Not sure which MCAT prep course is right for you? Start by asking yourself:
Q: What do I want to get out of my MCAT course?
A: I want strategy. the MCAT is huge, complicated, and weird. You need to know how you’re going to approach every question, and just as importantly, how best to plan and use the time you have to prepare. Most MCAT courses have some sort of strategy, but only MedQuest has strategy built from scratch for the new MCAT. We also integrate strategy into your content review, by highlighting classic MCAT trick questions as we go along.
A: I want high-quality practice resources. Any prep company that says they have the best MCAT practice problems is lying. The truth is, the AAMC, the people who write the actual MCAT exam you are going to take, have the best practice problems. Of course they do, it’s their test! No matter what course you go with, using the official AAMC practice materials is the number one best thing you can do to prepare. In addition, using MedQuest’s practice questions, all of which are written by new-MCAT high-scorers specifically for the new test, can give you an extra practice boost!
A. I want structure. Studying for the MCAT is a big project. Most people need to study for 300 hours, which is a long time to stay organized and motivated. MedQuest will give you the tools you need to plan your studying and practice, but we are not going to give you daily homework assignments or get mad at you if you skip something. MedQuest works best for people who are self-motivated and organized enough to stay on top of studying without a lot of nagging. If you are looking for one-on-one tutoring, we recommend NextStep, which provides personalized private tutoring, and can be paired with MedQuest content and practice materials. If you want to sit in a live classroom with other MCAT students, we think ExamKrackers is the best option.
A. I want motivation. The MCAT is an incredibly important test. It can make or break an application, or be the difference between getting into med school and getting into your dream med school. Even so, there is a certain amount of drudgery and angst in studying and practicing for it. We all need to be reminded that we’re not in this alone, and that the payoff of a great MCAT score is well worth the long nights, missed parties, and Netflix-cue-backup that it takes to get there. At MedQuest, we think the best way to stay motivated is to stay positive, and to always keep moving forward with your prep. That’s why we’ve made a course that is fun, fast-paced, and aggressively efficient. If you’re looking for plodding, four-hour-a-day lectures, most of the big prep companies do do that for $2,000+.
A. I want the largest number of practice problems and the most hours of video I can possibly get whether or not they are any good: Go with Kaplan!