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    No advisor, MCAT studying length for a non-traditional?

    Hello, I’m a 26 year old non-traditional student and need a decent Mcat score for my 3.32 gpa. I have a science/bio background but need to do some serious content review for the MCAT and not sure about the timeframe I should leave for this. I’m starting a post/bac program end of August. Would...
  3. Mr.Popo'sDentist

    Best way to stimulate the COVID-19 shortened exam?

    My plan was to just do the regular 7hr MCAT and focus on my time per passage (Eg: 9min for a 6 question CARS passage), as well as only take 10min breaks. I figure this will help me build stamina and the 5hr test should (hopefully) feel easier fatigue wise after doing a bunch of 7hr tests with...
  4. fueledbyboba

    MCAT Books (The Berkeley Review, Kaplan, and Princeton Review)

    The Berkeley Review Full Set (2019): All books are like new with BLANK passages, and minimal writing or highlighting. Full set is $200 - Physics (Part I and II) - General Chemistry (Part I and II) - Organic Chemistry (Part I and II) - Biology (Part I and II) - Critical Analysis and Reasoning...
  5. A

    Pre-med with a business major?

    Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well during these trying times. I need some advice. I am going to be an incoming freshman at Michigan State University for the fall semester of 2020. Going to med school is my dream. I am planning on majoring in Supply Chain Management (#1 program in US) because...
  6. Meticulouslykiwi

    When is the latest to take the MCAT to be early this cycle?

    As everyone knows, the applications are going to be sent out July 10, two weeks later than the original dates. When is the latest that I can take it to be early?
  7. J

    CARS Strategy Resources

    I've been reading 3 JW CARS passages per day for about a month now, but I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. I know everyone says CARS improvement is slow, but I'm starting to feel like I need to branch out. I have the Kaplan CARS book since it came with the full set, but I've been avoiding...
  8. Perchperkins

    Is it okay to take premed prerequisites over the summer?

    So this summer I was considering taking calculus 1 over the summer. Due to corona, this class will be online but it will be offered by the college that I attend. Will it look bad if I take it over the summer as opposed to next semester? Should I take another course or not bother with it? I’m...
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    Altius- experiences?

    Hello, What are people's experiences using one of Altius's MCAT prep program packages? What was the workload? Were actual-MCAT scores in line with company promises? I appreciate Altius's research-based approach, but I can't find much information on the company, and I wonder about the extent to...
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    504 MCAT Helppp

    Hi thanks for viewing this post. ORM CA resident My stats: (DO only) cGPA: 3.3 - 3.4 sGPA: 3.4 - 3.5 MCAT: 126/124/127/127 = 504 (only attempt) *Important* = I’m non-traditional, when I restarted college I was at a 2.5 GPA with 60 or so units under my belt. Then I had a philosophical...
  11. S

    low gpa, interested in MD- advice for FL/MO

    Hoping for some realistic advice about my chances of an MD program/what i need on the MCAT my stats: cGPA: 3.5 and sGPA: 3.3 (not unlikely that I could end UG with a 3.55-3.6 GPA) MCAT unknown as of yet FL/MO residency highly selective undergrad Clinical experience: Kidney disease screening...
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    Advice for a High School Student

    Currently, I am a homeschooled, high-school Junior and dual-enrolled at my local community college. That means I have access to college-level courses that will transfer to any university in the state of Florida. To get you up to date, I have taken Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Gen Chem 1, statistics...
  13. neurojosh


  14. marie9132433

    3.96 CGPA, 3.92 SGPA, MA resident - Applying to Harvard Medical 2021

    Hello, this is the first post that I've created. I have been reading SDN posts since my Junior year of high school, but as admissions deadlines near, I have decided to start using it more seriously. A little bit about myself: I am 22 F, Caribbean black, bisexual 1st generation, bilingual with...
  15. W

