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  1. MynameisMike

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    I took AP Biology my junior year of highschool and tested out for college credit. I'm currently a sophomore and plan on taking the MCAT this up coming august.

    I'll have cell biology and genetics under by belt before I take it as far as biology goes, but what is the best way to review all of the other topics? I honestly do not remember much at all from the class. Is it to simply just review a general biology textbook or use a different review book?

    I'm taking a Princeton review course over the summer.

    Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by TheBoondocks [​IMG]
    This question gets asked like every three days. In short, EK series are stripped down with the basics you need to know. Get EK bio, it is by far the best for bio, all the responses on SDN say this. Know this book cold. If you don't believe me, type in EK bio in the search function. Personally, you learn the best from passages, If you have time and the cash I highly suggest purchasing Berkeley Review Gen Chem and Ochem. There physics is good too, but with PR it may be redundant. You will thank me later. You'll probably want EK biology review and EK 101 biology passages and EK verbal 101. PR is good, however, if you want to kill the MCAT you have to be able to integrate material. That's what BR does better than anyone else. Like, be able to answer questions if you see the circulatory system wired in parallel series.

    bio - 1. EK bio and 101 bio passages 2. Kaplan 3. PR/BR however, these don't suck, they're just detailed which turns off many people.

    Physics 1. BR/Nova 2. PR 3. Kaplan I really think BR but they're are a lot of people who swear by Nova on this site

    Verbal 1. Ek verbal and 101 passages 2. PR 3. BR 4. Kaplan (read stay from)

    Gen Chem 1. BR by far 2. PR 3. Kaplan/EK

    O Chem 1. BR by far 2. toss up between Kaplan/PR/Ek

    That is a general list of what i have read on SDN for the past 4 years, i came here and lurked throughout highschool. Good luck and hopefully this will help. EK is for people who KNOW the material and want review. If you are weak in something BR is the best since it's the most detailed and PR is detailed too, Kaplan is in the Middle, and EK is the least detailed but that doesn't mean it's bad. Just depends on the person. If you can I would buy the BR Chemistry books and Physics book. If you complete the PR science workbook along with BR passages and EK bio, you will kill the sciences. Ek Verbal should help you out with verbal.
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    Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
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    I planned on buy the EK bio set and supplementing w/extra phsyics and chem...I'm having issues finding the BR phsyics, ochem, etc books without the class itself tho, could someone possibly tell me where i'd find links to these books?
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    http://www.berkeley-review.com/TBR/home-study.html

    Ordering the books is a pain, but by all accounts they're worth it. They should put in a better ordering system. Unfortunately, they won't.
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    Sorry to sort of hijack the thread, but is the EK bio set one included in the EK complete package? Or is that just the questions that are in that set?
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    Only the EK Bio content review book is included in the complete study package. The poster was probably referring to using both EK Bio content review book and EK 1001 Bio Questions. EK 1001 Bio has to be bought separately, unless you find some seller bundling the two books.

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