Free and Low-cost MCAT Practice Exams and Problems

Studying for the MCAT doesn’t have to be expensive with hundreds of free and low-cost practice exams and questions at your fingertips. That’s why we created a Free MCAT Prep Course, which structures all of the best free and low-cost materials into an easy-to-follow eCourse. Our free course offers 360 free AAMC-styled discrete questions, which are built into quizzes within each lesson, and 2,500+ practice questions available with our Advanced Pro and Deluxe Pro plans. This is the best way to test your ability to answer MCAT style questions as you learn the material taught in each lesson of our e-course.

AAMC Practice Exams and MCAT Practice Questions

The most foolproof way to practice for the MCAT is to practice on the real thing, and the AAMC practice materials are as close as you can get. I’d recommend buying the Online Only Bundle as well as the AAMC Flashcards (Note: the access code only lasts for one year, so don’t buy these resources more than a year before your MCAT test date). This bundle will provide you with access to over 3,000 practice questions and 5 Full Length MCAT practice exams. At MCAT Self Prep, we took all the extra practice passages and questions (Question Banks, Section Banks, and AAMC Flashcards) and organized them into what we call “AAMC Mini-Exams.”

These Mini Exams act as the diagnostic exam at the end of each Content Module, so you can craft your studying around your progress. Using the MCAT Self Prep Score Tracker found in our Study Plan Spreadsheet (part of the Basic Pro Plan), you will also be able to convert your percent correct on these practice problems into a predicted scaled MCAT score, giving you a clear idea of how close you are to reaching your MCAT goal. Even if you already utilized these practice problems in your previous MCAT attempt, I would recommend doing all of them over again. THEY ARE THAT IMPORTANT!

Other MCAT Practice Problems

The only times that you will need to utilize other practice materials than those already mentioned is for a diagnostic exam and for MCAT Bootcamp. Diagnostic exams need to be accurate to gauge your current knowledge and how much you need to improve to get a competitive MCAT score. Because an accurate score is so important, we recommend the Official Guide Questions from the AAMC (essentially a half-length exam) for this. If you have used this in the last few months or absolutely don’t want to buy it now, you can look below at some of the free half length exams, but know your true skill level may be a few points above or below their predicted score, since they are not written by the AAMC and their scoring algorithm may not be representative. This is why we don’t believe in putting third party diagnostic exams on our platform.

MCAT Bootcamp is your last month before the MCAT and you will be doing two practice exams per week. Because the AAMC only has 5 full length MCAT practice exams, you will need to get a few more from third party resources. As mentioned in MCAT Launchpad, however, there is no need to spend much extra money on these. You can access several practice materials for free or at a low price using the links below:

Comprehensive List of Free & Low Cost Practice Exams

SourceQuestionsWhat You GetReviewPrice
MCAT Self Prep2,500+• 120 AAMC discrete-style quizzes with up to 2,500 practice questions.
• 100 + Free CARS Passages.
We recommend going through our e-course and using these quizzes to practice applying the concepts learned in each lesson. The questions' answer explanations and additional flashcards are proven learning tools.$0 - $199
Blueprint2,000+• One Full Length Practice Exam
• Up to 10 full length practice exams for purchase
We recommend this as a high-quality full length source for MCAT Bootcamp!$0 - $399
Kaplan2,000+• 7-Book Series Includes 3 full-length practice exams
• Free full-length practice exam
We recommend this as a high-quality full length source for MCAT Bootcamp and content review book set!$50 - $150
Exam Krackers1,000+• Five full-length exams ($15 video reviews of each)Exam Krackers has received good reviews from several top scorers, but they offer relatively few free practice problems and the content may be outdated.$25 - $40 per practice exam.
Princeton Review1,000+• Content Book Includes 3 Practice exams.
• One free practice exam online.
We recommend this as a high-quality content review book set, and it’s complimentary full lengths are of decent quality!$0 - $125
Altius2,000+• One free half length practice exam.
• Up to 10 full length practice exams for purchase.
We recommend this as a high-quality full length source for MCAT Bootcamp if you need extra practice.$0 - $300
Jack Westin2,000+• Hundreds of free CARS and science passages and “Content Diagnostic Questions” A great resource for CARS, but the science passages and “Content Diagnostic Questions” are inconsistent and not representative of AAMC problems.$0
UWorld2,000+• 100 Free practice questions
• 2,000+ Additional Practice Questions for $249+
UWorld has become one of the most popular practice passage sources for the MCAT, and is highly recommended by many high scorers. It is a more expensive tool and costs more depending on if you want 90, 180, or 365 days of access to their question bank. There are no half- or full-length exams, but their answer explanations are a good learning tool.$249 - $349
Gold Standard2,000+• One free full-length practice exam
• Up to 20 additional full lengths for purchase.
This source is not currently recommended, and has not been updated recently.$0 - $1,499
Varsity Tutors2,000+• 150 Free mini practice quizzes by subject.This source is not currently recommended. Like the Khan Academy practice problems, though, they are not of the highest quality.$0
March2Success600+• 3 free full length exams (unscored).
• You can self-score using MCAT Self Prep's Score tracker ($19.99).
This source has limited reviews and is not currently recommended as it is rarely used.$0 - $10
Khan Academy2,800+• Hundreds of free practice passagesBeware that Khan Academy passages are very dissimilar to the AAMC question format and test you on content that is outside the scope of the MCAT. They also do not line up very well at all with their videos.$0

