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 * Last Name Email *...

MCAT CARS Sample Class – July 2015

Join Bryan Schnedeker for this 90 minute sample class on the CARS section of the MCAT. Click here for the handout used during the webinar! Click here for the slides! Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email * Phone...

Biochemistry Sample Class July 2015

Join Dr. Anthony LaFond, Next Step’s National Director of MCAT content for this 90 minute Biochemistry sample class. Click here for the presentation handout: This handout contains practice problems and full answers and explanations for the presentation. Click here for the presentation slides   Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email *...

MCAT Diagnostic Test Review and Med School Admissions Webinar

If you missed our webinar reviewing the Next Step MCAT diagnostic, never fear, you can get all of the information we covered below.  Bryan from Next Step provides a great review of MCAT strategy, what your score means, and reviews several problems.  Linda from Accepted.com then gives a great overview of how the MCAT fits into the medical school admissions. Click here for a copy of the slides from the presentation. Click here for the handout that we worked through.  It includes complete answers and explanations! Click here if you still haven’t taken our MCAT diagnostic. Click here to learn more about Accepted.com’s med school admissions consulting! To get the most out of the recording below, take the diagnostic, download the handout and the slides, then get comfortable and watch the video!   Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email *...

MCAT Organic Chemistry Question — Alcohol Reactions

Considering all “-R” groups to be alkyl groups, which alcohol is most reactive in an SN1 reaction with HCl? a) primary alcohol b) secondary alcohol c) tertiary alcohol d) number of substituent groups does not affect alcohol reactivity     Explanation Only tertiary alcohols form a carbocation stable enough for an SN1 mechanism. Primary and secondary alcohols react too slowly by SN1 mechanisms to for significant amounts of product in comparison with tertiary alcohols. a) primary alcohol, incorrect, Primary alcohols do not form stable carbocations necessary for the SN1 mechanism with HCl. b) secondary alcohol, incorrect, Same reason as choice a). c) tertiary alcohol, correct. d) number of substituent groups does not affect alcohol reactivity, incorrect, Substituent groups strongly affect alcohol reactivity, and primary and secondary alcohols do not react significantly with HCl by an SN1 mechanism.   Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email * Phone        ...

MCAT Biology Question — Carbon Reactions

In the Felkin model, a carbon which is originally achiral can undergo a reaction to generate a single enantiomer with 98% yield (with the remaining 2% generating the opposite enantiomer). This type of reaction is best described as: A) Chiral chromatography B) Racemization C) Asymmetric induction D) Unimolecular elimination     Explanation A) Chiral chromatography B) Racemization C) Asymmetric induction D) Unimolecular elimination Asymmetric induction (or enantioinduction) is the process of turning a non-chiral carbon into a chiral carbon, with an end product that produces an asymmetric result – one enantiomer is vastly preferred over the other. Thus (C) is the best description. A: Chromatography is the process of separating out components of mixture. The process described in the question doesn’t describe any separation. B: Racemization is, in a sense, the opposite of what’s described in the question. A mixture which has one chiral form undergoes a reaction resulting in equal amounts of the two enantiomers – thereby turning an optically active mixture into an optically inactive racemic mixture. D: The actual reaction mechanism is not discussed, so we have no reason to suspect that the Felkim model is based on an E1 reaction mechanism. Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email *...

MCAT Biology – Germ Layers

The lining of the digestive tract and the respiratory tract develops from which germ layer? I. Endoderm II. Mesoderm III. Ectoderm a) I only b) II only c) III only d) I and II   Explanation The lining of the digestive tract and the respiratory tract develops from the endoderm. As a rule of thumb for the MCAT, think of the fetus developing from a tube. Skin and nervous systems develop from ectoderm (outside of tube), digestive tract and respiratory tract from endoderm (inside of tube), and cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscle tissues develop from mesoderm (in-between outside and inside of tube). On MCAT questions, tissues will almost always develop from one germ-layer only. I. Endoderm II. Mesoderm III. Ectoderm a) I only, correct. b) II only, incorrect. c) III only, incorrect. d) I and II, incorrect.   Want more practice? 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 * Last Name Email *...

MCAT Physics – Light Behavior

A ray of light traveling through air hits a pane of glass with known refractive index. What information is required in order to calculate the angle of refraction? a) Planck’s constant and the speed of light b) the specific gravity of the glass c) the angle of incidence d) the density of air and the density of glass Explanation Snell’s law is written as η1sinθ1 =  η2sinθ2, where the refractive index of air, η1, equals 1. Given the refractive index of glass, η2, only the angle of incidence is required to calculate the angle of refraction. a) Planck’s constant and the speed of light, incorrect, E=hf describes energy. b) the specific gravity of the glass, incorrect, The specific gravity provides neither the angle of incidence nor the refractive index. c) the angle of incidence, correct. d) the density of air and the density of glass, incorrect, although the refractive index of a medium is related to its density, the density provides neither specific information about the refractive index nor the angle of incidence.   Want more practice?   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 * Last Name Email *...