How Rebecca Improved Her MCAT Score From a 507 to a 515 in Just Two Months!

After taking the MCAT for the first time in 2016, Rebecca wasn’t super thrilled about her score. She wanted a score that would wow the top-25 medical schools she was aiming for. Near the end of January 2017, she decided to give it another try.

Not wanting to spend the thousands of dollars required by other test prep companies (i.e. Kaplan charges $3999 for just 15 tutoring sessions), she found MCAT Self Prep and signed up to do ten tutoring sessions with me over a period of just two months.

During our first session together, we talked about her past MCAT score, analyzed her strengths and weaknesses, and then came up with a serious game plan to get her a great score.

We met together once a week to check how her plan was progressing, analyze her practice exam score progress, and to go over the practice problems that she found the most difficult. I came to each session prepared with videos, articles, images, and detailed explanations to bring her from where she was to where she needed to be.

She made steady progress and on test day, she was able to score a 515! She had improved her MCAT score by 8 points in just two months! Here’s what she has to say about her experience:

“Studying with Andrew for two months, my score improved by 8 points. He is really friendly and the structure of the tutoring is very efficient. What I like the most about his tutoring is that he knows what is relevant to the actual MCAT and what is not. He also shares his study techniques for each section, which works well! I strongly recommend to study with him if you want to study efficiently within a limited time!”

Now, not everyone can improve their score by 8 points in just two 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.

Warm regards,

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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