I was wondering if anyone who has actually taken the MCAT and scored well on it could give me insight into prepping for it? I have seen several books, cds, and courses out there and the selection is just too overwhelming (and expensive!) to partake of it all. I’m considering the Examkrackers books, cd, and course which I have read good reviews of. Anyone know about these or other options you recommend? I plan to take the MCAT no later than May 2011. Thanks!
Definitely browse through the forums here; there’s some good info that’s been compiled over time.
OldManDave’s suggestions ( http://www.oldpremeds.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t… ) are excellent; I actually just recently reread them while doing Step1 studying.
I posted some stuff at http://www.oldpremeds.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t… . It looks like some of the formatting got messed up (maybe with a board software update or a data migration or some such), but the details should be there.
Great quote from OMD: “In my opinion - derived from years of listening to lamenting pre-meds over floundering on the MCAT - the most common mistake in MCAT-prep is to ignore the true nature of the exam by focusing on factual recall.”
Also, w/re specific books:
In my opinion - no one can really tell you what the best way to prepare for the MCAT is.
What works for one person may not be the best for you and vice versa.
I would strongly recommend taking Adam’s suggestions above and using them as ‘options’. Try some resources and see what you are comfortable with, which method makes it ‘stick’ better etc. Do you like a structured approach or do you like to set your own pace, do you like formal classroom study or do you like group study or do you study best on your own? Those are questions only you can answer.
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