I just want to see what other people think. MCAT courses (like Kaplan or Princeton Review) seem almost to be the norm these days. I know a lot of applicants, and most of them took some type of course. I just don't get it. Why pay $1200 for some dude to give you "study tips" and practice materials that can be found at the bookstore for much less (I spent about $300 on practice materials, including 8 full length tests and 2 1000-page review books). I have seen people do well both with and without prep courses. I've seen 22's from Kaplan users and 39's from people who studied on their own (as well as vice versa). I think that the people who put time into it and take it seriously will do well on the MCAT, whether they take a course or not. In light of this, why do people pay to take these courses? The "better score guarantee"? The test resources (how many full length practice tests are you really going to take)? I guess I think that Kaplan and PR and other prep courses are running a racket. Any opinions?