Is there much of a reason to purchase kaplan series new instead of used?

Oct 8, 2018
I am interested in buying the used 2020-2021 version of the kaplan books, but I do not get the online stuff. Is it worth it?


5+ Year Member
Mar 30, 2014
Medical Student (Accepted)
If you can find used versions that are minimally marked then I would go for that. There really aren't substantive year over year changes for Kaplan, TPR, Next Step, etc. I wouldn't buy anything older than 2018 though.


5+ Year Member
Jun 6, 2015
You mean the scratch-off codes in the study books? No.

Buy the AAMC practice tests and question packs at a minimum, though. Others would say to get UWorld as well, which will give you a large question bank for additional practice. Practice makes perfect.

Also, I will echo the advice given about purchasing the used books. Just make sure they aren't marked up. The practice questions in Kaplan are useful for assessing your understanding of the content but are nowhere near representative of MCAT style questions.
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