Getting a Head Start on MCAT Prep
What’s the number one complaint our tutors hear from their students?
“I wish I had more time!”
Many students often make the mistake of thinking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is something that you do near the end of college – right before senior year. In fact, the MCAT’s requirements make it easy to get a jump on the competition by starting early.
What does the MCAT actually require?
Science courses that typically span the first two years of college; for example, a student could be ready for the MCAT with a schedule like this:
With good academic planning, a student can begin seriously prepping for the MCAT as soon as the summer after their freshman year of college.
Because the MCAT heavily tests biology, general chemistry, and physics (all freshman-level courses), an MCAT tutor can begin to work with a student on those areas of prep. This gives the student the additional time to master those MCAT lessons, as well as easing the MCAT prep burden in the final few months before the exam.
So many students have trouble trying to cram all of their MCAT prep into just a couple of months before the test. Reviewing all of biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, physics, biochemistry, and organic chemistry in just two months proves impossible for many. So instead, the savvy student starts early.
For decades, students have known that the single hardest thing to improve on your MCAT score is your verbal passage performance (now called Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills [CARS]). This is where the extra time from an early start is the most beneficial.
It can take six months (or more!) to truly build the reasoning skills needed to succeed on the CARS section. By starting before sophomore year and continuing with tutoring throughout the school year, our tutors can give you expert guidance over the extended schedule that guarantees success.
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