How Jordan Improved His MCAT Score from a 498 to a 516 in Just 3 Months!

When Jordan first started studying for the MCAT, he was unsure of where to start. He didn’t want to pay for a pricey prep course, but he was also struggling to figure out which materials would be the best ones for him to use and how to make a great study plan. After struggling to figure this out for a little while, he ran into our free prep course – The MCAT Self Prep eCourse.

He began the eCourse and found that he now had a solid idea of which materials he should use and how he should use them in an effective, structured manner. He studied diligently and he currently has the most study points on our site. He has also made some major improvements:

“Utilizing MCAT Self Prep was the best move I made in my preparation for the MCAT. I knew that I could not afford the courses that some of the larger, more well-known companies provided, but I desperately needed guidance along the way. Fortunately, I stumbled upon MCAT Self Prep and decided to stick with them the entire way. Not only did I save hundreds of dollars, but my score jumped from 498 on my diagnostic test all the way to 516 on the final practice test right before test day. I cannot give enough credit to their tutors who helped me discover the strategies that helped me the most. If you are in the same boat that I was in and are not able to pay for some of the more well-known courses, don’t hesitate to give MCAT Self Prep a shot. You will not regret it.”

After using our eCourse for a little while, he noticed that his science section scores were steadily increasing, but he found that he was unable to make the improvements he needed on the CARS section. He decided to reach out for some tutoring. During our initial free 10-minute phone consultation, we talked about the things that he was struggling with and we talked about what we would do together to boost his CARS score. We then met once every few weeks to look over the CARS passages and problems that he was struggling with the most, and I helped him see how he could apply specific CARS strategies to his unique situation. With just 3 sessions together, he was able to improve his CARS score from a 124 to a 128 (the 90th percentile)! Here’s what he has to say regarding his experience tutoring with me:

“Deciding to sign up for one-on-one tutoring with Andrew was the most valuable investment in my preparation for the MCAT. Not only was the tutoring very affordable, but Andrew spent a considerable amount of time getting to know how I think. He helped me develop strategies unique to my method of test taking, and my scores on practice passages skyrocketed. Thanks to Andrew, I had a personalized game plan and the right help along the way that helped me achieve my MCAT goal!”

Now, not everyone can improve their score by 18 points in just a few months, but every single one of my students makes improvements, and recently several of my students have achieved 100th percentile MCAT scores.

Our team of tutors is trained to help you maximize your study time and get you to the score you want as fast as possible. Click here to learn more about our tutoring program and our elite tutoring team. We have tutors that have scored in the 99th or even 100th percentile! And the best part is that our tutoring sessions start at just $49.99 per session (compare to $266 per session to tutor with a barely-90th-percentile tutor from Kaplan).

And if you’re not ready for tutoring just yet, feel free to check out our free MCAT prep course, The MCAT Self Prep eCourse. As always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out. I am always here to help.

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Andrew  George

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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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