July 23, 2017

Physics plays a relatively minor role in the new MCAT. In fact, only one quarter of the questions on the Chemistry/Physics section actually test general physics knowledge. From my experience teaching MCAT physics, many mistakes people make on this section of the exam are due to errors in mathematical reasoning rather than physics content knowledge. Two common mistakes include:

  1. Units

When carrying out calculations o...

July 4, 2017

The writers of the MCAT assert that its critical analysis and reasoning section, also known as CARS, tests three skills – comprehension, reasoning “within the text,” and reasoning “beyond the text.” Comprehension questions may ask, for example, about the overall theme of the passage or the meaning of particular words in context. Reasoning questions, by contrast, challenge the test-taker to analyze and evaluate the autho...

June 27, 2017

When I taught high school science in D.C. Public Schools, my colleague had a saying whenever he would assign lengthy class projects. “There’s only one way to eat an elephant,” he would say, “one bite at a time.” Although his advice was intended for our class of grumbling adolescents, I found it increasingly applicable to my own extra-curricular project – studying for the MCAT. Breaking the MCAT down into manageable chun...

February 22, 2017

This is a short guide on applying to medical schools.

1. You will use the AAMC’s centralized application service, called AMCAS. The application will be open generally from the first week of May for the following year's medical students and you can start submitting your applications first week of June. For public medical schools in Texas, TMDSAS will be used, and for DO schools applications will have to apply through

the...

January 19, 2017

What is the electron configuration of an ion needed for DNA Polymerase to work properly? A. [Ar]4s2 B. [Ne] 3s2 C. [Ne] D. [Ar]3d10

February 18, 2016

This is a guest post from Janet U., the creator of smartmcatstudy.com

 

Preparing for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the MCAT was tricky for me because there really isn’t a specific set strategy on how to answer the MCAT CARS questions. Either you understand the passage or you don’t. I’m a pretty good reader so answering questions for the easy passages was not a problem. But, when I got to the harde...

October 7, 2015

 New prep materials for MCAT are finally coming from AAMC! How exciting is that?

No longer do students have only one single test to practice.

In November 2015, AAMC will start selling another practice test as well as the new AAMC MCAT Section Bank. The Bank consists of 300 all-new practice questions and contains questions from all the sections of the new MCAT (natural, behavioral, and social sciences). This means a lot mo...

September 27, 2015

The new 2016 test dates have been posted by AAMC. The testing calendar is available :https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/register/441742/2016dates.html

Registration for 2016 MCAT dates will open at the end of October. There are 2 to 3 MCAT test dates each month, giving students a variety of options to choose from.

 

 

September 17, 2015

Finding a perfect MCAT study spot in NYC can be very, very tricky. Students get desperate, tourists get aggressive, and the next thing you know, you're buying a one way ticket to Texas.To escape this scenario, here is a list of possible study spots in Manhattan. 1.New York Public Library These are free and quite. Some of the libraries I like are SASB and Jefferson.To find a library near you just go to www.nypl.com...

September 15, 2015

What does it take you to start studying for MCAT?

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