How can I best prepare for the behavioral science section of the MCAT? When the AAMC remade the MCAT in 2015, they added a new section, the behavioral science section. The section covers both sociology and psychology. Becase there is no resource out there that covers every single term you might expect to see in this section, make sure to get as much exposure to these topics as you can. By the time you take the MCAT, you should have:
(1) Taken a college-level class on both psychology and sociology.
(2) Read the sociology/psychology section of two different prep books.
(3) Watched the Khan Academy videos covering both of these topics.
(4) Done the AAMC Practice problems covering these topics. Know the answers to these practice problems inside and out.
Isn’t this section just common sense? Many students think that since many psychological and sociological principles are common sense, they can just blow off studying for this section. This would be a sore mistake. Although some principles may be common sense, many times the MCAT will test your ability to recognize different behavioral science terms. This is not common sense, and will require you to have an in-depth exposure to the behavioral sciences. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this important section.
What else can I do to prepare? The MCAT will not only test you on your ability to memorize scientific information, but also expect you to be able to use that information in a logical manner to solve challenging problems. For this reason, it is extremely helpful to discuss challenging concepts and practice problems with someone who has already conquered the exam. Our 99th percentile tutors will help you prepare for the MCAT in a step-by-step, logical manner. Schedule your first tutoring session to get started right away!