When Should I Start Doing MCAT Practice Problems?

Which is more important? MCAT Practice problems or content review?  The short answer is that both are more important at different times. When you first begin studying for the MCAT, you should be spending the majority of your study time learning the content and a minimal amount of time doing practice problems. Once you have […]

Should I Time Myself While Doing MCAT Practice Problems?

How often should I be doing practice problems?  Our analysis of top MCAT scorers has revealed that those who succeed on the MCAT make doing practice problems the central aspect of their study plan. For this reason, you should start doing practice problems from the beginning of your studies by following along with the FREE […]

3 Ways to Start Studying for the MCAT

When should I start studying for the MCAT?  For most students, we recommend taking the MCAT between April and the end of May for the cycle that apply for medical school OR between July and August the year before you apply. Most students wait to take the MCAT at the end of their junior year […]

The Hardest Part of the MCAT

In my mind, one of the most difficult aspects of the MCAT is that it covers more material than any exam you have ever taken in your life. Think about it, some of the hardest college classes out there are organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Take these classes, plus 6 or 7 more of the […]

The Best MCAT Prep Books

Which MCAT prep books are the best?  After analyzing the experiences of over 50 students that scored between the 95th and 100th percentile, we came to the conclusion that there isn’t a “best” MCAT prep book. We came to the conclusion that the students that score well on the MCAT tend to use a variety […]

4 Things to do to Conquer Behavioral Sciences

When the AAMC remade the MCAT in 2015, they added a new section, the Behavioral Science section. The section covers both sociology and psychology. Because there is no resource out there that covers every single term you might expect to see in this section, make sure to get as much exposure to these topics as […]

How is the MCAT Scored?

How is the MCAT scored?  The MCAT is scored in a fairly straightforward manner. Typically, each section is composed of 50-60 questions and your score is based on what percent of those questions you get correct. With the COVID-abbreviated MCAT (May 29th – September 28th), each multiple-choice section will contain only 48 questions. Your percent […]

3 Essential Classes to Take For the MCAT

Although medical schools vary by what pre-med classes they require and which classes they simply recommend, it is important to understand how your pre-med classes will help you attain pre-med success. The MCAT doesn’t just test you on your ability to memorize countless scientific facts. It expects you to be able to use your science […]

The Most High-Yield MCAT Topics

Are some concepts more important than others?  Learning every single MCAT concept perfectly would take someone hundreds of years. Think about it, people spend entire Ph.D. programs studying a single enzyme! Since you don’t have hundreds of years to prepare for the MCAT, you are going to need to prioritize your studying of certain concepts […]

Overview of the MCAT

What is the MCAT like?  Imagine a 7.5-hour multiple-choice exam that tests essentially every piece of content covered in all your basic science pre-med classes. It’s a comprehensive final for your pre-med experience. The official study guide is 200 pages long. That’s the MCAT.  The exam contains four sections of 50-60 questions each, including a […]

How to Study on Your Own for the MCAT

Can I study on my own for the MCAT?  According to the AAMC, almost half of the students that take the MCAT study for it on their own. While most test prep companies will try to sell you on the idea that you need their $4,000 program to succeed, this just isn’t the case. Our […]

Is the MCAT Stressing You Out? Fight Back with these 5 Key Habits!

Studying for the MCAT can be one of the most stressful endeavors you have ever undertaken in your life. It can be especially stressful considering that you also need to juggle research, volunteering, shadowing, and several other essential checklist items for your medical school application. In studying for the Behavioral Sciences section of the MCAT […]

3 Ways to Stop Passively Learning and Start Actively Learning!

I can’t tell you how many students say something like this during our first tutoring session together, “I have been studying for months and months, and I haven’t seen any improvement. I’ve studied every single MCAT resource out there and am simply not improving.” As the session goes on, and I have the chance to […]

5 Keys to Staying Focused During an MCAT Study Session

Setting aside time to study for the MCAT can be challenging, but staying focused during that time can be even more difficult. Here are 5 tips to help you stay focused and maximize the study time you do have: Turn off distractions. Engaging in deep, focused and meaningful learning requires you to stay tuned in the […]

When to Start Taking MCAT Full-length Exams

It is always a good idea to take as many full-length exams as you can before test day, but it can be hard to know when you should take them. Here are a few tips to help you sort through this: Finish Content Review First. The reason I suggest finishing your content review before taking a […]

How to Use MCAT Self Prep On the Go!

As a pre-med, you are extremely busy. Not only do you need to maintain good grades in your classes, but you also need to prepare for the MCAT and the medical school application. And not to mention shadowing, volunteering, and working a part-time job. Many of you likely struggle just to find time for breakfast. […]

How to Memorize Equations for the MCAT

Almost every prep resource out there (Khan Academy, Kaplan, etc) teaches hundreds upon hundreds of equations, which can be extremely overwhelming for a busy pre-med like yourself. Many students want to know how much they should be learning about these equations and whether or not they should spend their time memorizing them. Here are some […]