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Are there MCAT classes in college?

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Courtney’s Answer

Hi Robert!

Colleges typically do not offer classes that would be labeled as "MCAT Prep Courses." However, you can take college level classes that will align with the topics of the MCAT - chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, etc. Ultimately theses classes are required to apply to medical school so you would be taking them anyway. Some colleges offer these courses bundled together, known as a Post-Baccalaureate Program. Post-Bacc programs are typically taken after your graduate a 4-year degree and are designed to both improve your GPA (if needed) and provide the classes needed to equip you for the MCAT/Med school.

The MCAT Prep Courses I believe you are speaking of are mostly found through MCAT prep companies. Kaplan, Princeton Review, Blueprint/Next Step, Magoosh, etc. They often have online prep course options as well as in person prep options. Both options should provide a tutor or office hours and all the materials you would need to prepare (books, practice exams, q-banks, video/tutorials).

All in all, I think the best option for you really depends on where you are at in your studies. If you are a career changer and have not taken any science level courses yet, I suggest taking those as college courses first. If you have taken all of your science courses then I recommend researching which MCAT prep company you would like to work with to start prepping for the MCAT.

Really hope this helps. Keep studying & good luck!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Robert! In college there aren't exact MCAT courses but the prerequisites you will take will prepare you for the MCAT. My university after I graduated recently started a MCAT program, I don't know the details but would receive emails since I had newly graduated. Possibly there could be something along the lines of that at your college; also if your college is linked to a medical school then there could be more assistance in preparing for the MCAT. Something to keep in mind and possibly check out! Lastly, begin obtaining MCAT books now if you can, the answer by Estelle suggested Princeton Review, which is very helpful, I would also suggest Kaplan. I say this because I read something that unfortunately, I wish I had done as a premed; the books you obtain for MCAT prep you can relate them to the study material in your classes as an undergrad-even as a freshmen! For example, if you are taking Organic Chemistry and have an MCAT book for Organic chemistry, start using it as well because it can help in making you feel more comfortable with the material. I thought this piece of information was valuable; I would also suggest Khan Academy as well for MCAT prep, it is a free website with many helpful videos!

Best of luck!
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Claire’s Answer

As far as I know, colleges do not supply MCAT specific courses. These prep courses tend to be an additional charge from another outside source, such as Kaplan for example. I would highly recommend taking one of these prep courses if you are able to when you start to prepare for the MCAT. Follow their advice on the amount of work and timelines will be invaluable to your success.
That being said, I know of many other classmates that did not use a prep course but just bought prep books for much less money. And they did very well on their MCAT. Just know yourself as a student and what works best for you when you have to make that decision. Then stick to that decision and give the test prep your all!
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Richard’s Answer

No. Consider paying for a prep course, like Princeton review or Kaplan if you can afford it.

My son used MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2019-2020: Online + Book + 3 Practice Tests (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan Test Prep
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It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.
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Estelle’s Answer

Absolutely. I would recommend the Princeton Review. One of my sons used it and was very happy with his score.
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