ve got lots of time to burn, these features can be super helpful. But, the really glitzy stuff TPR offers isn’t nearly as time-efficient as Kaplan’s, so it’s probably not as good at preparing you for the break-neck pace of the real MCAT.

(Both companies also offer “Live Online” MCAT prep courses, where you attend real lectures on your computer. Here’s Princeton Review’s. and Here’s Kaplan’s.)

Edge: It’s a tie. Kaplan for quantity. Princeton Review for quality. (Both are important.)
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The Classroom Experience

For whatever reason, Kaplan MCAT teachers are known for being better at helping students get the fundamentals down. TPR is known for going deeper into the science of the MCAT during class and in their texts. As two of the best MCAT prep courses, both are well-respected in the classroom, however, and neither is too advanced or too elementary for anyone. No matter which MCAT prep course you choose, you’ll be able to ask whatever questions you like during class, and study at your own pace outside of class.

Edge: Kaplan for beginners and non-traditional applicants. Princeton Review for science pros and purely classroom learners (more classroom hours and tutoring time).

Intangibles

Excuse me for using sports terminology to name this section. By intangibles, I mean extras and minutiae that don’t matter much, but are worth mentioning and may make a serious difference in certain circumstances. Kaplan is offered in more cities than Princeton Review, and since any course is better than no course (if that’s what you’re looking for), it’s probably worth taking MCAT prep from either company, even if it’s not perfectly form-fitted to your needs (if you can afford it). Kaplan also has an MCAT Advantage-On Demand course, which offers 24/7 access to classroom lectures online for the same fee as a normal live prep course. For people with irregular schedules, or who really need to see or hear something twice before it registers, this might be a good option. The Princeton Review has matched the online experience with its own o Online Self-Paced Course, which includes everything in its regular MCAT prep three-month course, except the classroom experience.

Kaplan used to have a variety of courses and tools for purchase apart from its full-length MCAT courses. It sells tutoring hours (as I mentioned above); watch for the re-introduction of subject-centered courses like “Organic Edge,” “Physics Edge,” and “Verbal Edge,” to give you what? An EDGE in those subjects. Also, an “Online Science Review,” which is an online set of tutorials designed to help you get a good grasp of the core pre-med sciences. You can see a full list of Kaplan’s MCAT prep courses here.

Edge: Kaplan

Kaplan is the best MCAT prep course if you…

…need lots of basic review (you had trouble with pre-med classes or it’s been a while since you took them) and aren’t interested in a rigorous classroom experience. Kaplan teachers are known for being better at helping students get the fundamentals down.

…you don’t care about extra tools or you don’t have time for them. You’re signing up primarily for the classroom experience, full-length tests and book set, and want an MCAT prep leader to provide you with it.

…you really don’t think you need to take a full course, but could use some heavy review of Organic, Physics, or Verbal. Kaplan offers these courses more cheaply than the full course, and also allows you to purchase access to QBank without enrolling in a full-length course.

If any of these  circumstances describe yours, you should head to Kaplan to check out their online and live course options up-close. That will give you a better feel of whether or not it’s right for you. Check out Kaplan’s MCAT Test Prep Homepage where they have several MCAT options, to find the best supplement to your study program. Also here for extra Kaplan study materials  you can buy through Amazon….
Kaplan Test Prep (Kaptest.com)

The Princeton Review is the best MCAT prep course if you…

…don’t want to spend cash on materials beyond what you spend on the course. TPR gives you better MCAT books and MCAT practice tests, so you’re less likely to need to supplement with other books (although I would recommend it anyway).

…have the content down pretty well. TPR is known for going deeper in class and in their texts, and it offers better tools for you to refine your MCAT-reflexes.

…think you could really use some one-on-one Private Tutoring and can’t afford to spend what Kaplan charges for it.

If one of those describes where you’re at, I suggest you surf around TPR’s site to see how their courses work or you can click here to see all the TPR books on Amazon.

ONE CAVEAT: Because every Kaplan and TPR testing center can be slightly different depending on who’s running it, it wouldn’t hurt to put an ear to the ground, and see what you can find out from people who’ve enrolled at them. I’ve come across a number of students who recommend going with better instructors, rather than going with a specific MCAT prep company. Unless you hear specific things—good or bad—about local teachers, pick the program that fits you best. Hope that helps!

