Advice on study time for MCAT if prereqs are not very recent?


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Aug 12, 2008
Chicago, IL
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There's a whole board dedicated to the MCAT on SDN. Try there.

But I would say to just buy a Kaplan or Princeton review book for the MCAT. They do a comprehensive review of anything you would need to know for the exam.

Everyone has their own study habits and needs. You just need to find your own schedule to cover all the material to a level you feel comfortable with.
Oct 20, 2010
Does anyone have any advice/experience with studying for the MCAT years after taking their prerequisites? I graduated with a BS in '07 and went straight into the air force (I was in AFROTC). I'm planning to take the April MCAT but I was thinking that I should start studying now since my pre-reqs were all completed in 2003-2006. That was a long time ago and I've definitely forgotten a lot.

I'm wondering if anyone else has been in my sort of situation, and if so:
1) How long did it take you to prepare?
2) How many hours/day did you do?

I'm currently doing chemistry research full-time, and I really can't quit to study since I need the money! So I guess I'm trying to get a feel for the best way to map out my time/study schedule.
1) A lot of people say ~3-4 months
2) 5-7 hours a day.