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Anyone from San Antonio and done a Prep Course?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by TeacupUnicorn, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. TeacupUnicorn

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    Hey everyone! New here!

    I'm looking at taking a MCAT prep class, and according to google YMMV wildly depending on area.

    So, anyone from SA take TPR, Kaplan, or EK? Like it or hate it? Waste of time or totally worth it?

    Which one I decide to go with will determine my schedule for this semester, so I'm kind of trying to hurry and decide, but have no real info to go off of.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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  3. DocKayEMDEE

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    Bump! I'd like to know as well. I can't decide between EK course or TPR course.
     
  4. GoSpursGo

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    FWIW I did Kaplan on Datapoint Dr (off Fredericksburg road between Wurzbach and Medical). It worked for me.

    I'm not sure it really matters; Kaplan worked for me, but obviously a bunch of other methods have worked for other people. There are a bunch of different ways to review, but ultimately it's the same material, so pick a way that makes sense to you and stick to it--I can't tell you the number of friends I had who bought a course but didn't really follow through with all the lessons, and naturally their scores suffered.
     
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    Moving to MCAT Discussions Forum.
     
  6. dar1235

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    My daughter took the Princeton Review course over the summer in San Antonio (near the Rim). Her first practice test was a 17, she took the test for real in August and just found out her score was a 32R. She is extremely happy and really does think the class was the key to her success. She is not one to have studied on her own. The class must have hit the important stuff and kept her focused on the key points.

    She really debated the Princeton Review vs Kaplan and was glad that she went PR. It had alot of coverage of material that she just needed to go over and remember. There was some strategy as well. I think by and large she thought the teachers were okay - none seemed to stand out good or bad.

    Having said all that, there were some real annoyances. The first night, they changed the location by about 3 miles and if i recall, she found out only because she called the original hotel to ask a question about access. Crazy! I am sure they had to have known prior to the day of that they were moving locations.

    Then part way through the course, they decided to upgrad the website. This was actually very much needed as we had to downgrade to IE 3 or 4 in order to use the original website. But, the migration was ugly. THey lost kids progress, all the kids lost access to certain tests. It was not pretty. And was done when they were about 3 weeks from completion and several of they were testing the weekend after the course ended. This caused alot of stress and worry that just did not have to happen.

    It seemed that the classes were too heavily weighted to Verbal. My daughter ended up skipping alot of these, because really what more can they teach you on that subject. I think there should have been about 4 classes of verbal removed and 2 more each given to the other 2 sections.
     

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