*If your options are limited due to finances or geography, you might want to ask yourself whether you need to enroll in a live MCAT prep course in the first place. Plenty of people do fine without buying prep courses. It just means you’ll have a little steeper learning curve and you’ll have to work extra hard to keep whatever schedule you decide to set for yourself.
Click here for Kaplan or Princeton Review….you’ll be directed to their website to see their selection of varied course options.

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  5. Jacob Schwyzer April 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    anyone I’ve asked has said the kaplan and princeton review courses are pretty much the same but they rarely have anything to back it up. but you’ve got all kinds of good info, especially the suggestions for who should take which prep courses. seriously, that was super helpful. the kaplan mcat course is definitely the one for me, since it’s been a couple years since undergrad and i want to do my mcat prep course online. thanks again for all the time you put in putting this site together.

    • Evan June 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      I live in Portland, OR… I initially signed up for Princeton Review and had my entire summer planned out to study and take the MCAT in September. One week before my class was set to start TPR changed my schedule to a miserable night schedule. I had a terrible time dealing with them and had to fight to get my money back. I called Altius and they were very nice and helpful and scrambled to get me a spot in one of their classes. Bottom line Princeton Review was difficult to deal with and did not care about my success in the slightest. Altius was very helpful and did everything they could to get me into the class that would be successful for me!

      • Sarah February 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        I had the same experience with Princeton. They suck with customer service, and cancelled my class a week before it started.

      • Sara February 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

        Princeton sucks! They did the same thing to me!

  6. Dodgerwoman55 April 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Kaplan’s class also includes the 8 AAMC tests plus 11 more.  And all of the books are now available on the iphone and ipad which I thought was pretty cool.

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      Thanks for the info. That has apparently changed since I posted this. I’ll update immediately.

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  14. Natalia May 24, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thank you, this was very useful!

  15. Jessica July 12, 2012 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hi. This article was really helpful. I began studying for the MCAT this summer, on my own. I was given a box of Kaplan MCAT subject books and a lesson book ( I believe the student who gave them to me took the course). However, I realized that studying on my own is not going as smoothly as I thought. I wanted to know if you suggest the Kaplan course or TPR. I have been using all Kaplan review books thus far, so I am worried if I sign up for the Kaplan, I will end up getting the same books and feel like its on repeat. Thanks!

    • Bryce July 12, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

      I guess it depends somewhat on whether or not you like the books you have from Kaplan. You might order a used book or two of TPR’s off of Amazon to see if you like their stuff better. But what you’ll really be paying for with a course will be the classtime, mentoring, and extra practice materials. That said, I think my post outlines pretty well who Kaplan’s good for and who TPR’s good for. If you have circumstances or strengths/weaknesses I don’t address in this post, click the “Submit a Question” button and send me an email with details and I’ll see if I can help you out.

  16. Marc November 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I was thinking of prepping for the MCAT during a 6 month period. I have planned on taking the MCAT on August and start on January with the examcrackers supplement until March. Afterwards i was going to start with the Princeton classes from April through June. Is this a good idea or should i be doing both reviews at the same time?

    • Bryce November 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

      Marc,

      Good question. I think that’s a good idea. With MCAT prep it’s really important to pace yourself, so it sounds like what you have in mind will do just that. Good thinking!

      Good luck!

  17. Sueki April 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I found your review very helpful! Thanks! I’m debating on whether to take the Princeton Review or the Kaplan Prep Class. I’m particularly weak in physics and haven’t yet taken a genetics class, so I’ll be learning this for the first time. I want to have excellent instructors that will be able to re-teach the material but I also want to have great prep books that come with the course, with good explanations and questions similar to those in the actual MCAT but not too difficult so I’ll be completely lost and discouraged. Which course would I be better off with?
    Thanks!

    • Sarah April 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      dont do kaplan! or check the qualifications of the teachers for your program. mine was a guy that did 15 in verbal and not double digits in either of the sciences. he cant answer any questions.

  18. Sarah April 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    hi, I am in Kaplan right now and when I asked my instructor if I should focus more on concepts of all the little formulas that the books overwhelm you with he said just know everything. So I wasted a lot of time on useless stuff and my mcat is a month away and im a week away from finishing content. I went back and tried to focus more on concepts but I can NOT interpret graphs/experimental passages for the physical sections .. and Im getting 13s-14s on verbal so Its not that I cant do that in general. Do you have advice? Also should I push my test back to June 20th or is that too late? Im getting 11s in Bio …. But I am getting like 8s on physical due to passage problems. please help! super stressed. I was good at physics idk why I am doing so badly.

