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Mcat Prep freshman year

samiammsamiamm Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
edited May 2012 in MCAT Prep
Ok, so I want to start studying for the MCAT early, because when I was skimming through SAT studying, I noticed kids started studying for it in 6th grade. However, I'm kind of confused as to how I should do it. I want to teach my self, so I plan on buying a bunch of books and just go through them when I have free time during college, but idk where to buy the material from. I've heard of Kaplan, Princeton, and Examkrackers, but when I was studying for the SAT, I remember people saying that the Kaplan and Princeton books were worthless because only the Collegeboard knew how to make ACTUAL SAT questions, and to just buy their blue book. I'm just wondering, is this the same case with the MCAT, or are the princeton, kaplan, and examkracker books good review?
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Replies to: Mcat Prep freshman year

  • idonotknowidonotknow Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
    Isn't freshman year a bit too early to even think about MCAT? Wait until at least your soph year, that's what I heard ppl usually say.
  • BigredmedBigredmed Registered User Posts: 3,731 Senior Member
    It would be a MASSIVE waste of your time to start studying for the MCAT as a frosh.


    Focus on your grades now, as well as on enjoying college. The MCAT can and will wait, and further, excellent scores can be attained with 8-12 weeks of focused studying.

    As far as Kaplan and TPR, as a former Kaplan instructor I do have some bias, but these programs can be worth it. There is far more to the exam than just knowledge and managing yourself through the test is almost as important as what you know (for example, one of the core teaching points of Kaplan is "crisis prevention"). Are the test prep companies necessary for a good score on the exam? Of course not, nor are they sufficient, but if you know your learning style and the way you study best, the course may be the best option. Some people are self-starters through and through, so simply putting together a plan and sticking to it is no big deal. Others, myself included, do better with a scheduled, strongly suggested curriculum that includes some accountability. Both ways are totally okay, you just have to do what's best for you.

    But seriously, don't start studying until you're within 3 months of the test date.
  • flashrafflashraf User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 6 New Member
    If you want your chances of admissions to increase, start studying NOW. Since your a freshmen and haven't taken any science courses, you should start with verbal since verbal/reading comprehension skills take a while to develop.
  • rabiaidreesrabiaidrees Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    plz tell me the pattern of mcat
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