    HELP! Applying after a gap year

    Hello, I applied to a bunch of schools last summer, but I withdrew my application to all the schools after getting my MCAT score. I had applied toward the end of the cycle anyway and wanted to retake the MCAT. I did not submit any secondaries prior to withdrawing. I emailed all the schools about...
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    The Berkely Review Complete Set + EK Verbal 101

    Selling my Berkeley Review book set (all 10 of them) which are in excellent condition - no writing, underlining, highlighting whatsoever. I take very good care of my books. I can also include the EK verbal 101 passages book I used - with minimal writing (with pencil) for FREE. I would like to...
  17. PapaGuava

    *~ MCAT Study Buddy Mega-thread ~*

    The volunteers at SDN have decided that it was time to create ‘Study Buddy’ mega-threads for those interested in linking up with other people in preparation of exams, such as the DAT, MCAT, and PCAT. In the past, most of these threads were moved to the Classified section or were left behind...
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    Taking summer off to study?

    Hi all, I am planning to take the MCAT at the end of my summer break (3 months) and am aiming for MD programs. Would anyone recommend taking the entire summer off to study for the MCAT? I was initially planning on doing research for ~30 hours/week for 2 months, but I was wondering if I am...
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    MCAT Accommodation Application

    Hi I am looking to interact with someone who has gotten MCAT accommodation successfully or knows well about the application process for it. I am applying for it this year. I would really appreciate if I can chat with them about my application and discuss about it.
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    Can I get to 515?

    Hi, I just took the first full length practice test from aamc and got a 503, I got a 123 (26th percentile) in phych/soc because I haven't started studying those yet. I'm taking the test on May 16. Is it possible to get to 515+ considering I'm also studying full time? I got 126 in cars and...
  21. Mr.Popo'sDentist

    When to start doing Uworld? (+ Uworld tips)

    Hi! So my plan for the MCAT was to use TBR + Kaplan for content review and Uworld as my main question bank. I hope to get through Uword so I want to start asap but my concern is how much content review do I need to get done before I start Uworld? Is there a certain way to limit the Uworld...
  22. K

    Altius Review - Not Really Worth it

    My review of Altius: Time Spent: 2 months Program: Gold w/MCAT One-on-One Tutoring Mcat Date: May 31st Start of Course : December End of Course: February (early termination * reasons explained below) Location: Southeast - new location, was part of first group of students to enrolled...
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    Examcrackers Set For Sale

    Looking to sell the entire set for $125 with shipping. All books are lightly used with NO writing. The Physics book has slight water damage in the lower right corner, but all pages are completely readable and I will send pictures if you ask. Books included: 1. Examcrackers 101 Verbal Reasoning...
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    MCAT test date

    Hello all - I am planning on applying to both MD and DO schools starting this May. I have a pretty good idea about which schools I want to apply to, but I am unsure on when to take the MCAT. I am currently taking my last semester of pre-requisites and I am contemplating waiting until May 9th...
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    How in-depth should the review be?

    Title says it all! Looking to get opinions on how in-depth the review should be. AAMC recommends around 300-350 hours of review. For example: The concept of Gluconeogenesis, to what it extent would it need to be reviewed? Does understanding what it is and what it does suffice or does every...
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    Will my story work for me or against me?

    Looking for opinions on my situation and if they will combine well to make an application unique. Not sure where to begin so I’m gonna lay it all out. I originally attended community college for three semesters many years ago and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My grades were horrible and so I...
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    March Study Advice

    Hi SDN, I've decided to push my MCAT back to March. My latest score was a 505 (127/125/128/125) on AAMC FL2 and I'm really hoping for a 515+. I've completed the SB's (BB: 59%, CP: 68%, PS: 64%) and UW (50-55% on each section). I'm planning on doing the Q-Packs, then re-doing UW and the SB's...
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    Applying this cycle after voiding MCAT and punting on last cycle: outlook on time allocation and best interests

    Hello, thanks for reading and any input. I am a UC gradaute with ~3.9 sGPA/cGPA and a broad range of extracurricular experience, including undergraduate research, employment as an EMT/scribe, healthcare policy work, and some non-medical but application-pertinent work in electoral politics. I...
  29. jg2021

    What is the best way to prepare a sufficient MCAT study schedule/where to start?