  19. Josephine Forsythe September 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hey all,

    I began my MCAT prep last summer and a friend of a friend referred me to Tutor the People. I decided to Skype with a tutor twice a week for 2 hours per week instead of meeting in person. It was extremely helpful, and I was able to study with a few different prep books while also following my tutor’s specific study plan he created for me. I ended up scoring a 34 on my MCAT after tutoring with TTP. My original score was a 27.

    I definitely suggest everybody check this company out. Their 1-on-1 prices are very affordable and they offer free extended payment plans. I had a really good experience and I have already received interview invitations from 6 different schools!

    • Bryce Johnson September 30, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thanks for the insight, Josephine!

    • Alarica January 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Hi, I was wondering if you remember which MCAT tutor you worked with at one-on-one tutors? Thanks!

      • Bryce Johnson February 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

        I didn’t do tutoring, but decided on a go-it-alone study regimen. I’d suggest going on the Student Doctor Network forum and asking that specific question. I’m pretty sure you’ll get some good input, as there have to be pre-meds there who have used that service. Good luck, and especially, good prep on the MCAT.

  20. Vyshnavi May 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Hi, I purchased the examcrackers books for 2015 mcat , but I want to either take the Kaplan or princeton review course, would that be a problem?

    • Bryce Johnson May 4, 2015 at 11:35 am - Reply

      You’re on the right track. As I explain in this post (https://premedfaq.com/examkrackers-or-berkeley-review-mcat-prep-books/), Examkrackers, along with Berkeley Review, produce the best MCAT prep books on the planet! But you’ll also want a set that corresponds to the learning you’re doing in a Kaplan or Princeton Review class. Why not invest in two sets of books? Every MCAT prep company has different methods of teaching, and focuses on different aspects of learning, so you may be surprised at which one you respond best to. I think it’s an advantage having two alternating sets of books, and you can find most of them on Amazon at a used price! Good luck.

      • Vyshnavi May 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        do people who take the prep courses have a better advantage , cause I can’t decide on whether I want to study independently or take the prep course? Do you advice people to take them for the 2015 MCAT?

        • Bryce Johnson September 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

          So sorry this question was filed in my “lost” mail. It may be too late for me to answer, but given that the 2015 MCAT is all new I would recommend going with a prep class. Usually, I’ll recommend that for those who study well independently, they pick up the best package of prep books online and do it alone. But this new test is a new animal, and I’d want the extra help of the experts. There is enough information coming back from the first test takers that they can help you prepare in a way a book can’t! Let me know how you do.

  21. Joe May 21, 2015 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Helpful post! I’m looking at courses now and it seems like some of the numbers in the post are out of date. I think companies may have updated their programs for the new test. Like there’s now only 1 AAMC practice test as far as I can see? Any insights into who’s the best to help with the new Psychology and Sociology section?

    • Bryce Johnson September 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joe. We are updating a few of our sections. I’ll look at the psych and sociology question and get back to you!

  22. konwersroli.science October 24, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Both Princeton Review Kaplan will allow you to take the entire course over, no matter how much your score increased, if you’re dissatisfied with your test score.

    • Bryce Johnson November 1, 2015 at 12:54 am - Reply

      Thanks, yes the re-do for free is a great benefit! I’ll add that to my review of these two top-tier courses.

  23. Jane November 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I am trying to decide what books to use and also which course to take. I have an engineering degree, so I have no biochem and limited chemistry, so I will need to start with the basics in these areas, but on the other hand I’m not worried about physics/math. I am planning to get a set of books asap and start myself, then take an online course starting in February, and then write at the end of May. I’m wondering what set of books would be best to start with?

    • Bryce Johnson June 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Jane, sorry I didn’t answer your question from many months ago. Our problem was, with the new test, the new books coming out need review, and that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ll have reviews out in a few weeks. I know that doesn’t help you much, but I’m hoping you had a good experience with MCAT in May!

  24. Sarah April 8, 2016 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Great article! Thank you!

  25. Tayvon Smith July 14, 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

    i have been doing my research and i was wondering what else was out there for preparation for the MCATS. i think im going to go with Kaplan, but im just curious for comparison and to see what the difference is.

