MCAT Books and Classes
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There are commercial courses designed to prepare
students for the MCAT, and some candidates have found them to be
helpful. These programs provide an intense review program, and they
emphasize test-taking skills. On the down-side, they are often
prohibitively expensive - the Kaplan course is around $500 - and they
are often offered only in large cities. You must travel to Denver,
Colorado Springs or Albuquerque - not very convenient. Another
disadvantage of these courses, though remote, is that the Association of
American Medical Colleges may declare your scores invalid if you have
taken one of these courses. The AAMC regularly monitors the commercial
review courses to ensure that the course content does not provide an
unfair advantage. Should this be determined to be the case your scores
could be declared invalid, and you will be required to take the MCAT
over. If you are still interested, one such course is the Kaplan course.
You can contact:
Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center LTD
There are a number of books available which give brief reviews of the
test subjects and practice questions. Look for these at your local
bookstores or in the library. A week before the exam you should have
completed your review. Take the practice test in the MCAT Student Manual
if you haven't already done so and clear up any lingering questions you
might have by checking with other students, with professors or in
textbooks. It may also be useful to talk with students who have taken
the MCAT in order to find out what suggestions they might have.
Final preparation should include a good night's
sleep. Do not try to cram. Light meals should be eaten so you are not
distracted by hunger; eating heavily will cause you to become drowsy.
Arrive at the test center early with several (at least 3) sharpened #2
pencils, 2 black ink ballpoint pens, an eraser, a watch and your
admission ticket. You will not be allowed to bring a calculator or a
watch with a calculator to the exam. You also will need to have a mental
list of the institutions who are to receive your scores. You will be
seated by the proctor. Relax as much as possible. (Try anyway!).
The MCAT is organized as follows (all multiple
choice questions except for the Writing Sample):
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