    I am entering my second semester of my junior year and am taking 13 credits, planning on taking the MCAT in May or June (have not scheduled it yet). I am taking biochem (which I am retaking from my first semester because I know I can get a better grade + I think it will better prepare me for...
  30. Potinator

    Osteopathic vs allopathic

    Hello. I am a junior Bio Major planning to apply to medical school next year and taking most courses recommended for the MCAT such as bio, chem, sociology, biochem, Phys, psych...etc. I currently have a cumulative gpa of 3.57 and a science gpa of about 3.23 which I know is not very competitive...
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    MCAT tips

    Hello. I will be taking the MCAT in about 8 months from now so I still have plenty of time to prepare. However, I do not know how to get started or which section to begin with. How did you study for the MCAT? Any advice? Anything you felt like was effective for you and what wasn't so effective...
  32. postponemastudentloan

    Taking MCAT Prep class along with Biochemistry?

    Hi Guys, I just wanted to see if anyone has taken an MCAT prep class along with another course that is on the mcat? I want to take an MCAT prep class for the guidance but I will also have to take Biochemistry at the same time because of the way my schedule is & I am not able to rearrange it any...
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    Fresh Start to the MCAT from Gap Years - Help!

    Hi all, I'd like to thank you in advance for any suggestions in my dire hour of need of finding study materials/prepping my schedule. I took two gap years to "find myself". I was one of those harsh straight-edge undergrads that you couldn't talk to me if you weren't talking about studying/lab...
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    Carribean MD or podiatry? What are my chances?

    Hello. I am a premed student. Overall GPA of 3.4 and science of about 2.6. Not yet taken MCAT. I do have lots of patient hours, shadowing, community service, and research. Will be applying to MD schools in the Caribbean (from the big 4) and possibly podiatry schools in the US. Does it seem like...
  35. Supermanwife

    Kaplan course in one month?!

    Hello, Has anyone completed the online Kaplan review course in a month? Like during winter break.. How did it go for you?? Did anyone see an increase from 490s to 500s, or 500s-510s, basically a 10 point increase? Is that a stretch? lol P.S. I'd prefer opinions on how it worked for you and not...
  36. mdh0peful2021

    When to take MCAT? Help!

    If I plan to apply to medical school in June 2021 in order to get in to med school for 2022. When should I take the MCAT? Does August or September 2020 work?
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    to take another gap year?

    Here's what I have so far: Undergrad Major: Health Education cGPA: 3.83 sGPA: 3.71 I have not taken the MCAT yet - I plan on taking in March 2020. My story - I went through most of college being pre-PA and switched a few weeks before I graduated. In undergrad, I completed all of the...
  38. K

    MCAT Goal of 515

    Hello Everyone, I would love to get some insight on what I should focus on and how I should go about preparing towards my next MCAT attempt. Unfortunately I have taken it twice and scored a 488 on my first and a 491 on my second. Rather than remain in a slump I would like to change my habits...
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    Mcat preparation

    Hello Im new to this and would like some feedback from experts like you. I’m planning to take the Mcat around March of 2021(yes still have plenty of time) and would like to begin studying now. This will be helpful for knocking out courses out, while studying. Recently bought the Kaplan 2018-2019...
  40. Mr.Popo'sDentist

    Will the awesome folks who wrote up the SDN 100 day 2019 schedule be releasing a 2020 version anytime soon?

    I want to order the prep material early, especially TBR products as those I have to mail order, I'm just wondering if I should wait a bit for an updated schedule with the new AAMC material before I spend the money. Thanks!