How Shyam Scored a 525 on the MCAT

Last year I went through the long and arduous process of studying for the MCAT amidst a pandemic. Along the way, I learned not only about the MCAT and its vast amount of content, but more importantly, about myself and what study habits work best for me. Ever since scoring a 525 on the MCAT, […]

What Topics Does the MCAT Cover?

Where is the list that contains everything I should memorize for the MCAT?  Sadly, there is no magic notebook that contains every piece of content that you should memorize for the MCAT. The AAMC doesn’t ever explicitly state what content should be memorized vs. what should be understood. For this reason, the best resource we […]

What to Memorize for the MCAT

What should I memorize for the MCAT? The AAMC acknowledges that not every concept is created equal, and has released a website that outlines their content in a hierarchical nature. However, thoroughly reading through this entire website would take up hours and hours of your precious study time. The question of memorizing vs. truly understanding […]

How to Study When You’re Sick of Studying

Whether studying for the MCAT or other prerequisite classes, maintaining consistent study habits can be challenging. For some, a lack of motivation causes you to spend hours scrolling endlessly through social media before getting started. Others may find themselves distracted or losing concentration after only putting in 15 minutes of work. Either way, a consistent […]

How the MCAT Prepares You for Medical School

When I started studying for the MCAT 4 years ago, I often wondered “why do I need to learn this if I want to be a doctor?” Now, as I study for Step 1 of the Boards, I’ve seen every MCAT section come up in my school’s curriculum and Boards prep. When studying physics and […]

How to Start Studying for the MCAT

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is without a doubt one of the greatest struggles that premeds face. It’s unlike any test you’ve ever taken before. It’s most-likely harder, longer, and more important than the SAT, ACT, midterms, or any finals that you’ve faced. For a lot of us, this intimidation prevents us from performing […]

The Highest-Yield MCAT Prep Materials to Purchase

Success on the MCAT does not necessarily mean getting a high score. Personal success is instead defined by overperforming your own expectations. Since there is no one single content review book or set of practice problems that sufficiently covers all the MCAT content, we recommend using a variety of resources that work for you. And […]

How I Improved my CARS Score by 8 Points on the MCAT

I would not consider myself a good reader. In fact, the reading section of the ACT was my lowest score section.  When I started practicing for CARS on the MCAT, I would always run out of time. EVERY TIME. Ultimately, I had to throw some previously recommended strategies out the window and focus on becoming […]

The Time it Takes to Earn a Top MCAT Score

Based on our analysis of top MCAT scorers, there is no set amount of time that will guarantee you a high MCAT score. Some high scorers only studied a couple hundred hours or less while others needed to study more than one thousand hours. The reason why there is so much variability is that every […]

Using Practice Tests to Simulate Test Day

All of your MCAT practice tests should lead to you to test day. Your prep material should mirror the material that AAMC expects you to know. MCAT practice tests should lead you to test day as well. Most students who have taken the MCAT will consistently cite taking practice tests as the most important part […]

WHY? This Question is your Best Friend

I always tell my students that content review is only one part of preparing for the exam (a huge part of it, yes, but only one part of it). The other parts that will boost your score towards the end of your studying are optimizing your test-taking strategy and reviewing strategy. You may have read […]

When to Sign Up for the MCAT

How do I sign up for my MCAT test date?  New MCAT test dates for a given year are generally released in October the year before (dates in 2024 will be released Oct 2023). Spots tend to fill up quickly once they are released, so we recommend following the AAMC MCAT twitter to ensure you […]

Our Commitment to Addressing Discrimination & Bias

With the tragic and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color, important conversations are happening throughout the nation, including at MCAT Self Prep. We wish to echo the AAMC’s determination to “harnessing all of our resources to catalyze meaningful and lasting solutions. We can no longer be […]

How Manohar Scored a 520 on the MCAT

To be honest, I found the MCAT to be just as (if not more) intimidating and stressful as most students find it. However, by using the strategies below, I was able to work my way up to a 520 on test day. 1. When Should I Start Studying? The amount of work you need to […]

How I Achieved a Perfect Score (528) on the MCAT

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is without a doubt one of the greatest struggles that premeds face. It’s most-likely harder, longer, and more important than the SAT, ACT, finals, or any test that you’ve faced. For a lot of us, this intimidation prevents us from performing to the best of our abilities because we […]

MCAT Equations – Should I Memorize Them?

Should I memorize MCAT equations? There are hundreds of equations covered by the MCAT and knowing whether or not you need to memorize all of them is extremely important. The simple answer is that you should not spend your time trying to memorize every single equation that might show up on the MCAT. Why? Because […]