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
|Source||Questions||What You Get||Review||Price|
|MCAT Self Prep||2,500+||• 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|
|Blueprint||2,000+||• 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|
|Kaplan||2,000+||• 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 Krackers||1,000+||• 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 Review||1,000+||• 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|
|Altius||2,000+||• 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 Westin||2,000+||• 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|
|UWorld||2,000+||• 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 Standard||2,000+||• 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 Tutors||2,000+||• 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|
|March2Success||600+||• 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 Academy||2,800+||• Hundreds of free practice passages||Beware 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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