I have decided that I might be more successful in my MCAT studies if I chart my progress somewhere. Where would be a better place than my blog?! The plan is to outline my MCAT materials and study habits to every last excruciating detail. I hope this may be of some use to your own MCAT prep plan!

Tentative Test Date: May 31 2008

MCAT/Med School Prep Materials Ordered:

  • MSAR 2008-2009
  • ExamKrackers 101 Verbal Passages
  • Kaplan MCAT 45
  • How to Get Into Medical School by Someone That Has Actually Done It
  • U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical School

Prep Materials I Already Have/Received:

  • Exam Krackers Complete Study Package
  • EK Audio Osmosis

Prep Materials I Need to Order:

  • EK 1001 series for Physics, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Tentative Study Plan:

  • Commence study of EK Study Package Materials over Winter Break: January 2 – January 17.
    • 6 days/week, 5-7 hours/day.
  • Upon returning to school January 19, commence studying of EK package materials until completion: January 19-March 8
    • 3-4 days/week, 2-3 hours/day
  • Spring Break. Conclusion of EK package materials, reinforcement of weak areas using EK 1001 series: March 9-March 24
    • 5 days/week, ~5 hours/day
  • Onwards to the end of Second Semester. Resume reinforcement of weak areas using EK 1001 series, start on Kaplan’s MCAT 45 series: March 25- April 30.
    • 3-4 days/week, 2-3hours/day
  • Month of Test. All background information and weak areas should be ‘patched up’ by this point. Will take practice MCATs 2x-3x/week up until 3 days before the test : May 1 – May 27.
    • 2-3 days/week, time TBD.

Looking at this plan and recognizing that there are some earlier test dates available, I may be able to scale back the amount studying so that I can take the test at an earlier date. As it stands, there are 5 months of studying and I tend to catch on quickly. Perhaps this plan is a bit on the liberal side, but I’ll guess I’ll have to wait and see.

How are you studying for the MCAT? Any suggestions or tips?


3 Responses to “MCAT Prep”

  1. 1 pierre

    great plan. i don’t plan on taking it for another year, but 5 months is sufficient but if you have the cash check out In march they will offer 3 CBTs. these are as close to the AAMC as it gets. my friends have taken kaplan online so i’ve seen their tests and the online Gold Standards are good too. if you haven’t checked out student doctor network you should. just remember the aamcs that you’ll practice are almost always easier than the real thing, so it’ll be good to try out different practice exams. Good luck.

  2. 2 Duc

    This is a great website. I will be looking at all the great information. Thanks a lot, really. Good luck in your future!

  3. 3 John

    1. Content- Kaplan MCAT Premier Program Bookstore Book
    2. All 8 AAMC Practice Exams

    Kaplan MCAT Premier Program (Review Book from Bookstore) 2009-2010:
    In order to review all the main content areas and reinforce
    content areas that I am weak in (such as chemistry and physics)
    June-July 2009

    AAMC Practice Tests (Purchased Online from the AAMC Website)
    Do all 8 practice tests and study all solutions over a period
    of several months.
    July 2009; or depending on test date July 2009-March 2010

    I have not decided when to take the test; I’ll take it
    either August 21, 2009 or April 2010. It all depends on how
    much I can get done during this very busy summer (I am taking
    5 science credits including Biochemistry Lecture).

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