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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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    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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    MCCQE 2 Prep

    Hi guys, I realize the forum is about Step exams but I was hoping someone might have some advice on the QE2. I'm recently board certified for internal medicine in the US and currently finishing up a geriatrics fellowship in the US. I'm working on moving back to Canada in the summer and am...
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    Best MCAT Prep Class

    I am looking for an in person prep class, specifically anywhere in California to help me prepare for the MCAT. Money is not an issue. I know people say that it is best to self study but I honestly am not the type of person who is good at self studying (people learn best at different ways and I...
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    Cars improvement advice

    I'm sure this question gets asked a lot, but i'm getting pretty frustrated with the CARS section and need some guidance. On almost all the full lengths I've taken (AAMC, PR, etc.) I've consistently been getting 123 on the CARS section. I've tried some techniques from youtubers, and princeton...
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    For Sale Kaplan MCAT 2018-2019 7 Book Series w/ Extras

    Includes the following barely used items from Kaplan: MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2018-2019: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep) MCAT 528 Advanced Prep 2018-2019: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep) Kaplan MCAT Flashcards + App (Kaplan Test Prep) Current Retail Value on Amazon: ~$145 You...
  7. Isoval

    AMBOSS?

    I’ve recently been looking into AMBOSS following a presentation they gave at my school. From what they showed and what I’ve been able to play around with, it seems like a solid platform, especially when it comes to their “knowledge cards” (basically their textbook). I’m curious what everyones’...
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    NYC MCAT Prep Courses

    Hi all, It's my first post on Student Doctor Network, and as I'm new to this I may have missed a recent thread. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions as to an in-person MCAT course offered in or around NYC (accessible without a car) ideally starting this fall within the next few weeks. I...
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    Other OT-Related Information Getting ready for OT Program?

    Are there certain things you all are doing to prep yourself for your program while waiting for school to start? I start in the Spring so I have several months to prep, but not sure what to do. Any thoughts?
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    PTCE PREP HELP

    I am taking the PTCE in less than 3 weeks. So far I have been studying using Mosby's Review for the PTCE by Mizner (2e), studying flash cards on the top 100 drugs, studying flash cards on drug class prefixes + suffixes, and studying through the pharmacy-tech-study website. Is there anything else...
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    For Sale MCAT 528 Advanced Prep 2018-2019: Online + Book (Kaplan Test Prep) 4th Edition

    Brand new, unopened. $30, free shipping. Please email [email protected] for inquiries. Kaplan's MCAT 528 Advanced Prep 2018-2019 features thorough subject review, more questions than any competitor, and the highest-yield questions available – all authored by the experts behind the MCAT prep...
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    Question about Sn2!!!

    The Kaplan book for Orgo mentions that the Gabriel synthesis uses a very bulky nucleophile (phthalimide) for the Sn2 reaction with diethylbromomalonate. The book mentions that "the bulkiness of the nucleophile creates steric hindrance, which prevents the substrate carbon from undergoing multiple...
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    MCAT Prep Help

    So I realize I have less than three months to prepare for the MCAT this fall, but I'm hoping that with hard work this summer I'm able to get a good score. I'm a Biology major, but it's been almost a year since I took a relevant biology course (I've been taking ecology and environmental the past...
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    Using 2015 MCAT Study Materials for 2018 MCAT

    Does anyone have some comments about how well the 2015 MCAT prep books (like Kaplan) will align with the 2018 MCAT? Thanks
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    MCAT Prep

    So I decided to retake my MCAT. I'm going to start studying over the summer, and I plan to take it January of 2019, so I should have around 7 months of studying. I was planning on using materials from ExamKrackers, Princeton Review, Khan Academy, and Kaplan. (And of course AAMC) My friend told...
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    Taking MCAT earlier than planned

    I planned on studying for my MCAT when I finish up the semester May 11. I was going to take an August 15-21 test date, giving me three full months to prepare. However, I would like to avoid a gap year if possible, and I know I am not competitive enough to apply in the latest wave. I am a junior...
  17. gjsmize88

    Accepted Students (c/o 2022): What are your summer plans?

    Starting this thread because I enjoyed looking through last year's and I haven't seen one yet for this year.. and I'm super curious to hear what everyone's plans are! My plans for the summer include lots of traveling! I'm fortunate enough to have a sister that plays travel softball and a dad...
  18. Niikkiiii

    Best Study Material for MCAT?

    Hey friends, Just wanted to know what study material you guys think is best for the MCAT, and what has worked well in your opinions. I was thinking of buying the Kaplan 7 book set (the newest version) but I've been hearing a lot of complaints about lack of proofreading and too many errors...
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    NAVLE prep - VetPrep & Zuku Standard vs Premium

    Hey everyone, I am in the class of 2019, and it's the last day of the winter sale for Zuku Review (where you buy 6 months and get subscribed through December). VetPrep's similar winter sale ends March 1. There are a lot of posts asking about Zuku vs VetPrep, and which will help you do better...
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    Supplemental Materials for MCAT Subjects

    Hey everyone! This is my first SDN post so apologies for any mistakes on my part and thanks for stopping by. So I'm in the nascent stages of MCAT preparation right now, just about to start major content review. I decided on using the Kaplan 7-Subject pack as my main source, but after doing a...
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    MCAT Books for Sale! (TBR, EK, Kaplan, TPR, NextStep, Official Guide)

