Examcrackers/TPR MCAT Review Book Questions

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hey guys i was wondering if anyone could help me out ... i went through thousands of posts and i'm trying to get the right review books ... so far i have the Huge Kaplan book, the Kaplan Practice tests, and the EK 1001 Chem questions. But alot of people mention EK as their main study source, i was wondering if you guys are talking about the huge one that 100$ or all the little mini ones like 1001 phyiscs 1001 o-chem etc. Also is there anything else that is really good I want to just get a really good review and then attack the practice tests after a month or so of reading and re-memorizing. :) Also I hear that the TPR books are good ... does this mean the 7+ books from the class or the flowers/silvers and cracking the mcat book. Thanks alot :)

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i had the Kaplan book, TPR (old one from my cousin) and every book from Examkrackers (not just the 1001 questions). I felt like they were more concise and to the point without dawdling on points that you really don't need. I'm sure the books that you have now will work, so if you don't want to spend the hundred bucks, don't. you'll need it down the road...believe me!
 
Yeah, but i was wondering if the big EK one was really good because i heard the Kaplan Book has too much extra stuff. So is the EK big one a good buy, and is the "Hyperlearning" one the Princeton review from the course?
 
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Yeah, but i was wondering if the big EK one was really good because i heard the Kaplan Book has too much extra stuff. So is the EK big one a good buy, and is the "Hyperlearning" one the Princeton review from the course?


Hyperlearning used to be a different company then TPR and was later bought out by TPR. So now their material is part of TPR material. That's the way I understand it. That said, the 7+ books they provide is that of which you get with the course. This includes the Physical Sci review book, Bio sci. review book, Science workbook, Verbal and writing review book, verbal workbook, in class compendium, and science review questions booklet that is like a flashcards sort of thing. The only thing I should mention is that these course books have many many details compared to EK. They are good for the person that needs to be walked every step of the way and who doesn't really remember a lot of what they learned in prereqs due to taking them too many years before or things of that nature.

If you learn better with less details and more strategy, EK is the way to go. If you need the details, TPR is the way to go.

Kaplan falls somewhere in between the two companies. They also have different course books from the big books they have over the counter.

TPR's course books are good if you utilize the in class compendium and workbooks because those are where you get all your practice from. They are where the real strengtening of MCAT skills come into play because they provide you with so many questions and passages to get your speed up and your accuracy up. It also allows for better understanding of MCAT style of testing.

Some test centers also provide you with the A-D test book, with four full lengths. The problem, however, is that only some course centers do this. These tests are extremely difficult and only scale up to 12 rather then 15. However, if you can do them, then you can beat the MCAT.

TPR course materials are definitely comprehensive. however, I've not heard that their over the counter books are equal in strength. If you cannot get a hold of TPR course books, EK books are probably the next best thing.

I also recommend the EK 101 Verbal passages books which comprises of 2 warm up passages and 11 full length verbal tests.


EK books are not that expensive compared to TPR and Kaplan courses, so I would fork up the money to buy it online at Amazon or Examkrackers.com
 
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ucsdca said:
Yeah, but i was wondering if the big EK one was really good because i heard the Kaplan Book has too much extra stuff. So is the EK big one a good buy, and is the "Hyperlearning" one the Princeton review from the course?


EK is not one big book like kaplan.

It is split into a series of 5 books. They have one thin one for verbal. Then they have a few slightly thicker books for bio, gen chem, physics, and orgo.

They have 30 minute in class exams and much less details then TPR or Kaplan.

They also have numerous mneumonics and other strategies present. I've had a few friends who used them and felt it was enough.

Other friends had TPR or Kaplan courses so used that material, but then supplemented with EK material for review.

I, however, don't think you need more then one company's set of books. I'm a firm believer of find the company's strategy that best suits you and stick with it.


EK also sells a 16 mini MCAT book which is really good. You might want to purchase that. Its like the EK equivalent of the TPR workbooks but much smaller.
 
hey what are the TPR books and where can i get them?

I would suggest you start with the classified section here or contact TPR directly.

You might want to start a new up-to-date thread, because this is about two-and-a-half years old.

Closing this thread due to outdated nature.
 
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