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How we Matched up the Khan Academy Passages with the eCourse Lessons

Each lesson of the eCourse contains links to 1 to 5 Khan Academy science passages for the purpose of providing you with non-AAMC material to practice your science passage reading skills on. By completing all the linked passages within every lesson, you will have finished all the freely available Khan Academy science passages.

To match up the Khan Academy Science Passages with the eCourse lessons, we carefully examined the passage and question content of each one. Then we decided which lesson of the eCourse best correlated with that content. You may notice that some passages don’t match up perfectly with the current lesson. If they don’t match up with the current lesson, they should match up with one of the previous lessons in the module. We did this carefully so that you could practice your science passage reading skills on passages that contain the content you’ve already learned.

Why we don’t recommend non-AAMC CARS practice questions

We recommend practicing CARS by reading non-AAMC CARS passages but not doing the associated practice problems. The reason we don’t recommend doing the practice problems is because the MCAT is written by the AAMC. They have a very unique style in which they write CARS practice questions that third-party companies (try as they might) are unable to replicate. When students spend time on non-AAMC CARS practice problems, they get familiar with the wrong style of questioning, leading them to overthink and incorrectly respond to the questions written by the AAMC. Thus, it is in your best interest to solely practice on AAMC CARS practice questions.

That said, we highly recommend practicing your reading skills on non-AAMC CARS passages. In our Ultimate CARS Strategy Course, we provide you with 1,000 free CARS passages and 100+ homework assignments, giving you ample material to practice on. Reading countless passages while practicing the proper reading habits and strategies will prepare you well to conquer the CARS section as it was written by the AAMC.

Which books do the lessons match up with?

The books we use in each lesson are linked below. We plan to stick with these older editions of the books since very little has changed and the older editions are much more affordable:

First Edition of the Kaplan 7-book Series
First Edition of the Princeton 7-book Series

Do the chapters match up perfectly?

The Kaplan Books, Princeton Books, and Khan Academy Videos were all produced by different authors. For this reason, there are some chapters in the Kaplan Book or Princeton Book that are not even found in the Khan Academy Videos and vice versa. For instance, the Kaplan and Princeton Books have chapters that cover certain experimental procedures that the Khan Academy Videos do not cover.

Our goal in matching up the books with the videos was to correlate the content as best as possible while also covering ALL the content from every resource. For this reason, when nothing in the Kaplan Books matched up with one of the video playlists, instead of leaving the reading assignment for Kaplan blank, we inserted material that did not fit in anywhere else (i.e. one of those chapters on an experimental procedure that was not covered by Khan Academy). So, when the assignment doesn’t appear to match up right, please know that this was intentional.

*If you follow the reading assignments outlined, you will finish the entire Kaplan 7-book series and/or Princeton 7-book series by the time you finish all 10 content modules.

Do the sections match up perfectly?

If the sections assigned in our eCourse do not match up with the sections contained in your content review book, you may have a different edition. The sections should still match up the large majority of the time, but in the rare instance that they don’t, I’d recommend simply reading sections that do match up and saving the ones that do not for a future lesson.

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