With so much information out there, how do you even know where to start?
Here is a list of resources I recommend using in preparation for your upcoming exam.
Must-Have AAMC Resources:
- the Complete Official AAMC MCAT Bundle
Get all of the AAMC practice resources listed below at a bulk discount.
- AAMC Official Sample MCAT – Unscored full length – I recommend taking this twice. Once as a pretest before you begin studying. DON’T review it. Take it gain one week (at 8am) before your MCAT to see where you stand (hoping you forgot it in all the hectic studying)
Read: The Best Time to Take Your 1st MCAT Practice Test
- AAMC Official Practice Test – SCORED. Unlike the sample test, this exam gives you a score out of 528 just like the real MCAT. I recommend taking this 2 weeks before your real exam at 8am. If you’d like to take it twice take it in your first month of studying with at least 3+ months to FORGET so you can retake before your exam.
- (AAMC) Official Guide to the MCAT Exam 2015 <– Amazon ships faster than AAMC.org
They also have a kindle version which you can browse on your computer/laptop/tablet
- AAMC Section Bank feedback from the 2016 MCAT suggests that the AAMC is heading strongly in a direction following this testing format.
This new section bank consists of 300 all-new questions with an emphasis on the NEW topics not covered in the bundles below. Biochemistry, psychology, and sociology.
At $45 this is a MUST according to students who tested in 2016
- Official MCAT Question Pack Bundle. Students who’ve taken the old and new exam claim this is simply old material repackaged for ‘the 2015 exam’ Not amazing but still helpful.
Individual packs are $15 each, bundle is $72 and includes:
- Biology Volume 1
- Biology Volume 2
- CARS Volume 1
- CARS Volume 2
Full Length Practice Exams
Full length practice tests are crucial to building up your endurance and familiarity with the exam style/format/duration. Here’s how to use them the right way
In chatting with students who’ve taken the new MCAT, they say Next-Step is the closest to the real thing and thus the best source of preparation. I reached out to Next Step and got you a 10% discount on their exams when you purchase through the links below.
Use the Coupon Code Sci4Leah (case sensitive) during Checkout
(I get a small referral bonus at no extra cost to you)
In second place (for now as I collect more data):
- ExamKrackers full lengths (4 exams no discount). Purchase them here
Books are KEY for review/skimming and practice questions.
If you have books written for the old MCAT that’s ok for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Orgo ONLY. You’ll still require new books for CARS (verbal), Biochemistry, Psychology and sociology. You’ll also want to purchase new books to practice ‘new exam’ style passages.
Here are links to get the most popular company books on amazon. Be sure to register for a free student prime account. (if you purchase through these links I get a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you)
These books are ranked based on my personal comparison AND student feedback
- Kaplan Prep Pack – The best CONTENT books based on my personal review and student feedback.
- Examkrackers 2015 Pack – decent for content though not as in-depth. Great for passage practice
- Next Step Prep – sold individually. Good for strategy, especially CARS
N-S 108 CARS Passages <- great for weekly practice
- Princeton Review (TPR) 2015 Pack
Additional Psych/Soc Resources
With no company fully able to cover all of MCAT psychology and sociology, my students have taken to studying from AP and GRE books. As more and more students try these my feedback will get stronger on which books to use.
- This Kaplan GRE book is currently well recommended by my students
like the short explanations of each theory (there are no pictures). And they have an experimental design chapter that helps you think about the problems different experiments could have. ~student
Additional CARS Practice
- Combine your Newspaper Strategy with difficult readings to improve your CARS & science skill. My students recommend AEON.com especially for example philosophy to get used to ‘boring’ articles.
- In the quest for (near) infinite passages to practice I’ve partnered with Adapt Prep to help you get access to hundreds of passages to practice daily.
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- Testing Solutions 30 day CARS guide FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription which you can get a FREE 30-day trial
Tutorials, Videos, and other Study Material
In addition to my course, it never hurts to have additional resources handy. Of course I’ll start with my own FREE Resources
- My MCAT YouTube Videos + Cheat Sheets
- My Orgo YouTube Videos + Cheat Sheets
- Khan Academy MCAT videos + questions + passage especially for Psych/Soc
MCAT Prep Course
Taking an MCAT prep course is recommended if you need the formal structure and guidance. However, the big-name courses tend to be ‘generic’ and leave it up to YOU to make the best of it. Their CEO doesn’t know about you nor care about your outcome. My program is the EXACT OPPOSITE as I personally work with you every step of the way.
- MCAT Study Hall – my personal MCAT program where I guide you through every step of your exam prep.
Strategy, Skills, and Useful Study Techniques
- How much time do you REALLY need for MCAT Prep?
- Newspaper strategy for improving in CARS
- Building Endurance for the 7.5 hour exam
- Start and end with a WIN Strategy for avoiding procrastination
- Audio Study Strategy for maximizing driving/chores…
- Flashcard Strategy – How to utilize them the RIGHT way
- Studying the bathroom because hey, you’re there every day anyway
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