MCAT :( just when i thought i couldn't do anything crazy!

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    Jun 17, 2012 8:35 PM GMT
    So I have decided to further my education with a big step. I am taking my MCAT in July and this is probably the most stressful and time consuming thing I have ever done. This is one thing that will pay off big if I do well. On that note...

    Anyone who has taken it recently have any tips? Suggestions?
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    Jun 18, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    Take a prep course like Princeton Review or Kaplan
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    Jun 18, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    If I can afford it, I'm signing up for a kaplan course. The free course at school wasn't much help. I was told to go over a lot of my old ochem quizzes and anatomy as well
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    MCAT Examkrackers series may be good. It includes a book for each "subject" of the MCAT (e.g. Gen. Chem., Orgo., etc.)

    I have the PDFs if you want to have a looksie before buying them ;)
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    fitness_md saidIf I can afford it, I'm signing up for a kaplan course. The free course at school wasn't much help. I was told to go over a lot of my old ochem quizzes and anatomy as well


    The value of the kaplan and Princeton review is they emphasize how to methodically take the test- less emphasis on cramming mounds of info down your throat. Also, repeat adminstration of the test under actual test conditions decreases your anxiety on test day because you know what to expect.

    For people with test anxiety like me, its a godsend.
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    I've taken the MCAT. Examkrackers is by far the best test prep. Kaplan and Princeton Review (which I have used) throws everything including the kitchen sink. You want to study smart and study how to do the questions-not everything possible that they could possibly have.

    The MCAT is an exam that tests how you THINK about these basic science topics. It's not about memorizing everything.
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    Jun 18, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    Best of luck to ya!
    Took it a while ago (now a third year...soon to be fourth year medical student).

    I took the Princeton Review Course and I supplemented it with Examkrackers and the Berkeley Review.

    - used Examkrackers for Verbal primarily b/c the PR method sucked balls.
    - used Berkeley Review to supplement my prep for the physical sciences and orgo b/c some time had passed since I took Gen Chem, Physics and orgo
    - used straight princeton review for the Bio Sciences test

    Princeton Review course:
    - good for the structure
    - good to review in class with tutors. Just make sure your tutors are legit. I always made sure I had tutors who were grad students in whatever field they were teaching.
    - offers lots of practice tests

    Examkrackers (I only bought the Verbal):
    - very easy read
    - really good verbal book

    Berkeley Review books:
    - very in depth...almost like taking a class again


    Note:
    - Take as many practice tests as you can under simulated conditions.
    - make a daily study schedule and DO NOT stop working out
    - the study process is long and annoying...but just consider this an intro to how you will be studying for the next 7 - 10 years of your life

    Best of luck bro!


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    Jun 18, 2012 7:57 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. Great advice!
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    Jun 18, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    Party hard the night prior and you'll kick ass on the test.. that's what I did ;)
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:11 AM GMT
    Im doing Kaplan for USMLE... its very good!