How to Interpret Figures in MCAT Science Passages

It can feel very daunting when an MCAT question asks you to draw a conclusion from a figure. Whether it is deducing if a gene is dominant or recessive from a table or determining the relationship between the independent and dependent variables in a graph, a figure can make science passage questions tricky. However, these […]

Should You Use MCAT Self Prep? Why I Wish I Had

As you already know, test day is stressful. Not only are you nervous about arriving early enough to the testing center, finishing each section on time, and being able to sit for long periods of time, but also thoughts about how the MCAT could affect the medical school that you attend in the future are […]

Which Secondary Essays to Prewrite for Medical School Applications

Not sure which secondary essays to prewrite for medical school applications? I found that prewriting certain secondary applications made the entire process a lot less stressful. After a busy application cycle, I received 9 interview invites! With the next cycle quickly approaching, I believe that following this advice will ensure that your secondary writing is […]

What to Expect in the Medical School Application Process

I spent four years of college working my butt off to get good grades, get involved with extra-curriculars, and I even took a 7-hour exam all to “get my application ready”. But the truth is, I had no idea what the application actually entailed. With a lot more hurdles than expected, I didn’t get my […]

How to Maximize Your Gap Year Before Med School

Sometimes a ‘gap year’ isn’t a year at all. Sometimes it’s more than one year; sometimes it’s less. No matter the case, the period of time between your graduation from college and the time you begin med school can offer a ton of value.  The idea of a gap year sounds great on paper, doesn’t […]

What to do During Your Final Month of MCAT Studying

You’re so close! You are now one month away from your MCAT exam. Now—what should you do? While the beginning of your MCAT studying will be focused primarily on content review (with some strategy/practice questions throughout), your last month of studying is the final push to refine your test-taking skills. We like to call the […]

The 7 Best Free Resources to Help You Study for the MCAT

It’s no secret that studying for the MCAT can be expensive. Signing up for the test, purchasing study materials, working with tutors, and buying practice tests can add up. In addition to paying for prep material, many MCAT test-takers also dedicate hundreds of hours to mastering the test that they could’ve used to earn money […]

How Riley Got a 99th Percentile MCAT Score

When I was starting my MCAT preparation, I sought out high-scorers in the grades above me like a bloodhound. I wanted to know what worked. Now, having scored in the 99th percentile myself, other students frequently seek out me for the same reason, and I find myself giving two types of advice: studying tips and […]

How To Master Timing for the MCAT

You’ve worked your way through all the content required for the MCAT. You’ve started learning how the AAMC wants you to think on test day. Maybe you’ve even gone through our FREE MCAT prep course! But despite all of these accomplishments, you still can’t get a handle on the timing for some or all of […]

5 Tips for Mastering Behavioral Science for the MCAT

Many pre-med students are more oriented towards STEM than the behavioral sciences. This can make psychology and sociology content on the MCAT seem incredibly daunting! From behavioral neuroscience to systems and institutions, there are so many concepts that need to be mastered, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  As a psychology major and tutor, I’ve […]

The Whole Medical School Application Process Explained

When I first began researching the medical school application process, I was completely overwhelmed. Between the MCAT, primary applications, secondary applications, interviews, and more, it was all very daunting! I wished I had a straightforward guide when I was planning my senior year of college. As a current applicant to medical schools, I felt that […]

Should You Get an MCAT Tutor? 5 Things to Consider

Getting a tutor is not essential to MCAT preparation, but it can definitely be worth the money in certain cases. Price can be a big barrier to tutoring for many students, but having to retake the exam can also cost you a lot of money, time, and frustration. Perhaps the biggest cost associated with retaking […]

How I Scored a 526 on the MCAT

Hi! My name is Denisse Morales-Rodriguez and I am an Elite Tutor for MCAT Self Prep. When I was studying for the MCAT, I was balancing full-time coursework with part-time research and shadowing. Despite this busy schedule, I developed time management skills that really helped me follow my Study Plan and achieve my goal score. […]

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying for the MCAT

For me, starting my MCAT studying was tremendously stressful. My first step in learning about the exam was to take a practice test. While taking the free Princeton review full-length exam, I was floored to learn the level of memorization needed to take this exam and finished completely overwhelmed. Apparently, I needed to know amino […]

Guide to the CASPer and MMI Tests

Overview The MCAT and CASPer’s Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) formats are on opposite ends of the medical school application spectrum. For the MCAT, we have well-defined content to study and clearly graded practice tests to gauge our progress. We put in hundreds of hours over the course of MCAT studying to make these improvements. Through […]

7 Steps to Avoid and Manage Burnout

I remember facing burnout a month before my MCAT date and panicking. I had just finished my finals week and planned on starting MCAT Self Prep’s Bootcamp (a 30-day study plan that is part of the free e-course). I simply couldn’t bring myself to study for the MCAT. I needed to both address the burnout […]

Mastering Content with Self-Testing

If you ask any friend who scored exceptionally high on the MCAT for studying advice, they are likely to tell you two things: take lots of practice tests and master the content through self-testing. We’ve already covered how to take practice tests in other blog posts, so for now let’s focus on self-testing.  Self-Testing for the […]

How Max Got a 523 on the MCAT

My name is Max Wilberding and I am an Elite Tutor for MCAT Self Prep. Since achieving a 99th Percentile score last year, I have spent my time tutoring students in both the MCAT’s reading and content essentials, but also in the importance of diligence and mental health. I hope the successes and failures of my […]