How I Scored a 526 on the MCAT

Hi! My name is Denisse Morales-Rodriguez and I am an Elite Tutor for MCAT Self Prep. When I was studying for the MCAT, I was balancing full-time coursework with part-time research and shadowing. Despite this busy schedule, I developed time management skills that really helped me follow my Study Plan and achieve my goal score. Now, I’m happy to pass on tips...

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying for the MCAT

For me, starting my MCAT studying was tremendously stressful. My first step in learning about the exam was to take a practice test. While taking the free Princeton review full-length exam, I was floored to learn the level of memorization needed to take this exam and finished completely overwhelmed. Apparently, I needed to know amino acid structures and...

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Guide to the CASPer and MMI Tests

Overview The MCAT and CASPer’s Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) formats are on opposite ends of the medical school application spectrum. For the MCAT, we have well-defined content to study and clearly graded practice tests to gauge our progress. We put in hundreds of hours over the course of MCAT studying to make these improvements. Through practice problems,...

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The Most Important Thing to Know About the MCAT

The MCAT is one of the most challenging exams there is. So, if there was one thing you should know about it that would improve your chances of getting a top score, what would that be? Based on our analysis of top or even perfect MCAT scorers, the best thing you can do to score high on the MCAT is to become fluent in science. What does it mean to become...

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7 Steps to Avoid and Manage Burnout

I remember facing burnout a month before my MCAT date and panicking. I had just finished my finals week and planned on starting MCAT Self Prep’s Bootcamp (a 30-day study plan that is part of the free e-course). I simply couldn’t bring myself to study for the MCAT. I needed to both address the burnout I was facing and figure out how to minimize it moving...

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Mastering Content with Self-Testing

If you ask any friend who scored exceptionally high on the MCAT for studying advice, they are likely to tell you two things: take lots of practice tests and master the content through self-testing. We’ve already covered how to take practice tests in other blog posts, so for now let’s focus on self-testing.  Self-Testing for the MCAT Self-testing can...

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MCAT Study Schedule – For 3 Months, 6 Months, and 8 Months

One of my most important jobs as an MCAT tutor is helping my students develop a good MCAT study plan. Some of my students have used my study plan process to achieve scores in the 100th percentile. Before I share my guides for 3 month, 6 month, and 8 month MCAT study schedules, it is important to consider 3 key factors that matter the most when building...

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Should You Retake the MCAT? 3 Key Things to Consider

Studying your butt off for months, suffering through an anxiety-inducing test day, and then waiting an entire month just to get a lower-than-expected MCAT score is by no means a pleasant experience. It truly is the worst. It is so bad in fact that many students decide to quit trying to go to medical school altogether. But, please don't despair. You may...

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What MCAT Score Do I Need?

The MCAT is the only consistent academic measure available to admissions committees. For this reason, the MCAT is more important than your GPA when it comes to Medical School admissions. However, there are several factors to consider before asking what MCAT score you need. Firstly, what is it that you are trying to use your MCAT score to do? This will...

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Free and Low-cost MCAT Practice Exams and Questions

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 ecourse includes 360 AAMC-styled discrete questions, which are built into...

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