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5-Month Study Plan: People Who Have Busy Adult Lives

Austin is a non-traditional student with a demanding full-time job. He only has about 15 hours per week to spend on studying, and because it has been a few years since his prerequisite coursework, he knows he will need some extra time for content review.

Austin decides to rank the FastPass Study Guide content sections by how difficult he thinks they will be, and then start with the topics he’s most nervous about, leaving easier topics for later in the calendar. He also plans less content per week early on, so he has a chance to ease back into studying. Austin has always preferred to look things up on the internet when he has a question, so he knows that if he needs to re-learn or take a deeper dive on a certain topic, he will be able to find the help he needs there.

For practice materials, he decides to purchase the following AAMC practice resources: the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT plus Online Practice Questions, 4 Question Packs, the Section Bank, the MCAT Official Sample Test, and one MCAT Official Prep Practice Exam.  He also wants to throw in Princeton Review’s free online full-length practice test, for more practice with endurance and concentration. Here is Austin’s study plan (Total cost of FastPass Video Series, FastPass Study Guide & AAMC resources = $577.95).


Sample MedQuest FastPass Five-Month Study Plan (15 hours/week)

 (CP=chem/phys; BB=bio/biochem; PS=psych/soc)

Week Study Practice


Watch: FastPass Introduction and Strategy

BB: Proteins

AAMC MCAT Sample Question Guide: 12 Qs


PS: The senses, The nervous system

AAMC Official Guide: 30 Qs


Watch: FastPass Chemistry/Physics

CP: Classes of molecules

AAMC Official Guide: 30 Qs


PS: Cognitive processes, behavior

MedQuest MCAT Practice Test


Watch: FastPass Biology/Biochemistry

BB: Cells and molecules

AAMC Official Guide: 30 Qs


CP: Electrochemistry and circuits
BB: Genes

AAMC Official Guide: 30 Qs


Watch: FastPass CARS

CP: Chemical dynamics
PS: Social processes, psychological change

AAMC Section bank: 50 Qs


BB: Energy and metabolism
PS: The self, social thinking

AAMC Question packs: 80 Qs


Watch: FastPass Psychology/Sociology

CP: Light and sound
BB: Cell and organism reproduction

AAMC Question packs: 80 Qs


CP: Atoms and the periodic table
PS: Social interaction, social structure

AAMC MCAT Offical Prep Practice Exam


Watch: FastPass Test Day

BB: Human systems: respiratory, circulatory

AAMC Section bank: 50 Qs


CP: Solutions

BB: Human systems: reproductive, endocrine            

AAMC Question packs:

120 Qs

13 BB: human systems: lymphatic, immune AAMC Section bank: 75 Qs

BB: Human systems: digestive, excretory

CP: Physical properties of matter
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BB: Human systems: musculoskeletal, skin

PS: Demographics, social inequality

AAMC Question packs: 90 Qs

16 CP review week: Catch-up and revisit problem areas; re-watch CP videos

AAMC Question packs: 90 Qs 

17 BB review week: Catch-up and revisit problem areas; re-watch BB videos

AAMC Question packs: 80 Qs

18 PS review week: Catch-up and revisit problem areas; re-watch CARS and CP videos

AAMC Practice Test

19 Final review week: Review problem areas from AAMC Practice Test; re-watch Test Day video

AAMC Question packs: 80 Qs 

20 Get ready week: Read over everything one last time, plan for test day, and manage stress

AAMC Section bank: 50 Qs



*The topics listed in the study plan (proteins, genes, etc.) each refer to sections of the MCAT FastPass Study Guide.