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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by mimi1, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. mimi1

    mimi1 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 14, 2002
    Medical school
    I'm starting to study for the MCAT for the THIRD time (my score went down the second time I took it). I've taken Kaplan and have used just about everything in their library. This time, I just want to get some good books to review, along with AAMC practice tests. Can any one suggest what they think are the best books?? I've heard good things about Examkrackers and am thinking of getting their books. PLEASE any advice you guys can give!! I'm so sick of this test and have run out of ways to study for it!!!
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  3. Pneumo

    Pneumo Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    I was quite impressed with the Examkrackers series. I used the subject books for Bio, Chem, Organic, and Phys. I liked the fact that they attempted to instill an intuitive approach to the concepts presented. My only complaint is that occasionally a sentence or paragraph was worded so horribly that it hardly made any sense (but don't let that be a deterrent).
    To top it all off, I used AAMC Exams 2-6. In the end, I did exceptionally well on the real thing, so I guess the Examkcrackers didn't hurt.
  4. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping. 10+ Year Member

    Berkeley review far and away has the most in depth books. check out <a href="http://www.berkeley-review.com" target="_blank">www.berkeley-review.com</a> (I think that's right)
  5. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping. 10+ Year Member

    Oh yeah, there verbal isn't that good at all. But the rest of the books are great.
  6. sunflower79

    sunflower79 Plays well with knives 10+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2001
    I used TPR stuff. They have tons of passages and some of them are impossible. Of course knowing your stuff is important, but even more so is doing as many as you can get your hands on.

    Man, 3rd time! I wish you the best.

    FYI, for mcat study techniques look at previous posts under my profile.
  7. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    For the sciences I used the Kaplan, Flowers & Silver, and ARCO review books (old ones) that I checked out of the library. I used the AAMC practice tests to find my weak spots. For the verbal section I got every single test-prep book that contained reading comprehension passages in them (GRE, DAT, OAT, LSAT, GMAT, VCAT, etc.) and did hundreds of reading comprehension passages.
  8. biophysicbadass

    biophysicbadass Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    I took TPR and did great. I was doing ten billion things and couldn't do all the HW, but if you can manage to do it all I think you are set. I have MCAT books to sell if interested.
  9. mcwmark

    mcwmark Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2001
    Years ago...I had all that stuff, but I really only used TPR. Kaplan and Berkeley review just had way too much information for me--I think if you just know the basics and practice, practice, practice those test questions, you will get better at looking for the correct answer.

    Knowing how to take this test is much more important than knowing 100% of the material--just as it is for any test. Good luck.
  10. pocwana

    pocwana MD/MBA candidate c/o 2008 7+ Year Member

    May 11, 2002
    after diligent thread searching...

    <a href="http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=012648" target="_blank">MCAT 33+ What Prep Materials Did You Use??? </a>
  11. brandonite

    brandonite Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2001
    Manitoba, Canada
    Moving to the MCAT forum...
  12. relatively prime

    relatively prime post happy member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2002
    Count how many hours you study!! I'm serious. So many people I know (including myself) fall into this trap where they think they are studying hours a day when they are actually not (potty break here, coffee brake there, etc... those "little breaks" may seem like nothing, but they really add up. Time yourself. Write down how many hours you are actually studying. I think the average person should study at least 200 hrs over 3 months.

    Good luck :)

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