    Have recently been accepted to medical school and am selling all MCAT prep books that I used for the post 2015 MCAT! The Berkeley Review 2012 (8 Book Set): ~$150+shipping (great condition, no markings) -Includes General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physics I & II, Biology I & II...
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    Reading Comprehension Strategy: Search and Destroy

    A quick tip on the RC section of the DAT: Search and Destroy Paragraphs are numbered, therefore: –As you quickly skim the passage, write down a brief (1-4 words) summary and keywords of each paragraph. –The list you make should help you quickly find the answer to each question by identifying...
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    MCAT study materials general consensus

    Im planning on taking the princeton review ultimate course, 123 hours of instruction + 7 prep books. I was looking for books with dense material coverage and I heard from people that princeton review covers topics really in depth. Also I have friends who used princeton and scored pretty well...
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    Taking notes from Kaplan books

    Hello everyone, I was just curious about those who used the Kaplan books to study with, would it be better to read the chapters and then write the notes based off the end chapter reviews instead of taking notes as you read? What has helped you? Thank you
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    MCAT score increases after prep-programs

    Hi guys, How much did yalls score increase after taking a prep program such as princeton review or kaplan? Did you find the prep-program to be helpful or not really?
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    Princeton Review Ultimate in-class

    Hi guys, I am going to be taking the princeton review ultimate in-class course during the summer of 2018. I was wondering if anyone has taken this course already and can provide some opinions on what it was like? How much did it help? How detailed were their classes? etc. etc. etc.
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    For Sale PCAT materials for sale (Dr. Collins, Kaplan, Barron's)

    Hey everyone! I recently took the PCAT and am interested in selling some of the materials I used to receive a competitive score and help me get into a top 15 program. I paid over $500 for all of these materials and am willing to sell at a competitive price. All are in excellent condition! Let me...
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    Dr. Collins pcat prep help!

    Hello, I am thinking about taking the pcat in january or in the summer next year. I know that the new Dr. Collins book comes out in January but I was thinking about purchasing it now in case I end up taking it in January, however I am worried that if I change the date and have to take the pcat...
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    How's Orgoman for the MCAT?

    I heard so many amazing things about orgoman for the DAT exam, but I was wondering if anyone has taken the MCAT bootcamp or their one-on-one online tutoring session for the MCAT exam with orgoman? If you have, do you mind telling me the breakdown of each class, how useful it was, and how it...
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    Questions about residency

    Hi everyone, I am still an undergrad student pursuing two MD schools as possibilities (two DO's as well). My questions are more about residencies, however. I am mostly interested in psychiatry and neurosurgery. I am wondering...how difficult is it to land a spot in a neurosurgery residency? How...
  31. stonefawkes

    Everything I learned about the MCAT (overview, prep books, tests...)

    I recently sent this to a friend who didn't know anything about the MCAT or how to prep for it, so I wrote up my two cents. I received my MCAT scores and happily I am part of the 509+ club so I thought I'd share my experience! Incidentally I am selling all my TBR, EK, and Kaplan prep materials...
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    Step 1 preparation

    Hi! I will be taking steo 1 next summer (july maybe) and since I already began my second year of medical school I was wondering at what moment should I start studying for it. Also, what plan would you recomend? And finally, how old is "too old" for a first aid? I have the 2016 version, should...
  33. Isoval

    What are the best ways to prepare for an interview?

    Hi guys! I wanted to pose the question: what are some of the best ways to prepare for interviews? What kind of outside information should we know walking in the door (Affordable Care Act, general ethics, etc.)? With the first interviews quickly approaching, I think this could be a big help...
  34. White Coat Admissions

    Med School Interviews Prep

    $100 off White Coat Strategists' Interview Preparation Packages until August 15th! Get a head start on interview preparation! The interview is a critical component of your application. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare. We're very excited to announce the launch of White Coat...
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    When should I take my MCAT? should I postpone to January? September?

    I'm a rising senior at Rutgers University. I'm now signed up for the 8/24 MCAT. I'm taking a prep course with TPR, which will end in a couple of weeks. My ideal MCAT score is around 515 to compensate for my relative poor GPA(3.5 Science, 3.6 Overall). I started studying for my MCAT in the...
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    Message me for interview Prep!

    Hey everyone, submitted my AMCAS and wanting to start practicing for interviews! Would love to set up a weekly time to Skype so we both can have practice answering interview questions. Feel free to personal message me so we can set something up:)
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    LECOM Interviw advice

    hey guys, I have an interview for LECOM and want to know how best to prepare for it/any other etiquette advice you got (first interview so pretty nervous) Also, blazer required or not? thanks!
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    Secondary Preparation (MD and DO)

    Hey guys, I submitted my MD app on June 2nd and am still waiting for it to be verified/receive secondaries. Do you have any advice on how to prep for secondaries? I am looking at old secondaries from last year cycle to get an idea of the questions they ask. Any other advice? Here are the MD...
  39. RogueBanana

    The SDN Meal-Prep and Recipie Thread

    A big part of overall wellness is your diet. We all know this. But so many of us put off or ignore our nutritive needs for lack of time, planning or funds. So I decided to create a thread for the more experienced members of SDN to share their expertise on meal prep and healthy recipies in...