    • Marci Judd July 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

      Are you talking courses or books? Brooks Johnson, one of our reviewers, just wrote this post regarding several full study sets he used to study for the MCAT in June: https://premedfaq.com/best-mcat-prep-books/. He just got word this week that he scored 518. Not bad.

  26. Kim August 12, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I am trying to decide between Kaplan and Princeton for my MCAT Review but I can’t decide. Does anyone know if after doing the course and taking the exam if the score isn’t as expected do you get to continue getting help from them (retake course) since we are paying so much to begin?

    • Marci Judd August 12, 2016 at 11:10 pm - Reply

      Both Kaplan and Princeton Review have “better score guarantees” that allow you to retake their class if you don’t do better on the test than your base score, which would be either your first practice test, or the score on a test taken within the two previous months. Both have requirements in order to collect on the promise. If you don’t improve, you may also be able to get your money back entirely. Check out these links: http://www.princetonreview.com/legal/guarantee-better-scores, and for Kaplan https://www.kaptest.com/hsg.

  27. Lois Williams January 13, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Hi I’m actually in the process of signing up for an MCAT course. I’m debating between Kaplan and Princeton Review. Schedule wise Princeton fits with my schedule. Also I have ExamKrackers books. How do I supplement the course or my studying with EK books. I’ve heard some companies are good for particular subjects. Please enlighten me more on that please.

    • Marci Judd January 25, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

      I haven’t taken the Princeton class, but check out this review of Examkrackers, as well as other book sets: https://premedfaq.com/best-mcat-prep-books/
      I can give you my two cents on your question, though. So, I assume that the Princeton prep course includes books and a few practice tests. This is great. I liked the Princeton books, and their tests were pretty good, too. If you use the Princeton books as your primary source for content review, you won’t be missing out on anything. I would use the EK books to review content that is giving you trouble. It helps to review a difficult subject with multiple sources, as the approach to explaining each subject differs by book.
      EK has great practice questions in the books and full-length practice exams available on its website. Take full advantage of the EK practice questions in the book. If your book set doesn’t come with full-length practice exams included, I would encourage you to purchase them on their website at http://www.examkrackers.com/Store/View_Category.aspx?c=6 .
      So, in review, I would say you should rely on the Princeton books for most of your content review and use your EK books for their practice questions (and to review difficult subjects if necessary).

      Best of luck. Study hard!

      Brooks J

  28. Jessica March 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m looking at registering for the Kaplan summer intensive program. It is a big decision with respect to the cost, however, if anyone knows the benefits of this program over the others, and has a personal experience with this program I would love to know more about it. Thanks so much!

    • Marci Judd March 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      From everything I hear, it can be a boon to your grade IF you take up the challenge to work hard to ensure your own good MCAT score. What’s provided are some helpful tools: Kaplan’s full range of resources including small group, large lecture, one-on-one tutoring, and evening workshops, within a concentrated 6-week window. Not everyone does well. But not everyone does well in other MCAT prep courses either. Why? Some are better suited to individual study, and others think just paying for the class will ensure them a good grade. If you are motivated, and bring what Kaplan calls a good “work ethic,” the 6-week intense program gives you a chance to immerse yourself in all the subjects you’ll be facing on the MCAT. Whether you’re learning or re-learning material, if you come prepared to button down, it should be a good investment for you. Keep in mind that if you don’t get your preferred grade on the MCAT, Kaplan lets you re-take the class. Check out our review of Kaplan vs. Princeton Review here: https://premedfaq.com/best-mcat-prep-course/

  29. Marc Z May 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    In the section “Practice Tests and Books,” why do you say, “Before the changes to the MCAT, TPR was usually thought to have the better book sets, but things have seemed to change with the new test, and Kaplan appears to have come out slightly ahead,” and then at the end of the section give the edge to Princeton Review? Seems like if, when comparing the practice tests and books of the two companies, Kaplan’s practice tests and books “come out slightly ahead” of TPR’s, that would imply the edge for this category should go to Kaplan.

    • Brooks Johnson May 5, 2017 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Marc,
      Thanks for pointing that out! It is fixed. It was an honest mistake that we missed here at premedfaq. I hope that the content of the paragraph was helpful and indicative of the fact that we believe that the Kaplan books do have an edge over the TPR material!
      Thanks again!
      -Brooks

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