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MCAT Review Resources

June 4th, 2011  |  Published in MCAT Prep

Here is a list of third-party sources that provide great free material to help you study for the MCAT:

Twitter:

MCATathon does practice MCAT questions in the biological sciences and physical sciences subjects. Barely tweets anymore but the archive could be useful.

Kaplan’s twitter account gives great study and test taking tips. As well they occasionally ask MCAT questions. Additionally they announce when their courses are going on sale and what specials are currently available, so start following them now if you are considering purchasing a course.

Sample Tests:

Kaplan has a free sample test, the sample test never changes, so you can only take it once.

The AAMC offers a free test: practice test 3. Remember that the AAMC provides the MCAT, so your score on this exam should be more similar to the actual MCAT exam, but AAMC 3 is considered easier than the other exams. The AAMC offers other MCAT exams that you can buy for $35. AAMC 9 is reputably the closest to your actual MCAT score. I got a 29 on my AAMC 9 and then got a 30 on the actual MCAT!

Recently, the AAMC began offering the Self-Assessment Package. These contain tests and questions that are not already part of AAMC material and provides feedback on your best and worst subjects. I would recommend doing this either before you begin studying for the MCAT if you feel you have a strong science background, or halfway through studying so that you can narrow your studying sessions to your weakest areas. This package is available for $104. If you purchase a Kaplan MCAT prep course, like I discussed here, the AAMC Self-Assessment package is included in the course.

Material:

MCAT-review.org has great materials and is organized by subject. They have general chemistry, physics, biology, and organic chemistry, but not verbal reasoning. Just imagine if you had someone taking really good class notes for each of these subjects, and you’d be looking at this site!

Wikipremed.com has a plethora of material. I don’t like the organization of this material but they do have almost everything you need to know. There were many times when I would use this website for a basic understanding of the subject

My Diigo site is where I curated all the online material I used when studying for the MCAT. Diigo is a site where you can bookmark material and then share your bookmarks with other people (unlike the bookmarks you store in your browser). The links are tagged by MCAT subject and have  a quick summary to save you time before you click on one. I watched countless of videos, scoured hundreds of college lectures, and perused Google images for hours to find this material! Since this is my selection of material I would say this is the best although not comprehensive list of material to study for the MCAT.

AAMC Free Resources: This is something I didn’t know existed when I studied for the MCAT but they have a great compilation of resources. They also take submissions that are reviewed by them for accuracy.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy made excellent videos covering MCAT 2015 material. This material was generated in Fall 2013, long after I had taken the MCAT, but Khan is always good quality and worth a look.

MCATforMe: MCATforMe, like Khan Academy, has free videos covering MCAT content. This isn’t a resource I used while studying for the MCAT. But, they offer study plans and a social area to ask other premeds for help on MCAT questions. Really a great way to connect and a good change of pace from Student Doctor Network. These free videos are a great complement to any self-studier.

If you have ever asked yourself “What is on the MCAT?” the AAMC has the answer. AAMC has a list of all the topics you need to know for each section. This is really important. If you are watching a video and they start delving into deeper material, you need to know when to stop! Same goes for your class notes, everything you learn in class will not be on the MCAT, but much of it will be.

Questions and Quizzes:

Using any of these free MCAT apps for the iPhone are a great way to quiz your MCAT abilities. I used these apps every day during the summer before my test. They keep your mind sharp and are a great reminder that you need to study later that day. I would do one of these as soon as I woke up or during breakfast. Remember that there are occasionally sales on apps in the iPhone app store, so if you ever have time you can check to see if there are any others in your price range.

Old copies of Princeton Review practice test books are available through online retailers. I had Practice Tests A-D. I was going to use them when I was self-studying for the MCAT, but that didn’t work because I needed motivation. Once I had the Kaplan course I had too much material and did not use the Princeton Review tests.

Although I do not recommend reading the Student Doctor Network often because it can be very discouraging and many of its active users have obscenely perfect medical school applications, the MCAT question and answer forum can be helpful while you study.

My amazing and favorite organic chemistry teacher has free practice exercises for Organic Chemistry 1 on his website. He has lectures here, too.

 

I hope these resources help you, let me know if you have other suggestions in the comments!

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