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I am planning on taking the MCAT exam in April. I have from now until then to study for the exam. I am limited on my budget to spend for prep materials, and have decided to just stick with one type of prep book and thoroughly review it. I am not sure whether I should get the EK full package, or the Kaplan review book.

Which one would prepare me overall better for the exam? EK or Kaplan book?

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The key to MCAT success is utilizing the best sources. EK is great for Bio. and even Organic to an extent, but physics and gen. chem. it's not great at. If you really can only pick ONE, I'd go with EK. But if you really want to prepare well, use Berkley Review for Physics and Gen. Chem. ($100), EK Verbal 101 for VR ($40), and EK study set for Bio. ($40... or something, I bought the whole set).


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I'm going to cough up the book review post again:

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This question gets asked like every three days. In short, EK series are stripped down with the basics you need to know. Get EK bio, it is by far the best for bio, all the responses on SDN say this. Know this book cold. If you don't believe me, type in EK bio in the search function. Personally, you learn the best from passages, If you have time and the cash I highly suggest purchasing Berkeley Review Gen Chem and Ochem. There physics is good too, but with PR it may be redundant. You will thank me later. You'll probably want EK biology review and EK 101 biology passages and EK verbal 101. PR is good, however, if you want to kill the MCAT you have to be able to integrate material. That's what BR does better than anyone else. Like, be able to answer questions if you see the circulatory system wired in parallel series.

bio - 1. EK bio and 101 bio passages 2. Kaplan 3. PR/BR however, these don't suck, they're just detailed which turns off many people.

Physics 1. BR/Nova 2. PR 3. Kaplan I really think BR but they're are a lot of people who swear by Nova on this site

Verbal 1. Ek verbal and 101 passages 2. PR 3. BR 4. Kaplan (read stay from)

Gen Chem 1. BR by far 2. PR 3. Kaplan/EK

O Chem 1. BR by far 2. toss up between Kaplan/PR/Ek

That is a general list of what i have read on SDN for the past 4 years, i came here and lurked throughout highschool. Good luck and hopefully this will help. EK is for people who KNOW the material and want review. If you are weak in something BR is the best since it's the most detailed and PR is detailed too, Kaplan is in the Middle, and EK is the least detailed but that doesn't mean it's bad. Just depends on the person. If you can I would buy the BR Chemistry books and Physics book. If you complete the PR science workbook along with BR passages and EK bio, you will kill the sciences. Ek Verbal should help you out with verbal.

If I had to pick only one company, I'd go with Berkeley Review. Their content review is tops in a few categories and good in the others. However, the main reason I'd go with them is that neither EK nor Kaplan will provide you with enough practice problems. Conversely, BR will give you enough to get by. BR may be more expsensive, but it's a better deal in the long run. Then I'd pick up EK 1001 Bio and EK Verbal 101. If you can only choose between Kaplan and EK, I'd also go with EK. Still, you have to pick up EK 1001 Bio and EK Verbal 101.
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I have both, but only because I took the kaplan class and I bought EK books. I prefer EK books over kaplan personally. Good luck Cheers!
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