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What is the best way to prepare for the MCAT


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Richard’s Answer

Devote an entire summer to studying for the MCAT and consider paying for a prep course 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
It was about $140 and he achieved his goal score.

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Estelle’s Answer

I highly recommend the test prep books such as Kaplan, Princeton Review, or Exam Krackers. They are available online for purchase. If you have a difficult time self motivating, then consider an online prep class. They follow your progress and give study tips and help find your weaker areas along with ways to improve. Plan to dedicate at least 3 months to the process unless you do it during a semester that you are in school in which case you will likely needs at least 6 months.
(Some cities have in class prep, but I am not sure these are available right now with the COVID pandemic.)

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Valerie’s Answer

Hi Jose,
Congratulations on wanting to become a doctor and wanting to take the MCAT. This is a very difficult test, but with lots of studying and practice you will be able to excel. When I took the exam, I took a class with a company (there is Kaplan, Altius, and many others). I started studying in December, and took my test around May/June. The class helped me get a study schedule and also had practice exams for me to take. I recommend lots of questions and lots of practice exams, because you will be able to get used to how they ask questions. Best of luck!

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Tracy’s Answer

Most of my friends, who are doctors or residents currently, took a course to prepare. Other than that, when you take a course, I would recommend that you do as much of the practice tests and other assignments they give.


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