"Start studying about 6 months in advance. Don't study too much later or too much earlier than that."
Accepted: We'd like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where are you in college? And what are you studying?
Alex: I am from Texas and I go to school at Texas A&M University. I have just one more year left of college. My major is Biology.
Accepted: Can you share 3 fun facts about yourself?
Alex: I love horseback riding and my uncle’s family has a horse, so he lets me go all the time. It’s so much fun.I love watching Texas football and I am a big Cowboys fan.I have always wanted to be a physician since I was in grade school.
Accepted: When did you take the MCAT? What had you been most nervous about? Most confident?
Alex: I took the MCAT just a few months ago in June.
I think the best way to prepare for the 2015 MCAT is to do lots of practice problems. I feel like I learned a lot just from doing practice problems and seeing the things that I got wrong and why I got them wrong.
I was nervous about biochem and physics on the exam. The MVP Series MCAT prep book did a good job at explaining physics, so after that I was pretty confident about that part of the exam.
Accepted: Can you tell us about your experience using MCAT-MVP?
Alex: I was impressed with it. It was something new and different. It had lots of videos and animations that made concepts easy to understand. It also does a good job at describing the science information.
Accepted: What were some of their features that most impressed you?
Alex: I liked the review questions at the end of each section. It was good at explaining the correct answer and had an interactive way of describing the answer.
Accepted: Did you use any other MCAT prep resources?
Alex: Yes. I used ExamKrackers, and I was happy with both resources.
Accepted: When and where do you plan on applying to med school? Have you completed any other med school admissions components? Alex: I am applying to medical school at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. I have started filling out my application and I will probably be applying to other schools as well. It’s really exciting to be at this stage of my life.
Accepted: Can you share your top 3 MCAT tips with our readers?
Alex: My first tip is to do the AAMC practice questions. My second tip is to not focus on trying to learn every small detail in any MCAT book. My third tip is to start studying about 6 months in advance. Don't study too much later or too much earlier than that. All of my friends who did well on the exam studied for at least 3 months before the exam.
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