(Original post by SandiyG)
I’m thinking of sitting the MCAT this year. What prep material would you recommend, books, online etc.? And you said you can take it more than twice in a year?
I think it depends a lot on the type of student you are, how much money you're willing to spend, and how much time you can invest. If you take a practice test and you find that the MCAT style is comfortable for you and you only need to review some of the material more (like your practice test score is 500-505 or higher), you don't need a lot of materials or to spend a lot of money. Kaplan tends to work well for these people and I'd suggest just getting the review books and practice tests from Kaplan and AAMC. You can get more AAMC materials if that makes you more comfortable. This is what I did the first time I took the MCAT and it wasn't a good fit for me because I know the material very well but the MCAT style was difficult for me to adjust to. The second time I look it, I had more time to invest in prep (at least 20hrs/week for 3.5 months) so I did an online prep course from Next Step. It's probably the cheapest online prep course you can get. It's around $1500 I think and you have about 6 months access, whereas Kaplan is at least $2300. Next Step is amazing in my opinion because they give you a TON of materials. You don't have to go through all of it, but it allows you to pick things that work best for you. It helped to bring my practice test scores up more than 10 points. I'm still waiting on my official test results. I got one of the books from ExamKrackers and honestly, it was pretty similar to the CARS book from Next Step. I've heard some really good things about ExamKrackers and their practice tests. Stay away from Princeton Review. Literally everyone I've heard from complains about that company. The material isn't very relevant to the real MCAT, and the practice tests aren't good.
In short, if you don't need much help, save your money and just buy the Kaplan textbooks, practice tests, and AAMC materials. If you need a bit more guidance, go for Next Step or ExamKrackers. Most people use materials from a couple different sources to develop flexibility and try different approaches. And yes, you can take the MCAT multiple times per year. If you're in the US or near by, there are several test dates every month from January to September except February. The UK test dates are: January 19, March 15, April 6, May 23, May 24, June 28, July 19, July 20, August 17, September 13. You can find more info at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/...ting-calendar/
. There is a limit to the number of times you can take the MCAT in a year and in your lifetime. I think it's no more than 3x in one year and 7x in your life.
Edit: forgot to mention Khan Academy. They're good for free review videos, but I hated their practice materials. Too different from the real MCAT.
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