Free and Low-cost MCAT Practice Exams
We believe that achieving a top MCAT score doesn’t need to be expensive, which is why we created our Free MCAT Prep Course. As part of our Free eCourse, we help students know exactly how to achieve a top score and what materials to use to achieve it. The Best MCAT Study Materials lesson from our MCAT Launchpad Module walks you through our list of the very most important study materials, including this list of the most important practice exams/problems in priority order:
- AAMC Practice Exams and Practice Questions. The best 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), which will provide you with access to over 3,000 practice questions and 4 practice exams. 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, allowing you to 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 Practice Problems. The only time that you will need to utilize other practice materials than those already mentioned is during MCAT Bootcamp, during which you will be doing two practice exams per week. Because the AAMC only has 4 full length practice exams right now, 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 other practice problems, and you can access several practice materials for free or at an extremely discounted price using the links below:
- Blueprint. Blueprint offers a free full-length and a free half-length practice exam. They also sell extra exams for around $25 each. Feel free to use this coupon for an extra 5-percent off: MCATSELF5 (our Deluxe Pro Members get 10-percent off).
- Kaplan. As previously mentioned, the Kaplan 7-book Series comes with three practice exams. Kaplan also offers a free half-length exam.
- Exam Krackers. Exam Krackers has received good reviews from several top scorers, but they offer relatively few free practice problems and their materials are relatively expensive ($50 per practice exam).
- Princeton Review. Princeton Review’s content book comes with three practice exams. Also, Princeton Review has a free online practice exam, and you can buy 4 practice exams from The Princeton Review for around $50 if you really need more practice.
- Altius. Altius offers a free half-length exam.
- Gold Standard. Gold Standard offers a free third-length exam.
- Khan Academy. Khan Academy has hundreds of free practice passages as well. As mentioned previously, there is no reason to spend a single penny on practice exams unless you really feel like you are wanting more practice. However, 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.
- Varsity tutors. Varsity Tutors offers thousands of free practice questions, some of which are in an exam-like format. Like the Khan Academy practice problems, though, they are not of the highest quality.
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