New AAMC Exam! Now What?

New AAMC Exam! Now what? The AAMC just released the first official scored exam for the new format MCAT. The question facing pre-med students is now: how should I use all of the AAMC’s official resources? Let’s start with a quick run-down on what the AAMC now offers: AAMC MCAT Official Guide The official guide (OG) gives a rundown on all the background you could possibly need on the MCAT. Overall, there’s no need to spend $30 to buy a hard copy of this book. Instead, save yourself some money and spend $10 for the online access to the 20 practice passages in the OG. You can also download a free outline of all of the science content on the exam here. Between the practice passages and the outline, there’s no need to buy the book itself. MCAT Question Packs The question packs are just re-purposed old practice material from the old exam. The biology, chemistry, and physics question packs are likely a waste of time and money, since they reflect the old, easier version of the MCAT. While they’re certainly okay practice if you’re desperate for something to work on, you’re better off sticking with other resources such as Next Step’s Content Review series or the Khan Academy passages. The one exception is the verbal packs – the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills pack 1 and 2. The verbal has changed so little that they’re definitely a good investment for the new exam. MCAT Section Bank These are three packs of 100 questions in each of the science sections – so 100 questions of Biological Foundations (bio/biochem), 100...

Pre-Med Social Q&A Webinar

Pre-Med Social Q&A Webinar Check out the recording of our webinar below and click here to download the slides from the event. If you are interested in taking our free MCAT diagnostic exam click here. If you are interested in our full length MCAT tests click here. Check out our complete collect of MCAT prep books...

5 Basic Tips for Retaking the MCAT

Decide whether you actually need to take the exam again. Most importantly, this requires actually knowing your score from your recent test date! Once scores have been released, decide whether yours is within an acceptable range for the program you wish to attend (U.S. MD schools, DO schools, etc.). If it does fall within that range, a retake likely isn’t going to be productive, even if you’d like it to be higher. The exception is if something happened to significantly impair you on Test Day, whether you were sick, especially tired, or had serious timing issues. If your score is lower than your desired range, or if other aspects of your application are less than ideal, then you can fully devote your energy to taking the MCAT again. Think of three things that you can do differently. The majority of premeds who retake the MCAT score exactly the same, or at most a point or two higher. This isn’t simply coincidence – it happens because most people retaking the test use the same methods that got them their original score. Before starting your actual prep, list three or more issues that you can change. Did you feel weak on the actual content? Did you try to put in 12-hour days and simply become too exhausted? Or do you think you need a different method of prep (group course, tutor, etc.)? From there, specify these points even further until you have a streamlined “plan of attack” to get where you need to be. Allocate enough time before your next exam. Imagine a premed who takes his exam in April, receives...

Med School Selection and Application Strategies

Join Next Step Test Prep and Dr. Ryan Gray of Medical School Headquarters for this hour long discussion about medical school admissions. After watching this video you will have an understanding of: What to consider when looking for med schools When to apply to optimize your chances of acceptance What activities make you the most attractive applicant How important the MCAT is to your application For the presentation slides click here! Med School Selection and Application Strategies from Todd Worsham on Vimeo. If you are a human and are seeing this field, please leave it blank. Fields marked with an * are required Sign up for our MCAT Question of the Day! First Name * Email...